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15.05.2024: Visit to Luckau

On the weekend of 10/12 May 2024, the Niederlausitzer Eisenbahnfreunde celebrated their big railway festival in Luckau, Niederlausitz. We were once again invited to take part with our steam locomotive Emma and offer cab rides at the station. We were delighted to be invited to the ‘Kulturdampf’.
A little background on the railway in Luckau, which is located on the Lübben - Uckro railway line. It was built by the Lower Lusatian Railway (NLE) and opened at the end of the 19th century to open up rural Lower Lusatia. The railway was nationalised in 1946 and from then on operated by the Deutsche Reichsbahn, later the Deutsche Bahn AG. At the end of the 20th century, Deutsche Bahn AG ceased operations due to inefficiency and the Deutsche Regionaleisenbahn took over the line. The DBV Niederlausitzer Eisenbahn e.V. has been operating museum tours on the line for some time now. Here is an aerial photo of Luckau station last weekend:

Shortly before the event, our Emma was handed over to Auto Ehrig from Schwarzenberg, which skilfully transported our locomotive from Wittenberge to Luckau on a low-loader.

Once we arrived in Luckau, we completed the locomotive again after some overhanging parts had been unscrewed for transport.

On the days of the event, we shuttled with our locomotive between the station building and the level crossing on Berliner Straße over a distance of around 600 metres in each direction. That was enough of a run to show our travelling guests what our locomotive is capable of.

In the evening, our little one was allowed to spend the night in or in front of the Luckau engine shed. At times, she was accompanied by the Austrian steam locomotive 77.250, which is now operated by the Eurovapor association based in Würzburg.

In Luckau, we met the extremely friendly team of the Niederlausitzer Eisenbahnfreunde. Other clubs and railway companies were also present with exhibits and so we also warmly greet our colleagues from the railway museum EMBB - Eisenbahnmuseum Bayerischer Bahnhof, Eurovapor, Eisenbahngesellschaft Potsdam, DB AG and the company InterTourex. We are already looking forward to next year!
Here are a few more impressions of the successful event.




vehicle: Emma

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09.05.2024: Round noses in the historic locomotive shed in Wittenberge

The Historic Locomotive Shed in Wittenberge is set to host an event of European proportions. On 1 and 2 June 2024, there will be an international meeting of (almost) historic diesel locomotives from Swedish and Belgian production with American genes. Many people will be familiar with the locomotives from the danish Olsen Gang films.
More precisely, it's about the beautifully designed locomotives from the company Nydqvist och Holm AB (abbreviated to NOHAB), which acquired licences from General Motors at the end of the 1940s to build locomotives.

Due to their aerodynamic shape, the locomotives are also affectionately known as ‘round noses’. They were quite widespread in Europe from the 1950s onwards, as they were purchased by the Scandinavian, Belgian, Luxembourg and Hungarian state railways. A locomotive was also tested by the GDR railway testing centre in Halle. Despite the satisfactory results, however, no locomotives of this type and manufacturer were allowed to be purchased because the states in the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (CMEA) had undertaken to buy Soviet locomotives.
In the 1990s, their area of use expanded once again. Many of the former state railway locomotives began their second life on various private railways. Some companies in Germany also bought the reliable locomotives, including two in Saxony-Anhalt, which still use them today for freight transport or construction train services.
At the beginning of June 2024, on the initiative of the NOHAB-GM-Gruppe Deutschland e.V. association, a considerable number of these impressive locomotives will come together in the Wittenberge engine shed. Three of them are still in their original red/brown design with the Danish crown at each front and two of them will be travelling all the way from Denmark. The others will come in many colourful liveries. The occasion is the 70th anniversary of the oldest machine in this series and the 25th anniversary of its first use in Germany. The active members of the Historic Locomotive Shed are delighted that their museum has been chosen as the location for the exhibition. Frank-Marc Siebert, head of the NOHAB-GM Group, comments: ‘The museum with its historic engine shed is an ideal location for such an anniversary event. The locomotives are perfectly illuminated, especially in the afternoon, and can be moved around the site and pull trains into the harbour. The friendly and experienced museum team, without whom the event would not be possible, deserve a special mention.’
Anyone who would like to marvel at the locomotives can do so on 1 and 2 June 2024 between 10:00 and 17:00 (Saturday) and 10:00 and 16:00 (Sunday) at the Historic Locomotive Shed in Wittenberge. In addition to an exhibition of the locomotives, cab rides in the museum grounds and shuttle rides to Wittenberge harbour are planned. Tickets cost € 14 for adults and € 7 (children up to and including the age of 15) and are available at the museum entrance. A family ticket is available for € 30.
Railway photographers will have the opportunity to take atmospheric photos on Saturday, 1 June, during the ‘blue hour’ from 20:00 and beyond. Tickets for this photo event can be ordered by e-mail at info@hohab-gm.de for € 60 or on the site in Wittenberge for € 80.













08.05.2024: Review of our anniversary event 30 years DLFS e.V.

Exhausted but overjoyed, we look back on the past weekend. It was certainly a top event in every respect, not only for us but also for our visitors. Saturday was the day of records. In perfect weather, a good 1,700 people from near and far visited us, more than ever before in one day. This was probably due to the fact that we also had a superlative range of exhibits to offer, many of which could be demonstrated in operation. In addition to our own vehicles, there were four steam locomotives, three diesel locomotives, an electric locomotive and two railcars to marvel at.
We are very grateful that everything worked out so well. The only downer was the failure of our steam locomotive 50 3570, which unfortunately suffered boiler damage on Friday and could not be repaired so quickly. But the presence of the guest vehicles in particular more than made up for this failure. We are grateful for the support that made this event possible in the first place.
Once again, we would like to thank all the other donors who supported us with money or equipment/vehicles. You have played a major role in the success of the event and in establishing the region as a worthwhile destination for visitors. On behalf of everyone who contributed to the success of the event, we would like to thank our colleagues from the Pressnitz Valley Railway, the Faszination Dampf e.V. team, the Lok-Ost company and our colleagues from the Arnstadt club, some of whom spent months preparing their historic vehicles for the long journey from Thuringia to Brandenburg. Thanks to the team from Hafenbahn Neustrelitz e.V., who visited us with a special
special train and supported us on the harbor railway trips.

We believe that the event will remain a positive memory for us, our fellow campaigners and our guests for a long time to come. Here is a small selection of pictures:








Dieses Foto wurde uns von Ulli Brückl zur Verfügung gestellt.


27.04.2024: On the home straight to our anniversary

Less than a week to go until we celebrate our 30th anniversary. Everyone involved is currently working flat out on the final preparations and today we would like to offer a glimpse behind the scenes.
Many people will be thinking: ‘Yes, they're open and some exhibits are on display in the factory. It can't be that much work.’ If only that were the case! We already have weeks of preparation behind us. We have drawn up exhibition and personnel plans, ordered and stocked up on operating materials and finalised our T174 excavator.

The vehicles were prepared for operation, equipped with operating fluids and lubricants and cleaned again. The premises were thoroughly cleaned, the outside areas tidied up and the lawns mowed. Finally, the tracks were measured to ensure safe operation on the site.

In addition, the food and drinks that can be stored have already been bought and stocked. A new stamp game was designed for the children. We have also written and printed a commemorative publication for our anniversary.
We were in constant contact with the friendly clubs and companies that enriched our festival with their vehicles. They have also been working hard to ensure that no technical difficulties stand in the way of their visit. For example, the express steam locomotive 01 1531 from Arnstadt completed a rolling test last Sunday to ensure that no bearings would run hot during the journey to Wittenberge at the end of the week. The colleagues from Arnstadt have made a short video available. It shows the train passing the engine shed in Arnstadt:

In addition, the V200 diesel locomotive was put into operation, which will provide the necessary traction during the transfer on sections of the line:

We also installed a historical clock at the engine shed and connected it to a master clock so that it also shows the correct time.


We also edited press releases and news for the social media in cross-location telephone conferences and published them afterwards.
Just in time for the event, a small storage room in our signal box Wm was also cleared out and prepared as a lounge for the supervisors of our cab rides, which start right next to it.

We are hopeful that we have prepared everything that can be prepared. There are always surprises from time to time. But as the saying goes: you can only prepare 80 per cent, 20 per cent is always improvisation. It is fitting that the company LokOST has today confirmed the participation of two large diesel locomotives of the 232 and 110 series at short notice. We are delighted about this. The site is really filling up.
Incidentally, the hot phase begins for those involved on Wednesday this week. This is when the first shunting movements are carried out to make room for the guest vehicles. On Thursday, the first steam locomotives, which need several hours to get up to operating temperature, will be fired up. On Friday, further shunting manoeuvres and functional tests of our diesel locomotives will be carried out, visitor guidance systems will be set up, the catering area will be set up and so on ... So, it will be a bit like a beehive. Please understand that we cannot allow unauthorised persons onto the site on these preparation days. This also applies if the barrier at the gatehouse should be open.
Let's keep our fingers crossed that everything works as planned, that we have a great festival together, a good mood, great experiences and good weather, that you get to us safely and back home again and, last but not least, that our colleagues can transfer their vehicles smoothly.
You can look forward to it! We look forward to seeing you.
A small hint in advance about the next event: On 1 and 2 June 2024, there will be a large, international meeting of diesel locomotives from the Swedish manufacturer NoHAB at our museum in Wittenberge. We will provide more detailed information about this after our festival in the week after 5 May here and in the usual places on the Internet.

14.04.2024: Jubiläumsdampf im Historischen Lokschuppen Wittenberge

Die Dampflokfreunde in Wittenberge haben allen Grund zum Feiern, denn in diesen Tag jährt sich das Bestehen des Vereins zum dreißigsten Mal. Grund genug, am 4. und 5. Mai 2024 eine große Jubiläumsveranstaltung im Historischen Lokschuppen in der Elbestadt durchzuführen.

Es wird ein Großaufgebot an Exponaten geboten. Diesmal führen die Eisenbahnfreunde nicht nur ihre eigenen Schätze vor, sondern für die Veranstaltung werden unter anderem Fahrzeuge aus dem fernen Arnstadt in Thüringen nach Wittenberge gebracht, die früher typisch für die Region in der Prignitz waren. So ist in Planung, einige Stars unter den Museumsloks der ehemaligen Deutschen Reichsbahn auszustellen. Dazu gehören beispielsweise die Schnellzugdampflok 01 531 und die schwere Güterzuglok 44 1093, die extra für ihren Ausflug nach Wittenberge vorbereitet wurden. Außerdem ist die Schnellzugdampflok 01 509 unter Dampf in Wittenberge zu bewundern, die heutzutage für die Pressnitztalbahn Sonderzüge im gesamten Bundesgebiet befördert. Bis in die 80er Jahre war sie in Wittenberge stationiert und zog Schnellzüge zwischen Berlin und Hamburg.

Doris Müller, 1. Vorsitzende des Vereins in Wittenberge, ist allen Beteiligten dafür sehr dankbar: „Unsere Kollegen leisten Großartiges, um uns bei der Durchführung unseres Festes zu unterstützen. Wir freuen uns riesig darüber.“

Im Rahmen des Festes werden die Fahrzeuge abwechselnd auf der Drehscheibe gezeigt bzw. jeweils ab 14:00 Uhr in einer großen Parade vorgeführt. Auch kann man auf dem Führerstand einer Dampflok mitfahren oder eine kleine Rundreise durch das Museumsgelände in einem historischen Reisezugwagen unternehmen. Wer gerne selbst Hand anlegen möchte, kann eine Draisine bewegen, eine moderne Lok virtuell im Fahrsimulator der Eisenbahngesellschaft Potsdam steuern oder mal eine Weiche von unserem historischen Stellwerk „Wm“ aus stellen.

Das größte Eisenbahnmuseum Brandenburgs ist am 4. und 5.5. zwischen 10:00 und 17:00 Uhr (samstags) bzw. 16:00 Uhr (sonntags) geöffnet. Eintrittskarten gibt es an den beiden Tagen vor Ort oder bereits online ab sofort über die Homepage des Museums (www.dampflok-wittenberge.de) zum Preis von € 8,- (Erwachsene) bzw. € 4,- (Kinder zwischen 5 und 14 Jahre). Für Familien ist eine Familienkarte für € 20,- im Angebot.

Wer mit dem Zug anreisen möchte, kann dies mit historischen Triebwagen, früher liebevoll Ferkeltaxen genannt, von Neustrelitz und Luckau aus erleben. Einen ihrer modernen Nachfolger der Eisenbahngesellschaft HANS nutzen die Eisenbahnfreunde, um kleine Exkursionen vom Eisenbahnmuseum in den Wittenberger Hafen zu unternehmen. Dafür gibt es samstags drei und sonntags zwei Abfahrten vom Museum. Fahrkarten für die Hafenrundfahrten sind im Museumsgelände erhältlich.

Auch die Modellbahnfreunde kommen auf ihre Kosten. Diesmal ist der Modellbahnclub IG Eisenbahn Westmecklenburg mit einer großen Anlage zu Gast. Natürlich sind auch wieder neben diversen Souvenirs rund um die Eisenbahn Speisen und Getränke erhältlich, darunter auch die von vielen Besuchern geliebte Erbsensuppe der Freiwilligen Feuerwehr Wittenberge.

Speziell für Fotografen gibt es am Samstag, den 4.5., ab 17 Uhr eine gesonderte Veranstaltung, in der mit den Gastfahrzeugen Szenen aus der Reichsbahnzeit nachgestellt werden. Hierfür sind besondere Tickets zu lösen, die für € 40,- vor Ort erhältlich sind.

Dampflokfreunde Salzwedel e.V. Am Bahnhof 6, 19322 Wittenberge