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Open air railway museum
The former station Wilsdruff Halt was situated at the narrow gauge line Wilsdruff -Meissen Triebischtal. It was the first intermediate station on the line into direction to Meissen. Since the opening of the line on 1. October 1909 the small station had been very important for passenger transport, because it was very convinently situated near the town centre of Wilsdruff. Still in the 1950s tickets were temporarily sold in the station building before each train departure to Meissen. Finally, the station was closed following withdrawal of passenger trains on 21 May 1966.
Nearly the same day twenty years after the closing down of the railway a new era began, the buildings and station surroundings were taken over by the IG Verkehrsgeschichte Wilsdruff. Regardless of all difficulties the enthusiasm succeeded and in 1989 the first tracks were relaid, the railcar body of the post wagon was saved and the station building got new planks. In the years following more wagons and relicts were transferred to Wilsdruff Halt. Since that time the aura typical for a Saxon narrow gauge station could be reestablished. The station building and the privy are shining in their original livery from the time of the Royal Saxon Railway (Königlich Sächsischen Staatseisenbahn) at the beginning of last century.
Station building at Wilsdruff Hp formerly (1960s, photo G. Lieder) und currently (photo P. Wunderwald)
The proud of the Wilsdruff collection is the last remaining four axled post wagon (class IVb). This wagon was finally completely rebuilt from the remainings of the emergency service train which finished its service time at Freital. Besides that there are some more typical Saxon narrow gauge vehicles on display - a four axled stock car (GGw), a side grain transporter (HHw) and a so called "Rollwagen", a typical piggyback wagon with a normal gauge stock car as load. The railcar body of a passenger wagon of the former Leipzig Dresden Railway Company (LDE) is used as additional showroom. Additionally a two axled baggage car is waiting for a new chassis. All vehicles are presented in their original colors and including lettering of the Royal Saxon Railway. The members of the IG Verkehrsgeschichte Wilsdruff do their best and spend a huge portion their spare time in order to refurbish more exhibits as volunteers.
Technical Details and background informations about all vehicles in posession of the IGV can be found on our vehicle page.
Guided tour /
Wilsdruff Halt is one of the smaller exhibitis dealing with the history of the narrow gauge railways in Saxony. We announce opening days in advance, e.g. on our website. The vehicles are displayed open-air and are accessible for the public all year round.
Guided tours on site are possible for pre-booked groups (Tel:+49 351 / 64 35 21) as spare time of our volunteers permits.
How you can find us
The Haltepunkt Wilsdruff (Wilsdruff Halt) is situated within walking distance (5 minutes) from the market place of Wilsdruff on the Nossener Straße.
Guests without private transportation can use the following public bus lines (alight at Wilsdruff, Markt):
- To/from Dresden: bus 333, 334 or 424,
- To/from Freital/Dippoldiswalde: bus 348, (Mon-Sat only),
- To/from Meißen: bus 324 (on weekend only as bus taxi, prior call to operating company neccessary).