The Lössnitzgrundbahn dates back 135 years. This narrow-gauge railway, also fondly known as the ‘Lössnitz Dachshund’, runs between Radeburg and Radebeul. So what is it that makes this train so special? We talked to someone well qualified to answer the question: Kay-Torsten Zimmermann is a train driver, rail enthusiast and volunteer member of Traditionsbahn Radebeul, the association that manages the line. Sitting in his office, which nestles in the Lössnitzgrund gorge, we can hear the locomotives chugging away in the background.
Herr Zimmermann, how did you end up in this line of work, which must surely count as a dream job for any youngster?
Yes, it is, and it was what I always wanted to do from a very early age. I started out working on the Parkeisenbahnpark in Dresden, which also used to be known as the ‘Pioneer Railway’. And then I graduated to being an actual train driver on the Reichsbahn, the state railway in the former GDR.
So you don’t just drive a steam locomotive on the Lössnitzgrundbahn?
That’s right. During the week, I work on the DB Regio network driving electric and diesel trains in the Dresden area.
So you drive these old locomotives on a voluntary basis?
Yes, the heritage line is entirely voluntary. I’ve recently become deputy railway manager here, but I still also drive the steam and diesel locomotives.