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on northbound freight at Winterberg 14/1/46
was about this time that I began to think that if I was careful, I might do a
bit of real train-spotting. Most days, one of our trucks went for rations etc.
to an army depot near Hagen. I was working on either a three or a four watch
system of duties and, with the latter, it was possible to go off for the better
part of the day, by taking a lift in one of our trucks. There were no other
troops for miles around and there was very little risk of being stopped.
Nonetheless, to cover myself just in case, I made out a R.A.F. leave-form
stating I was "authorised to travel by military or civilian transport anywhere
within a radius of ..... miles of Winterberg, including...." (and I gave a list of
local towns). I scrawled an illegible signature at the foot, but was never called
upon to show documents, except on one amusing occasion in the summer of that
42.627 at Winterberg on
first trip was down to Bestwig a railway village on KBS 350 and near the junction for the Winterberg line. It had a small
undamaged yard and a standard half-moon shed around a turntable. The shed
carried a big collection of smaller and older locos BR 38,
55, 56, 58 and 93 for
the local branch lines, many of which are now closed. There were BR 44s for the
main-line traffic to the west and east. Just east of Bestwig was Nuttlar, the actual
Junction for KBS 355 to Winterberg and
Frankenberg, and the main line began to climb steeply, at about 1 in 60, out of
the Ruhr valley up to a summit tunnel between Elleringhausen and Brilon Wald. BR
44s were also used on this stretch as bankers.
44.1065 heads an eastbound coal
train from the Ruhr to Kassel up the 1 in 90 grade between Olsberg and
Elleringhausen tunnel on 2/1/46
Bestwig, there were a Royal
Engineers Corporal and two or three men generally in charge of the railway. The
Corporal was friendly and when I told him of my interest, he said I could go
ahead and visit as often as I wanted. Around the shed were a number of undamaged
derelicts, BR 44s, 50s and 58s, including
44.845 built at Nantes, France in 1942.
day there were thirteen
44s on shed and I took several interesting photographs. After this first
success, I went in mid-February down to Arnsberg, about 28 km west of Bestwig.
Here there was a small parallel-road shed by the station, which stands east of
the tunnel. The foreman let me look around and when I left I gave him a packet
of cigarettes, which was something of a currency at the time. I don’t smoke so
this was no hardship and was a good way of saying ‘thankyou’ to these
helpful and friendly railway men. They always opened up when they heard of my
interest in the railway. Arnsberg had several BR 74 2-6-0Ts for branches in the
Sauerland hills and 38s. 58s ,
93s and a 92 0-8-0T.
56.491, a rebuilt BR55 at Winterberg
on 14/1/46; notice camouflaged tender.
were one "Kleinlok", Kö
0267 and one of the very last-built of the BR 50s,
50.3156, with an enclosed cab like a "Kriegslok". There was a small BR
56.595 with plates shoving RBD Ost Bw Krolewschisma This place is not given in
the index to my 1944 "Kursbuch" and presumably 595 was a loco which had
served in the Soviet Union in 1943/44 before the German retreat.
BR 56.2776 on Winterberg station turntable on a snowy 16th
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