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
12.12.2020: Work at Corona Times
Unfortunately, our museum activities are a bit slowed down at the moment. This is not only due to the cold season, but also to the Corona restrictions these days. Thus, one has to occupy oneself in the buildings largely on one's own. But there are many things you can do, e.g. tidying up the many screw boxes and sorting things.
One can clear the working channels from slag ...
You can also drive a forklift truck and finally put up the telephone booth (we already reported about the purchase and the refurbishment) ...
Or you can explore the area and find out that there are still some tracks lying in the forest, whose rails can be used when the next track is to be built ...
You can also squeeze into the smoke box of the steam locomotive Karlsruhe and prepare the pipe wall for the installation of new pipes, so that the little locomotive can steam again next year ...
When you are done, it looks like this
Then a boiler construction company can come and install the new pipes that have already been delivered.
And if you don't want to get so dirty, you can also put new oil into the gearbox of the Breuer tractor.
Those who don't like all that can clean out the storage and spread the contents in the shed ...
When everything is gone, a new heavy-duty rack can be installed, the components of which have already been delivered:
Or those who like to work in the basement can salvage a shunting signal that will later be installed in our track area and will be operated from signal box Wm.
Dear visitors to our website, as you can see, there is always a lot to do. We hope that you enjoyed what we showed you in our news or what you experienced live in the Historic Engine Shed Wittenberge this year. Perhaps you are exited and pleased every time you can at least watch the progress in the museum on your PC screen. We will endeavour to keep you informed about the latest news in the coming year. If you would like to support us in our activities, please consider making a donation to the association. Because your donation helps us to create old things anew. Our "Donations" page will inform you about the possibilities or you are welcome to contact our board of directors, whose contact details you will find in the imprint. This was probably the last news item for 2020, because the active members of the museum are also slowly preparing for Christmas. Therefore, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you a pleasant festive season and a good transition into 2021, even if the days will be a little different than usual this time. Stay healthy and look forward with us to the new activities and adventures around the Historic Engine Shed Wittenberge in 2021!
Dampflokfreunde Salzwedel e.V. in the Historic Engine Shed Wittenberge
28.11.2020: New diesel engines for Wittenberge
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 Karst
21.11.2020: Winter work
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:
Even more modern vehicles need maintenance from time to time as well. In the next picture, the coolant of diesel loco 114 774 is being replaced. The new one has enough antifreeze. It is delivered in concentrated form in drums and has to be mixed with water. The liquid is first pumped from the blue barrel in the foreground into the square container, diluted with water and then fed into the locomotive's cooling system. You are probably wondering how much coolant such a locomotive engine needs: about 750 litres.
The field team was also active. Today the foundation of our new telephone booth was laid. We recently reported on its acquisition.
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.
Then all the vehicles that were thirsty for diesel were lined up in a row and served by the tanker.
Those needing some electricioty for the starter were also in the future were also serviced. Here is our new acquisition V320 001 (surely a little bit more on this in the next few months)
And on Saturday morning catering for the visitors was also secured. Many thanks also to the volunteer fire department Wittenberge. Your pea soup was unbeatable once again!
Then we were ready to start the event. We were happy about the many visitors. Some of them took the opportunity to photograph the yellow moster from an unusual perspective.
Others traveled with the historic passenger car on the circuit through the grounds.