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11th Dresdner Steam Engine Festival
to be held April 12th to 14th, 2019
"Dresden macht Dampf"

This site will gradually publish any information about the festival, i.e. general programme, guest engines, steam-hauled vintage trains and so on. Thank you for repeatedly visiting this webpage!

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General information

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

Tickets to the museums grounds are of course valid for the festival area at Zwickauer Straße. Furthermore, they allow single-entry to Verkehrsmuseum Dresden "Johanneum" at Neumarkt (close to Frauenkirche) at one of the three days of the festival. It is up to you to attend Zwickauer Straße and Johanneum at the same day or to split the visit to two individual days within the timeframe of April 12 to 14.

Attention! Verkehrsmuseum itself does not offer any tickets for the 11th Dresden Steam Engine Festival at its renown vending locations! So please purchase your respective tickets via our webshop within the present webpage in advance - or buy them locally at Zwickauer Straße during the days of the festival.

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Haltestelle Attending the festival grounds

Upon arrival at Dresden Hauptbahnhof please use the transfer busses, which shuttle you directly to the festival grounds at Zwickauer Straße or the Transport Museum at Neumarkt, respectively. Tickets are to be purchased locally at the bus. If you intend to attend the festival by car, please check our general instructions. But please be aware that Zwickauer Straße itself will partially be closed for ordinary traffic and that only few parking lots are available in the surrounding district of the city.

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information Information desk at Dresden Hauptbahnhof (Dresden main station)

Our partner and travel agency AUGUSTUSTOURS will (as usual...) operate an information desk at Dresden Hauptbahnhof. They can inform about the excursion trains, bus transfer services, or any touristic offers relevant in the frame of the festival.

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ballon Programme in general

Zwickauer Straße will be closed for public transport between Nossener Brücke and Würzburger Straße. This area is included in the festival. Three entrances will be operated on Zwickauer Straße below the Nossener Brücke, at the intersection with Bamberger Straße and that with Würzburger Straße. Purchase of tickets as well as entry on behalf of pre-sold tickets will be possible there. Access to the numerous attractions inside the festival district:

  • Steam engines under operation in roundhouse 1, the respective turntable and water/coal supply facilities in the northern part of the area close to Nossener Brücke,
  • Footplate rides starting from and returning to the turntable at roundhouse 1 (sorry, queuing up will be necessary and extra tickets have to be purchased - sorry, we cannot offer pre-reservations for the footplate rides, neither for time-slots nor for tickets), excursion time about 20 minutes,
  • Model train exhibition on the third floor inside the main building, presenting historical HO-gauge modules that feature three sceneries of the Leipzig-Dresden main line,
  • Vehicles of Dresden Transport Museum in the area of the Depot of Dresden Transport Museum located in the southern parts of the festival, roundhouse 4 and the former hall for heavy maintenance,
  • Light railway connecting roundhouse 1 with the Depot of Verkehrsmuseum Dresden along Zwickauer Straße,
  • Vending booths for railway-related literature, railroad models as well as food and beverages,
  • Illuminated photo parades April 12 (Friday) and April 13 (Saturday), starting by 7 p.m. and ending around maybe 10 p.m. centered at the turntable of roundhouse 1, access with separate tickets only (EUROs 25 each),
  • Dixieland live music concert April 13 (Saturday), the location has not yet been decided upon, access with separate tickets only (EUROs 15 each).

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19 017 1 Intended guest engines

At present, it is most likely that the following engines will attend the festival in operating condition (last update: Jan. 10th, 2019). Besides general presentation and haulage of excursion trains some of them will be available for footplate rides:

Further engines intend to come to Dresden in the form of multiple-day vintage trains organised by individual associations or companies. Please follow the specific links for further information. IG Bw Dresden-Altstadt e.V. cannot influence these engines or trains. The respective engines can only come to Dresden if sufficient numbers of travellers pre-book these trains. So please do not hesitate to contribute...

Please be aware that not all engines can be present on the festival grounds throughout the entire opening hours. Further guest engines may attend the festival, please keep informed here from time to time.

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896009bild2 660 Excursion train programme

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 - which is November 4th, 2018 - the following trains are planned.

Attention: This programme is subject to changes. As of yet, we are not able to securely predict a dedicated steam locomotive or a dedicated route. The overall framework, however, may be considered as being settled. We expect the final and really binding routes just a few days before the festival. This is typical due to habits in how Deutsche Bahn AG issues schedules to us or any other comparable customer. As our trains are operated by singular vintage engines, any short-term loco exchange may be required for technical reasons. Contrarily, we promise to steam-haul all excursion trains. Any changes in our state of planning will be published on the present webpage.

All trains will serve food and beverages, most likely in a characteristic 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, 2019-04-12:

  • Dresden – Berlin – Dresden, Express Passenger Train "ELBFLORENZ" (planned locomotive: 01 202 as the single engine, neither banking engine nor light engine for power supply to the carriages!!)
    Price: 79.00 € per person
    In Berlin you may visit the Railway Museum Berlin-Schöneweide. The entrance fee is included in the train ticket.
  • The timetable will be published in this place later on.

Saturday, 2019-04-13:

  • Morning (return by lunch time):
    Dresden - Meißen  Nossen  Großschirma  Nossen  Meißen  Dresden (planned locomotives: 50 3648 + surprise loco)
    Price: 42.00 € per person or
    Combined Ticket (train ticket + entrance to the festival area): 54.00 € per person
  • The timetable will be published in this place later on.
  • Afternoon (start after the morning train has come home):
    Dresden – Kamenz  Bautzen – Dresden (planned locomotives: 50 3610 + 52 8079)
    Price: 42.00 € per person or
    Combined Ticket (train ticket + entrance to the festival area): 54.00 € per person
  • The timetable will be published in this place later on.

Sunday, 2019-04-14:

  • Morning (return by lunch time):
    Dresden – Görlitz – Dresden, in the style of express train D1851 (planned locomotives: outbound: 03 2155, return: 01 202)
    Price: 42.00 € per person or
    Combined Ticket (train ticket + entrance to the festival area): 54.00 € per person
  • The timetable will be published in this place later on.
  • Afternoon (start after the morning train has come home):
    Dresden Wilthen Ebersbach Rumburk/CZ Ebersbach Wilthen Dresden (planned locomotives: 35 1097 + 52 8079)
    Price: 42.00 € per person or
    Combined Ticket (train ticket + entrance to the festival area): 54.00 € per person
  • The timetable will be published in this place later on.

Subject to changes!

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 11th 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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Euro Ticket pre-sale / Webshop

The tickets can be baught in our webshop or at our partners, who organize complete journeys to Dresden including festival entrance.
From time to time in our webshop an error occurs sending the order in the last step. If you do not get a confirmation email, please contact us via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact our ticket hotline if you have further questions: +49 (0) 351 4179436 (answering machine).

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S Bahn Logo - Bahn Dresden proudly presents:

Dampf & Dixie (Saturday, April 8th, starting at 7 pm.)

Admission fee: 15,- Euro per person

Tickets are available in >>> advanced booking <<<, possible remaining tickets at our cash desks during the festival.

For the first time the live music event will take place in the roundhouse (House 4) of Dresden Transport Museum. We are very glad to celebrate this event in cooperation with S-Bahn Dresden this year.



Different bands will perform on this evening. Here the planned schedule as well as a short band description:

Saxophon Quartett 6:30 – 7:00 pm.

Bigband Explosion 7:00 – 7:30 pm.
Blue-Dragons-Jazzband 7:45 – 8:30 pm.
Werkstatt BigBand 8:45 – 10:00 pm.
open session 10:00 – 10:30 pm.


Beleive it or not - the Dresden Blue-Dragons-Jazzband exists since 2004 and the youngest member just turned 21. In the last years they have developed from a Teeny band to a well-known Jazz band in the Dresden Dixie music scene, performing on the international Dixieland fastival this year, again.

Bigband Explosion

Although the musicans are still quite young, the Bigband of the Dresden Conservatory Heinrich Schütz regulary inspires the auditions. They participated very successfull on different performances, e.g. at the "Mitteldeutsches Bigbandtreffen", directed by Andreas Reuter.

Werkstatt BigBand

The Werkstatt BigBand Dresden combines the Dresden music student of Dresden Technical University and the College of Music Dresden. Since 2011 they "swing" together, directed by Sebastian Haas. The special thing is, that students are allowed to take over direction of single songs.



Schedules for the vintage trains in the frame of the 11th Dresden Steam Engine Festival

Friday, 2019-04-12

Train: "Elbflorenz" Dresden - Berlin - Dresden

Departure from Dresden Hauptbahnhof: XX:XX pm.
Stop in Elsterwerda between XX:XX pm. and XX:XX pm.
Arrival at Bw Berlin-Schöneweide: XX:XX p.m.

Departure from Bw Berlin-Schöneweide: XX:XX p.m.
Stop in Elsterwerda between XX:XX pm. and XX:XX pm.
Arrival at Dresden Hauptbahnhof: XX:XX p.m.


Saturday, 2019-04-13 Morning

Train: Dresden - Meißen - Nossen - Großschirma - Nossen - Meißen - Dresden

Departure from Dresden Hauptbahnhof: XX:XX am.
Nossen: XX:XX am.
Arrival at Dresden-Hbf: XX:XX am.


Saturday, 2019-04-13 Afternoon

Train: Dresden - Kamenz - Bautzen - Dresden

Departure from Dresden Hauptbahnhof: XX:XX p.m.
Kamenz: XX:XX p.m.
Arrival at Bautzen: XX:XX pm.

Departure from Bautzen: XX:XX pm.
Kamenz: XX:XX pm.
Arrival at Dresden Hauptbahnhof: XX:XX pm.


Sunday, 2019-04-14 Morning

Train: "D1851" Dresden - Görlitz - Dresden

Departure from Dresden Hauptbahnhof: XX:XX am.
Arrival at Görlitz: XX:XX am.

Departure from Görlitz: XX:XX am.
Arrival at Dresden Hauptbahnhof: XX:XX am.


Sunday, 2019-04-14 Afternoon

Train: Dresden - Wilthen - Ebersbach - Rumburk (CZ) - Ebersbach - Wilthen - Dresden

Departure from Dresden Hauptbahnhof: XX:XX pm.
Ebersbach: XX:XX pm.
Arrival at Rumburk (CZ): XX:XX pm.

Departure from Rumburk (CZ): XX:XX pm.
Ebersbach: XX:XX pm.
Arrival at Dresden Hauptbahnhof: XX:XX pm.

E 77 10, built in 1925, tenderly nicknamed „Elli“
– a special appreciation to celebrate her 90th birthday

(an anniversary text by our colleague Alfred Hobl)



Our wonderful historic electric loco E 77 10 had its last general inspection three years ago. On October 4th, 2012, the oldest and – by that time the only – German electric loco with rod drive in active working condition hauled a charter passenger train from Dresden to Eisenach in preparation of the chassis inspection. The next day, Meiningen’s V 100 Diesel locomotive transferred it to the Meiningen heavy repair works. There, E 77 10 – which is owned by DB Museum and under the operative protection of Erzgebirgsbahn – received new wheel tyres at all wheelsets. Additionally, the oil in the transformator has been exchanged and the radio communication and INDUSI installation checked and updated.


After an extensive, intense general inspection (which included overhaul and repair of components) this only, still active electric locomotive with rod drive returned to Dresden in December 2013 and was presented at the 6th Dresden Steam Engine Festival with celebration week from April 4th to 13th, 2014, on behalf “175 years of first German wide-range railway Leipzig‑Dresden” in refurbished beauty. Promoting joy to numerous visitors and railway enthusiasts from all over the world, E 77 10 hauled excursion passenger trains through the beautiful Elbe river valley and up the Tharandt’s steep inclination (Tharandter Rampe).


Financing was done by IG Bw Dresden-Altstadt – a cordial thank you to all sponsors, donators, supporters and intensely committed colleagues.


A special highlight was the semi-public excursion train on May 28th, 2015, to Zwickau via Freiberg, Chemnitz (including parallel driving with electric locomotive 242 001 of MTEG/PRESS) and back. In the next year as well, special trains will be offered with E 77 10 through the beautiful Elbe river valley and up the Tharandt’s steep inclination.


Questions & booking:

>>> Reisebüro Maertens <<<, Tel.: 0351 / 56393930

>>> Flügelrad-Touristik <<<


In the frame of the 8th Dresden Steam Engine Festival (15.-17.04.2016) with the motto freight service yesterday and today, “our Elli” will be hauling special trains. Further information >>> here <<<.