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Report - Steam Engine Graveyard, East Germany (Sept 2010 + 2011)

Atomhirsch

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28DL Full Member
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The steam graveyard is the result of a fanatic collector. The person dreamed of a huge open air train and locomotive museum, after the fall of the iron curtain he bought countless engines really cheap and in good condition. Remember, an many east-block-countries there were still steam trains running until the walls came down.

The problem was to find a place to park them. So he had an oddyssey with his trains all over east Germany, some years they stood here, some other years there. During all the years, the engines got no maintenance and the elements began their work on the metal. Iron became rust, wood rotted and collectibles like armatures and factory plates disappeared.

Finally in the mid-2000s, he found a place, an abandoned train workshop in the rural Brandenburg, far away from any big city. Still with no maintenance, it seems the machines will stay there forever. Green grows everywhere between the rusty iron.

But the collector never gave up his dream. He put up a nasty high fence around the place to keep away the scrap hunters and started to restore one or two machines by using parts from other engines and painting them like new. The only way to visit the area without the dangers of being cought by baseball-bat-equipped security guys is during two days in september, when the ground is open to public. But only a few people came here, it's just too far away (and too rotten) for the most trainspotters.

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Here is a list of all engines parked there:
http://www.dmhk.de/customerdata/documents/Infoblatt Innenseite.pdf
 

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