Presumably, in the context of the Research Institute survey, which had been started in November 1962, the head of the planning division of the Reichsbahndirektion of Dresden had already suggested discontinuing all narrow-gauge lines in the district.
A few months later, however, in May 1963, the head of the traction administration of the Dresden Reichsbahndirektion informed his superior at the Ministry of Transportation that the head of the planning division had elaborated and passed on this suggestion, advocating abolition, on his own.
(44) Coincidentally, the minister had served as the Vice-President of the Reichsbahndirektion Halle at the start of his career.
(21) BArch, DM 1-8675, paper drawn up by the Reichsbahndirektion Dresden: Leiter der Abteilung Planung, concerning Begrundung eines Vorschlags zur Liquidation aller Schmalspurbahnen im Rbd.-Bezirk, dated 27 November 1962.
(22) BArch, DM 1-8675, paper drawn up by the Reichsbahndirektion Dresden: Verwaltung Maschinenwirtschaft, addressed to the Hauptverwaltung Maschinenwirtschaft, concerning Vorschlag zur Liquidation aller Schmalspurbahnen im, dated 9 May 1963.