When WWII ended, Norway seized 74 DRB BR 52 after the Germans. These were manufactured during the war by DW & M Poznan, Floridsdorf, Henschel, Jung, Krauss, L.W.Kattowitz, M&B Berlin, Schichau, and Schwartzkopff.

57 of these locomotives had Wannentender (one probably of a large type). 15 had Steifrahmentender, and 2 with poss. 2'2'T26 tender (witch soon was placed on the rotary snow plows #6 & #7).

NSB gradually started to modify these locomotives and named them type 63a. The modifications included mounting of smoke deflectors, Norwegian safety valves on the kettle, air suction valves, Norwegian turbine generator on top of the kettle, lowered air pressure pump, elevated marking lights in the front, main headlight on the smokebox door, cinders slide from the smoke box, ladder to the sand box on right side and 2 steps on the left side, modified the sandbox, only sand pipes to the wheels for helping forward drive during slippery start conditions, removing boxes covering the water feeding pipes, extended cabin roof on the sides, roof hatch, garding bars on front windows, handrails on the tenders, extra water filling hatch etc,

These locomotives was in Norwegian service from 1943 - and the last until 1970!!!


BR 52 (sample of DRB "Kriegslok)


63a (sample of NSB) with some of the Norwegian modifications
© S. M. Pedersen


63a (sample of NSB) with some of the Norwegian modifications
© S. M. Pedersen


BR 52 (sample of DRB "Kriegslok) with steifrahmentender


63a (sample of NSB) with steifrahmentender and some of the Norwegian modifications
© S. M. Pedersen


63a (sample of NSB) with Wannentender and some of the Norwegian modifications
© S. M. Pedersen


LEFT SIDE: 63a (sample of NSB) with Wannentender and some of the Norwegian modifications in red:
Note that some (or most) got an elevated rear compressed air tank.
Also note that the wheel rims was red, the connection rods filled with blue.
The frame was black, and the rest of the locomotive and tender black,
© S. M. Pedersen


RIGHT SIDE: 63a (sample of NSB) with Wannentender and some of the Norwegian modifications in red.
© S. M. Pedersen


63a (some of the Norwegian modifications seen in front)
From top: Smoke deflectors, main headlight (could be placed on the upper part and the center -
some even had a smaller additional light up to the right - see asteriks),
air suction valves, elevated marking lights.