Enjoy a superbly relaxing summer steam tour as we meander across Northern Germany on a sojourn of discovery to enjoy the very best of the steam railways from town, countryside to seaside!
Friday 29 June 2018 (11 days)
Standard and narrow-gauge steam on Rügen Island
Rover ticket on the Rasender Roland
A full day of steam on the Molli with its renowned street running, plus private lineside photo bus
Vintage tram charter Rostock
Visit to Hamburg's Miniatur Wunderland (the World's largest model railway)
Mainline steam Stadthagen-Rinteln return
Visit Osnabrück Railway Society depot
Steam day on the Hasetalbahn
Private narrow-gauge steam charter at Mühlenstroth
Standard gauge steam day on the 15 kms Angelner Dampfeisenbahn at Süderbrarup
Standard gauge steam Geesthachter Eisenbahn
Steam boat cruise on the Alster
The beautiful beaches of the Baltic coast
A great Railtrail steam tour that has much to offer as a summer holiday for enthusiasts and partners alike.
We feature an amazing variety of steam lines and a plethora of differing gauges, locomotives and rolling stock - all explored in a relaxing style enabling everyone to unwind and enjoy themselves on a magnificent holiday.
Friday 29 June: Depart London circa 10.58 hrs by Eurostar to Brussels then, via Cologne to Osnabrück where after registering at our hotel we have a welcome evening meal at a local restaurant.
Saturday 30 June: Today we make only our second ever visit to the Hasetalbahn line travelling through the pleasant rural scenery of "hare's valley" on a line closed in 1970, but preserved and reopened in 1988. This is a full day excursion of steam in heritage coaching stock hopefully hauled by 'Niedersachsen', a Henschel-built Bismarck class 0-6-0 from 1922 on one of the railway's rare operating days. We will be taking the steam journey from Haselünne to Lönningen and return, then, after visiting the locomotive shed and allowing time to get lunch, we again steam from Haselünne to Lönningen. Here after photographing the steam departure we reboard our private coach for the journey back to Osnabrück. Tonight we are free to enjoy the evening at leisure.
Sunday 1 July: Today's excursion takes a short, diesel hauled, shuttle train to Zechenbahnhof where the Osnabrück railway society has its depot. The railway holds a fleamarket on this day and although this is not a railway enthusiast event it does give the opportunity for viewing the restoration of Class 41 052 which is under major restoration there. We then travel by local services to Stadthagen where we have a steam run from Stadthagen to Rinteln and return, before taking the local train service back for a final night in Osnabrück.
Monday 2 July: We start the day by travelling by train to Gütersloh where we transfer to Mühlenstroth for a private steam photo charter at the excellent 600mm, one kilometre long, line which has become a firm favourite with our clients over the years. We have a light lunch before returning to Gütersloh and continuing by train to Rostock for transfer to, and a welcome evening meal at, our hotel in the city centre.
Tuesday 3 July: After breakfast we have a 2 hour private vintage tram charter of Rostock followed by a free afternoon to enjoy at leisure. You may like to make the short journey to Bad Doberan for a pre-tour introduction to the street running steam on the Molli.
Wednesday 4 July: We continue this steam sojourn of discovery at probably the most popular line in Northern Germany: a full day on the Molli with unlimited train rides between Bad Doberan and Kühlungsborn, including the famous street running. Also included lunch is included, along with a visit to the loco shed with a photographic session in front of the shed. In the afternoon we have made a special arrangement with the railway whereby the train will 'perform' at selected points for photographers on our private lineside bus.
Thursday 5 July: We travel by train to Prora and Putbus for a day of steam, including sandwich lunch, on Rügen Island's 750mm Rasender Roland line from Putbus to Göhren and return with included day rover tickets to enable you to have multiple journeys, plus a guided visit to the loco shed at Putbus. Additionally, we have timed ou visit to coincide with one of the very few days a year when there will be standard gauge steam ride between Bergen, Putbus and Lauterbach Mole with Class 86 1333. After returning to Rostock we bid farewell to the city with an evening meal at our hotel.
Friday 6 July: We travel by train to Hamburg to view 'the Harz Mountains to the Americas' at Hamburg's amazing "miniatur-wunderland", the largest model railway in the world, which has cost 10 million Euros! This amazing venue is stunning and requires a number of hours to fully appreciate both the magnitude and detail of the attraction. We then continue by train to Hamburg-Bergedorf and our base at the H4 Hotel. Tonight is free to dine at leisure and explore the town.
Saturday 7 July: Our 'steam' this morning is of the sailing type as we take a steam boat cruise on the Alster aboard the unique 1876 built St Georg viewing the city skyline . We then return to the rails for a steam excursion on the standard gauge Geesthachter Eisenbahn between Bergedorf Süd and Krümmel followed by a second journey back along the line as far as Geesthacht and return.
Sunday 8 July: Our exploration of steam in Northern Germany concludes with steam on a rarely open, and even more rarely visited, privately owned Angelner Dampfeisenbahn standard gauge line which operates between Süderbrarup to Kappeln and return where we have negotiated for the ride to also include photo run-past. We conclude our tour with an evening meal back at our hotel.
Monday 9 July: We depart Hamburg, travelling via Cologne and Brussels to London St Pancras International.
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Hotel Die Kleine Sonne, Rostock
This English speaking hotel is centrally located in the Hanseatic city of Rostock, less than a 10-minute walk from Rostock Harbour. All rooms at Die Kleine Sonne are non-smoking and feature a flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi internet and a private bathroom with shower. A rich breakfast buffet is available each morning. The cosy hotel bar has a table football table and serves a selection of snacks in the evenings. Numerous café and restaurants nearby including Mediterranean cuisine, wines and tapas are available at the Weinwirtschaft lounge in the hotel directly across the road.
H4 Hotel, Hamburg Bergedorf
Located to the southeast of Hamburg in the charming suburb of Bergedorf with direct access to the city centre via the S-Bahn station. Combining maritime flair with premium comforts, the hotel features 203 modern guest rooms, an open-air restaurant with beer garden, and a wellness area with a fitness centre. All bedrooms are fitted with bathroom and shower, hairdryer, satellite TV, desk and mini-bar. Wifi available in the lobby.
B&B Hotel, Osnabrück
A modern, clean, budget style hotel. Located in a quiet area close to the staton. All rooms fitted with double glazing, desk, wardrobe, television, telephone, bathroom with shower, WC and washbasin.
From London St Pancras International:
Standard Class rail travel to / from Osnabrück / Rostock / Hamburg including Standard Eurostar
First Class rail travel London to Osnabrück and from Hamburg to London including Standard Premier Eurostar. Standard Class rail travel Osnabrück to Hamburg.
Single Room Supplement
Fare inclusive of:
10 nights bed & breakfast, 4 evening meals, 2 light lunches
Standard Class 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
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.
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.
Festive & Winter Tours 2018 - 2019