Hitler's Generator on Kehlstein Running
What tourists of Berchtesgaden usually don't get to see.
A rare view of the U-Boot diesel engine and the emergency generator at the
Eagle's Nest in action.
Kurdirektion staff member and chief engineer Herbert Eglauer und his team
demonstrate a periodic test run of the antique submarine engine.
The smaller machine with a belt is the air compressor, which keeps the
airtanks under steady pressure. Air pressure is needed to start the huge
diesel engine. This is a view of the procedure get the emergency power
system working. The sturdy contruction still works perfecly after many
The diesel motor was built by MAN (Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nürnberg)
The generator was built by Siemens Schukert.
Which belongs to an unseen section of the Kehlsteinhaus. The facilty is
located on the Kehlstein mountain in Berchtesgaden. The underground
installation is closed to the general public. It is located by the bus
parking lot where the tunnel leads to the elevator. An emergency generator
was installed, in case the municipal power line was to fail. The municipal
power line was installed underground for better protection and less impact
on the landscape. Such independent power plants are common for bunkers and
To learn more about the Kehlsteinhaus (Eagle's Nest):
The Kehlsteinhaus was commissioned by Martin Bormann, with construction
proceeding over a 13-month period. It was completed in the summer of 1938,
prior to its formal presentation to Hitler on his 50th birthday on April
20, 1939. It is situated on a ridge at the top of the Kehlstein mountain
1,834 m reached by a 6.5 km long and 4 m wide road that cost 30 million RMs
to build (about 150 million euros in 2007, adjusted in line with
inflation). It includes five tunnels but only one hairpin turn and climbs
Today the building is owned by a charitable trust, and serves as a
restaurant. The restaurant features an indoor dining area and an outdoor
beer garden. It is a popular tourist attraction, particularly for Britons,
Canadians and Americans attracted by the historical significance of the
"Eagle's Nest". The house can be reached on foot (two hours of walking) or
by bus from Obersalzberg, the road having been closed to normal traffic
Sometimes referred to as "Teahouse" or "Teehaus". In fact the correct term
was "D-Haus", short for "Diplomatischer Empfangshaus".
It was built as an extension of the Obersalzberg complex erected by the
Nazis in the mountains above Berchtesgaden. The Kehlsteinhaus was intended
as a 50th birthday present for Adolf Hitler to serve as a retreat for
Hitler and place for him to entertain visiting dignitaries
The Phantom of Obersalzberg
Old diesel engine, SmitMAN 750pk@300rpm, Dutch pilot boat
The main engine aboard the Dutch pilot boat "Castor".
The engine was build at IHC Kinderdijk in 1950.
It's a slow running, directly reversible, air-started 4-stroke trunk piston
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De hoofdmotor van de oude loodsboot Castor.
Hij is in licentie gebouwd bij IHC Kinderdijk in 1950, toen J&K Smit.
Het is een langzaamlopende, direct omkeerbare, luchtgestarte 4-slag
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