No participatory actions in february
(while the museum is still closed)

90 years of the record-breaking journey of the Schienenzeppelin

On 21 June 1931, the experimental vehicle known as SCHIENENZEPPELIN set a world speed record between Karstädt and Wittenberge (Hamburg - Berlin line) with a top speed of 230.2km/h, which stood for 24 years.

Photo Wikipedia: Franz Jansen (†), Erkrath

Some details:
    • Year of construction: 1930, decommissioned 1939
    • Length: 25.85 m, weight 18.6 t
    • Propulsion: Aircraft propeller at the rear
    • Engine: Aircraft engine with approx. 500 hp, consumption: 600 L petrol per 100 km
    • Auxiliary engine with 50 hp for shunting
    • Finished vehicles: Single unit
  • A scale 1:32 model has been making its rounds on our model railway layout for about 30 years now.

    It is currently standing on a track in the shadow station, waiting for the demonstrations to resume and
    to be used again.

    What does the hole in the wall do?

    The secret of the "black holes" could be explored by interested visitors on three weekends in October.
    We offered a look behind the scenes.
    Via stairs, visitors entered the exciting world of staging yards, push-button signal boxes, trains waiting for their arrival, etc.
    Many questions were gladly answered.
    After a short explanation about the function of the track-side signal boxes and the timetable, some trains were dispatched by visitors.
    Due to the Corona regulations the number of participants was very limited and there were repeatedly shorter waiting times.
    Encouraged by the good response, we will offer this participation action again on a weekend in January, February and March 2021. Dates will be announced in good time on our homepage www.MEHEV.de. Take the opportunity to use the model railway layout from a different perspective and discover Details from up close.

    She's back again!

    After more than 2 years in the workshop, the repair of the class 52 is completed.
    Motor, gearbox, linkage etc. were worn out by the daily operation of the plant.
    It is currently in trial operation and is pulling goods trains over our facility.
    After the still pending painting it will look like new again and is fit for the next years.
    Here are a few key data:
    • The BR 52 was developed as a war locomotive (simplified BR 50) and was built from 1942.
    • After the end of the World War II many assemblies and spare parts were still available in factories and depots.
    • From these materials, further locomotives could be built. The last locomotives were completed in 1951 and were built more than 7000 times.
    • The maximum speed is 80 km/h forwards and backwards, and 1620 HP power is called up.
    • They were taken out of service until 1962 ( DB ) and 1988 ( DR ). Some copies survived until today in the original. They are maintained and put into operation by railway enthusiasts.

  • The management of the "Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg" and the "Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte" are currently planning to redesign the Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte. It cannot be ruled out that, as part of the redesign, MEHEV's traffic-historical model railway layout will have to move to smaller premises after more than 70 years and thus change its previous flair. Take the opportunity to experience the still existing, meanwhile historic model railway layout at its present location in operation.