The F60 was built by VEB TAKRAF Lauchhammer in Lichterfeld from 1989 to 1991. It is the largest movable industrial machine ever built. This brown coal conveyor bridge worked just from March 1991 to June 1992. After only 13 months of operation, the F60 was shut down because of reasons related to energy policy. The opencast mine Klettwitz-Nord, where the F60 was located, was closed.
Thanks to a handful of enthusiasts, led by the local council of Lichterfeld, and to Elke Löwe, a landscape architect from Senftenberg, the F60 could escape its fate. They realized the potential of the bridge, which combines old and new, being not only a symbol of the industrial heritage of the region, but a sign of the structural change as well.