During World War II, material was scarce, but the need for locomotives was high. Therefore, the class 52 was created as a simplified version of the universal class 50.
More than 7,000 exemplars of the class 52 war locomotives ("Kriegsloks") were built from 1942. While they were originally designed as short-living, they proved to be durable. In some countries, they were continued to be used until the 2000s.
The DB retired its last 52 back in 1962. Our 52 5804, built in 1943 at the Schichau works (Elbing), comes from Austria. It presents itself today in delivery condition with camouflage paint and screens on the lanterns which were meant to protect against low-flying aircrafts during the war.
|TYPE||1´E h2 G 56.15|
|DRIVING WHEEL Ø||1 400 mm|
|TRAILING WHEEL FRONT Ø||850 mm|
|LENGTH OVER BUFFER||22 975 mm|
|TOP SPEED||80 km/h|
|INDICATED POWER||1 620 PS|
|BOILER OVERPRESSURE||16 kp/cm²|
|GRATE AREA||3,89 m²|
|EVAPORATIVE HEATING SURFACE||177,83 m²|
|SUPERHEATER HEATING SURFACE||68,94 m²|
|CYLINDER Ø||600 mm|
|PISTON STROKE||660 mm|
|MAXIMUM AXIAL LOAD||15,4 Mp|
|FRICTION LOAD||75,7 Mp|
|SERVICE LOAD||84 Mp|
|TENDER||2´2´ T 30 TUB-STYLE TENDER|
|TOTAL PRODUCED||approx. 7 000|
|MANUFACTURER||F. SCHICHAU GMBH, ELBING|
|ACCEPTANCE||26 JAN. 1944|
|MILEAGE||1 MIO. km|