Germany (November 2002)


Angermuende: Angermuende was a little "railway village" 70 km north-east of Berlin, getting it's importance from the fact to be a big cross of the railway lines from Berlin, Stettin, Stralsund, Schwedt and Bad Freienwalde and famous for the last war-engines of class 42 at the end of the 60s. Later it became well-known for it's oil-fired class 50 (50.00). More than a quarter of all locomotives of this class were based here at the same time along the 70s. The end of class 50.00 came with the oil-crises in 1980. Once again class 52 came back here for some years. On 15th October 1987 these engines were taken out of the regular services, but some of them survived as heating devices until the 90s. The last serviceable locomotive was 52.8141-5, leaving Angermuende at the end of 1992 to it's new home Bautzen...

 
The last servicable reconstructed class 50 engine was 50.3635-5, here at the depot entrance.   The first reconstructed class 52 locomotive 52.8001-1. In 1986 it's services were already rare...
 
On 6th May 1987 52.8024-3 was destroyed by a crash with diesel-locomotive 106.328-8 in Wilmersdorf. Here a photo still in action in autumn 1986.   52.8035-9 at Angermuende station. This locomotive had a different boiler of class 50 with cast iron sand-boxes.
 
Often in service was 52.8187-8, reaching Angermuende with a freight train from Stettin line...   52.8126-6 was based in Angermuende only for 3 years. Picture taken at Angermuende in spring 1986.
 
52.8141-5 with the morning-freight to Schwedt near Muerow.   52.8053-2 with a long train of class Bag cars to Schwedt.
52.8141-5 shunting at Casekow on Stettin line. Remarkable is the tabacco hang up for drying at the wall of the right shed...