Overview of the History of the
||Beginning of copper
mining in the Mansfeld area.
||August 23: First operation of the first
german steam engine in Watt construction at the King-Friedrich-Mine
in Burgörner near Hettstedt.
||November 15: Beginning of the regular operation at the 5.5 km
long locomotive driven railway between the Glückhilf mine near Welfesholz
and the Kupferkammer smeltery Hettstedt for the transport of copper ore
||Beginning of the transport of miners to/from the mines and smelteries.
||All important mines and smelteries are connected by the narrow gauge
||Foundation of the (still existing) repair workshop at the station
Mansfeld (now Bf. Klostermansfeld).
||The railway comprises: 29 locomotives, 30 carriages, 705 wagon.
||Maximum extension of the railway (about 95 km rails). The railway connects
13 mines, 6 smelteries and 2 transfer stations to the State Railways.
||The steam locos 6-11 (7-11 are still existing) and the first
wagon (for standard gauge wagon) are taken into service. With these
new vehicles, the (compressed) air brake is introduced.
||Culmination of the number of transported person and goods.
||The Diesel locos 30-37 (V10C) are taken into service.
||The locomotive 10 is the first German narrow gauge loco which is fired
by heavy oil (Ölhauptfeuerung).
||The last mines near Eisleben and Hettstedt are closed, so that the
transport of passengers ends in 1970.
||The smelting works in Eisleben is closed, the line between Helbra und
Eisleben becomes unnecessary and is removed some years later.
||Dezember 29: The Copper-Silver-Smelting Works in Hettstedt is closed,
the normal transport between Helbra und Hettstedt ends.
||The raw smeltery (Sept.) and the power station (Oct.) are closed, which
means the end of the regular transports in Helbra and therefore
at the entire narrow gauge railway.
||The first historic train runs between Klostermansfeld und Hettstedt
for passengers. However, all other lines are removed during the following
||The remaining line (11 km) between MaLoWa Bahnwerkstatt GmbH Benndorf
(at the station Klostermansfeld of the DBAG) and the station "Lead Smeltery"
in Hettstedt becomes the property of the Mansfelder Bergwerksbahn e.V.
This club has the aim to keep the rest of the railway as a part of the
German mining, industrial and railway history.