Category Archives: European Railroads

Christmas in July

Christmas in July Thoughts about digital starter sets   By Ernest H. Robl   Earlier this month — July 2, 2015, to be exact — I received the largest single shipment of

The DR 130 Diesel Locomotive Family

The DR 130 Diesel Locomotive Family By Roger Heid   The DR 130 family of locomotives comprises the DR Class 130 (DBAG Class 230), DR Class 131 (DBAG Class 231), DR Class 132(DBAG Class 232 as well as Classes 233, 234 and 241 produced through

The Bavarian D VI Steam Locomotive

The Bavarian D VI Steam Locomotive By Roger Heid This little locomotive was first introduced in 1880. As you can see from the pictures, it is a 2-axle affair. It was intended

Summertime Memories

Summer Time Memories By Roger Heid   It was a fine day in summer of 1956, when our teacher announced we would all go on a very nice field trip, from here

The Austrian Serie 3071 Steam Railcar

The Austrian Serie 3071 Steam Railcar By Roger Heid   During my travels in Austria, back in the 60’s, I ran across this odd looking steam locomotive. It caught my attention as

Double decker passenger cars in Europe

Double decker passenger cars in Europe   By Ernest H. Robl   While double-decker passenger equipment, Amtrak Superliner cars, are a familiar sight to much of America, particularly in areas west of

The BR 98.3 (PtL 2/2) Steam Locomotive

The BR 98.3 (PtL 2/2) Steam Locomotive By Roger Heid   During summer of 1953, I was still in Grade School, my class went on a field trip to Southern Bavaria. There

German Railroad Signals

German Railroad Signals By Ulrich Albrecht     1.         Introduction Signaling on German railroads is a complicated chapter which could easily fill several books.  Therefore, I will just give an outline

The Rheingold Express

The Rheingold Express By Roger Heid The ‘Rheingold Express’ was a very famous long distance passenger express train. It was named after the opera ‘Das Rheingold’ by Richard Wagner. This opera romantically

The DB Class E 10 Electric Locomotive Series

The DB Class E 10 Electric Locomotive Series By Roger Heid  Here is a brief description of the DB Class E 10 Electric Locomotive series, famed for hauling the post-war ‘Rheingold’ and