After finishing the closeout work at our “yard of artifacts” last week, an article has been posted in the WAZ (a local german newspaper) telling the background story and explaining some possible future expansions of our museum (a new “hall of artifacts” behind ‘Zeche Nachtigall’ and a connection to the existing railway system).
Some days ago at the Muttentalfest, we reached a new record of more than 2650 carried people! Five of our colleagues were steering two trains without any problems during the whole day. All in all a very nice day!
We are thankful for the big amount of rides and of course all the donations!
Because of donations by the Wittener Sparkassen- und Bürgerstiftung (foundation) and the furniture shop Ostermann, it was possible to buy a “new-old” forklift truck with a load capacity of around 5 (kilo-)tons.
With the new truck, it will be possible to handle the heavy clearance work on the museum’s outside terrain with our own equipment. We are very happy about it and like to thank you all very much!
We are very pleased about an extraordinary donation from the NRW Foundation. Because our museum is mainly running by donations and membership fees, we need these additional donations to acquire new things and to expand the museum. Many thanks to the NRW Foundation for their support!
At this point, we would also like to thank all the other sponsors and helpers for their (partly long-standing) support. No matter if donations of money, donations in kind or working support, without all of you, our museum would not be, what it is today. Thank you!
The santa specials are coming closer, but we will have to shift them about one week to the 10th of December.
The rides are starting at 11:00 AM and will be repeated hourly as usual, but the train to Santa (in direction of Zeche Nachtigall) will end up in the forest. We can take 20 children on every ride at a cost of 6.50€ each (5€ for companions), the children will receive a little surprise from Saint Nicholas. Back at the train station, one hot drink will wait for every passenger. Waffles, sausages and lard sandwiches are also available.
It is necessary to preregister by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the desired timeslot, the amount of children (and companions) and the surname with your adress to assign your tickets. You will receive an email back, if the chosen places are available, please transfer the costs to our (donation) bank account, to make a binding reservation. The tickets won’t be sent to you, but can be picked up at the platform just before starting your ride.
With the best wishes
Here our donation account:
IBAN: DE55 4306 0129 0630 1461 00
BIC: GENODEM1BOC at the VolksBank Bochum-Witten
We still have some tickets left for the Saint Nicholas rides 2016.
On 4th of December the traditional Santa rides of the Muttenthalbahn will be celebrated. From 11:00AM our little trains are driving each hour from the parking lot ‘Nachtigallstraße’ over ‘Zeche Theresia’ to ‘Zeche Nachtigall’ and back. On that way, the train will have a short stop in the winter woods, where Saint Nicholas is waiting with surprise bags for the children.
A preregistration is required and can be done at the ‘Stadtmarketing Witten, Ticket- und Service-Centrum’ next to the city hall (tel. 02302 12233).
For children, a ride (with a present, a ‘Stutenkerl’ and a chocolate drink back at the main station) will cost €9.00, for attendant adults it’s about €3.00 (also including a hot drink after the ride).
Of course, the museums buildings and the Café Theresia are available as well as our trains can be used as a shuttle between the stations by all visitors (if free seats are available).
With best regards for the cosy season
Your Arge Muttenthalbahn
Every year, the ‘Volksbank Bochum Witten’ is sponsoring many projects of social clubs in our region. This time, we will participate with a request for sponsoring of a tamping machine. This machine would help us very much in maintenance and track-extension tasks! 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 get the tamping machine.
At *this page*, you can find the complete request (it’s only available in german) and the button to vote for us (‘Stimme abgeben’).