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Just got back from a week in and around Dresden Germany riding the little narrow gauge lines around there. One of the highlights of the trip was a standard gauge excursion from Doebln to Altenberg via Dresden. We had two sections, both powered by class 52 2-10-0's. Here are some videos I took if you would like to watch them. I have some videos of the narrow gauge steam I will post later. We were in the car right behind the engine. Turn up the sound.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxO6u99oDaM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcsay7-EL5Y

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfGAqG7gj18

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLpoCUQhpMA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFfcWmJNjq8
 

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John,
thanks for posting the videos. You just missed the reopening of the "Weisseritztalbahn", a 30" steam powered narrow gauge line. This line was washed out in 2002(?) and has been rebuild to almost "Bullet Train" standards. The Brits are also rebuilding the "Welsh Highland Railway", which had been abandoned more than 70 years ago - using Garrats as motive power. Here in the US we seem to scrap one line/locomotive after another....

http://weisseritztalbahn.blogspot.com/2008_12_01_archive.html

http://www.isengard.co.uk/#New

BTW, once the "Weisseritzbahn" has been rebuild to Kipsdorf, you can make a very nice roundtrip, riding standard gauge from Dresden to Altenberg, then hike to Kipsdorf and return by narrow gauge.
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John,
Thanks for sharing your videos. They brought back fond memories of my seven years in Germany as a youngster during the steam era. I love the quiet sort of noise the German locomotives make.
 

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Thanks Henner and Carl. I am still sorting out my pics but here are a few from the Fichtelbergbahn. Yes the Germans and the Brits are very much into steam preservation.







 

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Hey John, glad that you are back. We too had a little snow here in Houston and Katy. About a 1/16 of an inch. It stayed on the ground about 4 hours then melt. Oh well, at least we can say that it snowed.
 

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Posted By Steve S. on 12/13/2008 7:58 AM
Hey John, glad that you are back. We too had a little snow here in Houston and Katy. About a 1/16 of an inch. It stayed on the ground about 4 hours then melt. Oh well, at least we can say that it snowed.


Yes Steve, when I got in Wednesday evening it was just as cold as Frankfurt. What a suprise. We did not get any of the white stuff here in Katy. What a disapointment. Think 'global warming'.
The Brits on the tour were just a little disapointed too as it snowed in England and not in Dresden.
 

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Hey John, looks like you had a great time. If you want a shock, check out the thread titled "Accucraft/American Mainline 0 - 6- 0" and see all the good things I have to say about it. Lando brought one to my house to run and you can read about it there.
 

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John,
Thanks for sharing your photographs. I love the meter gauge locomotives. Your pictures brought back many childhood memories for me.
 
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