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The Frankfurter Feldbahn Museum, 2014

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Over the weekend of May 31st / June 1st 2014, while hordes of railfans were busy with Plandampf 2014 around Neustadt (Weinstrasse), a smaller but probably finer event took place at the Frankfurter Feldbahn-Museum (FFM). To celebrate the 100th anniversary as well as the return from a lengthy overhaul of HF 312 (Borsig 8836/1914, ex DR Muskauer Waldbahn 99 3313; now FFM Nr. 8), a Heeresfeldbahn weekend was held here. A special visitor to the event was HF 945 (Henschel 14913/1916, ex Sena Sugar Estates No. 19, Marromeu, Mozambique; now FBF No. 5) from the Feld- und Grubenbahnmuseum Fortuna. HF 312 was coupled to its ‘Hilfstender’ HF 426.

Another star of the weekend was Lüttermoller 0-10-0T E 103 (Orenstein and Koppel 11073/1925, FFM Nr. 16), which made her first public appearance after a lengthy rebuild. E103 was part of a 1925 order for six locos from Otto Reimers & Co. for the Japanese Military Railways (11071-6), of which E103 is thought to be the only survivor, brought back to Germany from Japan in 2002. An earlier order in 1921 for 25 locos was placed by Suzuki & Co. (9521-45), from which two locos (E16 & E18) are thought to survive plinthed in Japan, while E19 (9539/1921) somehow ended up at Soedhono sugar mill on Java (I have my considerable doubts on this, I suspect someone has misread a number on OK 9939 there. RD). Locos of the same type were also built for the military railways by other German builders. Most were sent to Manchuria during the Sino-Japanese War, never to return to Japan. After WWII, E103 was sold to the Seibu Railway Co., were it was used as No. 3 at their Ahina gravel quarry until around 1951. From the early 1970s to 1993 it was plinthed at the Seibu UNESCO Park in Tokorozawa near Tokyo.

On Sunday afternoon, after the last train had run, it was arranged for the three locos to sit outside the shed side by side.

This picture below shows a relatively recent arrival to the FFM, also from Japan. Maffei 0-8-0 4135/1924 is a ‘Damina’ class and was in use at the Victorias Milling Co. on Negros Island, Philippines, until 1984 as No. 1M. It then went to Japan, where it was plinthed at a scrap yard in Osaka until bought and brought to Germany in 2013. It is now FFM No. 10". She used to be coupled to Maffei bogie tender 4136/1924, and to rebuild it the frame of an Austrian narrow gauge freight wagon has been acquired.

The picture below shows Heeresfeldbahn Type HF110C 0-6-0 No. 11 (Jung 10137/1952). It was never delivered to the HF and remained at Jung until it was bought by Orissa Cement Ltd. in Rarangpur, Orissa, India. It was in use there as No. 2 until 1982, together with No. 1 (Jung 10142/1950), which remained in service until 1986. In 1988 both locos were sold to the FFM. To become FFM No. 11 and 10, the latter having been sold to Stiftung deutsche Kleinbahnen (Ludger Gutwein) in 2012, who plans to rebuild her for use on his Kleinbahn Klütz – Reppenhagen (newly converted to 600 mm gauge). No. 11 was also just completed, she only needs her marking applied and her plates placed back on.

With three locos having emerged from overhauls in the past few month, FFM are now looking at some new projects. 0-4+4-0T Mallet No. 13 (O&K 3902/1909, ex PG Gending No. 4, Java) has been out of service for a few years now and needs new tyres, which she will now probably get.

I was also told that a small group is going to Pennsylvania at the end of next week to ship Krauss 0-4-0WT 7656/1921 back to Germany. The loco was bought in 2011 from the owner of the closed Big Bear Farm in Honesdale, PA. It has since been stored at the Buckgahuda & Western RR in St. Mary’s, PA. It ended up in the U.S. in the 1960s after having worked on a number of Bavarian forestry lines.

On Saturday, a group of Prussian officers and their men had set up camp in the Rebstock park and participated in exercises to the delight of a group of about 30 photographers.


Rob Dickinson

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