The Bremserhaus.

This shed is an adjunct to my train shed. It is built in a similar style to the Bremserhaus (or brakeman's cabin) which was found on many freight cars running in Germany prior to the 1960s. I use it to house garden and general tools.


Now that got me to thinking..... Imagine spending most of 8-10 hours a day, standing in this little shed. During this period, you will also be using ladder/steps climbing up into, or down from this shed, which is perched between 1 and 3 metres from ground level. When down, you will be running alongside a train to ensure couplings are not broken or loose, axle boxes are not over-heated, brakes are pinned down or released, brake hoses are not damaged, checking for air leaks, and generally ensuring the train in your charge, is going to reach its destination.

Your mission statement doing this job is Disziplin und Ordnung. But there ARE perks. While you are inside this shed, shielded from the sleet, snow or wind, you will be able to watch the passing scenery in complete comfort.


This back yard store shed, is 1.2 metres square, and about 1.8 metres high. It has a peaked roof, so I can stand with some comfort. It is used to house garden tools, and a steel shelving system for boxes of other builders/carpenters tools.

On inspecting a few models of German wagons fitted with the Bremserhaus, the following facts seem to emerge, although approximate. Someone here may be able to give exact measurements.

Cross-Width of cabin = 1.17 metres (3' 10")
Entry width of cabin = 0.7 metres (2'4")
Height of cabin = 1.57 metres (5' 1.5")

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