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Kehl - Old comrades


“Old Comrades” railwaymen of the Grand Ducal State Railways of Baden. On the left is a locomotive driver speaking with his brother-in-law (centre) and the stationmaster of the Kehl station who is wearing the white trousers that distinguished their uniforms in summer weather. The three gentlemen are meeting outside the “Kehl-West” administrative offices and signal box.

Kehl bridge 
Kehl - bridge details of Badenian side
Kehl - bridge details of French side


A passenger train of the Baden State Railways crosses the iron bridge at Kehl. It’s hauled by a IVf “Pacific” locomotive, the model made by Micro-Metakit. Note the “Badische” signal, adapted from a Weinert Wuerttembergisch Formsignal.
The bridge was blown up twice: in 1870 and 1940. It stood on the banks of the Rhine at Strasbourg and Kehl where the “Pont d’Europe” now joins France to Germany. The 34 brass frets soldered together to create the model were photoetched for me by Scale Link in England.  While the model is not an accurate representation of the real bridge, it is strongly “reminiscent” of it in a number of characteristics. The flags flying over the near stone pier are of the Grand Duchy of Baden because the pier stood on Baden territory. At the other end, the flags are of the German Empire because that pier stood on land of “The Imperial Territories of Alsace and Lorraine”, a name that acknowledged that those two provinces weren’t part of Germany proper.

Happy Childhood


In this picture an eight-year-old boy (left) waits with his dog to wave to his father, the locomotive driver of the IVf crossing the bridge and about to pass their home.  It’s a family ritual often repeated before bed-time.  The lady is his mother who holds the boy’s two-year-old sister.  In twenty-nine years, the boy will die, a Feldwebel in the Wehrmacht at a place far away called Stalingrad.
The pedal car was made from a kit supplied by Pitter’s Pappkisten. Note the little wooden duck painted in the colors of the Grand Duchy – red and yellow.



The 28th of June in 1914 was a Sunday and, therefore, a day of rest strictly observed by the entire European population except for railwaymen and others who provided essential services. In this picture we see a lamplighter busy repairing a lamp. He’s pointing to what he wants his puzzled lad to hand to him from a cluttered wagon. Note the horse decorated with a Baden flag – a protest against the imagined visit that day by Kaiser Wilhelm II.  Rather than fly the Imperial flag, the people of Baden prefer their own “colors” to those that were imposed upon them with the founding of the German Empire in 1871.

Happy Fishing


He has never liked his cousin, The Kaiser. When His Imperial Majesty arrived for a Kaiserkonferenz – a meeting of the south German kings – Prince “Gustav”, brother of the Grand Duke of Baden, had himself driven in one of the carriages from the Grand Ducal mews to the Rhine, where he happily fished the afternoon away rather than greet his hated cousin at the station and then listen to him lecture the royal members of the audience, none of whom honestly liked the Kaiser.


The “Sarajevo 1914 Collection”, begun in 1979, has been and continues to be assembled
in partnership with Ingrid Bitter, Director MC W. Schueler, Stuttgart

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