Class district

Class districts (German: Gattungsbezirke) were a classification system for railway goods wagons used by the Deutsche Reichsbahn (1920–1945) in Germany between the wars.[1]

Wagon of the class district "Trier" (ferry van)

After the Deutsche Reichsbahn had been founded in 1920, in 1921 all goods wagons types with the same or similar roles were grouped into so-called class districts. These were named after cities that were the headquarters of a Reichsbahn division or, later, other cities too. Work on re-lettering and renaming the wagons began in 1922 and was largely completed by 1924.

Class districts of the Deutsche Reichsbahn from 1921
Class districts Category letters Wagon type Class Period
Altona, later Hamburg V Livestock van S, V, A, W 1922–1937
Augsburg S Two and three-axled rail wagons S, V, A, W 1922–1945
Berlin Gk Refrigerator vans S, V, A, W 1922–1945
Breslau Om Open wagons S, V, A, W 1922–1945
Dresden G und GG Large-volume vans S, V, A, W 1922–1945
Elberfeld, later Wuppertal K Lidded wagons S, V, A 1922–1930
Erfurt X Open departmental wagons S, V, A, W 1922–1945
Essen Om Open wagons V, W 1922–1945
Kassel (Cassel) G Covered wagons V, A 1922–1945
Köln SS Rail wagons with four or more axles (flat wagons) S, V, A, W 1922–1945
München G Covered wagons Verbandsbauart 1922–1945
Nürnberg O Open wagons Verbandsbauart 1922–1945
Regensburg H Cradle wagons S, V, A 1922–1945
Stuttgart R Stake wagons S, V, A, W 1922–1945


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  1. ^ Deutsche Reichsbahn Güterwagen at Retrieved 19 Jun 2019