Lorry on rails - in the past, this was used to fetch peat from the surrounding moors as fuel to evaporate the brine.
The peat sods were carted from the Prahm on the Recknitz, just a few hundred meters from here, to the heat neck of the furnace with these wagons. The salt works consumed millions of peat sods to boil the salt. These were mainly extracted from the Langsdorfer Moor. Throughout the summer, 200 people worked here.
At 6 o'clock in the morning, before dew and daylight, they went to the moor. The peat was first cut by hand. Only later did they get cutting machines, which made the work easier. Man and woman worked together. The man cut the peat and the woman carted it to the drying area. In good weather, the peat was dry in six weeks.
But woe betide them if it was a wet year. The workers on the moor would get soaked to the skin and had to see how they could get their clothes dry again by the next morning.
Every 14 days, the chief magistrate came to the moor to inspect the work. They were always paid on Saturday.