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07-08 October 2023: Herbstdampf
10 Years of the Historic Engine Shed Wittenberge
10 years ago, the world still looked different at the former Wittenberge railway depot. Thanks to the wise foresight of the town's leaders, the former railway depot that shaped the town with its railwaymen did not disappear. Rather, it was awakened from its slumber and now houses our railway museum. Click on the dot in the pictures and slide it to the right or left. You will be amazed at how the world has changed. For the better, we think.
Gatehouse of the Wittenberge railway depot, today the entrance to the museum on opening days.
View from the turntable to the former locomotive duty office, where the locomotive crews were assigned their tasks and locomotives. Today the reception area of the museum.
The dispatcher room at the beginning of the reconstruction phase and today.
View of the track entrance to the locomotive shed. On the right side you can see the locomotive shed III, today the domicile of the company Schienenfahrzeuge Wittenberge GmbH. In the meantime, we have rebuilt a water crane in the track area according to the historical model.
View into the interior of the former dispatcher room. In front of the partition wall sat the dispatchers, who distributed the daily tasks to the locomotive crews through the still recognisable window in the wall. The partition wall was removed and the reception area of the museum was created.
The manager of the depot used to have his office on the first floor of the locomotive duty office. Today this is the recreation room for the active members of the association.
Our present workshop was a storage room in the days of the Deutsche Reichsbahn. Formerly there was a small administration room at the back.
A view along the front of the engine shed. Where trees and weeds grew at first, today the museum's tracks lie again.
Another view along the front of the engine shed. Before the renovation work began, the gates were smeared and rusted, but today they have been repainted and can be opened again.
A look inside the engine shed. At the beginning of the renovation work, the rear wall of the locomotive shed had to be partially removed and rebuilt reinforced with metal scaffolding. Only then could a new roof be erected. Today it protects our exhibits from wind and weather.
The sidings next to the turntable were cleared of grass and bushes ten years ago. Today they serve as operating tracks for the museum.
The head building of the locomotive shed used to house an electrical workshop (ground floor) and some changing and washing rooms for locomotive crews. Today it houses, among other things, our carpentry workshop, an exhibition room and an office.
In the area of the former locomotive shed I, you could still see the pit of the former turntable a good 10 years ago. Today the pit is filled in and a track runs over it.
View back to locomotive shed 2, which now houses the museum. To the right is the former water house, which once housed large water tanks to supply the steam locomotives.
The structure of the water house was secured a good 10 years ago and a new roof was built. Today it is still waiting for a new use.
The water tower has been renovated in the meantime and is now used again to supply water to the museum's steam locomotives. In the meantime, the association has also rebuilt a water crane, which is connected underground to the tower by a pipeline.
View of the water tower and the sanding plant
View of the service tracks in the museum's outdoor area
Similar picture as above. 10 years ago, the supply lines for the oil-fired steam locomotives of the Wittenberge railway depot were still visible. They burned heavy oil instead of coal to heat the water in the boiler.
Similar picture as above, but taken in the opposite direction.
View of the former Magdeburg side of the station. This is where the trains went to and from the south until 1999. Today, our driver's cab rides take place here. A track-laying machine is also on display. The wasteland next to it has recently been revitalised by a road and a shopping centre.
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