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Dresden Steam Festival & Saxon Narrow Gauge

The superb Dresden steam gala including Transport Museum and reserve collection, 4 mainline steam excursions, 5 fabulous Saxon Narrow-Gauge lines, Parkeisenbahn steam & River Elbe cruise.

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11 days from £1975



Tuesday 5 October 2021


This fabulous 11 day tour features all those things you can’t do in the UK – A genuine steam festival at a steam depot with visiting engines coming on and off shed. Experience parallel running on the mainline with two steam hauled trains side by side. Lots and lots of steam action both standard and narrow gauge with rare haulage as we celebrate the best of German steam at Dresden Steam Festival including a night photo-shoot, the Transport Museum & reserve collection, plus 4 amazing mainline steam journeys, 5 Saxon Narrow gauge steam lines with a private steam photo charter, steam on the Dresden Parkeisenbahn, and a paddle steamer cruise.



  • The famous Dresden Steam Festival at Dresden Altstadt Depot

  • Night photo parade at Alstadt Depot

  • 4 mainline steam excursions

  • After dark steam photo shoot at Alstadt depot

  • Dresden Transport Museum plus tour of the reserve collection

  • Private steam photo charter on Döllnitztalbahn

  • Articulated 8-wheeled Saxon-Meyer locomotives

  • Steam on the Lssnitzgrundbahn Radebeul to Radeburg

  • Mountain steam on the Fichtelbergbahn Cranzahl-Oberwiesenthal including shed tour

  • Steam the extended Weisseritztalbahn to Kipsdorf

  • A full day on the Zittau-Oybin-Jonsdorf line including shed tour

  • Paddle steamer cruise on the River Elbe

  • Steam along the extensive Dresden Parkeisenbahn


Also included in tour fare:-

  • 10 nights’ bed & breakfast, 1 evening meal,  1 light lunch

  • Rail travel in a class of your choice and seat reservations where available

  • All transfers, excursions and admissions as detailed

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager


Depart London St. Pancras International and travel by Eurostar and ICE train, via Frankfurt Flughafen (Airport) to Erfurt for one night at the InterCity Hotel.



We transfer by train to Dresden and an afternoon of steam on the 750 mm narrow gauge Lössnitzgrundbahn, a delightful 17 kms line which still operates a public service between Radebeul and Radeburg including some street running! Our accommodation is at the conveniently located Ibis Hotel in the centre of Dresden.



We board our regional train to the Polish border for one of Saxony's finest 750 mm narrow gauge routes, from Zittau to the mountain spa resorts of Oybin and Jonsdorf, which is still very much a public service over the ten miles long route. This is a full day rover so all lines will be covered, including the opportunity to photograph the parallel departure at Bertsdorf, along with lunch and an engine shed tour at this junction station.

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A full day at the fabulous Dresden Steam Festival at Alstadt amidst the nostalgic atmosphere of a traditional working steam shed, with lots of locos in steam, footplate rides and visiting engines, including the opportunity to visit the reserve collection of the museum not normally open to the public. Our day concludes with your choice of attending a night-time photo parade of locomotives or just enjoy an evening in this truly wonderful city with its magnificent waterfront of historic buildings and the largest paddle-steamer fleet in the world.


DAY 5 - 6

It's two full days of steam out on the mainline from Dresden using locomotives from the festival. Whilst destinations have not yet been announced we have always previously been able to include the unique experience of parallel steam running over a considerable distance, and a thrash up the steep Tharandt incline with the two trains each taking turns overtaking the other - see our Dresden Steam Festival film on our website it's an amazing sight giving all participants the opportunity to see at close quarters powerful steam locomotives hard at work. Over the two days we are anticipating a total of four different runs two each morning and afternoon.



We take a regional train to Oschatz for a private steam charter on the 750 mm Saxon narrow-gauge line that is one of our personal favourites, the 20 kms long Döllnitzbahn with one of the beautiful Saxon-Mayer locomotives.



By train into the mountains and along the scenic Sehma Valley to Cranzahl where a day of steam awaits on the fabulous 17 km long, 750 mm gauge Fichtelbergbahn, climbing around 250 m through nine stations to the ski resort of Oberwiesenthal, the highest town in Germany. We include a tour of the loco workshops and a photo opportunity of steam crossing the 100 m long, 23 m high, lattice girder bridge at the entrance to Oberwiesenthal station. At the end of a fabulous steam day we return to Dresden as outward.



Staying local today we have a relaxing morning of steam riding the extensive Dresden Parkeisenbahn followed by a free afternoon in the wonderful city of Dresden itself to relax and enjoy some sightseeing. This evening we experience a paddle steamer cruise along the River Elbe.


DAY 10

A final day of steam on the 750 mm gauge Weisseritztalbahn line meandering up the Weisseritz valley with an open coach to travel in if you wish. Operating over 26 kms through varying scenery, with 13 stations, and the steepest part of the line on the reopened section to the terminus at Kipsdorf. Known as one of Europes' great narrow-gauge railways, this is a ride not to be missed.
We conclude our amazing tour with a visit to Dresden Transport Museum including the rare opportunity of visiting the reserve collection depot not normally open to the public, A wonderful conclusion to a memorable holiday experiencing amazing and enchanting steam.


DAY 11

Homeward bound today returning via Leipzig, Frankfurt Flughafen, and Brussels to London St Pancras International.


B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner


InterCity Hotel, Erfurt

Adjacent to the station, the hotel has a pleasant bar and restaurant serving local and international specialities. Modern en-suite rooms include satellite TV, radio, mini-bar and WiFi.


Ibis Hotel Zentrum, Dresden

A short stroll from the station, in the heart of the city near to the historic Old Town, the Ibis hotels are inviting and modern, with comfortable bedrooms, air-conditioning, WiFi, satellite TV and en-suite bathrooms with shower and hair dryer.



From London St Pancras International:

Standard Class rail travel to / from Dresden, including Standard Eurostar


First Class rail travel to / from Dresden, including Standard Premier Eurostar


Tour Base Fare - Join & leave at hotel(s)


Single Room Supplement



Fare inclusive of:

10 nights’ bed & breakfast, 1 evening meal, 1 light lunch

Rail travel in a class of your choice

Seat reservations where available

All transfers, excursions and admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager


GUARANTEED FARE – No currency surcharge


If wishing to travel BY AIR to join the tour: Please contact us with your variation request so that we may confirm availability and fare variation.


Fares based upon sharing a twin-bedded en-suite room, single rooms available for a supplement


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.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
London St Pancras Int London St Pancras Int (LNE)
Tour Base Tour Base (Join & Leave at Hotel)

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