Old train rides on illuminated route Saturday

Petra Lessoing
Kaiserslautern American

***image2***A torch ride with Stumpfwaldbahn train and illumination of the Eiswoog train viaduct is scheduled for Saturday in the upper Eistal valley near Ramsen.
Stumpfwaldbahn, a special, old train going from Eiswoog lake to Bockbach valley, will start rides on the illuminated route at around 4 p.m. The actual fest near both train stations and the Seehaus Forelle begins at 5 p.m. The Ramser Hunting Blowers will perform next to camp-fires, and a bagpiper will accompany the train rides. A fire-eater will show his skills at 8 p.m. at the Eiswoog train station.

Highlight of the event will be the illumination of the train viaduct at 8:30 p.m. There will be special fire effects, a Bengal light show and a 25-meter wide fire waterfall coming down from the Eistal bridge. The group Samba o’leck will perform on Brazil drums at 8:45 p.m. at the lake under the bridge. The fire-eater will once again perform at 9:15 p.m. at the lake to close out the event.
The German Life Saver Association will provide warm meals, glühwein and beverages at the camp-fires.

***image2***Organizers ask visitors to take public transportation to get to the event since parking near Eiswoog is limited. A shuttle bus will be available between Enkenbach and Eiswoog/Ramsen. People can also park in the village of Ramsen and walk to Eiswoog on a two-kilometer way illuminated by torches.
For more than 10 years, the Stumpfwald-bahn has offered rides on a special field railway between Eiswoog lake and Ramsen. Tourists can enter it on Sundays and German holidays, from the end of May through October.

Eiswoog is located between Enkenbach-Alsenborn (east of Kaiserslautern) and Ramsen.