Spring Steam on the 600 mm gauge at Bad Muskau

Germany: 19. - 20.04.2008 (Sat/Sun)

Oldtimer meeting in the forest near Mühlrose

When the trees are in blossom and the meadows are turning green the forests around Bad Muskau and Weißwasser in Saxony come to life: with three steam specials and one works train we will roam the last remaining narrow gauge lines of the old Muskau forest railway network.

The line to Mühlrose will be replaced by another line in the near future. An open cast mine is approaching the line and will take it away soon. Because this line is the one and only remaining line with the original small rails bedded on wooden sleepers in bright sand we’ll visit it quite extensively with two trains. This line is not used for the usual tourist transport during the tourist season.

beyond Bad Muskau



Tour plan


We will meet in the morning at Teichstraße station in the city of Weißwasser. Around 09.15 am our special freight train with 99 3312 will set off. We’ll take a logging train (with logs on!) to Kromlau and back. Several runpasts are planned. Lunch break in Weißwasser with a loco parade (four engines are planned, two under steam) in the shed area.
For 1.30 pm we have booked another authentic freight train (coal wagons) hauled by no. 99 3312 bound for Bad Muskau. Again we will make several photo stops along the beautiful line.
In the evening we will have time for some nice dusk and night shots. We will stay overnight at a hotel near the railway in Weißwasser.


We will set off for the railway early to be out on the line when the first rays of sunshine appear. We have booked an authentic freight train to Mühlrose hauled by no. 99 3317 which will leave about 7.00am. We will travel in a works train (probably powered by a brown Ns2, a tiny diesel) ahead of our special train. The diesel will haul a train of tippers. On our return trip we’ll change the trains in the Halbendorfer Wechsel (switchback) where the train will reverse. The steam loco will take over the tippers while the diesel will haul the coal train.

At noon we’ll turn the steam locomotive in Weißwasser. At 1pm we’ll leave tender first to Halbendorfer Wechsel and from there chimney first to Mühlrose. We will be back in Weißwasser by 4pm, to allow plenty of time to catch a connecting train for the journey home.


Line description

The 2ft. gauge Bad Muskau forest railway was “officially” closed as a common carrier in 1978 but continued working as an industrial line serving the clay pit in Mühlrose. Many pieces of rolling stock were saved by a local club, which started to organise special trains on the rest of the lines of the forest railway in the mid-1980’s. After German reunification the club was able to put two of the original steam engines back to work - no. 99 3312, "Diana", built by Borsig in 1912 for the Bad Muskau railway and no. 99 3317, a Feldbahn engine built in 1918 for the German military authorities which worked at Bad Muskau from the end of the second world war. With these two historic Bad Muskau engines and the surviving freight wagons it is still possible to run authentic trains. The landscape is more or less flat and sometimes hilly, and - as the name implies - covered by woods and forests. Another very interesting feature is the narrow gauge bridge on the Mühlrose line over the main Berlin - Görlitz railway.

between Weißwasser and Halbendorfer Wechsel


We’ll see three different locomotives (two steam and one diesel) and four different train arrangements: a coal train, a coal train with a box car among the wagons, a logging train and a train of tiny tippers which were used for sand and limestone transport.


Small print

At this time of the year it can get quite chilly in the morning and rain is a distinct possibility. Please watch the weather forecast and wear appropriate clothes. We’ll have a box car on the train just in case it’s raining.

The trip to and from Weißwasser is not included and you should arrange this yourself. If anyone has a long journey it is possible to come to Weißwasser on the day before. Hotel rooms are available. The hotel we have chosen near the railway line has nine single and nine double rooms. The rate per person for a double room is £25 and for a single room £38. A shuttle service will be available for participants arriving at Weißwasser by train. Parking spaces are available at Weißwasser should you come by car.

Please keep in mind that the steam locomotives are unique. If one of them fails for any reason we’ll have no spare! In this (more or less unlikely) case we’ll use the same locomotive on both days.

Please book before: 04.03.2008

map Bad Muskau



Forest Railway Muskau from 10 participants £210
19.04. - 20.04.2008 Single room supplement £13

Minimum number of participants: 10
Maximum number of participants: 22

The price includes:

Not included are:

The pictures were taken on our autumn trip in October 2006.

99 3317


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