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COUNTRY SUBJECT PLACE ACQUIRED DATE OF INFO. eZefeeMile 71112 112C11112 CV 1711.2 011/72 SI- .11i CP 112 COS 111211112 Approved For Release 2002/01/10 : CIA-RDP80-00810A001400790006-4 CLASSIFICATION OECTZET,CONTROL U.S, OFFICIALS OULY CENTRAL NT(Ef 2-iiTroj ?11 REPORT WI INFORMATION REPORT CD NO. East Germany Easi Germnn Railroad information 25X1A DATE MIR NO OF PAGE:5- NO. OF ENCLS. (LISTED BELOW) .;LUPPLEMENT TO REPORT NO.. 25X1A 31 August 1953 SOURCE 25X1X 25X1X 25X1X 25X1A 1. In early April 1953s an SED meeting was held for all employees of the Ministry of Traffic and of the Directorate Ceeerals Railroads, Motor Teeffie eed Ikeda and ehipping at the former German Air Ministry in Berlin. Herr Menzel (fnu)s who delivered the repot of the deputy, announced that, effective 1 Mey 195es the Directorate General, Railroads Berlin, would be made into a Railroad Ministry headed by Roman Chwalek, formerly Minister of Labor. Chealee would be assisted by four deputies, namoly: Menzel, in charge of political affairs; Kramer? in charge of traffic; Staimers in charge of orgenizatioe and administration; Lindemann, in charge of constructions and shape. Menzel indicated that Deputy Director General Karl Betz would be released from his assignment and given a chair at the Academy of Traffic in Dresden? Director General Lehmann will be chargedwith special missions at the newly established Railroad Ministryel 25X1X 2, in early April, source learned that Wunsch (fnu)? departmental cheer at the Directorate General, Railroads) Berlins had been discharged an that Kresse (fnu)0 deputy chief of the investment department, was alao discharged. Source learned that the following reorganization of the East German traffic system as approved by the East German Council of Ministers on 9 April 1953g Raileoadjelelaeue Ministers Raman Chwalek 1st deputy ministee (operations): Kramer 2d deputy minister (safety and organization): Stainer :Id deputy minister (constructions, investments, railroad shops): Lindemann 4th deputy minestee(political affairs): Menzel. .aateleeeeteteX1RI-Seleitier Traf4c end-At-EMIR& State secretary: Wollweber. State Seerekel:a&Ser-02 tor ..W.S--e-4...11e2.aeliee State Secretary: WaechterTl 4,, In early Aprils source learned that the VP transport control headquarters attached to the Berlin regional. railroad headquarters was not get fully staffed. Chief of the VP truffle control headquarters was one Wachner (fnu)c, who was assiseed by Ernst Hansche, (si / 4 2. : ' r.f s Approved For Release 2002/01/10 : CIA-RDP80-00810A001400790006-4 ? 25X1X 25X1X Approved For Release 2002/01/10 : CIA-RDP80-00810A001400790006-4 SECRET/CONTROL - U.S. OF:MULLS ONLY -2 - 25X1A Ewald Wagner, and one Elfert (fnu), Four technical personnel were expected to join the bureau, which was directly assigned to the Ministry of the Interior, The four members of the VP traffic control headquartere wore KVP uniforms with crimson collar patches. The chief had the rank of a captain, his assistants were senior lieutenants.3 5, The VP traffic control headquarters attached to the Greifswald regional railroad headquarters started functioning on 10 March, It was staffed by four V: efficers and a female VP, the ranking officer being a senior lieutenant. Former Reichs- bahninspektoren Seelk (fnu) and Rehdorf (fnu), in charge of traffic and operations, were assigned to the VP office, An expert for railroad timetable matters was still to be recruited," In early April, source learned that Wunsch (fnu), previously chief of the .in Department for Investments at the Directorate General, Railroads, Berlin, had been put in charge of the Nordwestring Berlin (Birkenwerder-Brieselang) project. He was replaced by Graduate Engineer Kuhn (fm), previously at the Dresden regional railroad headquarters.2 7. Source observed that both sides of the two bridges over the Oder River at Kuestrin were guarded by two Soviet sentries each by day and night. No passengers were allowed to loiter on the bridges, The abutmAts on both sides of the bridges were secured by barbed wire obstacles which extended as far as into the river. Trenches had been dug on both banks of the river between the bridges; another system of trenches was observed on the west side of the river, behind the road. Empty machine gun emplacements were seen there. An emplacement for four AA guns had been constructed, others were under construction. The construction work was done by Soviet soldiers from the Artillerie Kaserne, On 15 December 1952,: the four transport police personnel in Nuestrin-Kietz were increased to 22 to 26.4 9. The East German summer timeteble, which will go into effect on 17 May? indicates that passennere riding elevated trains in Berlin will have to change trains at the boundary between West and East Ber1in,5 0, Source learn_d from an employee of the Leipzig regional railroad headquarters that the Soviets returned the electric locomotives and the overhead line material dismantled by them in the Halle-Leipzig area in 1945. By mistake, the equipment from the Hirschberg-Waldenburg railroad line was also returned6 tl? In early Morelli, source learned that East Germany received further shipments of high-quarity steel needed for repair work on railroad cars and locomotives from Western countries, mainly via Wismar and Rostock. In detail, the following materials were delivered: Steel tubes: Seamless tubes 819,724 kg Welded tubes 8e4663 kg pire;1? 18422.1e_ Total 1,a3.087 kg Sheets: Fine sheets 328,919 kg Medium sheets 107,848 kg Boiler sheets 97,857 kg Plates 341,370 kg ll-Z tspe plates aradtiailIR- Dotal 921,324 kg 7 12, Source learned from a confidential railroad teletype sent on 15 January 1953 ' by the Directorate General, Railroads, Berlin, to the presidents of all regional railroad headquarters that SSy flatcars of the 1952 series and RRYm flatcars were no longer to be dispatched abroad except for Brest Litovsk8 SECRET/CONTROL - U,S, OFFICIALS ONLY Approved For Release 2002/01/10 : CIA-RDP80-00810A001400790006-4 25X1X 25X1X 25X1A Approved For Release 2002/01/10 : CIA-RDP80-00810A001400790006-4 SECRET/CONTROL - 110S, OFFICIALS ONLY 3 a 25X1A 13. On 29 :larch, source learned that several trains of heavy-duty flatcare eere disnatched to the U.S.S.R, from elaces in the Halle railroad district, In all railroad districts RRym type flatcars had to be withdrawn from traffic. After 25 Nhrch, SO to 90 RRym flatcars had to be made available ready for immediate employment in each of the eight railroad districts 14. In early April, source learned that the Magdeburg regional railroad headquarters had been ordered by the Soviet traffic control headquarters to have 400 boxcars converted into troop cars. The order was to be carried out without delay by the Bw (railroad maintenance shop) in Megdeburg? 9 15, On 27 March, source observed that there was no change in the status of the 13 locomotives of the locomotive column in Ducherow,le 16, In late March, source observed that the 33 locomotives of the locomotive column at Ruednitz were still being kept cold.10 17, the following information from the protocol of the Berlin regional railroad headquarters drawn up on 19 March 1953 of a joint conference held from 13 thrcugh 15 March 1953 by representatives of the Berlin, Cottbus and Dresden regional railroad headquarters on the one hand ane of the Polish regional railroad headquarters in Posen and Breslau on the other: a, For the time being an increase of the permitted axle pressure for locomotives to 17 tons is not feasible on the Hagenwerder-Hirschfelde railroad line, Work on the reinforcement of the permanent way of the line was started some days before( 11 h, Complaints on the issue of coal of a poor quality to German locomotives handling Soviet transit trains through Poland, particularly at Luckow and Sochaozewl will be checked by Polish authorities, which promised to remedy this situation,12 The timetables for trains operating on the Wegliniec-Horka, Tuplice- Porstt and Hirschfelde-Krzewina Zgorzelec -Hageneerder railroad lines were checked and coordinated. It was agreed that eight pair of scheduled trains and one pair of non-scheduled trains were to operate on the Wegliniec-Horka line; seven pairs of schedulea trains and one pair of pen-scheduled trains on the Tuplice-Forst line. The following arrangement was made for the Hirschfelde-Krzewina Zgorzelec -Hagenwerder line: Polish trains: 13 pairs, including: 2 eairs of scheduled passenger trains; 1 pair of freight trains with provisions for the transport of passengers: 1 pair of local freight trains; 2 pairs of scheduled freight trains; 7 pairs of non-scheduled trains, East German trains: 23 trains, including: 14 passenger trains; 4 local freight trains: 5 non-scheduled freight train03 Speed limits in force for the bridges over the NaStie River near Rohnau and Rosenthal were cancelled,14 25X1A 1111111Cnsn Information on the reorganization of the Zest German traffic syetem was transmitted previously . The new railroad minister, Chwalek? previously Mister Labor, Before , 1945, Chwalek worked as a mechanic in the Oppeln railroad district