But First; The Coupling Conundrum
Saturday, 2 January 2021
Funf Und Funfzig Plus Funf Gleich Funf! (2)
fbb is grateful to correspondent Peter who revealed all. The weird hook and bar couplings, almost identical with modern "medium" tension lock designs (the extra bit is a shadow!) ...
... were known as LaNaL couplings and were invented in the USA in 1935 by a man called Alan (or maybe Allan?). Playcraft/Jouef used them from about 1961 until 1964 when they changed to the Peco type.
Thanks, Peter; fbb will sleep soundly in his bed tonight. But hold fast there! Does that mean the compulsive tank wagon collector will need to acquire a bogie wagon with Peco couplings and a four-wheel wagon with LaNaL jobbies to ensure his collection is complete?
Mrs fbb will be pleased.
Berlin Underground Line U5 ...... opened as Line E in 1930.
As a result of wartime bombing and Eastern Bloc architecture, the whole area looks very different now, Alexanderplatz for example!
Stations were utilitarian in style (some still are) because money was short! (a familiar story?) ...
A video of the Honow terminus shows no barriers, a flat entrance from the street ...
The depot at the old Friedrichsfelde terminus is still the main parking and maintenance site.
So, tomorrow we have the final task of joining Line U55 to Line U5 - seemples!
Next Berlin Mini Blog : Sunday 3rd January