featuring a rope-and-pulley shunting system, which is unique in Europe ...
The "Technikmuseum Seilablaufanlage" (rope-and-pulley shunting system), located at the historic shunting station of Chemnitz-Hilbersdorf, displays what is probably the only still existing shunting system for splitting up goods trains without using locomotives. The association has restored Signal box 3, which houses, among others, the control system for the rope-and-pulley shunting system. Together with a part of the restored rail track, this allows us to demonstrate to visitors two shunting operations, using the original technical equipment. In addition, the museum includes the restored rope-tensioning system, the machine house featuring the complete extant engines to drive the shunting system, the Ward Leonard control system to generate a direct current (DC), as well as a complex of signal bridges. The impressive gantry-style signal tower houses an exhibition on the Chemnitz railway junction, a functional model of the rope-and-pulley shunting system in Gauge 1 and the Archive of Hartmann locomotives. Moreover, visitors will find HO-scale model locomotives and operational documents concerning steam-driven, diesel-driven and electric locomotives. On viewing days, visitors can even ride on our open track motor car, the SKL "Schöneweide", running on a track of 600 meters (about 0.37 miles) from Signal box 3 to the Machine house. In the years to come, a signal garden and further objects to demonstrate the track and superstructure will be installed in the outside area. As a special recognition of their work, the association was awarded the "Deutscher Preis für Denkmalschutz" (German prize for monumental protection) in 2014. Every first Saturday of each month from April to October, the association invites all technology and railway enthusiasts to experience this fascinating technology.