Harz Mountains 26-30 January 2017
27 January 2017
Once in a lifetime conditions on the Brocken
The main station at Wernigerode with a clear view to the summit of the Brocken.
The target above Wernigerode, but would the weather hold?
Pete takes a shot.
Climbing in the forest above Stienerne Renne. 99 7239 was hauling the 09:40 from Wernigerode.
Climbing towards Drei Annen Hohne.
There had been much tree clearing since the last trip to enjoy the wonderful HSB.
Where did all the trees go?
99 7239 at Drei Annen Hohne.
99 7239 gets its tanks topped up at Drei Annen.
Yep, decent depth of snow at Drei Annen Hohne.
Dave didn't take long to get on the footplate....
Next Dave got in everyone's way fixing his GoPro to the fireman's side windshield, cue much shouting from photographers!
The fireman looks back from the footplate of 2-10-2t 99 7239.
Roland takes a look!
Another areas of cleared trees, this time at Eckerloch.
Fantastic Harz view from near Goetheweg.
Still clear on the summit.....
Climbing across Goethemor.
Crossing the Ilsenberg trail.
Looking roughly east.
Snow in the trees, sadly most of it had gone....
Looking down from the summit towards Wernigerode and the flat lands around the Harz.
Brocken summit station.
Plenty of people on the mountain today.....
Snow on the Brocken.
No longer are the Russian military the only people allowed to experience the summit of the Brocken.
Memorial to poet Heinrich Heine and, below, is Wernigerode.
Ilsenberg from the Brocken.
Pete setup waiting for a train to appear.
99 7239 crossing the Ilsenberg trail with the 11:36 from Brocken to Wernigerode.
The crossing between the railway and the path to Ilsenberg.
Pete finds the snow a bit deep.
Looking up to the summit.
Not quite enough light at this time of year for a shot here.
More deep snow, this time Dave's turn!
99 7247 rounds the curve beyond the crossing with the Ilsenberg trail with the 10:25 from Wernigerode to Brocken.
And away to towards the summit.
Pete takes a snap alongside Becky and Robson from the Moors.
A plane, a hot air balloon and the Brocken.
Sledging down the hill. Easier than walking up!
Looking up from the circular walking route around the Brocken.
The 12:21 from Brocken to Drei Annen Hohne drops down from the summit behind 99 7247.
The witches altar on the Brocken.
Downhill end of Brocken station.
Buildings on the Brocken.
Plenty of snow for sking.
Looking off the mountain to Wernigerode with the Schloss prominent.
Which way would you like to go?
The circular walking path and the view roughly east.
There's a train coming down there....
99 7235 crosses Goethemor with the 10:24 from Nordhausen to Brocken.
Dave and Pete on the rocks......
Here it comes....
99 7235 rounds a curve on the final part of the climb towards the Brocken.
A little nearer to its destination, 99 7239 leads the 10:24 ex Nordhausen to Brocken.
No mistaking the location.
Roland, Pete and and an interesting move from Dave!
The red light protecting Brocken station.
99 7235 drops off the Brocken with the 13:59 departure.
Working hard across Goethemor, 99 7247 lifts the 13:39 ex Drei Annen Hohne up the mountain.
More photos for Stu and Pete.
Roland practices his flailing but needs to work on the arm angle.
99 7247 climbs around the circuit of the summit the railway makes to gain height.
The 13:39 from Drei Annen Hohne climbing towards Brocken.
The witches altar.
1 in 30 all the way.
Wernigerode from the summit.
99 7247 sits at Brocken waiting departure time with the 14:51 to Nordhausen.
Looking sort of south east from the summit of the Brocken.
This was my fifth trip to the Harz and the first to the actual summit of the Brocken! So, time for that rare thing, a photo of me....
And the team, Stu, Pete, me and Roland taken by our guest for the day Dave. Thanks Mr O.
On the summit of the Brocken in wonderful conditions. The lack of wind was a real bonus.
Interesting clouds above the Brocken.
A glint test with Dave!
Misty in the Harz Mountains and beyond.
Plenty of contrast as the sun starts to drop.
Dave, maybe not so happy to be getting is photo taken!
Glinting off the snow on the Brocken.
The 15:06 from Drei Annen Hohne approaches the top of the Brocken behind 99 7235.
99 7235 runs-round in lovely light at Brocken station.
Last train up the hill of the day, the 14:55 from Wernigerode, heads past the passing siding at Goetheweg behind 99 7239.
Pink steam and trees in the headlight.
99 7235 takes water at Drei Annen Hohne whilst at the head of the 16:22 from Brocken to Wernigerode.
Taking water at Drei Annen.
It's been a tiring day for the youngster.....
Back at Wernigerode at 18:00. 99 7235 waits to shunt its empty stock out. The day had stayed clear allowing the lights on the summit of the Brocken to be seen from the town.
28 January 2017
26 January 2017