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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.
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04-05 May 2024: 30 Jahre DLFS

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06.04.2024: Preparations for the spring steam event in full swing

Only four weeks to go until our first big event in 2024. How time flies! We all have our hands full with preparations for our anniversary event on May 4 and 5. We've already filled our steam locomotives with water to see if all the parts have survived the winter frost. The good news is that the water stays where it belongs.
Here, the tender of our steam locomotive 50 3570 is being filled with water.

In the driver's cab, you can see from the water column in the water level glasses that the boiler is also filled.

And to make sure that there is not even the slightest leak in the boiler, a colleague has climbed into the firebox and shines a light on the pipe wall. Fortunately, none of the pipes are leaking water.

And speaking of liquids. We have also started to fill up the emergency reserve in our drinks store. After all, we don't want guests to have to go home thirsty.

Just in time for the start of the season, we have already hoisted our flag at the gatehouse.

We proudly put our new lawn tractor into operation so that we can also make the lawns inviting before the event.

Our collection of bells continues to take shape in the outdoor area at the so-called Kohlenhof. Here, the last exhibits have been attached to the walls of the surrounding buildings, boards with explanations of the individual exhibits have been positioned and small trees have been planted. We have also set up benches so that our guests can take a rest.


In the engine shed, the welders and fitters were hard at work on the vehicles. All the workstations in the workshop were occupied.



We also used Easter Saturday for further training. After all, we operate first-class rail traffic with corresponding risks. In order to be aware of these and to avoid them as far as possible, there was a training course on the subject of "Coupling, shunting and safe parking of vehicles".

Apart from that, our beauties are waiting to get started and are already peeking out of their shed doors.

If you would like to book a ticket for our anniversary event at the beginning of May or one of the coveted seats in the EGP driving simulator, please use the following links. Please note that you need a valid ticket for the anniversary event to use the driving simulator.
Booking tickets:
https://www.fahrkartendrucker.de/index.php/de_de/newOrder/ticket/4189

Booking driving simulator:
https://dampflok-wittenberge.de/buchung_fahrsimulator

We will inform you about further guest vehicles in about two weeks.
We look forward to seeing you!

24.03.2024: A look at our event

We are fast approaching our big event to celebrate the 30th anniversary of our sponsoring association Dampflokfreunde Salzwedel e.V. in the Historic Engine Shed in Wittenberge. Today we have started the concrete preparations, which should be visible to you, dear friends of the museum, as early as next Saturday. This is when our museum reopens to the public.
Today was all about shunting work, because we have to make room for our various guest vehicles. Today, our 50 3685 was shunted onto another track to free up its previous parking space.

In addition, we are working on the scoop par excellence. For example, in cooperation with our colleagues from other museum locations, we are planning to transfer some steam, diesel and electric locomotives to our event, which were typical of Wittenberge in the days of the German Reichsbahn. More details will be available here soon. Incidentally, the express steam locomotive 01 509 has already been confirmed.

All the vehicles will of course be duly presented at our event.

Two special trains are also planned to visit us. One will be the historic rail bus from Neustrelitz on Saturday, 4 May 2024, which we recommend as a tried-and-tested means of transport from Berlin.

Secondly, a special train is planned from Luckau, which will also be travelling on a historic Deutsche Reichsbahn rail bus.

https://kulturdampf.de/fahrten/

Anyone who is still hesitating to consider a journey to Prignitz may be additionally motivated by the parallel event on the Pollo narrow-gauge railway between Lindenberg and Mesendorf. On the weekend of 4/5 May 2024, steam locomotive 99 608 will be running on the extremely scenic line. The locomotive normally runs in the Ore Mountains and will be travelling to Prignitz on a low-loader especially for the event. Incidentally, the starting point of the narrow-gauge railway in Mesendorf is only a 30-minute drive from Wittenberge.

As you can see, the Prignitz steam paradise is well worth a visit, especially on the first weekend in May. If you would like to stay overnight in the region, the internet portal of the Prignitz tourism association offers support.

https://dieprignitz.de/?cid=1519982135&ver=1711023516&name=Unterkunft+suchen

To shorten waiting times for admission to our event in Wittenberge, we also offer advance booking via the Internet from the beginning of April 2024. Please check our website www.dampflok-wittenberge.de
We look forward to your visit. Together we can make a difference!

04.03.2024: News from Wittenberge

Surprisingly, another four weeks have passed since our last newsletter. Where has the time gone? We've certainly been busy.
Our diesel locomotives needed some maintenance once again. The brakes on the blue V23 were adjusted and all the operating fluids topped up.



The main inspection of our 114 774 is also nearing completion. All auxiliary units were checked and the batteries charged so that the engine can be started again soon.



Our stock of road vehicles is also growing. One member had built a small tractor himself from various components in GDR times. This robust vehicle has now been brought to the museum to help us with larger transport tasks

When filling the water tower after the winter break, we realised that water was seeping in somewhere outside the tower. As it turned out, a transport pipe to the former coal storage area had sprung a leak and the water was seeping into the ground there. The gate valve for this pipe now had to be found and closed. Fortunately, it was located near the water tower.


New old exhibits can also be found at the so-called coal yard. Here we have installed a number of station signs from railway stations, some of which have long since been abandoned. They come from the collection of the late Wolfgang List from Stendal.

And there is also news from our shop. The latest magnetic board shows an enlarged version of our steam locomotive 50 3570. How about it? It will certainly fit on your fridge door. It will be available from the opening of the season at Easter in our ticket office area at the museum entrance.

vehicle: 114 774-3

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04.02.2024: News from Wittenberge

The year has started again for us, too, after most of the active team took a few days off at the beginning of January. Most of our locomotives are currently in hibernation and so we were able to devote ourselves to a few other tasks.
It seems quite untypical for a railway museum that we had a lot of wood to split. This is needed to fire up our steam locomotives during the season. In winter, we also use it to fire the stove in the signal box. Fortunately, we now have a tractor with which we can operate a wood splitter. And so the sunshine of the past weekend was used to saw the remaining tree trunks into slices with chainsaws and then split them.


We also continued to work on the interior of coach 197 805, whose roof and walls had been given new interior panelling last year, which was now painted white. Once the paint had dried, we were able to start fitting the wooden mouldings to cover the gaps between the panels.



And then there was also a shunting task. A wagon that had previously been in our workshop had to swap places with one of our sleeping cars that urgently needed a repair to its body. Here - typical for this type of carriage - the sheet metal above an entrance door had rusted through and the water had already made its way to the floor.


vehicle: 197 805-5

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15.01.2024: All the best for the new year!

Dear newsletter subscribers, dear friends of our railway museum, we wish you all the best for the new year and hope that we will be able to tell you lots of interesting things again in 2024.
The year got off to a cosy start for us and we spent the cold of the past few days in warm rooms. Traditionally, our members celebrate the New Year's reception at the beginning of each year (there are already enough Christmas parties), which is always combined with a small excursion into the surrounding area. This year, we visited the GDR History Museum in Perleberg, which reminds of everyday life a few decades ago. Some of us recognised many objects that were indispensable in everyday socialist life. "Oh, look, we had that too" was often heard.
We can highly recommend the DDR History Museum. If you are ever in the area, don't just visit us, but also the neighbouring town of Perleberg. The museum is within walking distance of the railway station. You can find more information on the museum's website http://www.ddr-museum-perleberg.de.



Afterwards, there was a cosy get-together in the former dispatcher room of our shed, where we talked shop about new ideas and past events. Those who wanted to could also look at pictures of past events. It was a great day, proving that we are not only keen to work, but also love to socialise.


We are of course looking forward to the coming season and the events that are already on the horizon. And there is still enough time for you to make a note of the dates in your diary. Our museum will be open again regularly on Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. from 30 March 2024. If you would like to visit at other times, please contact us.
The spring steam event, which this year is themed around our 30th anniversary, will take place on 4 and 5 May 2024. The event is sure to eclipse all previous events, as we are planning on a larger scale this time. We will of course publish more information here, on our website and on social media as soon as something is finalised.
If you can't make it to this event, we recommend our summer and autumn events. They will take place on 6/7 July and 12/13 October 2024 in Wittenberge. We look forward to seeing you there!
Dampflokfreunde Salzwedel e.V. Am Bahnhof 6, 19322 Wittenberge