The Merck light railway
for all of you who are interested in Oberursel locomotives,
there is a nice book ( in german language ) featuring this little
Die Merk'sche "Kleinbahn" - Auf schmaler Spur in der chemischen Fabrik
1901 -1960 )( The Merck light railway - on the narrow gauge in the
chemical factory). Published in 2002 by the author, Berthold
Matthaeus. 112 pages softbound. Size 20 by 30 cm. ISBN3-9805727-4-9.
The author describes the 60 cm-gauge railway system, that served the
departments of the Merck chemical factory at Darmstadt/Germany (near
Frankfurt/M) in the first 6 decades of the last century. It was
operated with an sheduled timetable (only goods traffic).
Motive power was by 6 Oberursel and Oberursel-Deutz IC engines, some
of them equipped with an Diesel-engine in their late days.
There were about 350 cars (skips, flats, even some tiny two-truck
covered waggons and homemade tiny tank-waggons).
Dozens of photos not only show the engines and the rolling stock, but
the vintage chemical factory as well! Looking at the pictures, the
Merck light railway cries to be modelled!
Author Berthold Matthaeus has added scale Drawings of all the engines
(scale 1:32) of the different kinds of engines and some generic types
of rolling stock.
I have posted some pictures from the book in the photos section
(Merck light railway).
The book should be available by Karl Pascarb at
www.schmalspurverlag.de (Price about 18 EUROs + shipping/handling).
You can contact Karl at Karl.Paskarb@... .
This book is available (or at least was ...) in the U.S. from Mike
Decker of Decker's trains. Sorry, I don't have his address handy, but
he does have a website. That's where I got my copy. The pictures are
all in English BTW <G>
I especially loved all the photos of the little tank cars and such.
Worth the price just for that! I thought it a fascinating industrial
Wazoo Island Ry.
- I have the book, too, and it is fascinating. The author works for Merck and
has acces to the archives, so he really knew what he was writing about. I
would never have thought that a chemical works had such a large 60cm
There is another book by the same author about quarry railways, "Feldbahnen
der Odenwälder Hartsteinindustrie". As a modelling theme, quarry railways
are more conventional, but the book still has lots of vintage photographs.
Kind regards, Herbert Fackeldey
there´s one thing i´ll have mention: The Merck light railway is with a
safety of 99% a 500mm railway. The author Berthold Matthäus has done a
little flyer in which he writes about his new informationen. And all
this brings him to the result thaz the railway was 500mm.