Celebrate the best of German steam at Dresden Steam Festival plus 4 amazing mainline steam journeys, 2 private charters at Saxon Narrow gauge lines, and experience 3 of the other famous Saxon narrow gauge steam lines. Add to that a paddle steamer cruise on the Elbe and a night in Colditz Castle.
Wednesday 4th April 2018
The famous Dresden Steam Festival at Dresden Altstadt Depot
4 mainline steam excursions
After dark steam photo shoot at Alstadt depot
Private steam photo charter on Döllnitztalbahn
Private steam photo charter on the Waldeisenbahn Muskau
Visit Railway Museum at Weisswasser
Articulated 8-wheeled Saxon-Meyer locomotives
Colditz Castle tour & overnight stay
Ride the newly extended Weisseritztalbahn,
A full day on the Zittau-Oybin-Jonsdorf line,
Tour Bertsdorf shed
Paddle steamer cruise on the River Elbe
Steam on the Lossnitzgrundbahn,
Wednesday 4 April - Depart London St. Pancras International and travel by Eurostar and ICE train, via Frankfurt Flughafen (Airport) to Erfurt. For one night at the InterCity Hotel.D
Thursday 5 April -We transfer by train to Dresden and an afternoon of steam on the 750 mm narrow gauge Lössnitzgrundbahn, a delightful 17 kms line which still operates a public service between Radebeul and Radeburg including some street running! Our accommodation is at the conveniently located Ibis Hotel in the centre of Dresden.
Friday 6 April - A full day at the fabulous Dresden Steam Festival at Alstadt amidst the nostalgic atmosphere of a traditional working steam shed, with lots of locos in steam, footplate rides and visiting engines, including the opportunity to visit the reserve collection of the museum not normally open to the public. Our day concludes with your choice of attending a night-time photo parade of locomotives or just enjoy an evening in this truly wonderful city with its magnificent waterfront of historic buildings and the largest paddle-steamer fleet in the world.
DAYS 4 & 5
Saturday & Sunday 7 & 8 April - It's two full days of steam out on the mainline from Dresden using locomotives from the festival. Whilst destinations have not yet been announced we have always previously been able to include the unique experience of parallel steam running over a considerable distance, and a thrash up the steep Tharandt incline with the two trains each taking turns overtaking the other - see our Dresden Steam Festival film on our website it's an amazing sight giving all participants the opportunity to see at close quarters powerful steam locomotives hard at work. Over the two days we are anticipating a total of four different runs two each morning and afternoon.
Monday 9 April - We board our regional train to the Polish border for one of Saxony's finest 750 mm narrow gauge routes, from Zittau to the mountain spa resorts of Oybin and Jonsdorf, which is still very much a public service over the ten miles long route. This is a full day rover so all lines will be covered, including the opportunity to photograph the parallel departure at Bertsdorf, along with lunch and an engine shed tour at this junction station.
Tuesday 10 April - This morning we enjoy 750 mm gauge steam on the newly extended Weisseritztalbahn line meandering up the Weisseritz valley with an open coach to travel in if you wish. Operating over 26 kms through varying scenery, with 13 stations, and the steepest part of the line on the newly reopened section to the terminus at Kipsdorf. Known as one of Europes' great narrow gauge railways, this is a ride not to be missed. Dresden is home to the biggest paddle-steamer fleet in the world and this afternoon is much more leisurely as we cruise along the gentle River Elbe to Pillnitz and return.
Wednesday 11 April - Travelling by train we visit the Forest Railway at Bad Muskau, the Waldeisenbahn. Here we have a private steam photo charter along this 600 mm line using one of its 0-8-0T locomotives which will operate either between Muskau and Weisswasser or through the Forest and parkland to Kromlau.B
Thursday 12 April - We conclude our tour with more 750 mm Saxon narrow-gauge steam at one of our personal favourites, the 20 kms long Döllnitzbahn. Here we have a private steam photo charter with one of the beautiful Saxon-Mayer locomotives. Our day ends with a tour of the famous World War II 'prisoner of war' camp - Colditz Castle. Be amazed at the bravery shown and just how small the escape tunnels were. Following dinner at the castle we spend our last night of this fabulous steam tour in the castle's accommodation.B, L, D
Friday 13 April - 'Escaping from Colditz' we return by train via Leipzig, Frankfurt Flughafen and Brussels to arrive in London St Pancras International at approx. 19.57 hrs.
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
InterCity Hotel, Erfurt
Adjacent to the station, the hotel has a pleasant bar and restaurant serving local and international specialities. Modern en-suite rooms include satellite TV, radio, mini-bar and WiFi.
Colditz Castle Youth Hostel
Clean and basic en-suite accommodation in a truly historic venue, with a good quality evening meal.
Ibis Hotel, Dresden
A short stroll from the station, in the heart of the city near to the historic Old Town, the Ibis hotels are inviting and modern, with comfortable bedrooms, air-conditioning, WiFi, satellite TV and en-suite bathrooms with shower and hair dryer.
Dresden Steam Festival plus Saxon Narrow Gauge
From London St Pancras International:
Standard Class rail travel to / from Dresden, including
First Class rail travel to / from
Erfurt / Chemnitz, including
Standard Premier Eurostar
Single Room Supplement
Fare inclusive of:
9 nights bed & breakfast, 2 evening meals, 2 light lunches / snacks
Standard Class rail travel and seat reservations where available (subject to selected rail travel option)
All transfers, excursions and admissions as detailed
GUARANTEED FARE No currency surcharge
Services of experienced Railtrail Tour ManagerIf wishing to travel BY AIR to join the tour: Please contact us with your variation request so that we may confirm availability and fare variation.
Important Note: Whilst the arrangements for all described steam train travel are in place we do reserve the right to make substitutions should it be deemed necessary for whatever reason. Your acceptance of this is a condition of your booking.
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