10th Steam Engine Festival in Dresden
to be held April 6th to 8th, 2018

This page will provide any information on the 10th Steam Engine Festival, which will be held in 2018. As of yet we are still planning and will provide any new and "settled" data in this place in due course. We thus kindly ask you for keeping on being patient for a while.

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General information

The Dresdner Dampfloktreffen has established its place among railway and steam galas in Saxony for many years. Several vintage trains from various regions of Germany as well as from neighbouring countries will come to Dresden, for their travellers and rolling stock to attend this gala. Similar to previous years, we intend to have illuminated evening photo sessions (Fri., Sat.) and a live music concert "Steam & Dixie" (Sat. night). An attractive programme of half-day and full-day excursion trains will be offered again. We cordially welcome you as our travelling guests, in addition to "feel" the atmosphere in our depot.

The tickets are not only valid for a single entry to the very festival grounds. A single entry to Verkehrsmuseum Dresden (Dresden transport museum) in the JOHANNEUM building located at Neumarkt in the city center is included as well. Such extra visit is only possible at one of the three days of the steam engine festival, but it need not be at the same day as the visit of the festival grounds. Tickets can be purchased at either place, so please feel free to choose your personally best order: First Johanneum and then Zwickauer Strasse, or vice versa.

NEW with this year's Dampfloktreffen:

The entry ticket (15.00 €, reduced fare 8.00 €) contains a voucher for a meat saussage "Bratwurst" with a slice of bread OR a pint of beer OR a non-alcohloic beverage. Please be aware that this food or drink can exclusively be obtained from the booth of Eisenbahnmuseum. None of our catering partners do accept this voucher. Please pay attention to the respective signs of where to really ask for this deal. Finally, we want to announce that unused, unconsumed vouchers will not be refunded by principle.

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Journey to the Dresden Steam Engine Festival

Our partner travel agency Augustustours offers individual journeys to Dresden including hotel. Further information on the Augustustours website: >>> Logo AUGT allg <<<.


Schedule of shuttle bus service

Shuttle busses operate between Dresdner Hauptbahnhof, the festival grounds (Zwickauer Straße) and Verkehrsmuseum Dresden (Neumarkt). To meet the expected capacity requirements, contemporary Solaris busses will run in line with historical Ikarus types. The schedule is available as follows:

>>> Freitag <<<

>>> Samstag / Sonntag <<<

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Booking portal / Webshop

Our webshop for the 10th Steam Engine Festival will be active until March 31st: >>> here <<<. Only rides on our excursion trains are available from there. Since shipping tickets or vouchers would take too long to be in time, we will issue a PDF voucher upon your reservation by e-mail. Payment is possible by Paypal only. It will be mandatory to show a print-out paper sheet of the voucher at the platform or on the train. Only this document is a valid certificate of your booking and payment. So please do not forget to print and take it with you.

In some very few instances, there have been slight troubles in finalising the online purchase process in that webshop. We are very sorry for such inconvenience. Please check immediately after finalising all steps throughout the purchase procedure in the webshop IF you have received an automatically generated e-mail message as a confirmation. If this is not the case, i.e. if you have not quasi-instantaneously received such message, please contact us personally and quickly by phone or individual e-mail message.

Please note: Tickets at travel agency Augustustours can be picked up only after you got an e-mail confirming the deposition.

If your favourite excursion train is indicated as "sold out" (or does not show up in the webshop any longer), you may take the following option: Each set of coaches has two unreserved wagons! The first and the last carriage of each excursion train is unreserved and can be entered spontaneously at the platform without a pre-reservation. Please show up at the platform of departure in time and ask our friendly staff.

The schedules for the excursion trains will be published on our website around a week before the departure. This rather short-term notification has nothing to do with intended surprise effects or even "mystery-mongering"! Experience has simply told us that the final and hence really reliable schedules will be delivered by the carriers to us not earlier.

Right now, there is a special booking hotline for questions and problems. If your phone call cannot be answered please leave your name and phone number on our answering machine. We will call you back shortly.

Hotline: +49 (0) 351 417 94 36

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Special events

By now the following events are set:

Evening Locomotive Presentations

- one on April 6th and the other on April 7th, 2018, each starting by 7 p.m. and ending about 10 p.m., special entrance fee 15.00 € per person

Annotation: To present each engine present for a sufficient time on the turntable we will show some engines during the first event and others during the second evening. So if you intend to take images or movies of any locomotive attending the gala, please be aware to spend both evenings here.

2nd annotation: Restricted access and just a limited number of tickets available. Experience tells us that they are likely to sell out quickly... so please do not hesitate too long if you really want to attend these sessions. 

"Dampf & Dixie" (Steam & Dixie music)

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 - on April 7th, 2018, separate from the illuminated engine presentation, entrance from 7 p.m., extra entrance fee 15.00 € per person

- renown bands JACKPOT and BLUE DRAGONS JAZZBAND have confirmed their attendance


In the white shed on depot ground of Dresden Transport Museum (corner Zwickauer / Würzburger Strasse) there will be a model train exhibition of associations around Dresden.

Another model train exhibition is shown in the building beside roundhouse 1 (Railway Museum's ground). The entrance is seperated into groups, every 30 minutes, because otherwise too many visitors will be in a room with limited space.

On the street Zwickauer Strasse dealers with railway-related stuff will offer there things.

Between the sheds on depot ground of Dresden Transport Museum and along the entrance of Dresden Railway Museum you will find our snack bars and snack cars.

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Guest engines and excursion train programme

These steam engines have been confirmed to attend of our festival as guests in operating order:

  • 18 201, Dampf Plus
  • 03 1010, Halle/Saale
  • 44 1486, Eisenbahnfreunde Staßfurt
  • 50 3648, Sächsisches Eisenbahnmuseum Chemnitz-Hilbersdorf
  • 52 8079, Dampf Plus (arriving with LDC's vintage train from Cottbus on Saturday, together with Glauchau's 23 1097)
  • 52 8131, WFL
  • 52 8154, Eisenbahnmuseum Bayerischer Bahnhof Leipzig e.V.
  • 477.043, nickname "parrot", České dráhy.

Apart from the steam engines, we are proud to present you further vintage locomotives and a DMU in operating order:

  • 118 552, ITL Dresden
  • E 77 10, DB AG (hosted in Dresden by IG Bw Dresden-Altstadt e.V.)
  • M 260.001, České dráhy.


As many of our guests may already know, we will offer an outstanding special steam train programme around the Steam Engine Festival.
At the moment the following trains are planned:

All trains will serve food and beverages, most likely in a characteristic dining car inherited from Deutsche Reichsbahn of GDR.
Children up to 6 years of age in accompany with an adult and without a claim for an own seat are transported free of charge.

Friday, 2018-04-06:

  • Dresden – Berlin – Dresden, Express Passenger Train "ELBFLORENZ", planned locomotive: 03 1010
    Price: 79.00 € per person
    In Berlin you may visit the Railway Museum Berlin-Schöneweide. The entrance fee is included in the train ticket!

Saturday, 2018-04-07:

  • Morning (return by lunch time), planned locomotives class 52.80 and diesel 118 552:
    Dresden – Kamenz – Bautzen – Dresden
    Price: 42.00 € per person or
    Combined Ticket (train ticket + entrance to the festival area): 54.00 € per person
  • Afternoon (start after the morning train has come home), planned locomotive 50 3648 + class 52.80:
    Dresden – Meißen – Nossen – Freiberg (Sachsen) – Dresden
    Price: 42.00 € per person or
    Combined Ticket (train ticket + entrance to the festival area): 54.00 € per person

Sunday, 2018-04-08:

  • Morning (return by lunch time), planned locomotives 44 1486, 50 3648 and a further engine:
    Dresden – Freiberg (Sachsen) – Dresden
    (parallel ride with a vintage freight train up the "Tharandter Rampe" from Tharandt to Klingenberg-Colmnitz)
    Price: 42.00 € per person or
    Combined Ticket (train ticket + entrance to the festival area): 54.00 € per person
  • Afternoon (start after the morning train has come home), locomotives involved most probably 18 201, diesel 118 552 and a further engine:
    Dresden – Děčín (CZ) – Usti n.L. (CZ) – Dresden
    Price: 42.00 € per person or
    Combined Ticket (train ticket + entrance to the festival area): 54.00 € per person

Subject to changes! Please be aware that any of these trains will start and terminate at Dresden Hauptbahnhof. There will not be any chance of boarding or exit at the festival grounds in Altstadt.

Please note:
- All trains will depart from and arrive at Dresden Hauptbahnhof (main station). None of the trains can stop at the railway museum or festival area, respectively.
- The Combined Ticket allows you to enter the festival area along Zwickauer Straße once, on a single day of the 10th Steam Engine Festival.
- Any special trains will be operated only upon receiption of sufficient pre-bookings, so that the break-even point of cost and revenue is passed. But we are pretty sure that none of the train offers would sell less - but you can never be sure in advance. Thus, please do not hesitate too long to book your tickets.

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11th Dresden Steam Engine Festival 2019

Please note: The 11th Dresden Steam Engine Festival will be held April 12th to 14th in 2019. We are looking foward to seeing you again!

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