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Door-Opening-(Wednes)Day, on October 03

Again on October 03 it will be the “Door-Opening-Day” of the “Sendung mit der Maus” (children television documentary series).
We invite all fans of the “Maus” to have a look on our special vehicles and wagons and of course to have a ride with our narrow gauge train.
Additionally, the youth fire department from Bommerholz and their colleagues from Bommern are visiting us, too. They will explain their fire trucks, show a fire fighting exercise and the fearless children (at least 6 years old) can get a look to the area from far above!

More information to the “Door-Opening-Day” can be found on (only in german): WDR television or our Facebook page.

Finally a short note: the planned lampion rides on 11.11.2018 are cancelled, because of the many other events on this date.

We’re looking forward to see you in October (on 7th it’s also open)!
Your Muttenthalbahn

Artifact relocation

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).

This article is only available in german language:

Best regards
Your Muttenthalbahn

New record reached

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!

Best regards,
your Muttenthalbahn

New forklift truck

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!

See you soon,
your Muttenthalbahn

Dates for 2018 + Thank you

The dates for this year are available online! We’re looking forward to see you.
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!
€5000 from the NRW Foundation
For a happy year 2018
Your Muttenthalbahn

Santa special rides on December 10

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 ( 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
Your Muttenthalbahn

Here our donation account:
IBAN: DE55 4306 0129 0630 1461 00
BIC: GENODEM1BOC at the VolksBank Bochum-Witten

Pentecost festival

Next weekend, we will celebrate the pentecost festival.


We set up a new place for our small guests, to let them build their own museum:


And we are working with full speed, to lay out some new rails:


Have a nice week and see you on sunday!
Your Muttenthalbahn

Events in 2017

The list of events has been updated with the dates for 2017.

See you soon!
Your Muttenthalbahn

For a good year 2017

At first, there was a little mistake with the dates, the mulled wine trips in January are on Sunday 08.01. (not on Saturday)! We are sorry for this inconvenience.

After that, we hope you had some nice christmas days and we wish you a happy new year 2017!

With the best wishes and regards
Your Muttenthalbahn

Saint Nicholas rides 2016

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

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