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:

  • Everything new (and old) in 2024

    Even though or precisely because the year is no longer brand new, there are still some news regarding our museum.



    Locomotive Gertrud at the entrance to Zeche Nachtigall

    First, the most visible and undoubtedly joyful news for many: We will be running our trains again very soon AND we are allowed to enter the premises of the LWL Industrial Museum Zeche Nachtigall with our trains once more! Starting from the first operating day of the season (already on April 7, 2024), we will return to the familiar schedule with three different stops and, as always, we look forward to welcoming old and new guests to our museum Zeche Theresia every first Sunday until October, indulging them in Café Theresia, and offering an extraordinary journey to the Zeche Nachtigall.

    Our events page has been updated with the currently planned opening days, and additional themed days are still in the works. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to participate in this year’s Muttentalfest on March 24th and the Heritage Day in September. However, we also had to update our ticket prices due to the universally increased costs, which (sadly) affect us as well.

    There is also an article from WAZ, unfortunately only for WAZ+ subscribers and in German: article



    Then, at the end of February, prior to the commencement of the tree-felling ban, extensive clearing work was carried out on our newest museum site in preparation for further redevelopment. The leased property was formerly home to the Ritz iron foundry, and in the near future, a new museum building for a significant portion of our vehicle collection is planned to be erected there. Additional photos of the clearing can be found on our Facebook page (only german texts there)!



    As they say, all good things come in threes. Therefore, we are fortunate to announce that, thanks to the complete sponsorship from the NRW Foundation (Many thanks!), we are now in possession of 6 pallets containing a total of 1,140 steel sleepers. Additionally, there is one pallet each of fastening clips and screws. The sleepers were manufactured by the gGmbH LMG Nord, an inclusive business in the Saterland (Lower Saxony, Germany). Over the next 2 years, these sleepers will be utilized to renovate the entire track from the Nachtigallstraße parking lot through Theresia to the Zeche Nachtigall.

    To tackle this task, we are also looking for individuals who have the desire, time, and energy to support us on a voluntary basis. Whether it’s for this specific project or other tasks, our association can always use assistance, and every helping hand is warmly welcomed. Please reach out to us either via Facebook or email ( Of course, new members who wish to support us with regular membership fees or individual donations are always welcome. Please also contact us at the above email address or visit the donation page. Thank you in advance.



    And there’s one more thing worth mentioning at this point. We received this diesel tank as a donation, allowing us to stockpile 400 liters. However, we won’t be storing “regular” diesel here; instead, we’re transitioning to Shell’s synthetic GTL diesel, which is already being used by the Stadtwerke Witten for their excursion ship, the Schwalbe. This diesel, derived from natural gas, is safer to store and produces fewer emissions during combustion than conventional diesel. Additionally, it is odorless, which should be pleasantly noticeable during our journeys. Thus, the excursion services provided by Stadtwerke Witten GmbH and the Arge Muttenthalbahn e.V. are locally more environmentally friendly, marking a step forward in the museum’s development.



    So, hopefully see you soon, wishing everyone a great year 2024!

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