Historic pictures show BR 52's under construction at the Schwartzkopf Factory and in service in wartime Russia. A unbelievable number of over 6000 were built.
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BR 52 DR, DB and War version
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History of the BR52 : The BR 52 came into existance as a result of German transportation needs during WW2. Working under constraints of material and manpower shortages. the designers developped a simplified version of the broadly used BR 50 2-10-0 version. While the BR 50 was composed of about 6000 components, the BR 52 used only about 5000 parts. The BR 50 frame was fabricated from 80mm steel bar, while the BR 52 used 30mm steel plate. 17650 man hours were required to build a BR 50. The BR 52 could be completed in a mere 11650 man hrs. The weight of the BR 52 including tub tender was 139 tons while the BR 50 weighed 165 tons. The BR 52 was expected to have a economically usefull live time of 5 years. However some of them have been in service for 40+ years. The BR 52's were the backbone of post war reconstruction and faithfully served the railway administrations of several countries. Some remained in service in the former East Block countries until the 1990's.
BR 52 # 1325 modeled by Aster was constructed by DMW in Posen for the Reichsbahn and is today preserved in Brandenburg renumbered as # 8129.
BR 52 # 3322 modeled by Aster was built by Jung locomotive works and remaind in service after the war until 1961 with the DB.
BR 52 # 2347 modeled by Aster was constructed by Henschel in Kassel and deliverd into service in War grey paint. She was scrapped in the USSR in1948.