January 11, 2014
0961 GERMANY (Hesse) - Express locomotive 01 523 in 1965 in Bebra station
The DR Class 01.5 was the designation given by the Deutsche Reichsbahn in East Germany to express train locomotives that were reconstructed from DRG Class 01, the first standardised (Einheitsdampflokomotive) steam express passenger locomotives built by the unified German railway system. They were of 4-6-2 wheel arrangement in the Whyte notation, or 2′C1′ h2 in the UIC classification, almost globally known as Pacific type. The firms of AEG and Borsig, together with Henschel, Hohenzollern, Krupp and BMAG previously Schwartzkopff, delivered a total of 231 of these locomotives between 1926 and 1938, the one from the postcard, No. 01 191, being built in 1937.
In 1950s and 1960s many of the locomotive of the Class 01 was rebuilt (the one in the postcard in 1964), and remained in service with the Deutsche Bundesbahn until 1973. In the DR, they were still working up to the early 1980s, largely in their original state with large smoke deflectors. They were legendary in their last years for hauling the D-Zug services on the Berlin-Dresden route up to autumn 1977. Only when the large Soviet DR Class 132 diesel locomotives arrived, the Class 01 express train locomotives were finally forced out of scheduled services in the GDR after almost 50 years. After they were withdrawn from active duty, several engines were used as heating locomotives. In the postcard the locomotive is in Bebra station, opened in 1846 and quickly became a major transport hub.
About the stamps
The first two stamps are part of the set Blumen, about which I wrote here.
The last stamp was issued on February 9, 2012 for commemorate 125 Years of Harz narrow-gauge railways.
DR Class 01.5 - Wikipedia
DRG Class 01 - Wikipedia
Sender: Daniela Hebeler (direct swap)
Sent from Altdorf bei Nürnberg (Bavaria / Germany), on 17.12.2013