Also this year, we will have a lot of things to do and some are already done, for current information and photos, please have a look at our facebook page (which is in german only – sorry – but at least the photos will give you a good impression on what’s going on).
A short reminder: We would be very happy about some more donations to our donation-campaign at the Volksbank Bochum, which is available until the 14th of May.
But now, after several illness related postponements, we are very happy to welcome you again on next Sunday, 7th of May, 11 AM – 5 PM, to make some rounds with our train again. We also put the other dates for this year on the website.
The train is starting it’s tour every hour from 11 AM to 4 PM at the Parkplatz Nachtigallstrasse. Our small restaurant is awaiting you with fresh butter-waffles and a hot bockwurst, in addition to hot & cold drinks. Also our museum rooms will be opened.
Unfortunately, we still don’t have the permission to enter the area of Zeche Nachtigall, so our train has to reverse in the woods in front of the gate (without the option to get off the train there).
After pausing the operation for more than one year because of Corona, we had a nice train operating day on the 04 of July. We were looking forward to the next weeks, to repeat this multiple times, during the summer. But the intense rainfall brought by “Bernd”, crossed out these plans. So, our driving operations have to be cancelled again, until further notice. Take a look yourself:
Besides the donation of the NRW Foundation, we are very grateful for another big donation we received from the Werner Richard – Dr. Carl Dörken Foundation of about €5.100, which will be used to upgrade our track system with steel sleepers. Thank you very much!
Despite the currently difficult situation, we wish you all a nice Advent season and are looking forward to the next year.
Or to say it with the words of our new firebasket (which we received from the RAG – thank you, too – and which was illuminated by Bastian Eberle):
PS: On our facebook page, you can have a look at our unique “tipper wagon advent calendar” …
We recently received a €25,000.00 donation from the NRW Stiftung, to support our plans to improve the railway tracks. Thank you very much!
But of course, we are also very grateful for all other sponsors, people who bought the virtual tickets as well as our long time supporters.
Unfortunately, we have to inform you that we will not have any opening days this year. The additional financial and organizational effort, to comply with the contact restrictions, as well as the significantly lower utilization of the trains itself, makes it impossible for us to guarantee a reasonable operation.
Of course we are already thinking about next year and hope to see you again as soon as possible!
Because of the Corona-virus we are forced to cancel all events and opening days probably until end of August. This includes also the Trabi-meeting, Oldtimerfestival and the concert of the Lions-club at “Zeche Nachtigall”.
Unfortunately it isn’t so easy for us, to comply with the hygienic requirements and distance rules, which were needed to continue operation with good conscience.
The healthiness of all our passengers, visitors and as well as our volunteers is very important for us, which leads us to this step.
These are available in two categories: one adult (8 Euro) or families, two adults & two children for 20 Euros.
The tickets include the ride, a waffle and a hot/cold drink for each person.
They can be redeemed from the time we’re opening again (hopefully in September this year) and until the end of the season next year, 2021. The tickets will wait for your visit in our tickets booth (no physical delivery).
This year again, we sent a request to the support program of the ‘Volksbank Bochum Witten’. The Volksbank is sponsoring many projects of social clubs in our region every year. All sponsoring requests to the Volksbank will be presented on their webpage and are available for a public voting. For this voting, we need your support to raise our chance to win!
We would like to build up two more wagons for transportation of wheelchairs and baby strollers. Since we can’t do all the necessary work on our own and are also lacking some materials, we will need some money to get it done.
Here *VR Foerderprogramm Arge Muttenthalbahn* you can see the complete request (in gerrman only) and the button to vote for us (‘Stimme abgeben’ at the end of that page). Until 31-Jan-2019, you can vote for us every day!
Thank you very much and have nice christmas days! Your Muttenthalbahn