Dresden Steam Festival & Much More

Dresden Steam Festival & Much More

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. Plus a relaxing evening paddle steamer cruise.

9 Days from £1799

 

DEPARTS

Wednesday 10th April 2019 (9 days)

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Dresden Steam Festival at Dresden Altstadt Depot

  • 4 mainline steam excursions

  • 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

  • Ride the newly extended Weisseritztalbahn

  • A full day on the Zittau-Oybin-Jonsdorf line

  • Tour Bertsdorf shed

  • Steam along the whole of the Lössnitzgrundbahn

  • Paddle steamer cruise on the River Elbe

  • Centrally located hotel in Dresden

 

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. Plus a relaxing evening paddle steamer cruise.

 

Everything you can’t do in the UK – A genuine steam festival at a steam depot with visiting engines coming on and off shed. Experience parallel running on the mainline with two steam hauled trains side by side. Lots and lots of steam action both standard and narrow gauge with rare haulage and the chance to ‘complete the set’ of all Saxon lines on our memorable 5 day extension making it a ‘Saxon Mega Steam’ - Optional 5 day extension 'The Ultimate Saxon Steam' includes ...

 

  • Visit the superb Chemnitz Railway Museum (Double Roundhouse over 60 locos steam/diesel)

  • Steam on the Chemnitz Parkeisenbahn

  • A full day of steam on the mountainous Fichtelbergbahn

  • Guided tour of Schwarzenburg Railway Museum (steam locos in former DB steam shed)

  • Rare opportunity to enjoy steam on the remote Schönheide line

  • Full day mainline steam excursion

  • Steam on the delightful Pressnitztalbahn

  • Lovely hotel in the scenic Ore Mountains Region

 

DAY 1

Wednesday 10 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.

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DAY 2

Thursday 11 April : We transfer by train to Oschatz for an exclusive private steam photo charter on one of our personal favourite lines the 20 kms long Döllnitzbahn. Our private charter is scheduled for one of the beautiful Saxon-Mayer locomotives and we will have a light snack lunch aboard the train. We then continue to Dresden for our accommodation at the centrally located Ibis Hotel in the heart of this beautiful city.

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DAY 3

Friday 12 April : We transfer by private coach for a visit to 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. Dresden is also home to the biggest paddle steamer fleet in the world and our day concludes with a relaxing evening paddle steamer cruise along the River Elbe with the remainder of the evening free to enjoy this truly wonderful city with its magnificent waterfront of historic buildings.

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DAY 4 - 5

Sat - Sun 13 - 14 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.

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DAY 6

Monday 15 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 a main course lunch and an engine shed tour at this junction station.

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DAY 7

Tuesday 16 April : Travelling by train we alight at Radebeul for a morning steam run 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!

We then transfer by train to enjoy an afternoon of 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. We then return by train to Dresden for an evening free to further explore this beautiful city.

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DAY 8

Wednesday 17 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. A light snack lunch is included. We return by train to Dresden for a final evening in this wonderful city.

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DAY 9

Thursday 18 April : We either conclude our tour with return rail travel aboard the ICE trains from Dresden via Frankfurt to Brussels and onwards to London via Eurostar or continue with our 5 day extension 'Saxon Ultimate Steam' tour.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

HOTELS

InterCity Hotel, Erfurt

Situated 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.

 

Ibis Hotel, Dresden

A short stroll from the station, located 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 access, satellite TV and en-suite bathrooms with shower and hair dryer.

 

FARES

From London St Pancras International:

Standard Class rail travel to / from Erfurt / Dresden, including

Standard Eurostar

£1799

First Class rail travel to / from Erfurt / Dresden, including Standard Premier Eurostar

£2099

Single Room Supplement

£225


Fare inclusive of:

8 nights’ bed & breakfast, 1 evening meals, 3 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

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

Fares based upon sharing a twin-bedded an-suite room, single rooms available for a supplement

 

GUARANTEED FARE

 

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.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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London St Pancras Int London St Pancras Int (LNE)

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