The homepage of the working group Muttenthalbahn e.V., Witten / Ruhr

Welcome to the Muttenthalbahn light railway

All you need to know about the mining and narrow-gauge railway museum and operating days with further details on the Muttenthalbahn can be found on this page.

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The working group Muttenthalbahn has been based below Schloss Steinhausen directly by the river Ruhr in Witten-Bommern since 1989.
The used premises belong to the now defunct Zeche[colliery] Theresia which closed down as far back as 1892. This mine had played a role in the early days of the mining industry south of the Ruhr. Our working group had redeveloped the listed colliery buildings which now serve as a good homestead for the museum.

We wish you an enjoyable perusal of our page and are looking forward to welcome you in the museum!

Our latest report:

  • We need your support for a new museum

    Hello everyone!

    The Arge Muttenthalbahn e.V. urgently needs your HELP!

    The “Deutsches Gruben- und Feldbahn-Museum Zeche Theresia” (German Mining and Field Railway Museum Zeche Theresia), operated exclusively by volunteers with support from the JobCenter EN in the form of three museum helper positions, has been planning a new museum hall for some time.

    Here, on the grounds of the former Ritz iron foundry, directly adjacent to the LWL Zeche Nachtigall, not only vehicles – locomotives and wagons – will finally move into a beautiful hall, but also many small exhibits.

    All these collected pieces of mining and field railway history are currently not accessible to the public, as they can only be exhibited protected from the weather. Unfortunately, our well-known museum grounds, with the buildings and tracks located on it, do not offer the necessary space for this.

    But this is about to change.

    The hall, to be built in a clinker brick design, will measure a full 49×12 meters.

    A skylight along the entire ridge of the roof will let sunlight into the building and illuminate the four newly planned tracks inside the hall.

    An original field railway workshop and a road construction site are part of the exhibition concept.

    An application for funding from the state of NRW has been submitted and is currently being reviewed again.

    BUT now there is one more hurdle to overcome:

    The 10% own contribution of Arge Muttenthalbahn e.V. must still be raised through donations … a total of 75,000€.

    No easy task, but not impossible either.

    Once all this is implemented, there will be a new museum highlight with beacon character in Witten, in the Ruhr area, in NRW.

    Let’s tackle it together, please help us with your donation!

    Your Muttenthalbahners

    Hannsjörg Frank

    Would you like to donate?

    Then please transfer directly to our bank account at Volksbank BochumWitten:

    Account holder: Arbeitsgemeinschaft Muttenthalbahn e.V.
    IBAN: DE55 4306 0129 0630 1461 00
    Purpose: Spende Vereinsarbeit (Donation for club activities)

    Or transfer your donation via PayPal to or use the following QR code:

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