Kriegslokomotive Deutsche Reichsbahn DRB Class 52 nr. 52 4966 – A German Wartime Steam locomotive. These locomotives are real WW2 workhorses. This type of steam locomotive was produced almost 8000 times from 1942 until 1950 in multiple German factories, 7794 units in total. The one on the photo’s below is from 1944. The Locomotives were produced in three countries, Germany, Austria and in occupied Poland. In Poland they even used forced laborers from Auschwitz.
It is a simplified version of the Class 50 which was produced before the war, less materials and less construction time. The materials used were exchangeable with other Kriegslokomotieven – war time Locomotives, therefore the Germans called these Einheitsdamplokomotieven – unity steam locomotives.
Many of these locomotives changed ownership after the war, they were used throughout Europe, Russia Romania, Bulgaria, Norway, Poland and Yugoslavia. About a dozen classes of locomotive were referred to as Kriegslokomotieven; however, the three main classes were the Class 52, 50 and 42. They were numbered 52 001 to 52 7794 . A total of 20 are preserved in Germany. Photographed in Technik Museum Sinsheim Germany 2016.