The German Society for Railway History ( DGEG ) is an association that deals with the history of the railway and several railway museums operates. Objectives of the association are

  • To arouse the interest and understanding of the history of the railways in the context of the overall story and to maintain,
  • To encourage scientific studies in this area,
  • For important cultural and historic relics and maintain.


The club was founded on 22 April 1967 in Karlsruhe, where it is entered in the register of associations. Members of the association were largely able to revert this back in the original condition of the steam locomotive post-closure period, the operating plant site Bochum- Dahlhausen by the Federal Railway on 1 August 1969 as far as legal requirements do not stipulate otherwise. As in the years before 1972 were vehicle access and Dahlhausen was not yet receptive, the roundhouse were together with workshop building of the old " railway depot Neustadt / Haardt " rented. 1981 went from it then the " DGEG Railway Museum Neustadt / Wine Route " forth. Today, in addition the Railway Museum Würzburg is operated by the DGEG.


The association has probably the largest and most valuable collection of rail equipment and utensils Germany. This includes the

  • Railway Museum Bochum- Dahlhausen
  • Railway Museum Neustadt on the Wine Route, which is located in close proximity to the main railway station of Neustadt on the Wine Route, in the former engine shed of the railway depot Neustadt. The DGEG operates out of there with their own vehicles, the Kuckucksbähnel.
  • The Railway Museum Würzburg DGEG organized in Greater Würzburg public tours and special trips made ​​to order with the 1943 -built steam freight locomotive 52 7409th

The DGEG also has a large library ( in collaboration with the University Library Dortmund can be accessed via interlibrary loan book inventory at any public library in Germany ) and an archive on the subject of railways in Witten. The collection of narrow vehicles, which was presented to 1989 in four home depot the Upper Rhine Railway Company, was dissolved. The museum railway operating on the Jagsttal train had to be abandoned because of the blocking of the route.


The DGEG currently has around 2000 members, which in some regions and cities also found in members of groups and share their experiences, often report about travel in public slide lectures. The office is located in Werl.

The museums in Bochum, Neustadt and Würzburg are legally independent profit center within the club, the museum in Bochum is yet gGmbH assigned. All this makes up the ideal range, which is operated by the DGEG.

In addition to this conceptual area there is a business which consists of the DGEG Holding AG. Summarized in this holding company are the

  • DGEG cars and Bochum AG trips, also a railway companies under the General Railway Act.
  • DGEG cars and Neustadt Travel GmbH
  • DGEG cars and Würzburg Travel GmbH
  • DGEG Rail Travel GmbH, Moers, organized the DGEG study trips
  • DGEG media GmbH, a publisher based in Hovelhof, which publishes both the trade journal Railway history with accompaniments for the information of club members.

Related Topics

  • The counterpart in Austria is the Austrian Society for Railway History ( ÖGEG ).
  • The counterpart in Switzerland is the Swiss Society for Railway History.