Just one day later, on 14.06.2022, we lost Erich Horvay. As the former operational manager of the central heavy-duty group of DB and DB-AG in Darmstadt, he had worked intensively after his retirement to preserve and build up a collection of heavy-duty railway vehicles and Culemeyer road rollers in the Darmstadt-Kranichstein Railway Museum. Thanks to his efforts, not only several different road rollers and other heavy-duty road vehicles and corresponding tractors were added to the museum’s collection, but also an 18-axle Uaai 672 carrying wagon with suspended transformer and a Uaai 571 low-loader wagon with 10 axles. On special occasions, operations of this heavy-duty group are regularly demonstrated in the museum.
Erich Horvay was known in the professional world as an expert in heavy-duty transport. He was involved in the development of new special vehicles such as the self-propelled “Heuler” and other constructions. His name can be found in numerous publications. Last but not least, he also advised model companies with his detailed knowledge in the realisation of the large prototypes in small model scale. Most recently, the 18-axle model was realised with his support.
We will always remember Erich Horvay with gratitude and continue his work in his spirit. Our sympathy also goes to his family and relatives.
The sponsoring association of the Railway Museum and the Bahnwelt Darmstadt Kranichstein Foundation