Combining two glorious summer steam tours exploring the very best of the Harz Mountains railway and many surrounding steam lines.
Saturday 27 May 2017 (10 days)
A specially combined version of two great tours. Experience a summer idyll riding, photographing & line-siding in the stunning Harz Mountains region, plus a private vintage tram charter, a private photo steam charter, and the amazing Schwebebahn. Follow this with a summer sojourn on three different gauge steam lines including two private charters, 3 steam depots and a rare steam thrash up one of the steepest standard-gauge lines.
Enjoy the wonderful Harz Steam Railway in summer
Private lineside photographers bus to hop on and off as you wish
Experience the smells and sounds in an open waggon immediately behind the loco
Trundle with steam along the rural Selkethal
Storming by steam to Brocken summit
A private tour of Wernigerode locomotive works
Based in beautiful old Wernigerode
Private 600 mm gauge steam charter at Mühlenstroth
Private vintage tram charter
Tour of Wuppertal Tram Museum
Ride the amazing Schwebebahn overhead 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
Depart London by Eurostar to Brussels then by high speed train via Cologne to Wuppertal for a welcome evening meal at the InterCity Hotel and perhaps an after dinner relax in the hotel bar.
Today we enjoy a guided tour of the excellent Wuppertal tram museum and a vintage tram charter, followed by a ride over the whole of the amazing Schwebebahn overhead railway. Upon returning to the hotel we collect our luggage and travel by train to Wernigerode and our tour base at the HKK Hotel for an evening meal.B, D
A fantastic day rambling by steam around the rural and rustic Selkethal section of the Harz Railway system. The Selkethal transports you back to the days of lightly-used British branch lines, as the train meanders along at a gentle pace through beautiful pastureland and little river valleys, interspersed by traditional German villages.
To enhance your day we have our own private coach 'shadowing' the train so you can hop on and off as you wish; you can choose to ride the train or get ahead to photograph it. In previous years this has been immensely popular.
Our steam route* is: Quedlinburg - Alexisbad - Gernrode (lunch) - Stiege - Hasselfelde - Stiege - Eisfelder Talmuhle.
*An option to rise early and travel to then ride the short Harzgerode branch with steam is available at a supplement, payable locally.
We commence with a private guided tour of the Wernigerode locomotive works. We then storm by steam up the Brocken Mountain, hauled by one of the 2-10-2 tank locos of the Brockenbahn. We return to the junction station at Drei Annen Hohne where you have three options included in your tour fare …
1) Take a steam trip (sitting in the open cabrio wagon if you wish) to Eisfelder Talmühle then returning by steam to Wernigerode via Drei Annen Hohne.
2) Just enjoy a relaxing afternoon at Drei Annen Hohne station watching and photographing the steam departures.
3) Or from Drei Annen Hohne you can return direct to Wernigerode by steam to enjoy an afternoon sightseeing in one of Germany's most historic and pretty towns.
Back in Wernigerode we have another fine buffet evening meal at our hotel.
Relax all day in Wernigerode if you wish, or at no extra cost have another superb day of steam on the Harz Mountains Railway. With the freedom of the timetable there are lots of options but you may like to join the Tour Manager who will be steaming up to Drei Annen Hohne and onwards beyond Eisfelder Talmühle to the terminus of the Harzquerbahn at Nordhausen then returning back over the Harzquerbahn aboard a modern railcar to Wernigerode thereby travelling over all the HSB routes during the tour.
Bidding farewell to beautiful Wernigerode we travel by train back as far as Gütersloh for the short transfer to the 600 mm Dampf-Kleinbahn Mühlenstroth where 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 the Inter City Hotel for four nights.B, L
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 missedB
Departing Magdeburg (approx. 09.00 hrs) travelling by train via Hannover and Cologne to Brussels then Eurostar to London (approx 19.00 hrs)B
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.
Hotel HKK, Wernigerode
This stylish, 4 star hotel is close by the historic Old Town and offers modern, comfortable rooms, featuring flat-screen TV and radio. Enjoy culinary delights in the buffet restaurant and relax in the bar or sauna, steam bath, jacuzzi & infrared cabin.
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
Single Room Supplement
Fare inclusive of:
9 nights bed & breakfast, 5 evening meals, 2 lunches.
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
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.
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