10th Steam Engine Festival in Dresden
to be held April 6th to 8th, 2018

This page will provide any information on the 10th Steam Engine Festival, which will be held in 2018. As of yet we are still planning and will provide any new and "settled" data in this place in due course. We thus kindly ask you for keeping on being patient for a while.

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General information

The Dresdner Dampfloktreffen has established its place among railway and steam galas in Saxony for many years. Several vintage trains from various regions of Germany as well as from neighbouring countries will come to Dresden, for their travellers and rolling stock to attend this gala. Similar to previous years, we intend to have illuminated evening photo sessions (Fri., Sat.) and a live music concert "Steam & Dixie" (Sat. night). An attractive programme of half-day and full-day excursion trains will be offered again. We cordially welcome you as our travelling guests, in addition to "feel" the atmosphere in our depot.

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Journey to the Dresden Steam Engine Festival

Our partner travel agency Augustustours offers individual journeys to Dresden including hotel. Further information on the Augustustours website: >>> Logo AUGT allg <<<.

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Booking portal / Webshop

Our new webshop for the 10th Steam Engine Festival is activated now. Please feel free to purchase any tickets for our excursion trains and the entrance to the festival grounds directly >>> here <<<.

Ticket shipping started in December already. For our excursion trains only booking confirmations will be shipped until the final seat reservation is done (expected end of February or early March).
Please note: Tickets at travel agency Augustustours can be picked up only, after you got an email confirming the deposition.

Some tickets will appear as sold out after a short period of time. If this happens, please contact us using the contact form (subject: Steam Engine Festival) for ticket pre-reservation. When ticket reservations return, the tickets will be sold to you in cronological sequence.

After November 1st there will be a booking hotline for questions and problems. If your phone call cannot be answered, please leave your name and phone number on our answering machine. We will call you back shortly.

Hotline: +49 (0) 351 417 94 36

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Special events

By now the following events are set:

Evening Locomotive Presentations

- one on April 6th and the other on April 7th, 2018, each starting by 7 p.m. and ending about 10 p.m., special entrance fee 15.00 € per person

Annotation: To present each engine present for a sufficient time on the turntable we will show some engines during the first event and others during the second evening. So if you intend to take images or movies of any locomotive attending the gala, please be aware to spend both evenings here.

2nd annotation: Restricted access and just a limited number of tickets available. Experience tells us that they are likely to sell out quickly... so please do not hesitate too long if you really want to attend these sessions. 

"Dampf & Dixie" (Steam & Dixie music)

 - on April 7th, 2018, separate from the illuminated engine presentation, entrance from 7 p.m., extra entrance fee 15.00 € per person

In the white shed on depot ground of Dresden Transport Museum (corner Zwickauer / Würzburger Strasse) there will be a model train exhibition of associations around Dresden.
Another model train exhibition is shown in the building beside roundhouse 1 (Railway Museum's ground). The entrance is seperated into groups, every 30 minutes, because otherwise too many visitors will be in a room with limited space.

On the street Zwickauer Strasse dealers with railway-related stuff will offer there things.

Between the sheds on depot ground of Dresden Transport Museum and along the entrance of Dresden Railway Museum you will find our snack bars and snack cars.

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Excursion train programme

These guest engines have already been confirmed to attend of our festival:

  • 03 1010, Traditionsgemeinschaft Bw Halle P e.V. / DB Museum Halle/Saale
  • 44 1486, Eisenbahnfreunde Staßfurt
  • 50 3648, Sächsisches Eisenbahnmuseum Chemnitz-Hilbersdorf
  • 52 8079, Dampf+ (arriving with LDC's vintage train from Cottbus)
  • 52 8131, WFL
  • 52 8154, Eisenbahnmuseum Bayerischer Bahnhof Leipzig e.V.

Further engines are planned. We will provide any new data in this place in due course.

As many of our guests may already know, we will offer an outstanding special steam train programme around the Steam Engine Festival.
At the moment the following trains are planned:

All trains will serve food and beverages, most likely in a typical dining car inherited from Deutsche Reichsbahn of GDR.
Children up to 6 years of age in accompany with an adult and without a claim for an own seat are transported free of charge.

Friday, 2018-04-06:

  • Dresden – Berlin – Dresden, Express Passenger Train "ELBFLORENZ", planned locomotive: 03 1010
    Price: 79.00 € per person
    In Berlin you may visit the Railway Museum Berlin-Schöneweide. The entrance fee is included in the train ticket!

Saturday, 2018-04-07:

  • Morning (return by lunch time), planned locomotives 52.80 and additionally a V100 diesel:
    Dresden – Kamenz – Bautzen – Dresden
    Price: 42.00 € per person or
    Combined Ticket (train ticket + entrance to the festival area): 54.00 € per person
  • Afternoon (start after the morning train has come home), planned locomotive 50 3648:
    Dresden – Meißen – Nossen – Freiberg (Sachsen) – Dresden
    Price: 42.00 € per person or
    Combined Ticket (train ticket + entrance to the festival area): 54.00 € per person

Sunday, 2018-04-08:

  • Morning (return by lunch time), planned locomotives 44 1486, 50 3648 and domestic E 77 10:
    Dresden – Freiberg (Sachsen) – Dresden
    (parallel ride with a vintage freight train up the "Tharandter Rampe" from Tharandt to Klingenberg-Colmnitz)
    Price: 42.00 € per person or
    Combined Ticket (train ticket + entrance to the festival area): 54.00 € per person
  • Afternoon (start after the morning train has come home), locomotives not yet pre-arranged:
    Dresden – Děčín (CZ) – Usti n.L. (CZ) – Dresden
    Price: 42.00 € per person or
    Combined Ticket (train ticket + entrance to the festival area): 54.00 € per person

Subject to changes! Please be aware that any of these trains will start and terminate at Dresden Hauptbahnhof. There will not be any chance of boarding or exit at the festival grounds in Altstadt.

Please note:
- All trains will depart from and arrive at Dresden Hauptbahnhof (main station). None of the trains can stop at the railway museum or festival area, respectively.
- The Combined Ticket allows you to enter the festival area along Zwickauer Straße once, on a single day of the 10th Steam Engine Festival.
- Any special trains will be operated only upon receiption of sufficient pre-bookings, so that the break-even point of cost and revenue is passed. But we are pretty sure that none of the train offers would sell less - but you can never be sure in advance. Thus, please do not hesitate too long to book your tickets.

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