A wonderful steam holiday featuring a truly unique full day excursion travelling by mainline steam from Nuremberg to Meiningen for the annual Open Day at the last major steam works in Europe
Wednesday 2 September 2020
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 standard gauge steam, steam to the highest steam railway in Germany, numerous railway museums and collections, with a vintage steam tram tour for good measure.
The unique Meiningen Works Steam Festival
Mainline steam Nuremberg to Meiningen
Full day mainline steam on the SauschwÓnzlebahn
Vintage steam tram charter
Steam to the mountain top at Oberwiesenthal on the Fichtelbergbahn
Visit the DB Railway Museum at Nuremberg
Superbly atmospheric locomotive collection at Neuenmarkt-Wirsberg Steam Shed
Visit the fabulous double roundhouse locomotive collection at Chemnitz steam shed
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!
From London by Eurostar to Brussels then via ICE trains to Stuttgart where we have a private coach transfer to our hotel and after registering, we have a welcome evening meal at the hotel.
After breakfast we have a private coach to travel to a day of steam on the famous Sauschwänzlebahn. This fabulous line is famed for its many twists and turns (hence the nickname 'Pigtail' railway) as it climbs through the hills over numerous bridges and through tunnels as we steam from Blumberg to Weizen. However, one of the beauties of this line is the super photographic opportunities so we use our private coach to lineside a train during the afternoon before returning by steam from Weizen to Blumberg. We will then be visiting the railway museum depot at Tuttlingen with a barbecue after the guided tour.
We travel with luggage by scheduled service train to Nuremberg and the Inter City Hotel adjacent to the station. We walk to the DB railway museum for a guided tour followed by a private vintage tram charter around the city. This evening we have an evening meal at our hotel.B, D
For many today will be the tour highlight. An early start as we board our mainline steam special for the run from Nuremberg to Meiningen. Upon arrival we take the short walk to the railway works to enjoy the annual steam festival complete with locomotives in steam along with visiting locomotives and the opportunity to view locomotives and rolling stock in various stages of repair and construction. With ample time at the works and over 200 miles of mainline steam haulage it is a long but memorable day.
Departing Nuremberg with luggage by scheduled regional train to Neuenmarkt-Wisberg where after storing our luggage we have a guided tour of the German Railway Museum in the former DB Depot which gives a tremendous feeling of atmosphere and nostalgia whilst viewing the large collection of locomotives housed there. After a light lunch in the former staff canteen we collect our luggage and continue by train to Chemnitz. Here a private coach transfer takes us to the amazing former DB steam double roundhouse depot which now houses a super collection of both steam, diesel and electric locomotives. Outside much of the original railway yard and associated equipment survives. After our guided tour we re-board our coach and transfer to the Kongress Hotel, Chemnitz and an evening meal at a local restaurant.
A brilliant day to complete this great tour as we travel by local train to Cranzahl high in the mountains. The small station here is shared with the Fichtelbergbahn a wonderful steeply graded line climbing to the ski town of Oberweisenthal where we have a guided tour of the locomotive shed and time for another journey on the line before returning down by steam to Cranzahl and the regional train service back down to Chemnitz.B
A private coach transfers us to the station for our return trains homeward via Leipzig, Frankfurt and Brussels then Eurostar to London.B
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, LR=Light Refreshments, D=Dinner
Modern hotel with bright, contemporary en-suite bedrooms with large flat-screen TV, complimentary Internet access, room safe, adjustable air conditioning, minibar, fully equipped bathroom, mirror and hair-dryer.
InterCity Hotel, Nuremburg
The 4-star InterCity is ideally situated next to the train station, in the city centre with the castle and old town only a short stroll away. The hotel has bar and restaurant serving a buffet breakfast with regional and international specialties. The en-suite bedrooms have free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and TV.
Dorint Kongresshotel, Chemnitz
Modern hotel with panoramic restaurant on the 26th floor. All bedrooms en-suite including television, Wifi & complimentary tea/coffee facilities.
From London St Pancras International:
Standard Class rail travel to Stuttgart / from Chemnitz including Standard Eurostar
First Class rail travel to Stuttgart / from Chemnitz including Standard Premier Eurostar
Tour Base Fare Joining Stuttgart leaving Chemnitz
Single Room Supplement
Fare inclusive of:
6 nights bed & breakfast, 3 evening meals, 1 barbecue light meal, 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
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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