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.
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.
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.
Technical data about the railway:
Track length: 5.6 kilometres (3.5 miles)
Track gauge: 381 millimetres (15 inches)
Signals: 22 main signals; 5 shunting signals
2 steam engines
2 battery-electric locomotives
31 open passenger cars
4 closed passenger cars
4 goods wagons
1 snow plough
1 rail moped
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
The destination for your navigation device:
Street: Lennéstraße 5
Postcode: 01219 Dresden