Elegant Oil Steamer -
The two class 10 express steam locomotives developed from scratch and placed into service in 1957 at the initiative of the German Federal Railroad were supposed to replace the class 01 and 01.10 locomotives, who were getting on in years, as motive power for modern long distance passenger trains. These DB parade locomotives were built by Krupp and were equipped with partial streamlining, which was supposed to decrease wind resistance and protect the cylinders from to much dirt. Road number 10 002 was equipped at the time of entering service with an efficient form of oil firing. The high performance boiler of welded construction was used in new locomotive construction and had already proven itself very well in the DB class 01.10 locomotives rebuilt starting in 1953. This design gave both of these new locomotives tremendous reserves of power with 2,500 horsepower / 1,840 kilowatts. Nevertheless, the era of steam motive power was clearly nearing its end due to the rapid electrification during the 1960s. These two elegant steam race horses thus remained a single pair despite the instructive results achieved in operation. They are a pair that is still among the legends of that era.