02 January 2018

Brocken bound trains
DSC1844  Coincident clearings in the trees north of Drei Annen Hohne looked like provding opportunities for across the valley shots, and so it proved. In the worst conditions for the whole time I waited for the train the 08:55 from Wernigerode to Brocken heads up the gradient. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1860  I climbed higher up the hillside and found a better clearing offering a much better view across the valley. It took me a while to top the trees down.... : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1865  Fresh snow in the trees. : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC1874  Then the sun came out. It almost felt like an early X Files episode. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1877  And the great view bathed in sunlight. Would it last.... time for much gnashing of teeth! : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1886  As suggested by another, it must be time for a Kate Bush song.... : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC1904  99 7240 heads the 09:40 from Wernigerode to Brocken out into the clearing in the commercial forestry. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1908  99 7240 and train on the climb towards Drei Annen Hohne. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1914  A wider view of 99 7240 and the 09:40 from Wernigerode. : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC1920  So many options for fantastic shots. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1921  Or one with fewer trees near the loco... : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1928  And even a bit of a glint. : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC1932  And more of a glint for the close up. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1940-2  Harz forest view : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1940  Or if you prefer, in colour. On balance I would go with the black and white but opinions sought vary! : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC1949  A shot that nearly did for me.... From the previous across the valley location it was a dash back to the hire car, a quick drive down the valley, park up and climb the 300 odd feet up to the railway in a rush. Of course I went the wrong way too!! Despite the sun playing games it was all worth it in the end and there was even a hint of a rainbow. 99 7247 leads the 10:25 Wernigerode to Brocken up the hill just beyond Thumkuhlenkopf tunnel. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1954  The westerntor in Wernigerode. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1959  Such a feature of German towns over the Christmas period. : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC1965  Wernigerode's main square. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1966  The main square and small Christmas Market in Wernigerode. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1970  In the beautiful town of Wernigerode. : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC1971  A lovely wooden carving near Westerntor. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1978  99 7241 darkens the sky at Westerntor with the 11:55 from Wernigerode to Eisfelder Talmühle. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1983  The famous crossing in Wernigerode and, yet again, the sun didn't come out! 99 7241 heads away towards the hills. : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC1986  A rather austere brick built church near Westerntor. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1988  Guess there is no German for "Jack Russell Terrier"! : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1990  The station frontage at Bad Harzburg. : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC1992  Bad Harzburg station has a pair of lovely stained glass windows. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1993  The main hall at Bad Harzburg station. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1994  Where? : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC1995  Access to the platforms. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1997  Units at Bad Harzburg station. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1999  Unxpectedly the station is home to a set of driving wheels from a DB 01.10 4-6-2. : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC2002  The arrangement on an 01.10 is interesting with the big end and eccentric on different axles despite being a 3 and not a 4 cylinder loco. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC2003  Outside big end and rods with roller bearings. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC2005  Bad Harzburg station. : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC2007  This impressive array of semaphores and accompanying signalbox stand at Bad Harzburg station throat. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC2010  Units ready for work at Bad Harzburg. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC2012  A Braunschweig bound unit stands in the platform with other units in the yard. : Germany, HSB, Harz