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Opening of the steam season 2009 in Strasshof

The small town Starshof is situated near Vienna (AT). There is a steam museum and garden railway track (5" and 7.25"). We took part on an opening of the steam season 2009. This was a two days event. The first day we helped to prepare the track for runs after the winter and with oher important works in the yard and the second day we ran our steam (and other) locos.

There are really many steam locomotives in the museum, some of them are in an original state as at the end of their work, others are just being reconstructed, while some of locos are already reconstructed and are in fully operating state. It is really a big pleasure to visit the museum during one of many events that they organize. The original WEB pages of the museum you can find here.

Other reports from this event you can find at WEB Roman's or Tom's WEB pages.

An overall view of the museum building (former heating plant).

There is a large railyard inside the building full of steam locomotives.

One thing that is interesting - ventilating holes in the roof. Some of them are wooden ... not very usual material for building the chimney.

There are many steam locos also in the surround of the main bulding. Some of them are waiting for a reconstruction probably long, long time.

Recently restored locomotive, steamed up, ready to run.

Some of steam locos were moved using an external diesel engine.

More and more steam engines, including a rotary snow plough.

Unusual driver cab.

Not only steam locos are waitin for their restore.

There are also some old semaphores and signalling devices.

Petr and Roman are preparing for external rendering of signal tower.

Jura is evidently interested with thir work.

Looking forward to the work. Keep smiling.

It's not so difficult ... .

Concentrate on the work - it will be a professional result!

Preparing for a work in the interior .

Almost done.

Let blow away all leaves and other things from the track.

Anybody beer !?!

Some parts of the track was necessary to level. There is used the gravel on the yard, that results in sinking of the track. Here was made an attempt to enforce the track with old pipes.

Track is cut .

Pipes are cut to required lengths.

Pipes are used as a slightly larger foundation.

All is welded together. Unfortunately, neither this modification does not result in more stable track. Pobably the main problem is the gravel. The gravel is not suitable as a ballast, because it does not make firm surface and the track is sinking into it regardless of dimensions.

The track modification consumes cutting wheels rapidly.

Tom is well tuned to start daubing a retaing wall of the tunnel.

It is necessary to flaten the surface at first

And then we can start to daub.

Next day - start of runs. We need to carry trolleys on the top of our car, because the boot was full of the lodomotive. We had to make a special holder, to sew water-proof coverings for our trolleys and to borrow a narrow shell for rest of things to carry by a small car with five people inside.

Our "Racing Mammoth" in carrying position.

Let steam up!

One more shovel of coal ...

... and our Gromit starts his first international trip.

Traversing the Gromit.

And now on the track.

Each of our family tried to be a driver.



small ones

as well as adult ones.

Family ride.

Gromit hauling a test load with new coaches from Jura. We are happy that Gromit is powerful enough :-) .

Gromit after the working day.

Celaning team.

Home (Strasshof) locomotive with crew..

Other locomotives are steamed up.

Tom and his Krzenowic

Tom jr. and Krzenowic

Roman and his Ponava

Public run.


What a nice contrast between old a current technique ... the phone call finds you anywhere - even if you drive a steam loco.

Ufff, my back ...

I have a riddle for you - How many people is necessary to clean one steam loco?

Strasshof home loco.

We were happy to see also one small fully operating steam roller.

We enjoyed also some good meal ...

Simply very successful weekend.