Combine the Railtrail of old with lots of new experiences on our superbly relaxing summer steam tour featuring the famous Molli and Rügen Island lines, plus lots of new steam not previously visited and an amazing festival of sea going vintage steam boats!
Friday 30 June 2017 (11 days)
Steam through the streets to the coast with Molli, explore beautiful Rügen with Racing Roland and enjoy rare steam on Jan Harpstedt on a comprehensive tour of northern Germany that also visits three new-to-Railtrail steam railways, features rare mainline steam, the worlds largest model railway, a vintage tram charter, two steamboat rides and even a day watching steamships arrive for the opening of a steamboat festival.
A full day of steam on the Molli with its renowned street running, plus private lineside photo bus
Steam on the Rasender Roland on Rügen Island
New steam for Railtrail on the delightfully scenic Hasetalbahn
Further new steam on the Geestachter Eisenbahn between Bergedorf-Geestacht and Krümmel
Visit to Hamburg's Miniatur Wunderland (the World's largest model railway)
Steam day on the rarely visited 22 kms Jan Harpstedt line
Private vintage tram tour of Rostock
Rare steam with loco 86 133 Bergen, Putbus and Lauterbach Mole
A unique day of vintage steam powered boats at the Flensburg Festival
Short steam boat ride at Flensburg
Mainline steam with Class 78 468 Neumünster Flensburg
Steam on the Angelner Dampfeisenbahn, Süderbrarup-Kappeln
Relax with a steamboat ride on Hamburgs Alster lake
Depart London circa 10.58 hrs by Eurostar to Brussels then onwards to Bremen and the Inter City hotel situated adjacent to the where we have a welcome evening meal.D
Today we make our first ever visit to the 55 Kms long Hasetalbahn line travelling through the pleasant rural scenery of "hare's valley" on a line closed in 1970, but preserved and reopened in 1988. This is a full day excursion of steam in heritage coaching stock hauled by 'Niedersachsen', a Henschel-built Bismarck class 0-6-0 from 1922 on one of the railway's rare operating days.
Our exploration of Northern Germany's heritage railways continues with another rare operating day of steam on the rarely visited 22 kms, standard gauge line between Delmenhorst and Harpstedt. Founded in 1976, the Delmenhorst-Harpstedt Eisenbahnfreunde society preserved this pretty rural line, determined to bring back its heyday from the 1930s of relaxing Sunday steam excursions. We conclude our day travelling by train to Hamburg and our hotel conveniently situated for the station and Alster lake.
We commence our day with a steamboat trip on Hamburg's Alster lake, before exploring the world in miniature from 'the Harz Mountains to the Americas' at Hamburg's amazing "miniatur-wunderland", the largest model railway in the world, which has cost 10 million Euros! We then continue by train to Rostock and a welcome evening meal at the InterCity Hotel adjacent to the station.
A day of relaxation as we have a morning vintage tram tour of Rostock, after which the day is free for general sightseeing and relaxing. Rostock has impressive maritime history with an attractive Old Town and port. Your room key at the InterCity Hotel allows you to hop on and off public transport within Rostock and even travel as far as Warnemünde, the city's nearby Baltic coast resort.
Today we enjoy one of the most popular attractions of German steam as we take the Molli line from the streets of Bad Doberan to the line's terminus at Kühlungsborn West, where we have a guided tour of the railway museum, a photo shoot in front of the loco shed and an included sandwich lunch. In the afternoon we have made a special arrangement with the railway whereby the train will 'perform' at selected points for photographers in our private lineside bus.
Another great day today on the beautiful holiday island of Rügen, with an additional attraction which is again a first for Railtrail, as we steam with Class 86 133 between Bergen - Putbus - Lauterbach Mole. We also visit the loco shed at Putbus before taking a steam hauled run on the Rasender Roland from Putbus to Göhren and return.
We travel by rail to Kiel then onwards to the attractive coastal resort of Flensburg for another Railtrail first as we watch the arrival of an amazing sight of water borne steam - the parade of sea going steam boats that make up the annual Flensburg 'Dampf Rundum' festival, before returning late evening to our hotel in Kiel.
Today is yet another first for Railtrail as we return to the rails for a steam run between Bergedorf - Geestacht - Krümmel and return on the Geestachter Eisenbahn. Closed in 1953, the line was originally preserved by just 12 volunteers in 1975 and, again, operates on rare weekends only.
We conclude this wonderful tour with yet more firsts for Railtrail, including travelling by steam with Class 78 468 from Neumünster to Flensburg, followed by another short visit to the Dampf Rundum to experience a steamboat cruise, before culminating with a rare steam ride on the Angelner Dampfeisenbahn running between Süderbrarup and Kappeln.B
Travelling by train from Kiel via Brussels to London St Pancras International.B
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
InterCity Hotel, Bremen
Adjacent to the railway station, near the historic old town of this charming city, the friendly hotel has wine bar, bistro and restaurant. Modern en-suite rooms include TV, radio, air conditioning, mini-bar and WiFi. Hotel card gives free use of the city's public transport.
Hotel Ibis Alster Centrum, Hamburg
Located adjacent to the station modern en-suite sound proofed rooms, adjustable air conditioning, flatscreen Sky TV.
InterCity Hotel, Rostock
Close to the station and beautiful old-town. It has bar and restaurant. Modern en-suite rooms include TV, radio, mini-bar and WiFi. A free local public transport ticket is included for your stay.
Nordic Hotel Astor Kiel
Located a short walk from the station this modern hotel has all rooms en-suite, Breakfast is served on the 10th floor to enjoy the view of the Kiel Fjord as you dine. The bar offers panoramic views of Kiel city centre and the harbour.
From London St Pancras International:
Standard Class rail travel throughout
First Class rail travel outward to Bremen and homeward from Kiel including Standard Premier Eurostar
Single Room Supplement
Fare inclusive of:
10 nights bed & breakfast, 2 evening meals, 1 light lunch
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
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