Munich – Electric Locomotive Cab
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My favorite exhibit was a mockup of the cab of a German (DB) electric locomotive, probably class E-10. You could operate the controls, and a simulator showed what was happening. It was probably used for training engine drivers. The E-10 was used in major passenger services. It was later called class 110.
No, that is not a steering wheel. It is a throttle, regulating the amount of power given to the locomotive. The knob to the left is the "dead man’s throttle." You have to press it every so often. Otherwise it gives a warning, and if this is ignored, automatically engages the brakes to stop the train.