The BR52 Locomotive - A short WalkRound
by: Jim Rae
Apart from it's aviation content, the Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin is not, at first glance, a great source of inspiration for the military modeler. However, due to the revived interest in railroads as a modelling subject, anyone with even the vaguest interest in the possibilities should put this museum high on the 'list' to visit.
The Railway section
This is divided between two buildings (part of a former locomotive depot) and sub-divided into historical periods. I chose to concentrate on the BR52 as, at least at the moment, it's the only German locomotive in (plastic) kit form. On either side of the BR52 is another heavier (steam) locomotive of similar style/period and the diesel-electric locomotive of the same period.
State of Preservation:
Unfortunately, the locomotive is in desperate need of a good clean-up. There is a fair amount of corrosion (indicating that it had been housed outside) although from a layman's viewpoint, it looks as if all the essential bits are in place...
As the locomotive is housed indoors and there are a LOT of other exhibits, it isn't the easiest subject in the world to photograph. The low-lighting within the exhibition area also required the use of flash (hence the graininess of some of the images).
If you're lucky enough to visit Berlin, the museum can be found at Trebbiner Str. 9, 10963 Berlin-Kreuzberg. The nearest underground (U-Bahn) station is Trebbiner Str. Cost of admission is a very reasonable €4.50.
The Museum's website can be visited HERE (LINK)