Last week, a member of the association received an offer to take over replacement engines for the shunting locomotives of a roof tile factory in Karstädt. The company already existed in GDR times and at that time sent its goods by rail, which is why it had two locomotives of the V10B series. After the reunification, the transport was gradually shifted to the road and the locomotives became unemployed.
Although there is no visitor traffic in winter, there is still a lot to do. We have to prepare our steam locomotive 50 3570 for the upcoming boiler overhaul. One of the measures to be taken is to open the so-called steam dome. This is located at the top of the boiler and contains a circular cover, which is fastened with 40 bolts the size of a thumb. These must all be unscrewed and the cover, which weighs around 50 kilos, must be moved aside at a lofty height. Underneath sits the steam regulator. This is a valve that is operated from the driver's cab and allows the steam from the boiler to enter the locomotive's drive cylinders. The steam regulator must be removed and overhauled. On the following picture you can see the opened steam dome and in the middle the still installed steam regulator:
It is with great pleasure that the active members of the museum and many, many visitors look back on our event Autumn Steam 2020 last weekend. We have received extremely positive feedback. We thank you for the compliments and the positive feedback. At this point we review the event with some snapshots:
On Friday, 9.10.2020, we devoted ourselves entirely to the preparations for the event. First of all, the steam locomotives were supplied with solid fuels.
Last Saturday, a special train in the form of the VT43 of the HANSeatische Eisenbahn GmbH with a private travel group arrived at the Historic Locomotive Shed Wittenberge.
During the night of September 18 to 19, 2020, a new exhibit reached the museum. It is the largest diesel locomotive built in Germany since the war. It was manufactured by Henschel of Kassel and put into operation by the German Federal Railways in 1962. Originally with an installed power of 3,200 hp, ot was uprated to 3,800 hp, and worked heavy trains initially from Hamm in Westphalia and later on over the Bavarian Allgäu line.
The locomotive remained a singleton and was returned to the manufacturer in 1974. From there it was sold to the Hersfelder Kreisbahn and in 1989 on to the Teutoburger Waldeisenbahn. From 1994 to 1998 it gave a guest performance in Italy and then returned to Germany, where she was acquired by track construction company Wiebe, which used her until 2015, when she suffered axle bearing damage. From 2017 to 2020 she returned to her place of origin and was parked behind closed doors at Bombardier, the successor to Henschel. Now that the locomotive has been returned to the owner, the latter decided to make it available to the Historic Locomotive Shed Wittenberge as an exhibit.
The following pictures show the locomotive immediately after its arrival in Wittenberge.
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Dear railway friends, ladies and gentlemen,
The Coronavirus pandemic is a stress test for all of us.
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