With the end of the steam train era in sight in West Germany, thousands of train enthusiasts flocked to stolberg recently to see an exhibition of steam trains organised by the West German Government Railways.
GV PAN trains lined up with people inspecting them
SV AND CU train No. 89-7195 ringing bell on smoke stack with child watching (3 shots)
SV AND CU old train with head-lamps burning
SU Engineer oiling wheels
CU child watching
CU PAN train No. 55-3345 with boy looking (2 shots)
SV PAN FROM INTERIOR of engine No. T9/7270 TO side of engine
SV AND CU front of engine No. 1008 and sign Baureihe Schnellzuklok built 19825 120k.p.h. (2 shots)
CU children looking in firebox
SV and CU engines and wheels of 98 727 (tender) (2 shots)
CU hooter blowing
SV and CU engine No. 050 761/6 and wheels (2 shots)
LV PAN people looking at trains
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Background: With the end of the steam train era in sight in West Germany, thousands of train enthusiasts flocked to stolberg recently to see an exhibition of steam trains organised by the West German Government Railways.
The last steam train will be taken out of service next year and the exhibition was the last time all the locomotives could be seen together.
Some of the exhibits dated back to 1894 - a time when the stem locomotive was king of the track and was a vital supply line for rural areas.
One model on display that sold 5000 within 10 years was the Prussian hot steam locomotive mainly used for transporting consumer goods. It was designed by Robert Garbe and built in Germany.
Another train that attracted a lot of attention was an early example of the speed train designed and built by the German railways in 1925.
SYNOPSIS: Stolberg in West Germany and a last farewell for some of the country's steam trains By next year they will have been phased out of service so the West German Government Railways took to opportunity recently of getting them all together in one exhibition to let train enthusiasts have a final look.
some of them date back to 1892 - a time when the steam locomotive was a revolutionary and speedy mode of transport.
This old-timer was bought by the Prussian government between 1892 and 1902.
This is an early example of the speed train which started production inn 1925.
Designed by Mallet this fine example was built in Germany.
A goods train that has proved one of most successful built by the German Railways. It was first produced in 1939 and since then more than 3000 have been built. It's maximum speed is 80 kilometres an hour. But soon it too will join others in retirement - made redundant by modern technology.