Last day on the HSB, photos in the fresh snow around Wernigerode, a quick look at Quedlinburg and riding trains on the Selketalbahn.
1 Snow in Wernigerode.
2 Still snowing!
3 And definately snowing here. Wernigerode Hochschule Harz station, the former Wernigerode Kirchstrasse.
4 And with typical German efficiency the first run-past on Kirchstrasse was from this mini-snowplough.
5 99 7240 heads up the short section of street running on Kirchstrasse with the 09:40 Wernigerode to Brocken service.
6 Shortly after Westerntor and the famous level crossing.
7 Note quite the shot I had planned. The camera refused to focus when the loco was at the appointed spot (by the rail joint) but did for this slightly earlier shot. This is 99 7243 on the 10:25 from Wernigerode.
8 The award for the most improved station since 1996 goes to Halberstadt. From a place with awful connections and an air of decay with nothing to recommed it Halberstadt in 2015 was like a different place.
9 Quedlinburg station.
10 At Quedlinburg the railways are in partial decay with a lot of no longer used infrastructue still standing.
11 When I was last here (1998) this signalbox was still in use.
12 A surviving water column is no longer of any use but at least it remains. The HSB extension from Gernrode is on the right. Last time around, for me, the line from Gernrode was still standard gauge with a service oeprated by 4 wheel railcars. Fun!
13 Quedlinburg's station.
14 If it wasn't for the cars it would be hard to date this photo.
15 Quedlinburg, old and new.
16 Not sure!
17 An impressive school building in Quedlinburg.
18 Cobbled streets, ancient buildings and St. Nikolai Kirche in Quedlinburg.
19 The end of Polkenstrasse in Quedlinburg.
20 Pension St Nikolai, Quedlinburg.
22 More ancient buildings in Quedlinburg.
23 Steinweg, Quedlinburg.
24 Yet another impressive building in Quedlinburg.
25 Behind the church the streets were a little more reminiscent of Communist times.
26 Nice restored dwellings.
27 A side street in Quedlinburg.
28 In need of a repaint.
29 Again very hard to date.
30 Quedlinburg station, it has gone downhill since I visited in 1998.
31 More buildings than are now needed at Quedlinburg station.
32 The last time I used this platform the train was a standard gauge 4 wheel railcar. Now it is part of the HSB network. Railcar 187 015 was the means of transport to Gernrode.
33 Tradszug set in the snow at Gernrode.
34 Fresh snow on the Selketalbahn. 2-6-2t 99 6001 is in charge on the climb to Sternhaus Ramberg with the 13:57 Gernode to Eisfelder Talmühle.
35 Over the summit and down the other side gets us to Mägdesprung.
36 At Mägdesprung 187 018 crossed.
37 Mägdesprung, not looking so inviting!
38 Time for water at Alexisbad.
39 The the snow was falling fast as 99 6001 took water at Alexisbad.
40 99 6001 and its short train at Alexisbad.
42 99 6001, another very clean HSB locomotive.
43 Still taking water, 99 6001 at Alexisbad.
44 The bottom end of 99 6001.
45 Sadly Alexisbad's station building is looking sorry for itself.
46 Silberhütte station.
47 Industial decay at Silberhütte.
48 The loco gets a check round at Strassberg, it would seem the fireman has been busy too.
49 At Strassberg another unit crossed, this being the 14:40 from Hasslefelde to Harzgerode.
50 Beyond Güntersberge was this frozen reservoir.
51 The previous time I travelled from Steige to Hasslefelde it felt about as cold as it looks here. But at least the 10kmh speed limit was no longer in force!
52 The train disturbed a local hare.
53 Hasslefelde with a schneepflug on display.
54 Hasslefelde looks cared for, somewhat different to my experience in 1996.
55 99 6001 takes water at Hasslefelde. In the shed is a stored 2-10-2t, 99 7244.
56 99 6001 at Hasslefelde.
57 99 6001's footplate.
58 Hasslefelde station has an active volunteer group looking after it. They have arranged some display items including some transporter bogies and a boiler from a Mallet.
59 The simple method for supporting standard gauge wheelsets on the transporter bogies.
60 A life expired Mallet boiler, this being from 99 5901.
61 99 6001 running round at Hasslefelde.
62 99 6001 is a one off prototype from 1939. The presentation of the loco is a credit to the crew.
63 Ready for some noise!
64 The trains destination Eisfelder Talmühle, with a connection of the left to Nordhausen but, sadly, no northward connection to Wernigerode.
65 Looking south at Eisfelder Talmühle.
66 99 7232 at Eisfelder Talmühle with the 14:51 Brocken to Nordhausen.
67 A snowball fight starts between the guard and fireman. The fireman won.....
68 99 6001 ready for the return journey, the 17:02 to Quedlinburg.
69 99 7232 adds to the atmosphere at Eisfelder Talmühle.
70 Back at Stiege, 187 018 is crossed again. It was forming the 15:30 Quedlinburg to Hasslefelde.
71 99 6001 had to run round again at Stiege. It set back through the station at some speed.....
72 99 6001 at Stiege.
73 99 6001 at Alexisbad.
74 Having arrived at Alexisbad the train had to set back within station limits so the loco could take water.
75 99 6001 takes water at Alexisbad.
76 Nicely lit by the loco's lighting system.
77 99 6001 of the Harzer Schmalspurbahnen.
78 Alexisbad by night.
79 99 6001 taking water at Alexisbad.
80 99 6001 at Alexisbad, lit by sodium lighting. This shot was hand held at a reasonably high ISO, never would have been achievable with a film camera.
81 Back at Halberstadt with two Hex units waiting time.