Rheingold (continued)

The coaches were the most technically advanced the DRG had at that time, but were less advanced than the later (from 1939) Schürzenwagen (skirted coaches), typical World War II cars. The interiors were designed by artists and architects of the time, and besides being very luxurious were also phenomenally spacious. In total there were 26 coaches and three fourgons. In these days, the trip took 11 hours.

At first, the coaches had the Deutsche Reichsbahn-Gesellschaft and Mitropa inscriptions with the DRG logo.
Around 1931 the name Rheingold appeared on the coaches and the DRG logo remained. In the fall of 1939, due to the start of World War II the train service was cancelled.

The service was reestablished in 1951.
Most coaches survived the war but those in Western Germany were painted over and rebuilt to dining coaches Gesellschaftwagen, long distance coaches (F trains) and short distance train coaches (D trains).

The Rheingold now used skirted coaches and was pulled by the Deutsche Bundesbahn steam locomotives BR 01, BR 01.10, BR 03 and BR 03.10 and the BR 41 between Koln and Kaldenkirchen.

In 1954 the word "Express" was dropped.

Darstaed has produced and will reproduce again these famous Rheingold coaches with interior and with lit lamps on the tables.

Sources :

Rheingold by Friedhelm Ernst
Luxury Trains by George Behrend
Die Pullman-Wagen by Renzo Perret
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