A sign explains:
The “Hook” combined track-wrecking machine (Germany)
Track-wrecking machine were produced at the Krupp factory since in 1942. They were applied for destruction of the railway way in second half of 1943. The mechanical principle of action was based on the breaking of the wood cross ties, deformation the rail and earthen cloth. It was towed by 1 or 2 locomotives.
The exposed track-wrecking machine was made for the museum by railway armies in 1995.
Weight of the equipped hook, T 30
Preparation for working, min 6-8
Work speed, kmph 7-10
Maintenance crew, people 10
Photos © Andrew Grantham, taken on 25 March 2011.