Plandampf finally returns to Trier in 2018, with a once-a-decade festival of steam and a fabulous line-up of locomotives converging on Germany's oldest city with a 4-day festival of passenger trains hauled by steam locos galore. What's more, on this extended tour we arrive at Plandampf on a steam-hauled non-public train and make a rare visit to Losheim for a private steam charter.
Plandampf finally returns to Trier in 2018, with a once-a-decade festival of steam and a fabulous line-up of locomotives converging on Germanys oldest city with a 4-day festival of passenger trains hauled by steam locos galore. Whats more, on this extended tour we arrive at Plandampf on a steam-hauled non-public train and make a rare visit to Losheim for a private steam charter.
Full coverage of the 4 day Plandampf including steam specials etc.
Steam along the 17 kms metre gauge Brohltalbahn
Steam on the Brohl harbour line not normally open to the public
Steam on the 12 kms standard gauge Kuckuksbähnel with photo stop
Visit the atmospheric Neustadt steam depot
Fantastic mainline steam from Cologne to Gerolstein (up to 3 locos)
Private steam photo charter on 15 kms standard gauge Museumseisenbahn Losheim
Visit one of the biggest standard gauge steam locomotive collections in Germany at Hermeskeil depot The Barry Scrapyard of Germany
Private tour of DB Museum, Koblenz
Along with lots to interest non-enthusiast partners, including:
Scenic rail journeys through rural landscapes
Scheduled to coincide with a Moselle wine festival (to be confirmed)
Sightseeing and shopping in historic Trier & Koblenz
Wednesday 25th April 2018
8 days from £1299
We depart London St Pancras International travelling via Brussels to Cologne and our hotels. We will have a welcome evening meal in a traditional Cologne brewery restaurant.D
The first of our private event days: A fantastic start to the holiday as we steam along the mainline from Cologne to Gerolstein using at least one, but possibly a double or triple header of guest locomotives making their way to the festival. Upon arrival at Gerolstein we transfer by private coach direct to our hotels in Trier and a welcome evening meal.
The second of our private event days: We commence our 'Festival of Steam' with a private steam photo charter on the 15 kms long standard gauge line of the Museumseisenbahn Losheim, a line rarely visited by UK groups. We continue to the former steam loco depot at Hermeskeil to view an incredible collection of around 40 standard gauges locos including class 01, 22, 41, 42, 44, 50, 52 and 58, epitomising the nostalgia of an 'end of steam' depot in the BR era. So much steam interest already and Plandampf hasn't even started yet!B, L
To make maximum use of the 4 day Plandampf event we will be issuing each customer with a Freedom Pass covering all zones to enable you to either travel with our Tour Manager on the itinerary we produce for you or to travel independently on specific excursions if you wish.
The event is scheduled to radiate around 7 main routes from Trier, including the lines to Saarbrücken, Luxembourg, Koblenz, and Gerolstein. Amongst the journeys and special attractions we will be looking to include in your itinerary are:
The current Plandampf locomotive line-up features 9 steam locos including a pair of Pacifics (03 1010 & 01 519) Luxembourg's CFL 5519, and the star of the show the newly restored and repatriated from Switzerland Class 23 058, plus a couple of heritage electric locos.
Routes: Trier - Saarbrücken - Wittlich - Trier - Merzig - Bullay - Nenning - Gerolstein - Luxemburg - Koblenz
Steam on the metre gauge Brohltalbahn. This 17 kms line known as the Vulkan Express follows a tortuous route across viaducts, steep gradients and tunnels between Engeln and Brohl. Note: the railway is awaiting a licence to enable them to run steam along the complete line during the event including the steep section into Engeln and also on the not publicly used section down to the harbour at Brohl Rheinanlagen.
Travel by steam to Neustadt to combine a visit to the atmospheric steam depot at Neustadt/Weinstrasse with a steam run on the steeply graded 12 km standard gauge 'Kuckuksbähnel' between Elmstein and Lambrecht, hopefully with the beautiful 1910 Henschel built 89 7159 and heritage coaches.
Private tour of DB Museum, Koblenz
We continue to make best use of our all zones Plandampf ticket and we will also include, if required, private connecting transfers between stations to gain the maximum line coverage and, if required, transfers from the station to our hotels.
A reduced Plandampf schedule today allows us to also feature one of the excursions from the list on Day 4.B
A reduced Plandampf schedule today allows us to feature more of the excursions from the list on Day 4.
Transferring to the station for our homeward journey, we take the traditional route via Luxemburg to Brussels and onwards via Eurostar to London.B
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
HOTELS IN TRIER
We have reserved accommodation at a number of quality hotels conveniently located for Trier Hbf and Süd stations, all with private facilities and good reputations. If the Plandampf timetable requires either early or late starts then private road transport will be provided to and from the stations. Your allocated hotel will be shown on your booking confirmation.
Hotel Ibis Koln Centrum, Cologne
Located in Cologne, Hotel ibis Koeln Centrum is within easy reach of Cologne Cathedral. It offers free Wi-Fi, a fitness centre and the hotel rooms offer all the necessities to ensure an enjoyable stay. Each room comes with a flat-screen TV with cable channels, Wifi, Hairdryer, as well as a private bathroom.
From London St Pancras International
Single Room Supplement
Standard Class travel with seat reservations included.
7 nights' bed & breakfast plus two evening meals and one light lunch
Standard Class rail travel
All excursions as detailed
Connecting road and rail travel where applicable
Services of experienced Railtrail Tours Manager
Fare based upon sharing a Twin/Double room, with private facilities.
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