The freight locomotives BR 44 belong to the type 1'E h3. They have 1 independent of the main frame axle, and 5 driven axles in the main frame. The steam is superheated steam and the locomotives have 3 cylinders.

Mor interesting facts

The steam locomotive DRG Class 44 built in the years 1926 – 1949 with a quantity of 1,989 copies is still today with 3 still locomotives locomotive a heavy, 5-speed coupled freight train unit steam locomotive with triple engine. With its 3 cylinders, it was used for the carriage of goods trains on medium-haul roads with a total load of 1,200 t and over steep ramps 600 t could be moved. For testing, 10 steam locomotives with a net weight of 110.2 t of the steam locomotive DRG were built first. Since these could not produce sufficient steam, after 1937 a further 1,979 pieces of the steam locomotive DRG Class 44 were manufactured, which were converted from coal to oil starting from 1958. When operating with oil, tough, almost cold heavy oil was preheated to about 70°C in the tender, thus it was flowable and atomized by a jet of steam in the combustion chamber and burned. During the Second World War, from 1942, there were war-related simplifications of the construction. So you renounced in this time on spoilers and i. E. also the respective front cab side window. After the war, these reductions were reversed.

Details of the steam locomotive BR 44


  • Maufacturer: various
  • Length: 22620 mm
  • Numbering: various
  • Weight: 110,2 t
  • Years of construction: 1926 - 1949
  • Top speed: 80/70 km/h forward. / 50 km/h backward
  • Retirement: DB: 1962 / DR: 1988
  • Fuel supply: 10 t Hard cole
  • Water supply: 32.0 / 34.0 m³
  • Numbers: 1989
  • Power: 1405 kW (Cole) / 1545 kW (Oil)
  • Heights: 4550 mm
  • Boiler overpressure: 16 bar

The preservation and roadworthiness of the DRG Class 44

The steam locomotive DRG Class 44 was and is roadworthy on the standard gauge and reached in forward gear the maximum speed of 80 km/h and when reversing 50 km/h. With its impressive length of 22.6 meters and a height of 4.55 meters, it has a fuel supply of 10.0 tons of coal and 32 cubic meters of water with it. The last copies of the DRG Class 44 coal were retired in May 1977 in Gelsenkirchen-Bismarck. Each 1-locomotive is in the traditional plant Staßfurt, in the Bavarian Railway Museum and in Veluwschen Stoomtrein Maatschappij, Beekbergen / NL. Non-roadworthy, but still worth seeing individual pieces can be found in the railway depot Arnstadt, in the Eisenbahnerlebniswelt Horb am Neckar, in the Saxon Railway Museum Chemnitz-Hilbersdorf, in the railway museum Darmstadt-Kranichstein, on the station forecourt Emden and a monument in Altenbeken. Original parts of the steam locomotive BR 44 are exhibited and looked at all over the world.