Medical Train, Germany

A train that was used as an ambulance and mobile hospital in Germany. The train is well preserved and in good condition.

Medical Train Germany
 

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The medical train is a set of railway carriages that were used as an ambulance and mobile hospital. Many ambulance trains were used during the first ans second world wars, but few remain to this day. This is a fine example of such which has been well preserved.

Each carriage provides a different function. The first we entered contained many beds and would have functioned much like a hospital ward where patients remain in bed and nurses could tend to them. Moving down the train we next come to the treatment areas. One area is set aside as a basic surgery, with a medical bed complete with stirrups and operating light above. A number of cabinets contain surgical implements and medicine.

The rest of the train is taken up by other supporting facilities such as a kitchen, administration/office area and a well stocked maintenance department. The foremost section is the locomotive containing two diesel engines. There was no sign of a drivers cab unfortunately, so I guess that section has previously been removed.

Our Visit
This was the first stop on a tour of Germany in the company of Spider Monkey, Val's Darkroom and Robin DK. The train was very interesting to see, and the surgical bed was my personal highlight.

 

Medical Train, Germany - Looking into the treatment area

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Medical Train, Germany – Looking into the treatment area

Medical Train, Germany - Examination bed in treatment area

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Medical Train, Germany – Examination bed in treatment area

Medical Train, Germany - Treatment bed

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Medical Train, Germany – Treatment bed

Medical Train, Germany - Stirrups on bed

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Medical Train, Germany – Stirrups on bed

Medical Train, Germany - Medical items on a tray

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Medical Train, Germany – Medical items on a tray

Medical Train, Germany - Bed from the end

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Medical Train, Germany – Bed from the end

Medical Train, Germany - The medical bay

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Medical Train, Germany – The medical bay

Medical Train, Germany - The "ward" with rows of bunk beds for patients to sleep

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Medical Train, Germany – The “ward” with rows of bunk beds for patients to sleep

Medical Train, Germany - On one of the beds

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Medical Train, Germany – On one of the beds

Medical Train, Germany - More beds in smaller area

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Medical Train, Germany – More beds in smaller area

Medical Train, Germany - Doctor's bag

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Medical Train, Germany – Doctor’s bag

Medical Train, Germany - Bandages

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Medical Train, Germany – Bandages

Medical Train, Germany - Store cupboard

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Medical Train, Germany – Store cupboard

Medical Train, Germany - Kitchen area

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Medical Train, Germany – Kitchen area

Medical Train, Germany - Galley kitchen

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Medical Train, Germany – Galley kitchen

Medical Train, Germany - Pots and pans

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Medical Train, Germany – Pots and pans

Medical Train, Germany - Fully equipped kitchen

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Medical Train, Germany – Fully equipped kitchen

Medical Train, Germany - Staff sleeping quarters

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Medical Train, Germany – Staff sleeping quarters

Medical Train, Germany - Beds with blankets

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Medical Train, Germany – Beds with blankets

Medical Train, Germany - Private room

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Medical Train, Germany – Private room

Medical Train, Germany - Telephones in office / telecoms room

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Medical Train, Germany – Telephones in office / telecoms room

Medical Train, Germany - Old telephones

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Medical Train, Germany – Old telephones

Medical Train, Germany - Telephone detail

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Medical Train, Germany – Telephone detail

Medical Train, Germany - Two large diesel engines

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Medical Train, Germany – Two large diesel engines

Medical Train, Germany - Engine control

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Medical Train, Germany – Engine control

Medical Train, Germany - Diesel engine

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Medical Train, Germany – Diesel engine

Medical Train, Germany - External of the railway carriages

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Medical Train, Germany – External of the railway carriages

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