If you register, you can do a lot more. And become an active part of our growing community. You'll have access to hidden forums, and enjoy the ability of replying and starting conversations.

Narrow Gauge Clearing Rubble in Kessel, 1945-46

Discussion in 'Narrow Gauge Railways' started by Corbs, Jan 27, 2017.

  1. Corbs

    Corbs Member

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2008
    Messages:
    1,694
    Likes Received:
    674
    A facebook page I follow has been releasing lots of old LIFE magazine photos, and these caught my eye. It's immediately post-WW2 and shows the citizens, along with the US Army, clearing the city of Kassel of rubble and debris, and beginning the rebuilding of the city.

    They have laid what look to be extensive narrow gauge lines throughout the city, which are being worked by a mixture of steam and diesel locomotives.

    Note also the rather enterprising lady who has made herself an apron out of camo material! Waste not, want not....

    Username 'Nearholmer' on RMWeb (where I also posted this) added:
    There is at least one book devoted to the subject of trummerbahnen, and there is a display replicating one in a museum in Germany. Basic info here https://de.m.wikiped...iki/Trümmerbahn

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2017
    5944, Richieboy, ragl and 1 other person like this.
  2. Forestpines

    Forestpines Part of the furniture

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2009
    Messages:
    1,681
    Likes Received:
    2,435
    Location:
    Bristol
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    In several German cities, including Berlin, the tallest "hills" nowadays are the ones built by these rubble-clearing projects.
     
    Corbs likes this.
  3. paulhitch

    paulhitch Guest

    As one of the pictures suggests, this is "Kassel" rather than "Kessel"

    Ironically, I think Kessel means "boiler" or "kettle".

    PH
     
    Corbs likes this.
  4. Spamcan81

    Spamcan81 Nat Pres stalwart

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2007
    Messages:
    31,867
    Likes Received:
    15,767
    Occupation:
    Training moles
    Location:
    The back of beyond
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    Yes I am an active volunteer
    Interesting set of pics. Loving the fish shop that somehow survived the destruction.
     
    Corbs likes this.
  5. The Saggin' Dragon

    The Saggin' Dragon Part of the furniture Staff Member Moderator

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2006
    Messages:
    15,219
    Likes Received:
    5,500
    Location:
    1012 / 60158
    Heritage Railway Volunteer:
    No I do not currently volunteer
    Precision weapons have improved since then ;)
     
    Corbs likes this.
  6. Corbs

    Corbs Member

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2008
    Messages:
    1,694
    Likes Received:
    674
    Ah yes, my bad.
     
  7. sleepermonster

    sleepermonster Member

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2007
    Messages:
    808
    Likes Received:
    691
    "Interesting set of pics. Loving the fish shop that somehow survived the destruction."

    Unlike the one in Liverpool
     

Share This Page