In 1933, as a further development of the legendary flying hamburger, a new diesel high-speed railcar was developed, which had a top speed of 160 km / h. In the German Reichsbahn the railcar was designated as DRG according to the type Hamburg. These vehicles were to reach star-shaped Berlin from the long-distance destinations. From 1935, the DRG Class SVT 137 railcar between Berlin and Cologne and Berlin and Frankfurt am Main was used. There were also paired traction. These fast-railcars VT 04 were considered to be the fastest trains in the world until the beginning of World War II. Special feature was the sweeping blue-beige paint and the rounded power cars. While after the war, the remaining five trains were marked as DRG Class SVT 137 at the German Federal Railways, most trains were from 1958 in the possession of the German Reichsbahn of the GDR. Here you were marked as a railcar DRG Class SVT 137.
Details of railcar DRG Class SVT 137
- Manufacturer: WUMAG, AEG, SSW
- Length: 44765 mm
- Numbering: Various
- Weight: 91,3 t
- Years of construction: 1935 - 1936
- Top speed: 160 km/h
- Retirement: 1983
- Numbers: 13
- Leistung: 2x 604 kW
- Engine type: 2x Maybach
- Drive: diesel engine (later hydraulically)
- Power transmission: electric
The railcar DRG Class SVT 137 series - homestays and roadworthiness
The railcars were powered by a central Jakobs bogie in each car part with a power of 302 kW. Overall, the train was only equipped with seats for the 2nd class. By 1983, almost all railcars were put out of service. Only the 183 252 was initially prepared as a saloon railcar for GDR heads of state and then came from 1975 in the museum driving. Its location is today the Leipzig main station, where it can be visited on track 24. In 2008, three of these historic railcars were exhibited for the 100th anniversary of the Delitzsch rail vehicle factory. Some railcars DRG Class SVT 137 operated for a long time in Czechoslovakia their service.