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The Park Railway

Visitors entering the park "Großer Garten" (English: "Great Garden") are often amazed as unrecognisable sounds and the energetic signal of a locomotive disturbs the idyllic peace and thick clouds of smoke rise up into the crowns of the trees. The solution to this puzzle is the park railway, a miniature railway with 381 mm gauge which takes thousands of small and large passengers on a trip through the park during the summer months. Special about this railway is that it is operated by children and young people in their free time.

Timetable 2017

  • 09th April to 30th June
    Tuesday to Sunday and holidays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    No train operation on 05th of May (Ascension Day).
  • July and August
    daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 1st September to 3th October
    Tuesday to Sunday and holidays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 4th to 15th October
    Tuesday to Sunday and holidays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The trains run approximately every 10 to 36 minutes. The steam engines are operating all weekends and holiday (during October depending on the weather forecast).
Excluding changes to the timetables and weather-related service interruptions.

Special rides, events 2017

  • Opening of the season:
    9th April
  • Easter train rides:
    14th to 17th April, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Children`s Day service for groups:
    1st June, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Children`s Day party with Parkolino
    4th June, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Children and Youth exchange between the Children
    Railway Budapest and the Park Railway Dresden:

    16th, 18th and 21st July
  • Railway Weekend:
    26th and 27th August, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Evening lights:
    9th September, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Advent in the Grosser Garten Park:
    2nd and 3rd December, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and
    9th and 10th December, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    5th and 6th December, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    (5th and 6th only for groups with advanced booking)

Fares

  • round trip (6 stations):  6 €
  • per station 1 €
  • Children and students pay the half price.

Please note:

Tickets can be bought at all stations of the railway.
If a station is closed exceptionally, the train conductor will sell you your ticket.

The ticket will be invalid, if you stop over the trip before you have arrived at the destination station. If you want to interrupt the round trip, you have to buy a one-way ticket. You can buy a return ticket at all stations.

Interesting facts

The point at station Carolasee

Technical data about the railway:

Track length: 5.6 kilometres (3.5 miles)
Track gauge: 381 millimetres (15 inches)
Stations: 5
Switches: 20
Signals: 22 main signals; 5 shunting signals

Full steam through the park

Vehicles:

2 steam engines
2 battery-electric locomotives
31 open passenger cars
4 closed passenger cars
4 goods wagons
1 snow plough
1 rail moped

Two trains at zoo station

The Locomotives:

The steam locomotives, called "Moritz" and "Lisa", which both date from 1925, continue to do good and reliable service, especially at weekends and on public holidays. There are also two battery-electric locomotives built in 1962 and 1982. The maximum speed is nominally 30 km/h (19 mph), but never more than 20 km/h (12 mph) in actual operation.

History of the Park Railway Dresden

The town council of Dresden decided to build a children´s railway in the year 1950. Two steam engines were repaired. The Line was 1.3 kilometres (0.8 miles) long. In 1951 the railway line was expanded to the stations Carolasee, Karcherallee and Palaisteich. Now, the round trip has a distance of 5.6 kilometers (3.5 miles) and takes 30 minutes. The railway was given the name "Pioniereisenbahn Dresden".

In 1962 a new accumulator locomotive was built, because the number of passengers continued to rise. The second accumulator locomotive was built in 1982 with the aim of discharging the steam engines.

The railway got the new name "Dresdner Parkeisenbahn" in 1990. In 1993, the railway became the property of the state of Saxony and was entrusted to the care of "Schlössern und Gärten Dresden".

In 1999, the manufactory of Volkswagen (so called "Glaserne Manufaktur") was built, so the station "Strassburger Platz" had to be dismounted. The new station was established in 2000.

Today, about 220,000 passengers are carried every year by the railway. 200 children spend their free time by being on duty in the Great Garden.

The Park Railway as hobby

There are currently 200 girls and boys working on the Park Railway. The young people are prepared for thier duties in training coureses held during the winter and the newly learned theory can be tested in practice on a 70 square metre model railway layout. Following this training, the young Park Railway volunteers devote considerable spare time to thier work as station supervisors, conductors, signalmen or crossing gatekeepers, lending the railway its truly unique charm.

platform supervisor

Location, Public Transport, Parking

Public Transport:

The Park Railway takes its passengers on a round trip in the park "Großer Garten". Many tram- and busstops are located around the park, for example:

  • Straßburger Platz "VW Manufaktur"
    Tram 1, 2, 4, 10, 12 and 13
  • Georg-Arnhold-Bad (Großer Garten)
    Tram 10 and 13
  • Querallee
    Tram 9, 13 and Bus 75
  • Tiergartenstraße
    Bus 61; 63 and 85

Parking:

The Park Railway Dresden is located in the park "Großer Garten", in the city centre of dresden.

Follow the signs for zoo and the factory "Gläserne Manufaktur" in the city center of Dresden, to get to the Great Garden.

  • Parking area "Lingnerallee"
    chargeable, closed on friday
  • Zoo parking area
    chargeable
  • Tiergartenstraße
    Many parking areas along the street.

The destination for your navigation device:

Street: Lennéstraße 5
Postcode: 01219 Dresden

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