Railroad Reichsbahn question

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Railroad Reichsbahn question

Post by wednesdayschild » Fri Jun 12, 2015 6:53 am

For purpose of writing a scene in a novel, I need to know a couple of things: how many different types of passenger cars were there as rolling stock in Germany around 1944 (OTHER than sleeping cars) and, secondly, how were these cars heated? So far I have found one reference, in a transcript of a war crimes trial, stating that at least some of them were heated with wood- or coal-burning stoves. Is this accurate? (It's hard for me to imagine how this would work as at least some of these cars were the type with the aisle on one side, and compartments seating 6-8 people, with doors, on the other side - at least, I think they were, or did these come later?) Were any of them heated using other methods? Thanks in advance for any and all info!

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Re: Railroad Reichsbahn question

Post by fridgeman » Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:54 pm

Most Reichsbahn passenger waggons had electric heaters in 1939 and earlier, 1 small in every cabin.
Unsure if any Reichsbahn still heated with coal or so. Maybe in some cattle waggons, that were
used in 44-45 for evacuation purposes, or for KZ and war prisoner transports.

Reichsbahn had more than a dozen different passenger waggon types. For example the ones you mentioned, passage on one side,
cabins on other side. Also there were waggons with passage in middle and cabins left and right.
Or Waggons with passage in middle, and open spaced seat groups left and right.
There were also waggon models with 2 levels, they were used for 2nd and 3rd class mostly (cheaper tickets, less space and comfort for the traveller)

Some waggon models had doors to exit and enter the train from the station platform, while other models had only exit
and entrance on top and back of the waggon - you could go from it only into the waggon infront or behind.
Hope you get what i mean.

To make it short, there was alot of different waggon models.

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