BSW Telecommunications Museum in Stuttgart

The BSW Telecommunications Museum in Stuttgart mainly collects railway-specific telecommunications technology and its documentation. The museum team restores, repairs and archives an impressive collection of technical devices, preserving a fascinating technology for posterity and helping collectors - where possible - with expertise and archived documents.

On the initiative of the head of the telecommunications department of the BD Stuttgart, one copy of the technology to be replaced was collected for each technical innovation. The Telecommunications Museum was founded in 1995 as a leisure group of the Federal Railways Social Welfare Office (BSW). It can be found at Stuttgart-Schwabstrasse S-Bahn station and can be visited by appointment.

During a visit, the author of this page got to know the extraordonary nice and helpful museum team and cound not only marvel at the impressive collection but could also try out many devices.

Parkeisenbahn Wuhlheide

The Parkeisenbahn Wuhlheide (Park Railway Wulheide, formerly Pioneer Railway Berlin, Berlin Park Railway) is a narrow-gauge railway in Wuhlheide in Berlin, which was initially operated by Deutsche Reichsbahn and is now operated by a non-profit company with the participation of children and young people. A visit is not only worthwhile because of the vehicle park but also because of the signaling and telecommunications technology. The telecommunications operators report on their activities on the Kabeltierchen blog.

German Telephon-Museum in Morbach

The German Telephone Museum in Morbach shows an impressive collection of telephones and the corresponding switching equipment from the beginnings of electrical telecommunications to the end of analogue telephony. Most of the devices can be touched and tried out.

Fernmeldemuseum Dresden

The Dresden Telecommunications Museum (Interessengemeinschaft Historische Fernmeldetechnik e. V.) shows the variety of wired telecommunications technology that was in use for decades from around 1900 to the early 1990s; telephones, teleprinters, and systems and devices that were not accessible to the public. It is located on the premises of Deutsche Telekom (former telephone exchange). The visit is possible on monthly opening days as a guided tour.

Fernmeldemuseum Bottmersdorf

Das privat betriebene Fernmeldemuseum in Wanzleben-Bottmersdorf zeigt insbesondere Vermittlungstechnik vom System 22 bis zum System 58 aber auch Nebenstellenanlagen, Handvermittlungen und die entsprechenden Fernsprechapparate.

Ralf Lampe shows his collection of telephones, in particular devices with additional functions such as changeover switches, series sets and junction positions.

Geschichtsverein Informationstechnik e.V.

The historical society for communication technology “Geschichtsverein Informationstechnik e.V.” concentrates on the "German Private Telephone Company Harry Fuld & Co.,” founded in 1899, its Aryanization and change of name to “Nationale Telefon- und Telegraphenwerke” and “Telefonbau und Normalzeit” (Z&N) and the relationships with the companies AEG, Bosch, Merk, Tenovis and Avaya. The websites an impressive amount of information, especially about telephone terminals, key and private branch exchanges and clock systems built by these companies.

Railway lines of the Rbd Erfurt

Railway lines of the Reichsbahndirektion Erfurt, milestones of many railway lines, and other topics are shown by Klaus Erbeck on his private homepage. You will find about 1000 lines with tables, maps and more than 55.000 photos. (telephone exchange)

Martin Benson shows in particular switching, line and transmission technology as well as wired military telecommunications technology.

Telefonium – Expozice čs. telefonní techniky – Exhibition of Czechoslovak telephone technology

The Czech-language website Telefonium – Expozice čs. telefonní techniky” collects information on telephone sets, systems and accessories produced in Czechoslovakia. Unfortunately, there is no translation of the content and translation programs have a hard time with an automatic translation.

Among other things, the designation of Tesla devices (3FP..., 4FP..., 5FP...) is explained.