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    German steam locomotive classes 40 to 59

    Author: John Oxlade, Salfords, England (email: )


    Most of the information outlined below was gleaned from the series of books Eisenbahn-Fahrzeug-Archiv, Dampflokomotiven deutscher Eisenbahn, published by alba.

    In the table below, the link to the image will be in the column appropriate to the version.
    i.e. If it's in it's original form, it'll be in the Origin and class column.
    If it's running with a DRG or DB number, it'll be in the DRG/DB column.
    If it's a DB rebuilt version, then it will be DB rebuilt that's highlighted.

    'Güterzuglokomotiven' - Freight locomotives

    DRG/DB Class and sub-class Origin and class Type Built
    41 Einheitslok
    (DRG Standard design)
    2-cylinder 2-8-2 366 from 1936
    Many later rebuilt by the DB with new boilers, and some converted to burn oil.
    42 Kriegslok
    (War / austerity design)
    Heavy-weight 2-cylinder 2-10-0 Starting in 1944, 844 were built before the end of WWII, 2 with Brotan boilers.
    4290 Umbaulok DB
    (DB rebuild)
    2-cylinder 2-10-0 with a Franco-Crosti boiler. 2 in 1951
    43 Einheitslok
    (DRG Standard design)
    2-cylinder 2-10-0 35 in 1926
    Not to be confused with the 'computer' class number 043 later given by the DB to oil burning 44's.
    44 Einheitslok
    (DRG Standard design)
    3-cylinder 2-10-0 Starting in 1926, but mostly from 1936, 1753 were built before the end of 1944.
    Many were later rebuilt by both the DB and DR, some with oil firing.
    45 Einheitslok
    (DRG Standard design)
    3-cylinder 2-10-2 28 from 1936
    50 Einheitslok
    (DRG Standard design)
    2-cylinder 2-10-0 3164 from 1939 to 1944
    The definitive German 2-10-0. Stripped-down, this is essentially what became the class 52 Kriegslok.
    Many were rebuilt by both the DB and DR after WWII - see below.
    5035-37
    5050
    DR rebuild of a standard 50 with new boilers, and in the case of the 5050, oil firing. 2-cylinder 2-10-0 1957
    1966
    5040 DB rebuild of a standard 50 with a Franco-Crosti boiler 2-cylinder 2-10-0 1959
    050-053 As there were so many class 50's, when the DB re-numbered them to fit in with the new computer numbering system, there weren't enough numbers left in the 050 class (max 999 locos per class). As the 'real' class 52's didn't survive on the DB to be re-numbered, the class 50's used the computer class no.s of 050, 051, 052 and 053.
    52 Kriegslok
    (War / austerity design)
    Light-weight 2-cylinder 2-10-0 There is a certain amount of debate over how many were actually built, but Alfred B. Gottwaldt (a notable German railway historian) reckons 6151 between 1942-45.
    Many were later rebuilt by the DR.
    Neither the 42's nor the 52's lasted long on the DB after the war.
    5218-20 Kriegslok
    (War / austerity design)
    Light-weight 2-cylinder 2-10-0 with condensing tender. 178 between 1942-45.
    There were 2 slightly different condensing tender types - for running extended distances without the need to fill up with more water.
    5270 Saxon III b 2-cylinder 2-4-0 1874
    53 Although Märklin produce one of the proposed class 53 Mallets, the locomotive was never actually completed.
    530
    5310
    Prussian G42
    Oldenburg G42
    2-cylinder compound 0-6-0 1882
    533 Prussian G43 2-cylinder compound 0-6-0 1903
    536-7 Saxon V V 2-cylinder compound 0-6-0 1890
    538
    5383
    Wurttemberg Fc
    Wurttemberg F 2
    2-cylinder compound 0-6-0 1890
    5370-71 Prussian G3 2-cylinder 0-6-0 1877
    5376 Prussian G41 2-cylinder 0-6-0 1897
    5380
    5380-81
    Bavarian CIV 2-cylinder 0-6-0
    2-cylinder compound 0-6-0
    1884
    5382 Saxon V 2-cylinder 0-6-0 1872
    5385 Baden VIIa
    Baden VIIc
    2-cylinder 0-6-0 1866
    540 Prussian G51 2-cylinder 2-6-0 1892
    542-3 Prussian G52 2-cylinder compound 2-6-0 1895
    546
    548-10
    5410
    5412
    Prussian G53
    Prussian G54
    Prussian G55
    Mecklenburg G55
    2-cylinder and 2-cylinder compound 2-6-0's Starting from 1901
    5413
    5414
    Bavarian CVI
    Bavarian G 3/4N
    2-cylinder compound 2-6-0 1899
    5415-17 Bavarian G 3/4H 2-cylinder 2-6-0 1919
    550-6 Prussian G71 2-cylinder 0-8-0 1893
    557-13
    5557
    Prussian G72
    Mecklenburg G72
    2-cylinder compound 0-8-0 1895
    5516-22 Prussian G8 2-cylinder 0-8-0 1906
    5523-24 Prussian G9 2-cylinder 0-8-0 1907
    5525-56
    5558
    Prussian G81
    Mecklenburg G81
    2-cylinder 0-8-0 Over 3000 from 1913
    5559 Pfalz G5 2-cylinder compound 0-8-0 1905
    5560 Saxon I V 4-cylinder compound 0-4-4-0 Mallet 1898
    5562 Oldenburg G71 2-cylinder compound 0-8-0 1912
    5572 Pfalz G41 2-cylinder 0-8-0 1898
    560
    562
    Prussian G73
    Mecklenburg G73
    2-cylinder compound 2-8-0 1893
    561 Prussian G83 3-cylinder 2-8-0 1919
    562-8 DRG rebuilt Prussian G81
    Mecklenburg G81
    2-cylinder 2-8-0 Rebuilt in 1934 from 0-8-0 to 2-8-0
    564 Bavarian G 4/5N 2-cylinder compound 2-8-0 1905
    565
    566
    Saxon IX V
    Saxon IX HV
    2-cylinder compound 2-8-0 1902
    567 Baden VIIIe1-8 4-cylinder compound 2-8-0 1908
    568-11 Bavarian G 4/5H 4-cylinder compound 2-8-0 1916
    5620-29 Prussian G82
    Oldenburg G82
    2-cylinder 2-8-0 1919
    570
    571
    572
    Saxon XI V
    Saxon XI H
    Saxon XI HV
    2-cylinder and 2-cylinder compound 0-10-0's 1905
    573
    574
    Wurttemberg H
    Wurttemberg Hh
    2-cylinder compound and 2-cylinder 0-10-0's 1905
    575 Bavarian G 5/5 4-cylinder compound 0-10-0 1911
    5710-35 Prussian G10 2-cylinder 0-10-0 1910
    580 Prussian G121 3-cylinder 2-10-0 1915
    581 Saxon XIII H 3-cylinder 2-10-0 1917
    582-3
    584
    585
    5810-21
    Baden G121-7
    Saxon XIII H
    Wurttemberg G12
    Prussian G12
    3-cylinder 2-10-0 1918
    582, 4, 5, 10-21 DR rebuilt G12 (see above) with pulverized coal firing 3-cylinder 2-10-0 1930
    5830 DR rebuilt G12 (see above) with new boiler and tender 3-cylinder 2-10-0 1958
    590 Wurttemberg K 4-cylinder compound 2-12-0 1917

    [ last updated 1st Jan 2004 ]