Dampfspektakel Trier 2018 & Much More

Dampfspektakel Trier 2018 & Much More

Dampfspektakel 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 Dampfspektakel 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 Dampfspektakel including steam specials etc.

  • Steam along the 17 kms metre gauge Brohltalbahn

  • Steam on the 12 kms standard gauge ‘Kuckuksbähnel’ with photo stop

  • Visit the atmospheric Neustadt steam depot

  • Fantastic mainline steam from Cologne to Trier

  • 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.



The first of our private event days: A fantastic start to the holiday as we steam along the mainline from Cologne to Gerolstein scheduled to be hauled by 4-6-4T Class 78 468 with possible heritage V200 diesel assistance. Upon arrival at Trier we transfer by private bus direct to our hotels in Trier and a welcome evening meal.

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The second of our private event days: We commence our 'Festival of Steam' with a private steam photo charter along approx 7 Kms of 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!

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To make maximum use of the 4 day Plandampf event we will be issuing each client 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. (B)

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:

Trier - Saarbrücken, Trier - Wittlich, Trier - Bullay, Trier - Nenning, Trier - Gerolstein, Trier - Luxembourg, Trier - Koblenz

A day of 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 hoping to be running steam along the complete line during the event including the steep section into Engeln and also possibly on the not publicly used section down to the harbour at Brohl Rheinanlagen.

Travel by steam to Saarbrücken then by DB scheduled train 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.

The current Dampfspektakel locomotive line-up features 8 steam locos including a pair of Pacifics (03 1010 & 01 202) Luxemburg's CFL 5519, Class 18 478, Class 78 468 and three Class 52s. Also scheduled to attend the event are non-steam heritage and diesel electrics including the renowned TEE with locomotive 103.

Private tour of DB Museum, Koblenz



We continue to make best use of our all zones Dampfspektakel 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 Dampfspektakel schedule today allows us to also feature one of the excursions from the list on Day 4



A reduced Dampfspektakel schedule today allows us to feature more of the excursions from the list on Day 4.



We transfer to the station for our homeward journey, taking the traditional route via Luxemburg to Brussels and onwards via Eurostar to London.


B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner


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



7 nights’ bed & breakfast, 2 evening meals, plus a light lunch

Standard Class rail travel

4 Day All Zones Dampfspektakel ticket

All transfers, excursions & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager


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



Connecting, flexible travel, return rail tickets – valid on peak trains in to & out of London – from any UK station to London terminal stations, are available from us at special fares.


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
Cologne/Trier Cologne/Trier
London St Pancras Int London St Pancras Int (LNE)

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