As regular readers of our newsletter will already know, we are currently in the middle of a general overhaul on our steam loco 50 3570. To obtain the official permit ("ticket") following the overhaul, all parts of the engine must be in perfect working order. Since there is still work outstanding on the locomotive's tender - that is, the truck attached which carries its coal and water - the tender has been exchanged with that from 50 3682-7, which still has a valid ticket. This change of tenders will help to speed up the return of 50 3570 to traffic.
However, this tender change is not purely for operating and administrative reasons. During its time in railway service, the loco was in fact coupled to a type 2‘2 T28 tender (a tender on two two-axle bogies, with a water capacity of 28 m³, or 6,160 imp. gallons), in other words, the type of tender to which it is now temporarily attached. Tenders of this type, unlike the locomotives themselves, were still being built in the 1950s, differing from the original type 2‘2 T26 in having a greater capacity for coal and water (26m³, or 5,720 gallons). The pictures below show the two tender types: on the left, the newer version, on the right, the original:
Many regular visitors to our museum and our website will be well aware that we have to do maintenance work on our loco 50 3570 in order to keep her fit to steam in the future.
Most of our active members are currently working on locos which must be prepared for the forthcoming season. At he moment, we are concentrating on the necessary brake inspections. On diesellok 102 172 and steam loco 50 3570, the air reservoirs are being replaced - these are the tanks which store the compressed air necessary for the brakes to operate. Such pressure containers have a limited service life and have to be replaced from time to time.
In just a few days, the "Historische Lokschuppen Wittenberge" opens its shed doors to welcome visitors once again. On Saturday, April 6, 2019, the winter break is over. From then, the museum, located on the land formerly occupied by the Wittenberge running shed (Bw) until October 19, 2019 is open every Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm (last admission at 4 pm) for all rail enthusiasts, large and small alike. Die highlights of this year's season are the steaming days on May 4 and 5, July 6 and 7 and on October 12 and 13, when the impressive steel giants awaken from their slumbers. In addition, the "Historische Lokschuppen Wittenberge" is also open on Heritage Open Day, September 8, 2019.
Wittenberge depot, with over 1,000 staff and up to 150 locomotives allocated to it, was once one of the ten largest operations depots on the German State Railways.It wasn't until spring 1987 that there were no longer any steam locomotines in service at Wittenberge depot. Ten years later, the loco-shed doors closed. But after fifteen year's slumber, the miracle occurred and steam and diesel locomotives moved back into the former Wittenberge depot. Today, the "Historische Lokschuppen Wittenberge" is the largest railway museum in the federal state of Brandenburg. With seven steam locomotives altogether, exhibits included several historical diesel locos, an electric loco, motorised engineer's trolleys and pump cars, a hospital train of the former DR and the car-carrier of the first DDR presidential train.
VB 197 805
First a few words on progress of restoring railcar trailer VB 197 805: the passenger accommodation was completely stripped out some time ago.
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