A visit to Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp and V1/V2 rocket facilities, then onward to Meiningen.
1 Lovely morning light in Wernigerode.
2 It's still at an angle...
3 Michael, Pete & Colin outisde the excellent Altwernigeröder Apparthotel in Wernigerode.
4 We ran early so our coach driver took us into Nordhausen. This the HSB station frontage.
5 Looking north at Nordhausen Nord, a station which retains a working signalbox and semaphores.
6 99 7232 at the head of the 10:24 Nordhausen Nord to Brocken. The loco runs as far as Drei Annen Hohne only.
7 Brewing up at Nordhausen Nord.
8 The 10:24 waits time at Norshausen Nord.
9 Stop signal at Nordhausen.
10 Amanda, Lesley, Richard and Huw at Nordhausen Nord.
11 Alongside the DB station at Nordhausen is a sizeable yard. Voith diesel hydraulic B-B 265 019 is on shunting duty.
12 143 178 sets off from Nordhausen with a 2 car double deck service.
13 193 860 and an unidentified 193 at Nordhausen.
14 The view into Nordhausen from the DB station.
15 A general scene at the Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp site. The entrance is off down the road to the right. The hills left and middle contain numerous tunnels used in the construction of V1 and V2 rockets. See: the memorial's website.
16 A wagon used in the tunnel complex by the forced labour.
17 A map of the complex including, underneath, a partial rendering of the tunnel complex.
18 The Dora concentration camp site.
19 SS guard bunker and the remains of a steam loco used on the site.
20 Communist era concrete, behind is the roll call area and on the hillside one of the prisoner's barracks.
21 The Communist era installed memorial at the rear of the roll call ground.
22 The other half of the roll call ground.
23 This area was the railway arrival area with the station off on the right.
24 The entrance to one of the tunnels. The Soviets blew up the original entrance when they were done with the tunnel complex.
25 Inside the section of tunnel open to the public. Behind the remains of a V2 rocket engine would have been an entrance, also blown up by the Soviets.
26 Looking into the tunnel complex. A 3D rendering of the what was built - by forced labour - is on the left. End to end is roughly 2km. Only a very small proportion is open to the public. V1 rockets were made in the first section, beyond this V2s then in the farthest section planes.
27 Former rocket entrance and V2 rocket engine remains.
28 Reamains of a V2 rocket.
29 The engine section of a V2 rocket as recovered from the Mittelbau-Dora site.
30 Looking back down the tunnel.
31 This side tunnel was used for "accomodation". Up to 1500 people could be here at any one time.
32 The tunnel floors are littered with remains. First the US removed equipment then, as the area was in the Russian sector of Germany, the Soviets removed what they wanted. The rest was left.
33 There would have been two levels in the tunnels as indicated by the remaining uprights.
34 Parts of V1 rockets.
35 V1 rocket remains in tunnel 45.
36 Much of the complex beyond that open to the public is flooded. In this section the water is up to the height of the upper floor level.
37 Tunnel 44.
38 Meiningen has an air of faded glory.
39 Meiningen station and the roundhouse opposite.
40 At Meiningen station.
41 These railcars handle most services through Meiningen.
42 The English Park in Meiningen.
43 Max Reger, in the English Park.
44 This memorial in the English Park has seen better days....
45 A statute to writer Jean Paul who lived in Meiningen for a short while.
46 A memorial to Johanes Brahms who was in Meiningen in the 1880s.
47 Johanes Brahms.
48 This grand building in Meiningen appeared disused.
49 Meiningen is full of nice buildings.
50 An excellent place to eat!
51 Meiningen with the Stadt Kirche prominent.
52 Street art.
53 A side street in Meiningen.
54 Stadtkirche Meiningen.
55 The Marktplatz, Meiningen.
56 Another famous visitor to Meiningen - Schiller.