DRG Class SVT 877

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DR 877 a/b
Flying Hamburger
(Fliegender Hamburger)
UIC classification2′Bo′2′
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in)

The DRG Class SVT 877 Hamburg Flyer – sometimes also Flying Hamburger or in

diesel-electric powered train was used to carry passengers on the Berlin–Hamburg line
(roughly 286 km or 178 mi). It entered service in 1933.

Development and technical data

The Hamburg Flyer, a train consisting of two cars – each having a driver's cab and passenger cabin – was ordered by the

(WUMAG). The train was delivered in 1932 and put into service in 1933.

The train was


The train had a pneumatic brake developed by Knorr-Bremse and an electromagnetic rail brake. At 160 kilometres per hour (99 mph), it needed 800 metres (2,600 ft) to come to a halt.

DRG Class SVT 137 Hamburg (not the Flyer) at Leipzig main station

The train had 98 seats in two saloon coaches and a four-seat buffet. The Hamburg Flyer was the prototype for the later trains of the DRG Class SVT 137, which were called Hamburg, Leipzig, Köln and Berlin.

As a sign of its exclusivity, the Hamburg Flyer was painted cream and violet – like the coaches of the

Rheingold Express

The success of this design led

Henschel to develop the streamlined and steam-powered Henschel-Wegmann Train in 1935 which boasted comparable performances on the routes between Berlin and Dresden

Employment by the Deutsche Reichsbahn

From 15 May 1933, the train ran regularly between Berlin (

ICE trains between the two cities in May 1997.[citation needed

During World War II, the diesel trains saw no service. After 1945 they were confiscated by the French occupation army and were used in France until 1949. The Deutsche Bahn put them into service again up to 1957, but with a red painted hull and a new type number (VT 04 000). Only the driver's cab, the engine compartment and the saloon are preserved, the other parts were scrapped; the existing remains are preserved in the Nuremberg Transport Museum. A set of the Series SVT 137, which had previously been refitted for DDR government use, is preserved complete at Leipzig station.[1]

See also


External links

  • On display at the Leipzig main station
  • "Test Train At 100-mile clip" Popular Science, March 1933, article at bottom of page 21
  • Winchester, Clarence, ed. (1936), "The Flying Hamburger", Railway Wonders of the World, pp. 173–176 contemporary illustrated description of the train