BR 52

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Specifications for BR 52

Scale/gauge: 1/32, 45mm, Gauge 1.Weight: 6.6Kg, Engine 4.7Kg, Tender 1.9Kg.Length: 739.4mm.  Width: 98 mm  Height: 138.3mm. Wheel arrangement: 2-10-0  Drive wheels: dia. 43.6 mm. Cylinders: 2 cylinders bore 13mm stroke 20mm. Valve Gear: Walschert with reverse lever, valve travel 5mm,cut-off 84%. Boiler: C-type, pressure3-4 kg/cm. Water capacity; 300cc @70% full. Boiler fittings: 2x safety valves, pressure gauge, water gauge, blower valve, regulator valve, blow-down valve, by-pass valve, super heater, Lubricator: Roscoe displacement type. Fuel: denatured alcohol, capacity 180cc.Tender water capacity: 280cc, hand water pump installed. Minimal radius turn: 2 meter Total production: 45x "war gray" version. 260x DR/DB version.

History: The BR 52 came into existence as a result of German transportation needs during WW2. Working under the constraints of material and manpower shortages, the designers developed a simplified version of the broadly used 2-10-0 BR50 version. While the BR 50 was comprised of about 6000 components, the BR 52 used only around 5000 parts. The BR 50 frame was fabricated from 80mm steel bar, while the BR 52 used 30mm steel plate. 17650 man hours were required to build a BR50 while a BR52 could be completed in only 11650 man hours. The weight of a BR 52 including tub tender was 139 tons while the BR 50 weighed in at 165 tons. The BR 52 was expected to have a economically useful live time of about 5 years. However some of them have been in  service for over 40 years. The BR 52's were the backbone of the reconstruction and faithfully served the railway administrations of several countries. Some remained in service in east block countries until the 1990's

BR52 # 1325 modeled by Aster was built by DWM in Posen for the Reichsbahn and is today preserved in Brandenburg renumbered as # 8129. 

BR52 # 3322 modeled by Aster was built by Jung locomotive works after the War had ended and remained in service until 1961 with the DB.

BR52# 2347 modeled by Aster was constructed during the war by Henschel in Kassel and delivered into service in war gray paint. She remained in service in the USSR until scrapped in 1948

 BR52 "war gray" version 

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Below are two historic pictures of the Schwartzkopf factory in Berlin in 1944 where 1221 units of BR 52's have been manufactured.


Picture below shows German soldiers crammed on a 

BR52 in Tiraspol USSR in 1945

The extreme cold of the Russian winter is evident by the steam plumes created by a BR52 in a Rail yard in Kiev USSR in 1945