Red racer

Oil on canvas 54 x 73 cm

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The three class ’05′ 4-6-4′s of the German State Railways were built in 1935 for high-speed services. Two were conventional 3-cylinder simples, the other being a cab-forward version for burning pulverised fuel. Number 05 002 achieved a speed of 200.4 kph on the level in May 1936, then a world record. On another occasion, a speed of 189 kph was maintained for 42 km. 05 002 is seen here in service between Hamburg and Berlin.