Die Feldbahnen der Bong'schen Mahlwerke (EK)

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Almost 50 locomotives, from the light petrol locomotives to the four-coupled steam locomotive with a tender, large track networks with a 600 mm gauge, a round locomotive shed with a turntable - the field railways of the Bong'schen Mahlwerke would be a paradise for railway fans today.

Between 1908 and 1975, up to 1,000 tons of material were transported daily on narrow-gauge tracks in five factories between the Lower Rhine and Hesse. Clay, gravel, sand, chamotte and quartzite were brought by endless trains of lorries from the mining sites to the factories and to the loading facilities on trains, ships and trucks.

Author Matthias Koch has compiled extensive material during two decades of research. The book not only describes the day-to-day operations of the small railways. The steam and diesel locomotives, wagons, tracks and buildings are documented in detail. Comparative photos show the situation in the works “then and now”. The elaborate design with many previously unpublished photos, some of which were printed in large format, including very rare color photographs, numerous site plans and original documents, revive the great era of field railways in this work. Published 2004.

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