A summer sojourn on three different gauge steam lines including two private charters, Wuppertal's Schwebebahn, 3 steam depots, a rare steam thrash up one of the steepest standard-gauge lines and a private vintage tram charter.
Wednesday 31 May 2017 (6 days)
Come and relax in rural Germany in the warmth of summer and enjoy great steam action at a variety of lines including a rare steam thrash up one of the steepest standard gauge inclines. Add a couple of private steam photo charters, mix in a few steam depot / museums, a vintage tram charter and the Schwebebahn then suddenly this is one not to miss particularly when it can be combined with an even more relaxing short break in beautiful Wernigerode riding and lineside photographing steam on the wonderful Harz Mountains Railway.
Rare opportunity of sensational steam power up the famous Rübeland Railway
Private steam charter on the 750 mm Mansfelder Bergwerkbahn
Private 600 mm steam photo charter at Mühlenstroth
Visit to Stassfurt steam shed
Vintage tram charter Halle
Guided tour of Magdeburg and Halle Railway Museums
Journey on the Schwebebahn overhead railway
Option to combine with Harz Mountains Summer Steam
Depart London (approx 10.58 hrs) by Eurostar to Brussels then via Cologne to Wuppertal where we have a welcome evening meal at the Inter City hotel followed by a journey on the famous Schwebebahn overhead railway.
Continuing by train to Gütersloh for the short transfer to the 600 mm Dampf-Kleinbahn Mühlenstroth, we have a private steam photo charter and lunch at this 1 km line that has proved so popular with clients previously. We then continue by train to Magdeburg and our tour base, the Inter City hotel adjacent to the station.
We travel by train to enjoy a private steam photo charter with run-pasts and photo stops on the Mansfelder Bergwerkbahn, Germany's oldest narrow gauge railway, which opened in 1880. This 750 mm railway is 11 km long and operates through pleasant rural scenery. We will also be having a guided tour of the MaLoWa railway shed before enjoying a goulash soup lunch.
Our afternoon visit takes us to Stassfurt for a tour of the traditional standard gauge mainline shed which currently hosts 5 locomotives including Class 44 1486. Here we have arranged for a barbecue meal with the volunteers of the railway at their depot before returning by train to Magdeburg.
Our regional train takes us to Halle for a visit to the DB Museum, featuring an eclectic collection of steam, diesel and electric locomotives, which is then followed by a private vintage tram charter through the town.B
We commence with a visit to the railway museum in Magdeburg which is home to just two steam locomotives, so rarely visited by UK groups. We then travel by train to Blankenburg for a fabulous steam experience thrashing our way up the steeply inclined line in the Harz mountains known as the Rübeland with the brute of a 2-10-2 loco ex Prussian Class 95 027, accompanied by a cacophony of sound. This is a journey not to be missed.
Departing Magdeburg (approx. 09.00 hrs) travelling by train via Hannover and Cologne to Brussels then Eurostar to London (approx 19.00 hrs)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Inter City Hotel, Magdeburg
The InterCityHotel Magdeburg is centrally located, right next to the citys main station. Restaurant serving local and international specialities. Modern en-suite rooms with satellite TV, including Sky Sport and Bundesliga channels, radio, mini-bar and free Wi-Fi. Sky sports bar. Free public transport ticket.
Inter City Hotel, Wuppertal
This city centre hotel has a pleasant bar and restaurant serving local and international specialities. Modern en-suite rooms include satellite TV, radio, mini-bar and Wi-Fi. Free public transport ticket.
From London St Pancras International:
Standard Class rail travel
to / from Germany, including
First Class rail travel
to / from Germany, including
Standard Premier Eurostar
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Fare inclusive of:
5 nights bed & breakfast, 1 evening meal, 2 light lunches.
Standard Class rail travel and seat reservations where available (subject to selected rail travel option)
All transfers, excursions and admissions as detailed
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