Darmstadt’s Lord Mayor Jochen Partsch celebrated the start of construction with the laying of the foundation stone on Ascension Day, 30 May 2019 at 11.00 am. In keeping with tradition, coins, a daily newspaper, the list of names of the members of the city council, the board of the museum railway and the construction plans, were cast into the foundation in a steel quiver. The special feature: the steel quiver is made of a smoke pipe from a steam locomotive. Members of the association in historic railway uniforms formed the framework for the laying of the foundation stone.
First picture from left to right: project manager Stephan Heldmann, Lord Mayor Jochen Partsch and museum director and first chairman of the Museumsbahn e. V. Uwe Breitmeier.