29 December 2017

On the Selketalbahn
DSC0665  99 7240 was our loco for the day. No sign of the hoped for 99 6001. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC0678  99 7240 was off shed early to steam heat the set for the day. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC0682  The front end of 99 7240 at Gernrode station just before dawn. : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC0686  Steam heat on as dawn cracks over Gernrode. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC0688  Outside the depot at Gernrode was the railcar for the day 187 013. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC0716  Different types of illumination around the depot and station at Gernrode depot making for different colours. : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC0725  The business part of HSB 2-10-2t 99 7240. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC0733  Looking towards the east at Gernrode. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC0743  Water column and trees at Gernrode station. : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC0747  99 7240 at the head of the 07:34 to Harzgerode. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC0768  2-10-2t in the station at Gernrode. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC0779  More colours at Gernrode and a planet in the dawn sky. : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC0794  The sky was slowly brightening as departure time got closer for 99 7240 and its short train. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC0807  Not much going on at Gernrode station, it was too early and rather cold! : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC0825  Gernrode (Harz) narrow gauge station building. : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC0830  99 7240's rear end. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC0842  Waiting time. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC0854  99 7240 was blowing steam from a few places making for some interesting results. : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC0859  Nearly daylight and time to head to Harzgerode. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC0870  99 7240's front end with the feedwater pump on the side of the smokebox. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC0886  Green light and more natural light on 99 7240 at Gernrode. : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC0898  The station lights were still on at Alexisbad, first water stop of the day for 99 7240. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC0904  99 7240 takes water at Alexisbad prior to heading up the hill to Harzgerode with the 07:34 from Gernrode. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC0909  And to the end of the line at Harzgerode. : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC0917  It still wasn't full daylight at Harzgerode. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC0920  99 7240 at Harzgerode station prior to running round its train. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC0925  99 7240 runs round at Harzgerode in the early morning light. : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC0934  I first came here in 1996, then again in 1998 but it took until the end of 2017 to make it again. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC0938  Harzgerode station was in good order and had some passengers! : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC0942  Harzgerode station viewed from the rear balcony of the departing train, the 08:45 to Quedlinburg. : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC0943  Sunrise over Harzgerode. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC0944  And back at Gernrode, it was still cold! 99 7240 prepares to head off to Quedlinburg. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC0951  99 7240 approaches a level crossing near Quarmbeck. : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC0970  This section of the Selketalbahn is laid on the trackbed of the former standard gauge line from Quedlinburg to Frose. After the standard gauge close the section from Gernrode was converted to metre gauge. 99 7240 trundles along near Quarmbeck. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC0978  Once this would have been two parallel standard gauge lines, now it is the standard gauge to Thale on the left and the HSB on the right. The HSB's 10:30 to Alexisbad runs parallel to the 09:08 Magdeburg Hbf to Thale HEX railcar. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC0984  Slowly the HEX railcar was out pacing the 2-10-2t as they ran out of Quedlinburg. : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC0992  The Thale bound railcar eventually left the HSB train well behind. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1002  99 7240 at the head of the 10:30 from Quedlinburg to Alexisbad on the outskirts of Quedlinburg in lovely winter morning sun. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1020  Gernrode station and lots of trade for the train to Alexisbad. : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC1023  99 7240 heads out of Gernrode with the 10:30 Quedlinburg to Alexisbad train. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1044  99 7240 finds a patch of sun on the climb out of Gernrode just beyond the station of Sternhaus Haferfeld. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1050  And away up the hill. : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC1063  Trains on the Selke are short and more representative of the system in pre-1989 days. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1068  Lizard on a bridge. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1075  99 7240 leads its train alongside the Selke river a short way out of Alexisbad. : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC1079  Busy at Alexisbad. The 99 tank takes water prior to running round whilst, to the right, is a Harzgerode bound railcar, 187 018, which had started out from Nordhausen at 08:54. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1082  99 7240 runs round at Alexisbad. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1089  99 7240 at Drahtzug with the 11:46 from Alexisbad to Gernrode. : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC1102  A key attraction on the Selketalbahn is the long 1 in 25 climb out of Mägdesprung. 99 7240 charged the bank noisily. The photo wasn't quite what was planned but either a cloud or the exhaust partially obscured the sun denying me the planned backlit glint shot. But, a very pleasing result none the less. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1104  Gernrode's large and impressive standard gauge station building, but no trains serve it anymore. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1105  Gernrode station still has plenty of evidence of its standard gauge past. : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC1106  The former standard gauge station at Gernrode, platforms I well remember using wondering if the scheduled railcar would show up! : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1108  Remains of the signalling at Gernrode. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1110  Counterweight at Gernrode. : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC1111  HSB facilities and the small museum at Gernrode. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1115  Looking west at Gernrode station. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1120  99 7240 rests on shed between turns. : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC1121  99 7240 at Gernrode depot. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1124  99 7240 between turns of duty at Gernrode shed. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1129  The 13:57 from Gernrode to Eisfelder Talmühle heads uphill between Sternhaus Haferfeld and Sternhaus Ramberg. : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC1139  99 7240 with the 13:57 from Gernrode on the climb to Sternhaus Ramberg. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1155  Sadly no parallel departure today. 99 7240 leads its train out of Alexisbad for Hasslefelde and Eisfelder Talmühle. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1164  Balcony veg. : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC1167  Seemingly burning waste tyres, 99 7240 rolls down the sharp gradient in Silberhütte (Anhalt) station. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1173  Brewing up at Silberhütte (Anhalt). : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1181  And more tyres added! : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC1183  The blower might be screwed out hard but still the smoke came. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1188  99 7240 sets off from Silberhütte (Anhalt). : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1192  Strassberg with the moon in the sky. : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC1196  99 7240 leads the 13:57 from Gernrode through Strassberg. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1217  The increasingly tree lined reservoir at Güntersberge still has one gap in the trees big enough for a 2-10-2t to fit into. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1222  99 7240 and train didn't stop at  Friedrichshöhe on this day. : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC1230  Train (just visible) in the high and exposed fields near Stiege. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1231  Looking east near Hasselfelde. : Germany, HSB, Harz DSC1237  No sunset silhouette today. 99 7240 and train roll downgrade towards Hasselfelde. : Germany, HSB, Harz
DSC1253  Heading for Hasselfelde. : Germany, HSB, Harz