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The British, they get everywhere!

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We Brits have always been travellers, being an island nation, we have an affinity for exploring but I never expected to see a 'Jinty' in Berlin, during the war!

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Reading further down, it states;
"The locomotive is an LMS Jinty tender (tank!) locomotive and was one of eight who had taken over the British army and transported it to France in March 1940. Their numbers were WD 8 - 15 . The locomotive WD 8 had the original number 7613 and was built 1928. The locomotives WD 8 , WD 13 and WD 15 have probably been destroyed by the retreating British troops, probably by sinking in the sea.

The remaining locomotives were captured and assigned to the SNCF . They were taken back to England in 1948 and included in the stock of the British Railways and put into operation and were sampled (withdrawn?) between 1961 and 1966.

All this information is provided by Allied Military Locomotives of the Second World War by R. Tourret .

Sincerely from the UK

Tony Adams"

Now, what I would absolutely love is for Roco or similar to do a H0 scale model for me to run on my British H0 scale layout! Ha, ha, ha! I'd be better scratchbuilding one instead as that would be a better chance of getting one!
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In the world at war series of TV documentaries narrated by Laurence Olivier there appears in the one about Russia a Bedford OL (I think) lorry working for the wehrmacht in the Ukraine, quite a surprise to see that turn up there may have been somewhere like Rostov. Sorry not trains but a bit interesting I thought
I notice that in my copy of Triebfahrzeuge der Deutschen Reichsbahn - Stand 1 Juli 1950 that there are two British locos listed as present in East Germany.

  • No. 155 stored out of use in Berin-Lichtenberg
  • No. 185 in service at Leipzig-Plagwitz

There is no other information so I have no idea what they are. Dammit, that's spoiled my plan for a relaxing Friday evening.

Best regards .................... Greyvoices (alias John)
To those Interested, 155 and 185 would be Dean Goods. I can't put to it immediately so I may be wrong but 155 and 185 were attached to 8th Royal Engineers, Railway Operating Division, before being transferred to 2 RE, examples which had travelled "The long way round" Via the Mediterranean campaigns and Italy. With them being scrap metal back home, several of the shipped out Deans would be held over longer to solve lack of shunters, though since they were scrap to begin with. It could be noted on other RE DG locomotives; the already worn reversing gear was, by 1944, worn to the point where a stiff breeze would contribute more to which way the locomotive would go, so they often were'nt the most reliable shunters. They would be there with 143, which would be at that point in it's German guise of 53.7607.
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