RAILDATE 2023.11.24

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The Weekly Poser: Where is this?

Another 1950s map question: This is one of Britain's largest towns, but hardly any of the railways shown now survive. Where is it?

Last week's Where is this?

German locomotives AND post-War cars from around the world, presented side-by-side. Where is it?

Answer: Oldtimer Museum at Prora on Rügen, Germany. Formerly the Eisenbahn & Technik Museum. Congratulations are due to the following for their correct answers: Dave Goodyear, Paul Hopper, Peter Tisdale

During the summer I spent a few days on the Baltic island of Rügen in north-east Germany. The Rügensche Kleinbahn is the obvious attraction for the railway enthusiast, but the complex at Prora is also fascinating place to visit.

Prora was developed during the 1930s as a holiday resort - a vast complex overlooking a splendid beach. Quite a lot was constructed, but War prevented its completion, and the post-War DDR had little idea what to do with it.

In the thirty years since German re-unification, Prora has been transformed into a desirable mass of apartments for second-home owners. There are two museums: one documenting the history of the resort, the other being the Oldtimer Museum.

The Oldtimer Museum has several sections, covering military, locos & cars, and motorbikes. One exhibit is a test truck with pantograph: Hybrid road vehicles like this, and electrified motorways, could be a neat way to transition road freight to electricity. The test motorway is the A1 near Lübeck (Image credit: Siemens).

The loco collection is extensive. The Arnold Jung-built shunter above 310.430-4 dates from 1934, based on a standardised design used by several makers (BMAG, Deutz, Jung and Krauss-Maffei). By 1945, a total of 1,114 locomotives, including 573 of the later Kö II series, had been delivered to the Deutsche Reichsbahn Company. Both the Deutsche Bundesbahn and the Deutsche Reichsbahn continued to build locomotives of this series after the war. At the end of the 1980s, these locomotives were still used in shunting operations, with this locomotive at Nordhausen until 1992. Much easier than a Class 08 to step on-and-off to switch points.


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