DR 713/714 and 715/716 - DR 713/714 und 715/716

DR 713/714 – 715/716
both as sidecars in the Saalfeld depot, 1979
both as sidecars in the Saalfeld depot, 1979
Numbering: DRG : 713/714 and 715/716
DB : VT 87 900–901
DR : VB 140 604/605,
from 1970: 190 854/855
Number: 2
Manufacturer: Wegmann & Co. Kassel
Year of construction (s): 1925
Ausmusterung: 1957
Type : A1 + 1A dm
Genre : C/DütrvT C/BC ütrvT
Gauge : 1435 mm (Normalspur)
Length over buffers:
Single trolley : 12,525 mm, double trolley: 25,050 mm
Height: 3.640 mm
Width: 3.050 mm
Fixed wheelbase: 7,000 mm (single car)
Total wheelbase: 18,500 mm (double car)
Learning Mass: 37.400 kg
Service mass: 47.450 kg
Top speed: 60 km / h
Installed capacity: 55 kW (75 PS)
Wheel diameter: 850 mm
Motorentyp: N.A.G. KL 10 Z
Engine type: Six-cylinder four-stroke petrol engine
Nominal speed: 950 / min
Power transmission: mechanically with NAG railcar transmission
Tank capacity: 2 × 150 l
Brake: Knorr-type compressed air brake
Seats: 1st car: 50
2nd car 30
Standing room: 1st car: 8
2nd car 9
Classes : 1st car 3.
2nd car 2.

The railcars DR 713/714 and 715/716 are a first-generation railcar design and have been developed as a double car variant for the DR 701 to 704 series. The main reason for the development was the low acceleration capacity of the one-piece vehicles due to the heavy body and the inefficient drive motors. Simultaneously with this series, the vehicles DR 812/813 to 818/819 were compared with vehicles from the same company with a diesel engine. The DR 713/714 and 715/716 railcars were in service until the 1950s. The VT 715/716 was still available as a non-powered sidecar until after 1990. A car part was made in 2004 at theOberweißbacher Bergbahn scrapped, [1] from the other part of the car, which is said to have served as a train station car in Probstzella , [2] further details are missing.


The vehicles are the variant of the DR 701 to 704 for regular large numbers of passengers. They were manufactured by Wegmann & Co. in Kassel in 1925 and delivered at the end of the same year. Except for the missing driver's cab of the individual car, the vehicles with the DR 701 to 704 are almost identical. [3]

Initially the vehicles ran with the road numbers 101/102 Halle and 101/102 Cassel . They were painted dark green. Both vehicles got the red-beige railcar paintwork around 1932. The 713/714 was first used in Torgau , later in Westphalia . The 715/716 was initially used in Kassel. Later locations were Nordhausen , Gotha and Erfurt .

During the Second World War , the vehicles were converted to run on LPG and continued to be used in travel. They also received a steam injection device to preheat the cooling water system. [4]

After the war, the VT 713/714 came to the DB , where it was given the designation VT 87 900 . It was no longer used, but was retired in 1950. The VT 715/716 remained with the Deutsche Reichsbahn and remained in service there until 1957. [5] After retirement, it was converted into a non-powered double trailer and was given the designation VB 140 604/605 . This vehicle was used from Naumburg (Saale) , Nordhausen, [6] Jerichow and Saalfeld / Saale . [7] Both part cars were given the EDP numbers 190 854-0and 190 855-7 . The 190 855-7 was used as a holiday home in Lichtenhain until 2004 and was then scrapped, the 190 854-0 was initially in the Schwarze Pumpe [8] and later in Probstzella as a station car. [2] There is a model of the vehicles. [9]

Constructive features

The car body was built according to the same structural principles as in the DR 701 to 704 . It had a riveted steel frame and a riveted steel framework with sheet metal as superstructures. The differences between the closely coupled single wagons were the lack of a second driver's cab and the larger axle base compared to the 701/704 series . Both single wagons were connected to one another at the short coupling end with bellows. One car was designed as a seating car with 50 seats, the other as a load wagon with 30 seats. At the short coupling ends, one car had a toilet, the other a luggage compartment. Access to the entry areas of the short dome part was via a diagonally offset door. [3]

The drive system of each individual car was also identical to that of the VT 701 to 704 , only that it was designed as a double machine system on the car, which was controlled in a formation. There are no reports on experiences with the double machine system.


  • Heinz Kurz: The railcars of the Reichsbahn types. EK-Verlag, Freiburg 1988, ISBN 3-88255-803-2 .


Individual evidence

  1. Photo of a car part of the VT 715/716 on www.bahnfotokiste.de
  2. a b website about the Oberweißbacher Bergbahn
  3. a b sketch of the double car
  4. ^ Heinz Kurz "The railcars of the Reichsbahn-Bauarten, EK-Verlag, Freiburg 1988, ISBN 3-88255-803-2 , page 33
  5. ^ Photo of the railcar in use in Crossen ( Memento of the original from January 31, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@2Vorlage:Webachiv/IABot/www.reichsbahntriebwagen.de
  6. Photo of the non-powered double car in Ebeleben
  7. Photo of the double car on a special trip in the Saalfeld area
  8. Heinz Kurz "The railcars of the Reichsbahn-Bauarten, EK-Verlag, Freiburg 1988, ISBN 3-88255-803-2 , page 34
  9. Photo of the model of the railcar