Rolls Royce Factory Museum in Oberursel

A friend of mine inquired about the Rolls Royce Museum in Oberursel, and because of my last post dating back to 2015, I checked for any changes to their days and times of operation.

Update Feb 2019: The Rolls-Royce-Museum is open every last Friday of the month from 3pm – 6pm (free of charge), and special arrangements can be made for groups (then there is a small fee of € 2,50 per person).

For more information in German, visit: Rolls Royce Werksmuseum

I had taken this photo on a flight to London a couple of years ago. I looked out of the window and had the Rolls Royce logo right in front of me (we live in Oberursel).

A bit of trivia:

  • Worldwide, Rolls Royce is the oldest air plane engine factory still running.
  • The most expensive single part sold online was for a Gulfstream V Jet with a Rolls Royce engine. This was purchased by an American for 40 million US Dollar in 1999.
  • The U.S. Army (Motor Pool) used the factory for eleven years after the end of WWII.

Motor Pool Oberursel and its Swimming Pool 1929 – 1969

I have permission to share the following photos of the very first swimming pool in Oberursel, which belonged to the Motor Pool.

1929: pool party or Sommerfest (summer fest)

Summer fest 1929

On 30 March 1945, U.S. troops occupied the town of Oberursel and the Motorenfabrik (Motor Pool). The Motor Pool remained in U.S. American hands until 1956/1957.

Change of hands: The Americans returned the Motor Pool back to the Germans in 1956/1957

The Motor Pool also had its own fire department. The next three photos show a fire drill held in 1969.

Photo source:  Geschichtskreis Motorenfabrik Oberursel

For more about the history of the Motor Pool, have a look at the book at 125 years of Motor Pool history , a post I had written about the author Helmut Hujer, and his work.

Oberursel and its first Outdoor Swimming Pool

The very first swimming pool was built by the Motorenfabrik Oberursel (Motor Pool) in 1927.

Werksschwimmbad Motorenwerke Oberursel

(Bildquelle: mit freundlicher Erlaubnis vom Geschichtskreis Motorenfabrik Oberursel)

The engineer Helmut Stein, who had joined the Motorenfabrik in 1925, initiated the construction of this Werksschwimmbad (factory-run pool for its staff and families). Other facilities, such as sport fields and a shooting range, were added later.

The company supplied the material, and construction was completed by its own workers after working hours.

During the summer months, swimming lessons were given to the young vocational trainees. It soon became a social meeting point for its workers and families.

The city of Oberursel itself had to wait another decade for its own public pool (see postcard). Construction went from 1934 – 1936, and its Grand Opening took place on 7 June 1937.

Städtische Schwimmbadeanlagen Oberursel, 1937

Source: „125 Jahre Motorenfabrik Oberursel, 1892 – 2017, Wandel gehört zum Leben“ by Helmut Hujer

125 Years of Motor Pool History in Oberursel, Germany

After years of intensive research and collecting photos, Mr. Helmut Hujer, published his book 125 Jahre Motorenfabrik Oberursel in September 2017.

The book includes 125 years of the history of the Motor Pool from 1892 – 2017.

U.S. Americans worked at the Motor Pool from 1945 – 1956.

M.I.S. Center Motor Pool at Rolls Royce in Oberursel, Germany in 1945

(Photo credit goes to John Dolibois, with his permission to publish)

I got in contact with Mr. Hujer through one of my blog readers, Jack Stites. Jack, who had worked at the Motor Pool from 1954 – 1955, then contributed some photos for this publication.

Book about Motor Pool, Oberursel

List of contributors to the book: 125 Years of the Motor Pool Oberursel

If you are in Oberursel, you can purchase the book for euro 50 at the Vortaunusmuseum, at the Werksmuseum Rolly-Royce, or directly from the author (hujer.helmut@t-online.de).

If you are in the U.S.A. and want it shipped (896 pages, weight: 11 lbs), then add the postage fee of euro 37,99 to the book price.

If you need help getting this arranged, then drop me a line.

Life at the Motor Pool Oberursel, Germany, in the 1950s

Jack Stites, a former U.S. Army soldier and now a retired police officer, was stationed in Oberursel at the Motorenfabrik (Motor Pool) from January 1954 to January 1955. Here are some more photos he shared with me.

The guys at work

Shaving cream fight

Vehicles parked near the Urselbach Creek

A description of a wrecker

In front of the Motor Pool Oberursel, with men working underneath the vehicle

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