German DRB Class 41 and 01 Locomotives
#41 018 and #01 1066 take on 2.5% Schiefe Ebene grade!
With DRB 41 018 leading the way, both locomotives give it all they have working up the Schiefe Ebenen at Neuenmarkt-Wirsberg in the German state of Bavaria. Located on the Bamberg-Hof section of the Ludwig South-North Railway, the region is part of upper Franconia in beautiful Bavaria.
The Bayreuta-Nevenmarkt-Wirsberg single line track dates back to 1853 and is one of the oldest railways in Germany.
DRB 41 018 is a German Class 41 2-8-2 locomotive that was operated by the Deutsche Reichsbahn during the years 1937-1941. 366 locomotives were built and each one had 62 inch drivers and weighed 101 tons.
DRB 01 1066 has a 4-6-2 wheel arrangement with massive 78 inch drivers. Only 55 were built around 1939, even though 400 were ordered. It is currently owned by the Bavarian Railways Museum.
Let us know if you have ever seen these locomotives churning up the Schiefe Ebene grade. We would love to hear about your experience.