A wonderful steam holiday featuring a truly unique full day excursion travelling by mainline steam from Frankfurt to Meiningen for the annual Open Day at the last major steam works in Europe. Plus steam on heritage lines of various gauges.
Wednesday 29 August 2018 (6 days)
Meiningen will be awash with steam as visiting steam hauled excursions arrive from around the country to add to the locomotives in steam within the works giving footplate rides and photographic positioning - unique opportunity to enjoy what has been lost in the UK. Additionally, we enjoy heritage steam from Feldbahn to standard gauge with a vintage steam hyjgtram tour for good measure.
The unique Meiningen Works Steam Festival
Full day mainline steam with Pacific haulage and heritage coaching stock
Frankfurt Tram Museum
Vintage steam tram charter
600 mm private steam charter Bad Orb - Wächtersbach
Private visit to Darmstadt Steam Depot
Standard gauge steam Bad Nauheim-Münzenberg
Feldbahn Old Timer Festival
A wonderful late summer break of great German steam in a variety of gauges! Amazing steam-hauled railway journeys, great photo opportunities and the best Railway Works steam show in Europe!
Wednesday 29 August - We depart London St Pancras International by Eurostar to Brussels, and then by high speed train to Frankfurt, where we have a welcome evening meal at the Maritim Hotel.
Thursday 30 August - We commence our day with a visit to the excellent Frankfurt Tram Museum. We then continue to Darmstadt for a private charter of the unique Darmstadt Steam Tram around the town's tracks. We end our day with a guided tour of the former Darmstadt steam depot now home to a fine collection of heritage steam, diesel, electric and railcars in the former half-roundhouse and marshalling yard. We have arranged for a selection of locomotives to be drawn out onto the turntable for photography.
Friday 31 August - Travelling aboard the local train service to Wächtersbach for a private steam charter with locomotive Emma' along this 7 Kms 600 mm gauge line to Bad Orb where we have an included light lunch and drink before returning to Wächtersbach and onwards to Frankfurt where the evening is free to explore at leisure.
Saturday 1 September - It's mainline heritage steam today as we have an amazing excursion with Pacific haulage from Frankfurt 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. Please note this is a full day excursion and with so much mainline running may require an early start and late finish, but what a steam day!!
Sunday 2 September - Our final steam tour takes us on a visit to the standard gauge Eisenbahn Wetterau for a steam run along their line from Bad-Nauheim to Münzenberg and return. An added bonus is a visit to the Feldbahn 'Oldtimer' Festival, a great way to conclude an excellent tour.
Monday 3 September - We return by high speed trains from Frankfurt via Brussels to London St Pancras International.B
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Maritim Hotel, Frankfurt
Centrally located Frankfurt hotel featuring all non-smoking rooms complete with mini-bar, laptop sized safe, flat screen TV and free Wifi. The hotel has three restaurants, a lobby bar 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
No Single Room Supplement
Fare inclusive of:
5 nights bed & breakfast, 1 evening meal, 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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