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09.04.2022: Groundbreaking and small jobs

Before we talk about the pleasant events of the past two weeks, there are also annoying things to report. Some time ago, for example, the roller shutter on track 4 derailed from its guide rails. In the process, the slats of the roller shutter had disengaged and it could therefore no longer be raised. You may ask why we are reporting on this? Because such a repair is also part of the museum's operation, ties up a lot of manpower and you can't see anything afterwards. So, three people spent a day on the repair. The good news is that it works reliably again. Thanks again to the hard-working helpers. The picture shows the repaired gate. It was torn apart at the light slat in the upper third when it derailed. This had to be replaced now.

But now we come to something more pleasant: We thank you again for all the letters regarding our problem with the rail truck Skl, whose starter was defective. Thanks also for the tips on converting the starter to more modern technology. We have kept that in mind in case we run out of spare parts. However, we now have a working solenoid switch and would like to use it to restore the car to original specs. For those who don't know what your solenoid switch is: When you turn the ignition key, the solenoid switch engages the starter gear on the ring gear located on the engine flywheel. Once this is done, the magnetic switch releases the electrical circuit to the starter motor. This now rotates and sets the combustion engine in motion. Once the internal combustion engine has taken up ignition, the magnetic switch pulls the starter pinion back again, so that the starter motor disengages from the ring gear.

There is also good news to report from the KARLSRUHE steam locomotive. Here, a specialist company had meanwhile installed the new heating tubes in the boiler. In the meantime, the boiler has passed its hydraulic test and can soon be put under steam for the first time in decades.
The following video shows the rolling of a heating tube into the rear tube wall. The tube, which is initially loose in a hole in the tube wall, is expanded by a roller and crimped at the end. This makes the pipe watertight and vapor-tight in the pipe wall. A deafening affair! Some may wonder why this is done in such a complicated way. The answer lies in the different materials. The pipe wall is made of copper, the pipes of steel. Unfortunately, this combination cannot be welded.

Something pleasant also happened during the past week: Since the city of Wittenberge had applied to host the State Garden Show, the jury which decides on the award on behalf of the state of Brandenburg traveled to Wittenberge to get an on-site overview of the conditions. The start of this day took place in the reception area of our museum. We are pleased to have been able to make our presence felt in this context and hope that the town of Wittenberge will be awarded the contract.

What else was there to report? Work continued on steam locomotive 50 3570. Here, the sliding roof and the side ventilation flaps in the driver's cab were made passable again.

In addition, the storage tank for the water treatment agents was primed.

With the following picture we say goodbye for this week and hope that you again enjoyed reading about our activities.

Oh yes, we almost forgot something important. The Historic Engine Shed Wittenberge celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. We have set up a special page for this purpose, on which we contrast some pictures from about 10 years ago with the situation today. Have fun browsing and marveling!

vehicle: 50 3570-4

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