Why this site?

It's a fact that almost all available sources of information on German railways (books, magazines, websites, etc.) are in German. This means that if you do not have a good knowledge of this language, it is rather inconvenient to use the dictionary each time you have to find out something!!
Therefore I originally prepared some "syntheses" (in Italian) for my personal use to ease this task. Then I felt that I have to share them on the web (in Italian) for the benefit of fellow enthusiasts, because I felt that most of them probably need some organized information, too.
The next logical step was to share them with all enthusiasts worldwide...


This site covers approximately the years from 1880 to 1980 and it is not, neither it aims to be, an encyclopedy of German railways. It simply would like to give modellers and life-size trains enthusiasts:
- short, basic information about the evolution of German railways
- a comprehensive picture of German rail vehicles
- basic informations on those infrastructures (signals, catenary) that are a key for
  a better layout


Please, address any question, suggestion, etc. to: contatti@ferrovietedesche.it
Help from other modellers and train enthusiasts is welcome and proper credit will be given.


The column on right shows the "areas" the site is divived in, and the "chapters" within each area. As you can see, the lion's share goes to locomotives and rolling stock, reflecting the main area of interest for enthusiasts. Anyway, in a "railway" site it's important to provide an historical perspective and illustrate at least the key elements about those infrastructures that are crucial for train circulation (e.g. signals).

Important! The site is under construction, therefore only this page, "References", and "Links" are currently available.
Translation of other pages is ongoing since completion level of the Italian site starts to look satisfactory enough.
Hereunder a space is provided for updates (example of Italian pages)...

- Overview of unified steam locos for passenger trains has been
   completed: Class
BR 23.10 DR  "profile" has been uploaded

- Profile of different Class BR 57s have been uploaded:
   a) BR 57.3-4 (
Württemberg Klassen H and Hh)
   b) BR 57.5 (bavarian Class G 5/5), the most powerful
5 axle locomotive for goods trains
   c) BR 57.10-35, the famous prussian Class G 10!

Next upload:
- completion of profiles of
Länderbahnen steam locomotives for goods

To be completed:
- new profiles of 
Länderbahnen steam locomotives for fast passenger


As in any other site you can enlarge images when mouse cursor switch to a hand.

As any other technical branch railways developed their own jargon and acronyms and Germany has its own, of course. To facilitate (hopefully) readers, I followed these criteria:

It is recommended to start from Hystory area, for a better understanding of the reasons why vehicles have been designed and evolved that way...

Because of the huge number of classes, it is beyond the site's scope to provide a full picture of whatever run on German rails.
Therefore, it's important to make clear that basically you will find only those vehicles having their counterpart in H0 scale (and they are not few).
Anyway, you will find also some that are not so well known (at least in Italy) but are important either because they provide better understanding of the evolution of a "family" of vehicles or they have a particular historical-technical importance.
On the contrary, you will not find those vehicles temporarily taken in charge by DR because of political or war-related events (e.g. BBÖ locomotives after the 1938 Anschluß of Austria or PKP ones after 1939 Poland's invasion).

Each class wil be shortly illustrated through a "profile":

I hereby gratefully thank Silvano del Rio for his invaluable support in traslation.

I hope you will enjoy the site!!