Document Type: 
Document Number (FOIA) /ESDN (CREST): 
Release Decision: 
Original Classification: 
Document Page Count: 
Document Creation Date: 
December 15, 2016
Document Release Date: 
February 2, 2001
Sequence Number: 
Case Number: 
Publication Date: 
July 27, 1950
Content Type: 
PDF icon CIA-RDP82-00457R005400300008-5.pdf360.99 KB
IYTELlOF1Y 19 ieeumoEN7?IAL 01 25X1A Approved For Release P82-00457R005400300008 5 L;L1 U'IUNtt IU14 ? CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY INFORMATION REPORT COUNTRY Germany (Russian, Zone) SUBJECT Production of Refrigerator Cars at 25X1 C PLACE ACQUIRED 25X1A DATE OF INFO. the Weimar Railroad Car Factory . 25X1X CD NO. DATE DISTR. 27 July 1950 NO.OF PAGES 4 NO. OF ENCLS. 2 Annexes (LISTED BELOW) REPORT NO. SUPPLEMENT T .L a M1Ip to to t '.E~unry lc95.c only narrow;- aui..'e cars were bull t , at the . eii1^r (; 51/J 57) tnliroad C :r Factory. They included rzotor+ rail cars 1. on. tlrnb :r cars, lorries and boxcars. This production was discontinued in favor of the m:-;nufncturo of convertible rofrigeretor cars. co Convertible refriCerator cars; (1) 2, The tollowin ; data were supplied on the indi- vidual types of cars produced in '.:'einar a.~tyyy~14arro ?r>Gauc a motor f~railars' They ar79et~ about ~y6 2- meters {low n{oe ili~1y 2 axles meters gwid a and run on trio bo ios lWnA o axles each W The he body of the car is of waoa. The power unit, whose output is estimated at 80 to 100 HP is mounted on a base formed by 180-mm tt-13irdere a some of the individuci.l parts of the power unit were do- livered by unidentified delivery pl ontsn l ad- dition to the mentioned pover unit these cars are equipped ith a coal burning steam turbine `he scheduled monthly output of these motor r^ cars is 200 units. The actual output, however, is only 150 to 180 a b. arrow-gau,ae lone timber o nrsa a These have two'a$plegy8o4iL.t`ig rv belr.; used foyr"the loading e,b. W lit e 4 'rho scheduled monthly .IC.uto of pro.- du.ction, is 350 units, the actual output a 32U. Approved For Release 2001/03/05: CIA-RDP82- IDEIVTIAL in accordance with the letter of 16 October 1378 f This document is hereby regraded to CONF rorn the Director of Central Intelligence to the Archivist Of the United States. PJext Review Date: 20.1#3 Approved For CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY 25X1A 4"2 (1) `the- have been in production since zbout the beginning 1950. The hundredth car of this type is scheduled to leave the plant by late nay. wince 1 Larch 1950 the rate of production has been one car daily, but this is soon to be raised to 2 cars. The car is 16 meters long and has a usable width of 21 iaetcrs a since the insulation is about 15 cm thick the overall width of the car is about 2.:5 `t meters o The outer side of the car has a 22~'=n iron sheet while the inner side is lined with zinc sheet. The insulating layer is of .ass wool Part of the sheets required for the body of the bar are delivered by firms in the vicinity of Hannover (L 53/1 32) and Salzgitter (21 53/C 88). The interior of the cars, which have an estimated load capacity of 18 tons (not maximum capacity) is fitted with 136 meat hooks. (2) The car runs on two four-wheel undercarriagesg 25X1X of which 'only the turning frames, the upper and lower flanges, the frames (.prim;;s) and the oil contn_ine;rs 25X1X are manufactured and assembled oat the plant the wheel sets come from Czechos, ova ia.. The Czech delivery plants are unidentified. (3) Devices convertin these cars are not available. The wheels are pressed on cylindrical axles of equal diameter and adjusted by means of crortil)o (!%nnex) to either . uropean or :;oviot gauge, '4hiie, this Is 25X1X being done the car is lifted by a crane. The axles which are turned do not stops for the different gau-'es , (4). the turned-off section is longer than the play between auropean and soviet gauge (2). (4) The conversion of the car is being done by the simultaneous shifting; of the two wheels of an axle, two men having to hold the Wheels on each side. The exact position of the 1 heels is determined by the tread measurements of the conversion clamps (see sketches i3 and C (3). In standard-gauge position IrFI ENTIAL" Approved For Release 2001/03/05: CIA-RDP82-00457R005400300008-5 Approved For Release 2001/03/05: CIA-RDP82-00457R005400300008-5 CONFIDENTIAL 25X1A only half of the brake block is in contact with the wheel set, the full brake block being in operation only aa..:ov1et- ;a.ur,;e position(5). (5) Only the, three mentioned types of cars are presently be;1n manufactured in `1',e1mwx.r- The narrow-aa.uce care are loaded on standard German cars and shipped to Brest Litovsk (a 55/i 87) , ,while the convertible refrigerator cars are as- serlbled in trainoof 16 to 18 cars and transferred to Brest Litoi?sk. 25X1 C 25X1 C Luxury fast train coaches (iilue :express) with the same conversion mechauiain are hein, built in oa- mendorf 52/A) 92) near Halle. The satimated re?.t?e of production is one coach daily.. Gonvortible rcfriL,e? ra.tor cars tire said to also be built; In Des- sau (.., 52/:, 12) (6) a (1) Gouty onto The intere:; tin, item of this rear pow 1 To .roductiori of convertible riefrigerator cars (p`?ra %irx) .8 Ole report b:hich supplies detailed tech. .c3 i a,ae,a aefinite.tF,, cc thr.t convertible .rei.13t cars are being built on the :::.od,.rn method of sitlftiw the wheels in the .jovie: t .one ur 4 ai-r- many also. Detailed in:'orr:iation on this method, which had so far been practiced only in Czecho- slovakia and iiun; ary, nas given in tt,:o ror.cicr reports. (77) (8). The required axles are apparant-, ly still delivered b . Cze~'.,cho slow;.kia whicla? has de- veloped the modern method of oonver si.on and oeoraa to have a patent for the manufacture of such axles (2) 'orrnze:nt; The r ethod of shi t3 t the wheels by :.aarta 3;9r s (pera 2c (3)) is new but credible. This device vt,ich is based on operations by hand does not require stftionary hydraulic plants as previously reported for wahoxay. (8) . T'hic rrtothod offers great advan,ta{;es in the event of vfai when .the a nplieation of the most Ample raeans is essential . and the conversion of cars may be necessary at any tre.nsfer point. ,rorm this point of view the reported Brie of clamps racy be considered as a dis- tinct a.dv-:r to e over the previously reporters pro- cedure. CONFIDENTIAL Approved For Release 2001/03/05: CIA-RDP82-00457R005400300008-5 25X1A 25X1 C 25X1 C 25X1X 25X1 C 25X1 C 25X1 C 25X1A Approved For Release 2001 S (33 Comment`; For the. conversion from European o ,ova e gauge the clamps are applied to both arms (sketch C of Annex). ~i clamp holding the two i.-.,heels is used for the conversion to uro- peen gauge (sketch 13 of Ar'n.ex~ a It is believed that two such clarips must be used to prevent a one-sided traction which r...i:-;ht lead to a dis- to:ted position of the ~fhE :ls , (4) ME C0=11ezat a Contrary to the ob:: orvv,.t i. )n ac cording to nth .ch no stops, catcher ............ ... devices are z?equim cad to hold the i.rheel: in their re- Spec;tive positions, it: is t E ieved that a wedging of the wheels is zaecessaryY to guarantee a fixed position (8 F , ithout ti uch wedging the wheels zvrould be subject to d ang? tons vibrations. (5) -Corament ; special. evMde9_'75xfl h conversia. n. to both gauges are probably also required fir the brake rods. They would halve to guarantee .'ull contact of the brake blocks and thus their full effectiveness in every, position of the wheels,, such a device was pro- vided for in both the obsolete procedure of an exchange of wheels and the modern method which consiat,s a a shifting of the wheels. Tb're is no reason why this device should have been given up in this design and the brake effect should be reduced accordingly. (6) Comment: Confirmatory information is 0 u? re as To whether the convertible cars built req vmmendor f and Dessau (tiara 3,;. are built on in the described method. CONFIDENTIAL Approved For Release 2001/03/05: CIA-RDP82-00457R005400300008-5