The International Steam Pages

Israel Railway (IR) Preservation, February 21st - 25th, 2015
Part 3

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Many thanks to Chen Melling for his kind assistance and taking the time to act as guide around Haifa’s rail sites.

Some passenger coaches and wagons at the Israel Railway Museum:

Saloon Coach No. 98 (Birmingham RC&W 1912), built as a day saloon for the PR, was rebuilt as a night saloon with six sleeping berths in 1929. It used to convey railway managers, as well as visiting dignitaries including Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia, the King and Queen of Belgium and David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime-minister;

IR brake van 1419 (La Brugeoise 1939) was seized from Egypt in the Sinai in 1956;

Egyptian State Railway (ESR) six-wheel coach No. 4720 (1893, Belgium) was seized in the Sinai in 1956 and saw use with IR as a breakdown train coach. It has been restored as an ambulance coach. 

No. 4717 of the same type and origin, formerly used with the Haifa breakdown train (with crane C-63-1), sits unrestored in the yard;

The 20-wheel 120-ton capacity well wagon was the first item of rolling stock acquired by the new Israel Railways in 1951 (from Belgium) and was used to carry heavy equipment for the Israel Electric Corp.

The wooden bodied coach would be a restoration challenge.

Holocaust Memorials:

Not IR, but two standard gauge covered wagons have been put up as memorials to the Holocaust trains. The first is at the Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust (open Sun-Wed 09.00-17.00, Thu 09.-00-20.00, Fri 09.00-14.00), in Mount Herzl, Jerusalem and has been put on display on a cut-off bridge section, is marked “Deutsche Reichsbahn München 11689 G” and is thought to have come from Poland.

The second, marked “DR München 12 246 G”, was put on display at the Yad LaBanim Memorial in Netanya in 2013 and is thought to be ex SNCB/NMBS (Belgium).

Rob Dickinson