Decauville Museum

Paul and I paid a farewell visit to the Decauville museum on the premises of the military training camp Harskamp. This museum collects everything related to 600 mm and smaller utility railways often used for on farms, construction sites, sugar plantations or as in this case transport of military good on the camp. I mentioned it a farewell because this weekend was the last weekend that the museum was open to the general public. The Ministry of Defence has terminated the contract with the museum within a cost saving program. The museum faces an uncertain future and is currently looking for other locations.
Map  A general impression of the museum's layout. DSC01737  First we headed for the workshop. The track of this kind of railways is light and easy to lay. Rolling stock is correspondingly simple and robust.  Loco no 12  rests is quietly purring in front of the workshop. DSC01910  Simple DSC01909  and robust
DSC01740 DSC01741  Sharp curves are typical DSC01728   Loc 22 , built in 1933 by Moës (Belgium) has a stark resemblance to a steam locomotive. It was the general idea of how a locomotive should look like that clearly persisted in this "design".  Both in design and construction this locomotive signifies the transition from steam to diesel DSC01729
DSC01730 DSC01731 DSC01732  Loco 21 is very similar DSC01733
DSC01734  Loco 10, from 1932, was under repair but was running later in the day. DSC01739 DSC01742  By diligent collecting the stock of spares is abundant DSC01744  A serious pile of rails is baking in the hot sun. It was well over 30C (85 F)
DSC01745  A curious looking double switch DSC01746  The track through the woods. My GPS got a fix now. You can use the link below to spot the location on Google Maps. DSC01747 DSC01753  Ruston loco no 21 wooshing by
DSC01758  Another Ruston DSC01759 DSC01793 DSC01794
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DSC01805  An Arnold Jung from 1955. About 900 of this class were built DSC01807  Instruction in switch operation DSC01812 DSC01813
DSC01814 DSC01815 DSC01817  A small passenger train was circulating and stopped every now and then for some explanation. DSC01832  This particular stop was at the open rolling stock shed.
DSC01818 DSC01820 DSC01822 DSC01821  This is what very much looks like a mine locomotive
DSC01823 DSC01824 DSC01825 DSC01826  This carriage is said to be used to carry prisoner gangs to their place of work
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DSC01987 DSC01819  I was picked up by another passenger train, although everything on the entire location is very well within walking distance DSC01839  An old crane, probably dating from somewhere between 1850 and 1880 DSC01841
DSC01840 DSC01843 DSC01842 DSC01845  While riding a train I cast a view in a shed and much to my surprise I thought to see the profile of a steam locomotive
DSC01848  And indeed, it was a Brigadelok. A standard locomotive built  in 1915 for the German troops DSC01851 DSC01852 DSC01853
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DSC01874 DSC01883 DSC01891 DSC01893              S-curve               S-bocht
DSC01894  There was also a small exhibition DSC01895 DSC01898 DSC01899
DSC01900 DSC01902 DSC01903 DSC01904  By now the normal visitors had gone. As this was one of the last riding days preparations start for large line up of serviceable locomotives. A lot of shunting and shouting started.
DSC01907 DSC01908 DSC01913  Much of the activity in this museum is all about fun. DSC01916  The locomotives needed to shed their loads and then turn in the same orientation...
DSC01918  ...resulting in much traffic. I'll let you simply watch. DSC01922 DSC01924 DSC01925
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DSC01990 DSC01994 DSC01998  The first arrivals at the rendezvous DSC01999
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DSC02007 DSC02008 DSC02009  The line is growing DSC02010
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DSC02067 DSC02071 DSC02084 DSC02099b  The last one
DSC02106 DSC02114 DSC02123 DSC02127  Complete
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DSC02180 DSC02181  The line-up then ran in its entirety to the passing loop DSC02182 DSC02187  Clearing up some space
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DSC02204  An eleventh engine joined the line up in the last minute DSC02205 DSC02206 DSC02208
DSC02211 DSC02219 DSC02220  The glorious sunlight allowed for some fantastic detail shots. Enjoy DSC02247
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DSC02296 DSC02241  Breaking up and preparing for the next and final riding day DSC02251 DSC02244
DSC02248 DSC02300 DSC02246  It has been a hard day's work. Will we ever see this again?