Forthcoming steam weekends (2024): 04-05 May 2024; 06-07 July 2024; 08 September 2024; 12-13 October 2024 Opening hours at other times: from 30 March 2024 to 26 October 2024 every saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. Further information is available here.
04-05 May 2024: 30 Jahre DLFS
30.11.2015: Wintertime is construction time
Since the museum is currently in the winter break and no public events take place, we can again devote ourselves to the larger projects. These include the trailer VB 197 805-5, which was sandblasted in summer. As is often the case with very old vehicles, you only notices their aging on closer inspection. That's how we found out that the wooden roof construction had rotted in some places and that some sheet metal work was necessary on the lower edge of the side body panels. We therefore decided to completely replace the lower strip of the body sheeting. So we cut out a 30 cm wide strip around the body, cut new sheets and welded them on. The welding seams were then sanded to avoid leaving an ugly scar.
The roof is made of sheet metal on the outside. In the middle there is a quite wide wooden strip covered with roofing felt. After removing the old roofing felt we noticed that the outer boards of the substructure were rotten in some places. Therefore, we replaced the outer layers in preparation for fitting new roofing felt.
The interior is currently almost completely gutted. We determined that most of the wooden wall panels were reusable. Their surfaces will be treated and repainted in the near future. The inner roof cladding has been removed to inspect the roof frames, the electrical system for the ceiling lighting and the mechanisms for the ceiling fans.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all donors for the reconditioning of the vehicle. With your donations we were able to purchase the necessary sheet metal for the exterior panelling, the wood for the roof construction and the roofing felt. We are continuing to accept donations for this vehicle, as we will next have to buy new linoleum for the floor, cables for the lighting, two new safety glass panes to replace two cracked windows and later paint for the interior and exterior. Thank you very much for your support! Your donations are welcome, to the account of the "Verein Dampflokfreunde Salzwedel" with the purpose "VB 197 805".
On 31.10.2015 our steam locomotive 50 3682-7 passed its general inspection and is available for trips again. Built by Krauss-Maffei in Munich in 1939, the locomotive has been a museum vehicle since 1992 and was in service until 2011. After that it had to be stored, as its permit to run (a kind of MOT certificate for railway vehicles) had expired. After several repairs and extensive tests, it is now available again for the next few years as an operational exhibit in the Historic Locomotive Shed in Wittenberge. The photo shows it at the water crane in front of the locoshed offices in Wittenberge, which was rebuilt in 2014.
On Saturday, 31.10.2015, railway enthusiasts will have a unique opportunity to experience the typical operating procedures in a steam locomotive - including turning, watering, inspection, oiling round and filling the snadboxes. More information can be found on our page "Events".
The active members in the Wittenberge locomotive shed are delighted with their first historic electric locomotive. The E44 143 was put on display on 18.9.2015. It is one of a class of 177 locos, which were built between 1932 and the end of the war. The locomotive ended its active days in Schwerin depot, having covered a good 2 million km and has served as an exhibit ever since. It was last to be seen in Weimar.
At our event on July 4 and 5, 2015, an Alstom H3 hybrid locomotive and a G1206 diesel-hydraulic mainline locomotive were on display. Both are currently in service with the Mitteldeutsche Eisenbahngesellschaft (MEG).