Our model railroad club is hosting an area convention in two weeks. We have made arrangements with the local museum to display a live steam engine that may have once been owned by World War II German Reichemarchall Hermann Göring. A local returning soldier brought the large model of a French railways engine back to Canada after the war. There was a detailed article on the engine in a local paper in1945. It was supposed to have been obtained at a large estate near Bremen, supposedly owned by Göring.
Now here is where we can use some help: The New Brunswick Museum which now owns the steamer, has not been able to verify that it was once owned by Göring. They do have photographic proof of a large model train layout at his large hunting lodge called Carinhall, northeast of Berlin. But one of the photos clearly shows three-rail track similar to that used by Lionel trains. And they have not been able to determine if Göring had an estate near Bremen or if he did have live steam engines. So they do not have any proof of the engine's ownership other than the claim of the returning soldier.
We have a website for our convention, and have seven photos of the live steam engine. I don't know anything about live steamers, but its operation seems to be a mystery. There is a removable plug in the top of the boiler where water could be added, but there is no apparent way to fuel it. The tender does not appear to have any piping or anything to connect a possible fuel source to the engine. There is a small tank under the boiler that could be the firebox.
Does anyone have any info on the Göring live steam operations? Or have any idea where one could find such info?
Bob Boudreau railfan (NO SPAM) @ post.com Saint John, N. B. Canada Web page: