The German word Kleinbahn refers to railways very like those built in Great Britain under the Light Railways Act of 1896, cheaply-built lines passing through sparsely-populated countryside, crossing roads on level crossings rather than bridges. Passenger trains were infrequent, but the lines served rural communities by transporting fertilisers, grain, cattle and fuel in the years before motor lorries became ubiquitous. Most such lines in Germany were on the northern plain, on territories which from 1815 belonged to Prussia. An association to preserve such railways was founded in 1964 when it was called the Deutscher-Kleinbahn-Verein. Its first preserved trains ran in 1966 and it now operates a line of 1000 mm gauge extending 7.8 km from Bruchhausen through Vilsen to Asandorf. The association has a collection of more than 90 vehicles including seven steam locomotives, five diesels, six railbuses and 28 passenger carriages. Its workshops train volunteers in the skills needed to restore and maintain railway vehicles. At Bruchhausen station visitors can see rollbőcken, transporter wagons for taking standard gauge wagons along narrow gauge lines. A connecting route called the Hoyaer Eisenbahn, operates from Eystrup through Bruchhausen and Vilsen to Syke.