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Approved For Release 2008/06/16: CIA-RDP80-0081 OA005800130009-8 CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY INFORMATION REPORT East Germany This material contains information affecting the National Defense of the United States within the meaning of the Espionage Laws, Title 18, U.S.C. Secs. 793 and 794, the transmission or revel- ation of which in any manner to an unauthorized person Is prohibited by law. REPORT Emergency Measures to Most Shortages DATE DISTR. 25 January 1955 of Ties for the Reichsbahn NO. OF PAGES REQUIREMENT NO. RD DATE OF INFO. PLACE ACQUIRED DATE ACQUIRED THE SOURCE EVALUATIONS IN THIS REPORT ARE DEFINITIVE. THE APPRAISAL OF CONTENT IS TENTATIVE. (FOR KEY SEE REVERSE) 3? 1. Because of the failure of Rumania to deliver even 4 tenth part of the 1,300,000 wooden railway ties which were scheduled for delivery in 1954 according to the trade agreement reached between East Germany and Ru- mania, the Reichsbahn has allocated funds to build a plant near Ned- 25X1 letz, Mecklenburg, to produce reinforced-concrete railway ties. This is a move of desperation on the part of the EHst German Ministry of Transport, since the difference in cost between wooden and concrete ties will amount to 70 DUE per tie. The wooden ties imported from Rumania and those produced by East Germany cost an average of 18 DYE each, while the concrete ties will be produced at a cost of 88 DYE each. Whereas wooden railway ties weigh an average of 90 kilograms each, the new concrete ties will each have a weight of approximately 250 kilograms. What the technical complications arising from the increased weight on the roadbeds will be is not knowne 2. It is contemplated that the new plant for the production of these rein- forced concrete railway ties will have an annual capacity of 250,000 ties per year. At this rate of production, the requirements of the 1954 Reiohsbahn Plan will not be filled until 1959, since deliveries of the wooden ties promised by Rumania for 1954 have actually amounted to less than 100,000 ties. Only railway lines running East and "Nest are !iavinf- trar.'1 repairs made on them in East Germany. Princip s11~ aff cted are t'.e lines Frankfurt Oder - Berlin - Belzig and Guesten - These two 25X1 lines. have been put into top-notch operating condition, but are still operating under a speed limitation of 120 kilometers per hour. The roadbed on the stretch is in the best condition of any 25X1 in East Germany, but express trains are not permitted to operate on it since it is reserved for Soviet traffic and is called the "Kanonenbahn". This appellation was first used in Wolcld War I, when the line was con- structed fair direct and rapid shipment of ammunition to the West. la xt ACI I AEC ORR X I Approved For Release 2008/06/16: CIA-RDP80-0081 OA005800130009-8 Approved For Release 2008/06/16: CIA-RDP80-0081 OA005800130009-8 Approved For Release 2008/06/16: CIA-RDP80-0081 OA005800130009-8