The first of our 2016 steam tours are now available for you to register an expression of interest. It doesnt mean you have to travel but it does mean you get first opportunity to book onto these popular tours.
Whilst repeating the always popular tours like the Winter Harz and Dresden Steam Festival we have a number of variations to tours operated on previous years and some wonderful new tours and I suggest that the Bavaria Steam, Rail & Ale promises to be extremely popular.
We have also tried to organise tours so that its possible to combine them into longer duration holidays
A great tour featuring a full day at the renowned Great Central Railway including model railway event, plus steam at Ruddington GCR (N). We also have a guided tour and tasting at the renowned Marstons brewery. A dinner & pint at Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, the oldest pub in England. We also have a private steam passenger and mineral charter at the Foxfield Railway. Included also in the tour is a tour of the brewery, pint, and traditional Staffordshire Lobby meal at the Titanic brewery. All this based from the Midland Railway Hotel in Derby.
June 16th 2016 (5 days) German Summer Steam Fare from £1189
After many years we return to Stassfurt Steam depot and mainline steam with Class 44 1486, plus Mansfelder Bergwerkbahn private steam charter, Magdeburg museum (2 steam locos), rare steam on the steep inclines of the Rübeland with the beast - 95 027, private steam charter at Bornum.
Combine German Summer Steam with Harz Summer Steam and make big savings on tour fares.
June 19th 2016 (7 days) Harz Summer Steam Fare from £999
Enjoy a relaxing summer break in the glorious Harz mountains where we meander by steam around the whole Harz system and also have a private lineside bus for hop on and off photography whilst trundling by steam through the rural and picturesque Selkethal region. Storm to the top of Brocken mountain with steam, of course, and also reach the southern terminus at Nordhausen. An added bonus away from the HSB is a private steam excursion between Bornum and Derneburg.
Combine Harz Summer Steam with German Summer Steam and make big savings on tour fares.
Celebrating German steam with a mainline steam excursion on the 41 018 or 01 1066 Stuttgart to Füssen. A lineside bus for parts of mainline excursion, e.g. the Günzacher Steige inclines. A Private charter with loco 99 7203 on the Alb-Bähnle, Amstetten Oppingen. Steam on the öchslebahn, Warthausen Ochsenhausen and on the Sauschwänzlebahn the famous pigtail route. Experience the 37 tunnels steam journey on the Zollerbahn, Rottweil to Hausach. Six fabulous days of steam based at the Maritim Hotel in Stuttgart.
21st July 2016 (5 Days) Scottish Highlands Steam & Malt Trail Fares from £559
The Western Highlands offer amazing views and this special departure promises an action packed few days. Explore both branches of the West Highland Line, visit the Isle of Mull, ride the Jacobite Steam Train to Mallaig, and visit two distilleries for a tour and a 'wee dram'. Not forgetting a cruise on the steamship Sir Walter Scott on idyllic Loch Katrine.
A wonderful summer holiday exploring an amazing variety of steam lines. We again return for steam on both the renowned Rüegen Island and the Molli, plus visit the world's largest model railway in Hamburg, with optional sightseeing in historic Bremen and on the Baltic Sea coast. We include narrow-gauge steam at Mühlenstroth, the 22 kms of standard gauge steam at Jan Harpstedt and spend a day at the annual steam festival on the metre-gauge Niedersachsisches Kleinbahnmuseum at Bruchhausen-Vilsen, and more All in a relaxing style, at a convivial pace - a great holiday for enthusiasts and partners alike.
One not to miss Spend a full day at the Chemnitz 25th Anniversary steam festival, Step back in time to the 1950s with a large railway yard, traditional double roundhouse of locos, footplate rides, photo parades in the day and special admission to an after dark photo shoot. Experience a mainline steam excursion from Chemnitz.
Steam on the Saxon Narrow gauge Pressnitztalbahn and the mountain railway the Fichtelbergbahn. Private Steam Charter at the rarely visited Schönhiede line and visit the standard gauge Schwarz Railway Museum with its roundhouse collection. All based at the Mercure Hotel in Chemnitz.
August 28 2016 (8 days) Welsh
Mega Steam 7 Fare
30th August (7 days) Meiningen Steam Festival & More
Fare from £1199
A great tour featuring mainline steam from Leipzig to Meiningen. With a numerous guest locomotives at the Meiningen Festival. Experience the unique experience of a steam railway works and Steam on the the Saxon Narrow gauge Zittau to Oybin/Jonsdorf line. Also an opportunity to climb aboard on the private steam photo charter 18Kms, 600mm Waldeisenbahn Muskau line Weisswasser - Bad Maskau - Kromlau and much more.
22 September 2016 (5 days) Northern France Narrow Gauge Steam Fare from £759
A wonderful tour based around the wonderful Froissy-Cappy-Dompierre end of season steam gala. Which will delight enthusiasts and partners alike, who appreciate the novelty of the railways and the gentle pace of the tour allowing ample opportunity to 'opt out' of the programme to spend free-time enjoying the café culture, local drink and cuisine in the idyllic seaside resort of St Valéry or a full day in Paris. In the evenings take time to visit Amiens beautiful cathedral and local drink and cuisine in restaurants idyllically set on the banks of the Somme.
29th September (6 days) Rheingold Steam & More Fare £1095
Classic European rail travel of yeasteryear at its very best as we step back in time aboard the famous Rhiengold Express hauled by a mighty German Pacific steam locomotive along the most famous of routes on both sides of the River Rhine. Quite simply a unique, not to be missed experience. Add to this a couple of heritage steam lines, a private steam charter, vintage tram museum private charter, and the incredible Schwebebahn overhead railway.
Enjoy a day at the Keighley & Worth Valley Autumn Steam Gala and two other great Yorkshire heritage railways, plus a visit to York and two fabulous breweries. Don't be bitter - hop on!
19th October (6 days) Golden Harz Enthusiasts Festival Fare £985
With countryside bathed in golden autumn hues we ride our annual photographic steam charter trains using historic locomotives, carriages and waggons plus, of course, the unique Wuppertal Schwebebahn dingle-dangle railway. We believe this is THE BEST EVER Golden Harz tour as we cover the WHOLE of the HSB system with our special steam charter trains, plus many run-pasts for great photo opportunities of our unusual workings featuring both passenger and freight rolling stock.
23rd November (7 days) Bavarian Festive Steam Fare £1299
A fabulous ateam tour with mail line steam from Nuremberg to Regensberg. Beforehand a great vintaage tram charter around Nuremberg and a guided tour of the DB Museum Nuremberg. Steam Ebemanstadt to Bahringersmuhle. We also have a Schlemkerla smoked beer at the Brewery restaurant. A vintage tram charter in Ausberg and a vintage tram charter in Ausberg and much more.
30 November (7 days) Dresden Festive Steam Fare £1199
A classic German steam festival. Steam on the newly extended Weisseritztalbahn. A tour of the DB museum including non-public collectionof locomotives. Two full day mainline steam specials from Dresden. Steam on the Zittau - Oybin/Jonsdorf line. Visit the Dresden Alstadt Steam Depot and visit the traditional Christmas markets and festivities.
28 December (7 days) Black Forest New Year Steam Fare £1259
Enjoy a special New Year tour as we steam through glorious Black Forest scenery in its magical winter setting with New Years Eve in beautiful Freiburg and a steamy sojourn in Holland. Visit Aachen with its Stunning Cathedral. Explore the 'Millions Line'. Enjoy the scenery of Freiburg in our privately chartered vintaged tram and much, much more.
Overseas fares are ex London. Flexible Tour Joining arrangements available, including Own flight discounts.