07-08 October 2023,
04-05 May 2024, 06-07 July 2024, 08 September 2024, 12-13 October 2024
Opening hours at other times:
from 08 April 2023 to 21 October 2023
every saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.
Further information is available here.
Unser Verein wird durch die
Stadtwerke Wittenberge
.Stadtwerke Wittenberge
Forthcoming steam weekends: 07-08 October 2023; 04-05 May 2024; 06-07 July 2024; 08 September 2024; 12-13 October 2024
Opening hours at other times: from 08 April 2023 to 21 October 2023 every saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.
Further information is available here.
07-08 October 2023: Herbstdampf

Mit der Ferkeltaxe zu den Herbstdampftagen in Wittenberge

Am Sonntag, den 08. Oktober 2023 haben Sie die Möglichkeit zu einem nostalgischen Tagesausflug im historischen Triebwagen 172 001/601 aus dem Jahre 1964, auch bekannt unter dem Spitznamen "Ferkeltaxe", in das ehemalige Bahnbetriebswerk Wittenberge. Dort laden die Dampflokfreunde des Historischen Lokschuppen Wittenberge zum Herbstdampf ein. Die Sonderfahrt beginnt gegen 08:00 Uhr im Hauptbahnhof Neustrelitz und führt Sie mit Zustiegsmöglichkeiten in Löwenberg (Mark), Oranienburg und Nauen weiter bis in die Elbestadt Wittenberge.

Nehmen Sie sich ruhig die Zeit für einen unvergesslichen Ausflug und genießen Sie einen schönen Sonntag in Wittenberge.

Die Rückfahrt nach Neustrelitz ist gegen 16 Uhr geplant.

Hier Karten zur Sonderfahrt reservieren

Herbstdampf 2023

Herbstdampf 2023

Am 7. und 8. Oktober 2023 findet unsere diesjährige Herbstdampfveranstaltung statt.

Geboten werden:

  • Große Fahrzeugausstellung und Führerstandsmitfahrten
  • Fahrten durch die Anlage und in den Wittenberger Hafen
  • Draisinenfahrten
  • Fahrzeugparaden Sa. gegen 14:00 und So. gegen 14:00 Uhr

Herbstdampf 2023

Das Plakat zur Veranstaltung können Sie hier herunterladen.

10 Years of the Historic Engine Shed Wittenberge

In 2022, the Historic Engine Shed Wittenberge will celebrate its 10th anniversary. Reason enough for us and you to look back a little at our beginnings. On the following page you will find a few photographic comparisons of the state of affairs 10 years ago and the state of affairs today.

Have fun browsing!

virtual tour of our museum

Dear Museum visitors,

When you are planning to make a visit to the historic motive power depot at Wittenberge and would like to make a tour of our facilities, we have now put online a virtual tour of our facilities and some of the buildings for you. Have a look around!You will find the tour of the depot here.

The historic motive power depot at Wittenberge

The largest railway museum in the State of Brandenburg

The Bahnbetriebswerk (Bw), or railway motive power depot Wittenberge, looks back over more than 160 years of history. Once, Bw Wittenberge was one of the largest on the German State Railway (DR). As long ago as 1846, the Berlin-Hamburg Railway (BHE) started using the first loco-shed, today known as No. 3 shed. In 1872, there followed a roundhouse with 18 tracks and a turntable at its centre (later known as No. 1 shed). Between these two sheds, a roundhouse shed was built in 1889, the "historic engine shed" of today. Two water towers were added in 1873 and 1898, with various workshops and locomotive servicing facilities expanding the motive power depot which in 1915 reached the size we see today.
In the 1960s, Wittenberge developed to become a principal depot employing around 1000 railway staff and with an allocation of some 150 locomotives. Wittenberge depot was known by railway enthusiasts from all over the world, especially for its allocations of 01.5s, 50.35s and oil-fired class 44s and 50s. It was only in spring 1987 that the last steam locos were taken out of service in this town on the banks of the Elbe. In the 1990s with the collapse of rail traffic on DR metals, Wittenberge depot rapidly declined in importance. The shed doors closed in 1997 and nature set about the task of gradually reclaiming the area.
Then after 15 years slumber, a miracle happened: steam locos moved back into the half roundhouse. In autumn 2010, the town of Wittenberge had acquired the land of the former railway depot as well as the two surviving loco sheds, the turntable, the water towers and all the track. In summer 2011 extensive renovation work began with the assistance of funding from the European Union, the State of Brandenburg and of the federal government along with the reconstruction of the half roundhouse to create the largest railway museum in Brandenburg. In autumn 2012 came the day: the historic loco depot once again opened its doors.
Undoubtedly, the stars of the collection are the four steam locos of class 50.35, for such a long time typical of Wittenberge depot. Apart from these, visitors can also admire the cute little industrial loco Emma and a class 44 heavy freight loco, as well as seven main-line diesels and seven smaller diesel locos The railway enthusiasts also look after a hospital carriage of the Deutsche Reichsbahn, the car-carrier which formed part of the first GDR ministerial train and a number of hand-trolleys. The signal box "Wm", built in 1909, is also part of the railway museum and anyone who wishes to try their hand on the levers can find out just how much physical effort lay behind resetting points and signals in the old days.

Opening hours at times other than steam weekends:
from 08 April 2023 to 21 October 2023 on Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm (last admission 4 pm)
from 30 March 2024 to 26 October 2024 on Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm (last admission 4 pm)
During the winter season and outside the normal opening hours by special arrangement.
Entrance at steam weekends including a cab ride is 8,00 euros per adult and 4,00 euros per child (from 3 to 12 years).
A family ticket is available for 20,00 euros.
Entrance at other times is 5,00 euros for adults and 2,50 euros for children.
A family ticket costs 12,50 euros.


Dampflokfreunde Salzwedel e.V. Am Bahnhof 6, 19322 Wittenberge