Silt (railway)

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St. Tönis – Hülser Berg
Course book section (DB) : 12424
Route length: today: 13.6 km
Gauge : 1435 mm ( standard gauge )
0.0 St. Tönis
Gleisdreieck - straight ahead, to the right, from the right
1.8 to Crefeld State Railway Station
Plan-free intersection - below
2.2 Left Lower Rhine route
Krefeld West
to Krefeld main station
Station, station
4.7 Krefeld North
Stop, stop
9.6 Sleeve
to Kempen
13.6 Hülser Berg

The Schluff is Krefeld's historic steam train and runs on one of the oldest private railways in Germany.

The name "Schluff" is derived from the vernacular name Schluffe for slippers . In a figurative sense, silt is a tired person who can no longer get his legs up and drags across the floor with his slippers, i.e. his silt . The leisurely cruising speed of the train and the puffing sound of the locomotive 's steam engine are reminiscent of silt.

Today the Schluff is operated as a museum railway by the SWK Mobil and supported by the associations "Schluff and Historic Transportation Krefeld", "Friends of the Railway Krefeld eV" and the "Interest Group Rail Traffic Krefeld eV", the traditional department of the bus and train of the SWK association and since 2010 "Hafen Krefeld GmbH & Co. KG", which operates the Krefeld Rheinhafen .

History of the route and its operation

The silt in Crefeld Nord station

In 1868 the Krefeld Railway was founded as the "Crefeld-Kreis-Kempener Industrie-Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft" (CKKIE). In 1880 the "Crefelder Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft" (CEG, later KEG) took over CKKIE, which had gone bankrupt in 1874. In 1914, the CEG vehicle fleet consisted of 19 steam locomotives, 51 passenger cars, 10 baggage cars, 2 mail cars, 101 covered and 83 open freight cars, 57 coke cars and 8 special cars. In 1978 this company was transferred to KREVAG, today's SWK Mobil . Rail passenger traffic was discontinued as early as 1951, and freight traffic followed until 1985. Today, only the connection between St. Tönis and Hülser Berg has been preserved. The historical routes from St. Tönis to Süchteln and from Hülser Berg to Moers have been partially preserved as a combined cycle and hiking trail.

This route has been used for excursions since 1979, initially briefly with a diesel locomotive , and from May 1980 with the steam locomotive "Graf Bismarck XV". Every Sunday and public holiday between May and October, hundreds of passengers ride the silt from St. Tönis via Krefeld's northern train station to the Hülser Berg recreational area. Bicycles can be placed in a van.

Train attendants and conductors are provided by the “Friends of the Krefeld Railway” (FdE) and the “Interest Group for Rail Transport Krefeld eV” (ISK). The Schluff bar car is looked after by the "Traditional Department of Bus and Rail" of the SWK Association (Trabuba).

In 1995 the silt was included in the list of monuments of the city of Krefeld as a movable monument .

First, from 1980, the SWK Mobil, Maintenance Department, provided the train drivers, who, however, had to perform their job at Schluff as a sideline to normal work at SWK, which led to bottlenecks after the turn of the century, as fewer and fewer qualified employees were available. In 2008 NIAG took over the operation and also provided the train drivers. Since 2010 the SWK Mobil has been cooperating with the " Hafen Krefeld GmbH & Co. KG " instead of the NIAG due to the problematic shortage of train drivers . It will initially take over the technical operation and the maintenance and servicing of the wagons and rails for three years and also organize freight traffic.

The steam locomotive

Count Bismarck XV locomotive

The Graf Bismarck XV locomotive (No. 98 8921) was taken over in 1979 by the Bochum-Dahlhausen Railway Museum of the German Society for Railway History . It was built by Henschel & Sohn in Kassel under the serial number He 29893/47 . The locomotive is of the type D 600 . It is a relatively young locomotive (built in 1947-48) of the type "D N2T" (four driving axles , wet steam - boiler with two cylinders , tank locomotive ), originally on the bill count Bismarck in Gelsenkirchen was in use.

In order to avoid embankment fires caused by flying sparks and ash on the track, the locomotive was switched from coal to light oil firing from 1980 before it was used on the wooded route to Hülser Berg . The torch was up to the main investigation 2013/2014 a decommissioned burner from the heating plant of Stadtwerke Krefeld at the Alte Gladbacher road. As part of the HU, a new burner was installed in the Meiningen steam locomotive works . Because these burners - usually different than usual with oil-fired steam engines - is not operated with steam but with electric power, the locomotive has a diesel engine - generator which ensures the power supply in the train.

In 1997 the locomotive was completely overhauled in the Meiningen steam locomotive works and received a new boiler . In 2005/06 the locomotive was repaired again in the same factory. In 2014 she was examined again at the DLW Meiningen.



In 2013, the silt served as a frame for the children's film The Silt and the Secret of the Golden Pocket Watch by producer Michael Schürger, with actor Tom Gerhardt , among others .


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  2. a b Source: Extra-Tipp am Sonntag of January 31, 2010, p. 16, KR / KE, ERK2-4-5 (publisher special page), Verlag City-Werbungblatt Krefeld GmbH, [1]
  3. List of monuments of the city of Krefeld ( Memento of the original from December 11, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
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  5. ^ List of preserved Henschel steam locomotives
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  7. Page no longer available , search in web archives: Report on the locomotives of the Graf Bismarck colliery with many old photos, including Count Bismarck XV@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /
  8. Report on the reconditioning of the 2006 locomotive ( memento of the original from February 24, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  9. The silt and the secret of the golden pocket watch. Internet Movie Database , accessed May 22, 2015 .

Web links

Commons : Schluff  - Collection of images, videos and audio files