A Day in Nördlingen / Ein Tag in Nördlingen, by David Broda
Prototypes | Vorbilder:
I finally converted the video footage I took during out 2002 trip to Germany and have uploaded it to YouTube. Below a sample.
Bin endlich dazu gekommen das Video unserer 2002 Deutschlandreise vom Band abzuspielen und habe es bei YouTube hochgeladen. Hier ein Beispiel.
Crossing the Ruhr from Oberhausen to Duisburg
Zeche Nordstern in Gelsenkirchen. The site of this now defunct mine now serves as a park and is als home to the Deutschland Express show layout, billed as one of the largest Märklin layouts.
Minehead 1/2/8 of the Zeche Zollverein in Essen. The site of this mine and coking plant are now part of UNESCO's World Heritage List and Minehead XII (in distance in lower picture) was honored with a model by Trix..
Memories | Erinnerungen:
When I was a kid visiting my grandparents in Duisburg, we used to run down the street to the big park in the center of town and play on the locomotive which was set up there just for that purpose. The engine had been retired from the Mannesmann Steelworks in the early/mid sixties and was given a second life on a playground. Many, many hours were spent climbing all over and playing engineer, ignoring the scrapes, bumps, bruises and cuts we got on the rusting steel. I took the pictures below in February of 2001. Graffiti was always a great part of the charm, as was the dirt, cigarette butts, stench, and worse. We still loved her.
A photo of the engine in April of 2004 can be see at Werkbahnen in Deutschland.
A few years ago, actually December of '04 my daughter Sofia (then 6) and I noticed it was no longer there and had been replaced this -
While surfing with Google Earth looking at railyards from above, a great exercise in industrial/urban archeology I decided to look for the Bw Gelsenkirchen Bismarck, last home to many of the BR44s and BR221 engines. On their homepage, I found to my amazement a report on the move and RESTORATION of a Henschel-Lokomotive C 400, our engine, which is now being restored by the Arbeitskreis Freunde des Bahnbetriebswerks Bismarck - Förderverein e. V. Gelsenkirchen to a non-functioning condition and will be on display at the Bw Gelsenkirchen Bismarck (near where I had lived for several years). One of the images shows the smoke chamber filled to about 1/3 with sand from the playground. I wonder how many handfuls of that are from my siblings and me. I'm glad this story has a happy end and that the engine will continue to live. One thing that came out of the report and pictures was that even having stood out in the acrid rain of Duisburg for over 30 years that the engine was still in remarkably good shape. I guess we didn't treat it too badly.
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