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The Great Railway of Renaissance Europe

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Adolf Hitler’s plans for renaissance Germany included an extraordinary new railway that by comparison would reduce all other railways rolling stock to almost laughable levels. This railway was designed to connect the most important cities in Greater Germany with trains 7 metre high (30 feet), carrying up to 4,000 passengers at speeds of 200 kilometres per hour.

Breitspurbahn, or broad-gauge railway in German was typical of the projections for the new Germany finally free of the bankers usury coils.

Comparison of Breitspurbahn gauge with Russian gauge and Standard gauge. Image by Dmitry Sutyagin/Wikimedia Commons

The origin of this dream can be traced back to the 1930s when Adolf Hitler asked the young architect Albert Speer to lead the design and rebuilding of Berlin. The fiercely ambitious architect impressed Hitler with an impressive plan for the Reich Capital; a huge domed assembly hall over two hundred meters high, a great triumphal arch large enough to fit the Arc de Triomphe of Paris inside its opening, and a 350,000-square-meter plaza surrounded by the grandest buildings of all.

The idea of a new railway, however, was not of Albert Speer’s, although the architect did propose two new grand terminals for Berlin that were larger in size than New York’s Grand Central Station.

The plan to modernize the German rail network and increase transport capacity was put forward by German engineer Fritz Todt. Todt believed that the standard gauge of 1,435 mm was limiting the construction of bigger trains with more capacity, and should be replaced by a broader variety.

Proposed route map of the Breitspurbahn. Image by Ralf Roletschek/Wikimedia Commons 

Railway experts sharply criticised the idea on the grounds that it would leave the German rail network incompatible with the rest of Europe, but Hitler quipped that the rest of Europe was going to follow the Reich’s examples anyway.

The twice-elected German President-Chancellor invited his engineers to design a high-capacity railway with an increased gauge. A gauge of 4,000 mm was proposed, but the width was quickly cut back to a more practical 3,000 mm, which was still more than twice as large as the standard gauge used throughout Europe.

Several wide-gauge railway lines would have started from Berlin networking across Europe and going far beyond into India and Russia’s Far East. Hitler saw Ukraine and the Volga Basin as important trading partners and it was envisaged that a Ukraine free of Bolshevism would once again become the breadbasket of all Europe. Eventually, this pan-European plan was cut back and Hitler agreed to focus only on Europe.

Hitler and the designers involved in the project wanted his magnificent ground-breaking railway to rival ocean liners in amenities and comfort.

He wanted the trains to be spacious and lavish, fitted with restaurants, cinema, swimming pool, barbershop and sauna. Industry partners submitted dozens of designs ranging from steam locomotives to gas turbine to diesel-electric.

Their power ranged from 11,400 to 18,400 kW. By in comparison, a typical diesel-electric locomotive in use today generates about 2,200 kW.

Each carriage was to have a length of 42 meters, would have been 6 meters wide, and 7 meters high with two floors. The train would have been half a kilometre long, allowing a capacity of between 2,000 and 4,000 passengers.

Unfortunately, when Britain and France declared war on the German Reich on September 3, 1939, resources that were intended for the further development of Germany’s peacetime infrastructure were put aside and diverted to support the defensive war effort. 

Any hopes of reviving the Breitspurbahn were dashed when the combined armies of the mutually supportive Soviet, British and American empires combined to crush, occupy and plunder a nation that had aimed to revitalise renaissance Europe. Source

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