1 Wernigerode castle viewed from Westerntor station.
2 Westerntor station.
3 Wernigerode Westerntor station as the day slowly brightened.
4 Spot the train at Brocken station. Somewhere down there is 99 7247.
5 The wind was making it hard to stand up, the flying snow felt more like grit, the icy conditions and the fog all made the decision to ditch the idea of a day of on the mountain taking photos really easy to make!
6 Solitary tall tree at Goetheweg.
7 99 7241 heads up the 1 in 30 past Goetheweg passing siding with the 09:40 from Wernigerode.
8 The New Year's Day Tradszug was in the hands of 0-4-4-0t Mallet 99 5901. The operation at Shierke is a little complicated. Having arrived 99 5901 and train backed out of the station following the arrival of the 10:25 from Wernigerode to allow the 10:51 Brocken to Drei Annen Hohne train to access the station. The next move was the 10:25 from Wernigerode set off for the summit, vacating the uphill platform. 99 5901 then hauled the Tradzug into the station allowing the downhill train to contiune. It is that final move which is shown here.
9 99 5901 gets some attention at Shierke.
10 99 5901 waits time at Shierke with the 10:15 Wernigerode to Brocken Tradszug.
11 The weather at Shierke was extremely variable! 99 5901 sets off for the Brocken in falling snow and no sun.
12 A few moments after the last photo the snow had eased and the sun at come out! On the right John Gough gets his own view of the scene.
13 99 5901 and Tradszug head away up the climb out of Shierke. The line in the foreground is level.
14 99 7232 sets off from Drei Annen Hohne with the 12:40 to Eisfelder Talmühle.
15 99 7237 was the next one up the hill towards the Brocken, this being the 11:55 from Wernigerode.
16 99 7237 side on.
17 Looking south at Drei Annen after the trains had all left.
18 Drei Annen Hohne station building.
19 99 7234 takes water at Drei Annen.
20 99 7234 sets off from Drei Annen Hohne for Brocken with the 13:39 train.
21 The 13:39 Drei Annen Hohne to Brocken head on leaving Drei Annen.
22 Drei Annen Hohne station.
23 The long disused Rübelandbahn standard gauge station at Drei Annen Hohne.
24 Drei Annen's long out of use standard gauge station.
25 Presumably at some point this lovely old station building will collapse.
26 99 7237 heads away from Drei Annen Hohne for Brocken with the 15:06 train.
27 Having returned from Eisfelder Talmühle 99 7232 stands at Drei Annen Hohne statiion. The loco crew are taking the opportunity to give the loco a wipe over.
28 The 17:02 Eisfelder Talmühle to Quedlinburg stands at Stiege behind 99 7243. Here the loco cuts off and runs round.
29 99 7243 at Stiege.
30 Stiege station with railcar 187 018 waiting to form the 17:34 to Hasselfelde.
31 99 7243 runs round its train at Steige. A photo which would have been impossible to take in the days of film cameras.
32 A new moon at Stiege.
34 At Alexisbad the train sets back once any passengers have got off or on. This is to allow the locomotive to take water, there being no columns at the Gernrode end of the station. Alexisbad always makes for interesting colours at night.
35 99 7234 takes water at Alexisbad.
36 99 7234's rear end.
37 Watching the water go in.
38 Railcar 187 016 stands ready to head up the hill the to Harzgerode whilst the 99 takes water.
39 At Quedlinburg a Thale bound unit waits to head off.
40 The Halberstadt bound unit arrives at Quedlinburg from Thale.
41 A damp Wernigerode by night.
42 Wernigerode and its Christmas lights.
43 Wernigerode's main square with the Christmas Market shut for the night.