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Track removal to extend the tracks
Less is more - to extend the tracks at first some must be removed - sounds contradict?
In this section we report on the changes on the railway tracks. We are currently working in parallel at two locations, the train station and the moor station. We also clean the track of moss and dry the tracks. The cleaning is done in such a way that the moss on the sleepers is removed. The motivation for this section comes from talking to you about what changes along the tracks.
The upper oval shows the position of the railway crossing; the lower one is the moor station.
Read below about the changes near the kiosk and then at the moor station.
Source: Open Streetmaps
Railway crossing at the kiosk (upper circle)
On December 31st, 2019, Andreas and Christian started to remove the tracks from the curve towards the concrete piet pool. First the tab bolts were removed with a nut sprinkler - the whole thing only happens with muscle strength and is therefore absolutely climate neutral! Then the tabs and rail fittings could be removed. on Janurary 3rd January 2020, the curve on the railway crossing was completely pulled out by Andreas and Jörg with the help of two winches.
The wooden sleepers were knocked off with a hammer and the rail nails were pulled out. Finally, the rails were gradually pushed out of the way using a crowbar. Finally, the route was completed at the station with a protective stop signal.
The ground of the level crossing was smoothed out and the path was made accessible again. The aim is to extend the route at the station towards the entrance and make it passable. Considerable earthwork is still required here.
The tracks running around the moor basin at the entrance will be completely dismantled. The reason is that the curve radii were designed by the employees of the clinic at that time for lorry operation. Today's passenger cars have a larger wheelbase and only allow a larger radius. In any case, the route would have had to be converted for operation.
Moor station (lower circle)
We have already reported on something else at the moor station. The tracks were extended here in the course of autumn / winter 2019.
For this purpose, sleepers were first moved from the stock to the moor station and stacked here in the form of a pagoda. There are two pieces of wood below and the smoldering wood above it and it can dry.
With the help of a mini excavator, the route was bent into its current position. On December 30th, 2019, the sleepers were stabilized with support beams from Andreas, Christian and Jörg. The tracks are not yet passable, topsoil or sand has to be placed under and around the sleepers.
In comparison, you can see the same place in the picture on the left of exactly one year where the topsoil and sand were spent.
The track results in an extension of approximately 80 meters (about 250 ft)
Images: Kurbahn Bad Bramstedt.
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What for a great last operation day 2019
Today on December 29th 2019 the last opertation day took place as previously abbounced. We were overwhelmed by all guests and would like to thank everyone for coming today. Time just flew away!
We also would like to take the chance to thank our young guests for waiving the green flag. This is the signal for the train driver to run the train. This was a great help. Keep going that way!
Next operation day will take place in April 2020 and we look forward to welcome everyone back.
Some impressions of today:
Train enters Moorbanhhof
Our Moorführer (seamp guide) Christian had all hands full to do
Andreas moves the engine to the opposite side of the train to push it into the station
Car parade at the barn. Lores to the left and new passenger cars to the right
Andreas changes the position of the engine.
Bau- und Arbeitstag am 28.12.2019
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Heute Bauarbeiten und Holzarbeiten. Hier der #Bauzug der durchs #Moor fährt. Die #Feldbahn wird hier sehr nützlich als #Naturschutzbahn eingesetzt. Die #Moorbahn fährt hier in Richtung #moorbahnhof. Andreas, @jorg_eggers und Christian @kurbahn waren aktiv und freuen sich morgen auf Gäste beim #Fahrtag zum Jahresabschluss von 11-15 Uhr.
Last train operations 2019
The season is over, but we move stiill ahead! Last Sunday in December we run the train between 11 am and 3 pm.
Tickets are available in our booth and additionally we offer
- warm alcohol free christmas drink
Everything is 1 Euro per piece.
Stumbling blocks remind on clinic founder
In many cities they lie in the pavement: so-called stumbling blocks (Strolpersteine), which remind of the fate of Nazi persecutees. Bad Bramstedt has two since Thursday. They remind of the clinic founder Mr. Oskar Alexander and his son Robert. The father died in the concentration camp, the son fled to Colombia.
Artist Mr. Gunter Demnig (with hat) has been laying stumbling blocks for 20 years. These are reminiscent of Oscar and Robert Alexander. Initiator Fritz Bredfeldt invited the descendants Karen Alexander and Lizi Alexander-Christiansen to the ceremony. Source: Einar Behn
The name Oskar Alexander is closely linked to the recent history of Bad Bramstedt. He founded in the 1930s, the former rheumatism ...
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Works on track extension
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The track construction at the end of the route continued today under the eyes of the visitors. Track construction here means first the former end is moved to a curve to the right. #streckenbau #Strecke #Verlängerung #streckenverlängerung #umbau #esgehtweiter #narrowgauge #decauville #600mm #schmalspur #baustelle #eswirdgearbeitet #Feldbahn #Moor #moorbahn #minibagger #chef #chief #gleisbau #gleisbauer #bagger #saisonvorbereitung #starkemaschinen #stark #moorerlebnis #moorerlebnisraum #talit #stolz #naturbahn #naturschutzbahn
A Danish is a loyal fan of the Moorbahn
(From Uwe Straehler-Pohl Article opens: Monday, 02.04.2018 21:15 hrs)
Those last years have already rolled back to bad Moorbahn in Bad Bramstedt. A few heartbeats even though the weather is opening seasonally at the facility in Kurgebiet. With this: Jens Gönland from Denmark. "It already belongs to the inventory," said the railways about their fan.
. Gönland comes with his wife Doris regularly to Bad Bramstedt, to teach them about the latest stand, was the Federation German Deutsche Feldbahn on which Beine had set. And of course it is also a drive in the Moor.
“I spent a couple of years in a Birkenweg in a pension. As I stood on the balcony in the morning, I heard the noise of the mooring train, ”reports the Freund alter rail. Through this coincidence, he said, he became aware of the Moorbahn. "I am in love with old locks, especially in narrow gauge railways," said the Dan. Following the noise, he then stumbles upon Andreas Knopf and his crew, who have been "rumbling" for 20 years in the Moor Railway and ensuring that this rare danger to generations still remains. “Most of all, I'm interested in the technology. But also for the special purpose, for which the train is set in Bad Bramstedt, is very interesting, "said the 69-year-old. The train brought earlier Moor in the then Rheumaklinik, today's Klinikum Bad Bramstedt. It is used for Moorbäder.
A total of 18 trips had been planned by the German Fedreation Feldbahn in that year, some connected with a nature drive in the moor. The next drive is on Sunday, April 15, from 10am to 5pm. From 10.30 o'clock it provides a mooring.
Courtesy of the Segeberger Zeitung
Remark: The correct Name of the supporter is Jens Grønlund.
The care and maintenance of the bog is a continuous process that we are constantly monitoring. The necessary measures are carried out as gently as possible and are under the supervision of our Gisela.
You may already know them from the nature tours, where you can learn a lot about the flora and fauna of the site. In the course of October 2019, trees and shrubs that were to be removed were currently marked.
The selection is made, among other things, according to the location of the tree (north or south side of the moor basin) and the necessary shade that is necessary for the moor, especially in summer.
Our work is in the period from mid-October to mid-April when no birds nest.
If you would like to learn more about the nature of the area, you are welcome to come for a nature tour. Sturdy footwear is a prerequisite. Just bring that along with your good mood.
Accessibility of the dams
The site consists of a number of pools in which the bog is stored. These basins are a characteristic feature of the site. The moor was brought in and out of the pools via these. These dams are gradually made accessible again in order to bring you closer to nature. This work has been running since summer 2019.
You can see the pools and dams on your train ride. You will then learn how these are used on the moor tour that begins at the moor station.
What happens to the wood and shrubbery?
The wood and shrub obtained during the work will continue to be used. Trees are cut to 1.35 m and are then available as fuel for your stove. Natural, it couldn't be more natural.
Lower-strength trees are also used as fence material in order to build barriers for your safety.
Shrubbery is transported to the edge of the site and integrated into the Benjes hedge. The hedge delimits the area on the one hand, but also allows game to enter and leave the area.
No material is wasted, everything is reused. The nature cycle remains intact.