Demonstrating how goods trains were split up
Deutsche Bahn AG leaving nothing but a fallow field of what once had been a busy shunting station, our club of railway enthusiasts made the necessary efforts to restore the shunting system. We installed a pair of rails which now allows us to show visitors how the shunting operations went on.
Visitors can marvel at two shunting operations based on those days’ technology. 350 m (about 385 yards) of rail track are available for the purpose.
To construct the museum shunting system, our club members went to places near Chemnitz (Aue, Oelsnitz/Erzgebirge) to strip down the rails and sleepers needed as well as a rail point and a Büssing-type slipper brake ejector. They transported them to Chemnitz-Hilbersdorf where they built the above-mentioned rail track.
In addition, a track of 150 m (about 165 yards) featuring a special type of rail and sleeper had to be built so a particular rope-controlled vehicle needed for shunting could be used (see picture below).