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German Mega Steam including Dresden Steam Festival

German Mega Steam including Dresden Steam Festival

Our first German Mega Steam for a number of years features the amazing Dresden Steam Festival including four mainline steam runs and five fantastic Saxon Narrow Gauge lines - See our previous tour films on our website However, that's not all as we also include a heritage tram ride at Kirnitzschtalbahn, a historic steam boat trip on the River Elbe at Pirna, then continue to Berlin for two mainline steam excursions, a tour of the atmospheric Schöneweide MPD with it's fine collection of locomotives

14 Days From £2675

 

DEPARTS

Tuesday 14 April 2020

 

We can’t emphasise enough just what a ‘time warp’ tour this is, both in the venues visited and what we are able to do that you can’t do in the UK anymore – Dresden Steam Festival with visiting engines coming on and off shed, footplate rides, tour the reserve collection not normally open to the public. Plus 4 mainline steam journeys from Dresden hopefully including parallel running, a private steam charter on the Döllnitztalbahn one of the best of the Saxon Narrow gauge lines, and experience four more of the other famous Saxon narrow gauge steam lines. Add a heritage tram ride, a steam boat cruise. Then we travel onto Berlin for even more fantastic German steam including two full day steam excursions one to Hamburg and the other even longer to Wismar. Evening barbecue at the old steam depot at Schöneweide and guided tour of the Technik Museum.

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • The famous Dresden Steam Festival at Dresden Altstadt Depot

  • Night photo parade at Dresden Alstadt

  • 4 mainline steam excursions from Dresden

  • Guided tour of Dresden Museum of Transport

  • Private steam photo charter on Döllnitztalbahn

  • Articulated 8-wheeled Saxon-Meyer locomotives

  • Ride the extended Weisseritztalbahn

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

  • Tour Bertsdorf shed

  • Steam along the whole of the Lössnitzgrundbahn

  • Steam in the mountains on the Fichtelbergbahn

  • Guided tour of loco shed at Oberwiesenthal

  • Heritage tram ride at Kirnitzschtalbahn

  • Steam boat Pirna – Königstein

  • Guided tour of Berlin Technik Museum

  • Full day mainline steam Berlin to Hamburg return - Pacific 01 519 requested

  • Mainline steam Wittenberge to Wismar – Pacific 01 519 requested

  • Guided tour of Berlin Schöneweide loco shed

  • Centrally located hotels in Erfurt, Dresden, Berlin & Wismar

  • Final evening spent in the historic hanseatic sea-port of Wismar

 

Also included in tour fare:-

  • 13 nights’ bed & breakfast, 1 evening meal, 3 light lunches / snacks

  • rail travel in a class of your choice

  • seat reservations where available (subject to selected rail travel option)

  • All transfers, excursions and admissions as detailed

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

DAY 1

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 in this most beautiful of historic towns.

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DAY 2

We transfer by train to Dresden and after registering at our city centre hotel we travel by train to Radebeul for a return steam run on the 17 kms long, 750mm gauge Saxon narrow gauge Lössnitzgrundbahn line to Radeburg. This delightful steam line is still very much a public service and includes some street-side running before it reaches the true rural nature of the line. After a break to run-round its train at Radeburg we steam back to Radebeul and onwards by S-Bahn to Dresden.

Dresden is a beautifully reconstructed city and is home to many stunning architectural buildings, restaurants and cafes. The River Elbe which flows through the city is home to the largest paddle steamer fleet in the world, and you may also like to enjoy a beer at the brewery tap house adjacent to the landing stages.

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DAY 3

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, including a light lunch at Oybin, so all steam lines will be covered, including the opportunity to photograph the parallel departure at Bertsdorf, and an engine shed tour at this junction station.

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DAY 4

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. In the evening we return to Alstadt for the very atmospheric night steam photo parade 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 5 - 6

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 previous Dresden Steam Festival tour 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 7

Travelling 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 also have a light snack lunch aboard the train.

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DAY 8

Travelling by train into the scenic Ore mountains to Cranzahl where a day of steam awaits on the fabulous 17 km long, 750 mm gauge Fichtelbergbahn, climbing around 250 m through nine stations to the ski resort of Oberwiesenthal, the highest town in Germany. We include a tour of the loco workshops, including photographing a train crossing the 100 m long, 23 m high, lattice girder bridge at the entrance to Oberwiesenthal station before returning by steam to Cranzahl, and regional trains back to Dresden.

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DAY 9

Travelling by train to Bad Schandau where we take the ferry across the River Elbe to Bad Schandau village. Here we have an enjoyable ride aboard a heritage tram of the Kirnitzschtalbahn. After crossing back the Elbe to Bad Schandau station for a train to Pirna. Here we board our steam boat for a cruise on the Elbe to Königstein. We then return by scheduled service train to Dresden.

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DAY 10

A relaxing morning in Dresden includes a guided tour of the excellent Dresden Transport Museum before taking the S-Bahn service to Freital-Hainsberg for an afternoon of 750 mm gauge steam on the extended Weisseritztalbahn line meandering up the Weisseritz valley with an open coach to travel in if you wish. Now operating its full length of 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 Europe's 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 11

It's transfer time today as we continue our fabulous mega steam tour. Initially we travel by train from Dresden to Berlin aboard one of the traditional EC trains on the Prague to Berlin route that, at present, use relatively old rolling stock with a traditional dining car should you wish to make use of it. After registering at our hotel we make our way by S-Bahn and U Bahn to enjoy a guided tour of the Berlin Technik Museum. After our visit we travel by S-Bahn to enjoy a guided tour of the old steam depot and locomotive collection at Berlin-Schöneweide followed by a barbecue at the depot with the volunteers to conclude a most enjoyable day

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DAY 12

A long day of standard gauge steam aboard an excursion using, hopefully, German Pacific 01-519 from Berlin to Hamburg and return a distance of over 350 miles of, hopefully, Pacific hauled steam. Once we have more information regarding timings we will make an itinerary suggestion for the dwell time in Hamburg.

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DAY 13

A lovely final day today as we travel by train to Wittenberge to board a steam excursion to the historic hanseatic city of Wismar on the Baltic sea. Known for its well-preserved medieval buildings this beautiful harbour city is a delightful end to a wonderful tour.

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DAY 14

Today it's homeward bound, as we speed our way from Wismar back to London St Pancras.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, LR=Light Refreshments, 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.

 

City Partner Hotel Alter Speicher, Wismar

A classic traditional hotel centrally situated in the town for restaurants. All rooms are en-suite, with shower, WC, phone, flat screen TV, safe. The hotel also has a restaurant and offers free WiFi.

 

 

FARE

From London St Pancras International:

Standard Class rail travel to Dresden  / from Berlin, including   Standard Eurostar

£2675

First Class rail travel to Dresden, and From Berlin including

Standard Premier Eurostar

£2975

Single Room Supplement

£429

 

 

Fare inclusive of:

13 nights’ bed & breakfast, 1 evening meal, 3 light lunches / snacks

rail travel in a class of your choice

seat reservations where available (subject to selected rail travel option)

All transfers, excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

 

GUARANTEED FARE

 

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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