Today I am taking you to Minett Park, an industrial, natural and railway park in the south of Luxembourg. A visit to this open air museum feels like travelling back in time to the days when this site served the iron and steel industry at then end of the 19th century until the second half of the 20th century.
I started the journey in Petange, where I caught the Train 1900. Depending on the departure time, you will either travel with the steam locomotive (as I did) or with the "autorail" to Fond-de-Gras. It is important to notice that the ticket office, as well as the platform, are not located at Petange's main train station. As these are special trains, they run on separate tracks but within proximity from the main station.
You can choose between first and second class rides. I picked first class as the seats looked more comfortable. Mind you, the journey to Fond-de-Gras takes only 20 minutes.
Once you get to Fond-de-Gras, you may either have a look at the exhibitions or continue the journey towards Lasauvage, another village.
I hopped on the train above and travelled to Lasauvage.
I had purchase another ticket, which included a visit to a mine.
Once I arrived in Lasauvage, I could have taken another train towards Saulnes in France but I decided not to go further and to visit the mine instead by getting on the grey train.
We drove into the mine and mid-way we stopped and got off. I could tell that the guides were really passionate about the history of the mines. They described how 'galleries' were opened up; they were laid out in a manner that ressembled the skeleton of a fish.
We looked at the original material that was used to extract iron, from manual drilling tools to machines that were used later on.
As we were leaving the mine, I got to purchase spirits that matched the theme.
From the mine I headed back to Fond-de-Gras and had a look at the power plant museum.
Then it was time to take the autorail and return to Petange, from where I had started the journey.
It was really nice to spend a sunny day out, riding different antique trains and learn about metallurgy in Luxembourg, which has played a major role in the country's prosperous economic past.
Minett Park is open every Sunday May through September, including bank holidays (but not on National Day, 23 June) and specific Thursdays in July and August. All year long special events also take place. Check www.minettpark.lu if you plan a visit.
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