Category Archives: History

The Slow Side of the Danube

The following article was marketed to newspaper travel sections in 1995, based on a trip I made in 1993. It covers much the same area of Austria as my earlier Blog article,

Austria’s ÖBB class 1822

Austria’s ÖBB class 1822 An orphan series that may just give you the perfect train to model By Ernest H. Robl As happens elsewhere in life, the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) class

The BR 81 Steam Locomotive

The BR 81 Steam Locomotive By Roger Heid The Class BR 81 was introduced in 1928. It was intended to gradually replace the BR 80 which had just been introduced the year

The BR 23 Steam Locomotive

The BR 23 Steam Locomotive By Roger Heid The DRG BR 23 was conceived to be a replacement for the venerable Prussian P8, later dubbed BR 38. This was back in 1941. 

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

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

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

The E 194 Electric Locomotive

The E 194 Electric Locomotive By Roger Heid This locomotive started out as the Class E 93. In 1933, the line between Stuttgart and Ulm was electrified. The Geislingen Grade was part

The BR 03 Steam Locomotive

The BR 03 Steam Locomotive By Roger Heid   Early some Sunday morning, in 1929, a train destined for Somewhere Town got stuck in Elsewhere Village. The locomotive had died. The only