Engine No. 6 of the Bergedorf-Geesthacht Railroad (BGE)
About this creation
My hometown once had an interesting railway called the "Bergedorf-Geesthachter Eisenbahn (BGE)" = Bergedorf Geesthacht Railroad.
The railroad was a branch line which connected Bergedorf, a town at the main line Hamburg to Berlin, with Geesthacht, a town in the nearby countryside of Hamburg.
As a branch line, it was single-tracked railroad with simplyfied operation.
But due to a large explosives factory it was transferred in WW1 and WW2 into a double-track main line, because otherwise it would not have been possible to cope with the enormous traffic increase.
The passenger transport ended in October 1953, because the competion of the bus lines was overwhelming.
Luckily an atomic power plant was built in Geesthacht, so they did not destroy the tracks, for they still need it for some cargo trains to the power plant.
So in 1975 a museum railroad club was founded and their first train rode between Bergedorf and Geesthacht in Decmber 1976.
The project I´m currently working on is a model of this branch line displaying the line at about 1935/36.
The first step into this project is the steam engine No. 6 of the BGE, the only one with a name.
The engine was named "Gleim" after the founder and first director of the BGE Dr.Eng. C.O.Gleim.
The engine was built 8-wide, using wheels from BigBenBricks and a 9V LEGO technic motor.
A problem is the non-existance of a slider to collect energy from the 9V track.
So at the moment I always need an additional railway car with a battery box to run the engine :(