The BR52 Locomotive - A short WalkRound

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In General

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).

The Museum:

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)
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About the Author

About Jim Rae (jimbrae)

Self-employed English teacher living in NW Spain. Been modelling off and on since the sixties. Came back into the hobby around ten years ago. First love is Soviet Armor with German subjects running a close second. Currently exploring ways of getting cloned to allow time for modelling, working and wr...


Enjoyed the photos Jim, hope you had a good trip.
AUG 24, 2007 - 03:51 AM
thanks Jim.. this is just what I needed!! I am building this sucker right now (PE and all) and this is just perfect...
AUG 31, 2007 - 02:29 AM
Very nice, Mr. Rae, great subject...thanks for sharing! ~Mark
AUG 31, 2007 - 02:38 AM
Nice! It looks to me that this is the first surviving BR52 engine in original state. There seam to be no post war modifications. Unfortunately there is no pic of the stove. Is it the cylindric style or does it have a quare housing? I think this will be the cause for my next trip to the capitel. Happy modeling Harald
AUG 31, 2007 - 06:54 AM
As far as the condition goes ... it may look worn and neglected ... but just perfect images for what I want for my BR52. Love the corroded red colour on the front and back. Have been a little doubtful of what colours to use ... red/black, dark grey or camo, but now Im definately decided. Thanks for the images Jim. These are gold!
AUG 31, 2007 - 08:35 AM
Excellent pics Jim, thanks for sharing.
AUG 31, 2007 - 11:14 AM
WOW...! it's indeed black (semi gloss) and red. thanks for the pictures...i'm building one right now. thanks so much...jim. ed
OCT 25, 2009 - 04:28 PM
Excellent Jim...very much appreciated! Gratis. Mike
OCT 25, 2009 - 04:31 PM