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The Lingen railway repair works


here I write a Blogpost about the historical Building where we had our SAP CodeJam´s. I think it is interesting for the people who met the codejam´s and know something about the historical old Buildings.

The Lingen railway repair works

On 23.06.1856 the 'Hannoversche Westbahn' was put into operation with the connection Löhne-Osnabrück-Rheine-Lingen-Emden. In the tranquil Emsland town of Lingen, the 'Königliche Bahnhofswerkstätten' (Royal Railway Station Workshops) were built after a two-year construction period to recondition damaged vehicles.

The first buildings

The first structural facilities - including the turning shop and coppersmith's shop - were erected in U-formation. This form resulted from the central location of the power station, in which a shaft was driven by a steam engine, which transmitted its power to the other machines by transmission belts arranged on both sides along this shaft.

In 1875, due to the growing demand for energy, a new power station was built directly on the Kaiserstraße, which supplied the entire operation with steam and electricity, while the city of Lingen was not connected to the public power grid until 17 years later. This self-sufficiency of the repair works with electricity was only completely stopped at the beginning of the 1960s.

The biggest enlargement

During the First World War, the largest expansion in the entire history of the plant took place. In the years 1914 to 1918 the 55.000m² large 'Lokrichtehalle' was built, in which the 'flow production' in the Lingen plant was introduced with the help of 100t cranes. For this purpose, a large part of the existing plant equipment had to be removed. The old power station - the former core of the entire plant - the turning shop, the old water tower and other buildings fell victim to the new, gigantic 'Lokrichtehalle 1 & 2'; the uses had to be relocated and were given more spacious areas in other parts of the plant.

Post-war period

After a comparatively short service life of 44 years, the last hour for the wagon factory south of the main workshop came on April 1, 1954, as part of extensive rationalization efforts by Deutsche Bahn. The existing halls were rented to external companies. Only the massive, dark-grey painted Winkelturm (high bunker of the type Winkel, named after its designer Leo Winkel) near today's 'Kurt-Schumacher-Brücke' still reminds of the wagon department of the main workshop in Lingen, where the Emslandhalle has been located since the mid-1980s.


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