A holiday with wonderful steam trains of southern Germany's tourist resorts with steam excursions, private steam photo charter, superb heritage steam lines plus riding and photographing the fabulous Sauschwänzlebahn, topped off with a steam and heritage electric special to the unique Meiningen railway works steam festival.
Two fabulous steam lines the Zollernbahn with its 37 tunnels and the Sauschwänzlebahn known as the pigtail. Add to this a private steam photo charter, steam on the Murgtalbahn and a steam festival in Baiersbronn and its beautiful Black Forest Steam with a Meiningen twist.
Meiningen Works Steam Festival
Mainline steam with Pacific haulage and heritage crocodile electric
Private steam charter with Class 99 7203 on the Alb-Bähnle, Amstetten to Oppingen
Steam on the twists and turns of the Sauschwänzlebahn, plus private lineside bus for great photo opportunities
Admission to Railway Museum Tuttlingen
Steam on the Öchslebahn from Warthausen to Ochsenhausen
Steam along the Murgtalbahn
Small steam festival and additional rides at Baiersbronn
Lots of scenic tourist interests for partners
Wednesday 30 August: We depart London St Pancras International by Eurostar to Paris, and then by high speed train to Stuttgart, where we have a welcome evening meal at the Maritim Hotel.D
Thursday 31 August: We travel by local train for a private steam charter on the delightful metre gauge Alb-Bähnle line with loco 99 7203. There will be numerous run-pasts for photography en-route between Amstetten and Oppingen. After a light lunch, courtesy of Railtrail, we continue our rural steam odyssey with an afternoon steam run on the Öchslebahn between Warthausen and Ochsenhausen.B, L
Friday 1 September: A day of steam on the magnificent spirals, twists and turns of the Sauschwänzlebahn. Combine riding this stunning steam line with our private coach to hop-on and hop-off for great lineside photography. The line is situated on the edge of the Black Forest and is commonly known as "the pigtail" due to its tortuous route.
En-route back to Stuttgart we will be stopping for a visit to Tuttlingen Railway Museum where a collection of around 26 steam locomotives are kept in the old roundhouse. As it will be a long day we have also included an evening barbecue at the museum with the volunteers.
Saturday 2 September: It's mainline heritage steam and electric today as we have an amazing excursion with Pacific 01 519 and 'crocodile' heritage electric locomotive E94 088 from Stuttgart to Meiningen to enjoy an afternoon at the amazing annual Meiningen Locomotive Works Festival. We tour the works and view numerous steam locomotives giving demonstration runs and footplate rides - quite simply a now unique event that in yesteryear we took for granted in the UK.B
Sunday 3 September: Our final steam tour takes us on a journey along the Murgtalbahn from Karlsruhe to Baiersbronn and return to enjoy the festival at Baiersbronn station and additional optional steam runs can be booked locally for the journey from Baiersbronn to Raumünzach if you wish.B
Monday 4 September: We return by high speed trains from Stuttgart via Paris to London St Pancras InternationalB
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Maritim Hotel, Stuttgart
A 4 star international hotel all rooms en-suite with hairdryer, sat TV, free WiFi, safe and mini bar with swimming pool, sauna, fitness room. Piano bar, 2 restaurants, and café.
From London St Pancras International:
Standard Class rail travel to / from Germany including Standard Eurostar
First Class rail travel to / from Germany, including Standard Premier Eurostar
Single Room Supplement
Fare inclusive of:
5 nights bed & breakfast, 1 evening meal, 1 barbecue, 1 light lunch.
Standard Class rail travel and seat reservations where available (subject to selected rail travel option)
All transfers, excursions and admissions as detailed
Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager
Fares based upon sharing a twin-bedded an-suite room, single rooms available for a supplement
If 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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