The Weisseritztalbahn, Rittergrun museum and the Fichtelbergbahn.
1 First time here since 1998.
2 750mm gauge 2-10-2t 99 1734 waits time at Freital Hainsberg.
3 Despite their fairly modern appearance the VIIK's are surprisingly old machines.
4 99 1734 at Freital Hainsberg waiting time with a train to Dippoldiswalde. When I visited in 1996 & 1998 the line ran through to Kurort Kippsdorf. The whole line was severely damaged by flooding in 2002 and, in 2014, had not been reopened beyond Dippoldiswalde.
5 Freital Hainsberg depot, not hugely different to how I remember it.
6 The VIIKs are "standard locos" (Einheitslok in German) which means they have features also to be found on mainline locos from the era including a feedwater pump and heat exchanger.
7 99 1734 of the Weisseritztalbahn.
8 Out of service VIIK 99 1790 at Freital Hainsberg.
9 The north end of the yard at Freital Hainsberg. In previous times the 750mm continued to Freital Potschappel where the Wilsdruffer Netz system set off out of the suburbs.
10 Freital Hainsberg with the standard gauge line's station on the embankmet to the left.
11 First stop on the line is Freital Cossmansdorf. Here 99 1734 aproaches the station with the 09:42 from Freital Hainsberg.
12 And away into the distance. The road ends just up towards the trees leaving the railway and parallel walking track to enter the Rabeanu Gorge.
13 99 780 stored at Freital Hainsberg depot.
14 99 780 at Freital Hainsberg depot.
15 Don't drink the water.
16 The yard at Oberrittersgrun station museum.
18 The station at Oberrittersgrun, formally terminus of the 750mm gauge line from Grunstadtel.
19 The station houses an interesting museum.
20 The station museum at Oberrittersgrun.
21 Looks fun!
22 Looking north towards Grundstadtel at Oberittersgrun.
23 Oberrittersgrun station.
24 A 4 wheel van restored to post WWII condition.
25 Coaches, wagons and transporter wagons on display at Oberrittersgrun.
26 Transporter wagon bogie etc.
27 Oberrittersgrun's fomer loco depot.
28 Inside the loco depot at Oberrittersgrun are 3 750mm gauge locos.
29 VIIK 99 1759 is in the museum depot at Oberrittersgrun. This type of loco did not run on the route to Grundstadtel but are very typical of locos which ran on the Saxon 750mm routes.
30 Saxon Meyer IVK 99 1579. Most of these IVK 0-4-4-0t locos were substantially rebuilt (completely renewed) in the 1960s but this loco is one which was not so remains in close to original form.
31 Once again, don't drink the water. It appears are if 99 1579 was last overhauled in 1965.
32 An explanation of the Saxon Meyer locos' basic arrangements.
33 Air pump overhauled at RAW Leipzig.
34 Anyone for a bit of side play on the crank pin?
35 A view into the cab of Meyer 99 1579.
36 99 1579, a Saxon IVK 0-4-4-0t, typical of the locos which worked the Grunstadtel to Oberrittergrun line.
37 Guess the destination?
38 Sparten facilities for the passengers.
39 The backhead on VIIK 99 1759.
40 Gauges in the cab of 99 1759.
41 99 1759's vacuum brake controls. Perhaps oddly the VIIK's are air braked locomotives but the train brakes are vacuum. Top centre is the loco's straight/independent air brake control. When running on a train applying the vacuum brake also makes a proportional application of the loco's air brake.
42 Air pump control.
43 The third loco at Oberrittergrun is this O&K 0-4-0WT, works number 1162 of 1903. It was used in industrial service at various locations in Germany.
44 750mm gauge postal coach.
45 750mm gauge snowplough. The "antler" like fixtures are for the Saxon Heberlein braking system which was operated by cables.
46 99 1785 rolls into Hammerunterwiesenthal station with the 13:36 from Kurort Oberwiesenthal.
47 99 1785 side on at Hammerunterwiesenthal as the snow fell.
48 99 1785 sets off from Hammerunterwiesenthal with its train for Cranzahl.
49 99 1772 climbs into Hammerunterwiesenthal with the 13:23 from Cranzahl.
50 Hammerunterwiesenthal and train in the snow. The trees in the background are located in the Czech Republic, the border running very close to the railway.
51 At Cranzahl two VIIKs are stored - these being 99 786 and, behind, 99 794. Both are VIIK Neu, which lack features such as feedwater heating and date from the 1950s.
52 Cranzahl station, junction with the line from Floha (and Chemnitz) and, behind the camera, Barenstein and over the border into the Czech Republic Vejprty.
53 750mm gauge transporter wagon and a standard gaueg wagon on display at Cranzahl.
54 A clear view of how the transporter wagon works.
55 The north end of Cranzahl station which includes a ramp to load 750mm gauge vehicles onto standard gauge vehicles.
56 99 1785 arrives at Cranzahl with the 13:36 from Kurort Oberwiesenthal.
57 99 1785 takes water at Cranzahl.
58 Cranzhal station with the Chemnitz on the right and the Kurort Oberwiesenthal service on the left.
59 Cranzahl station.
60 99 1785 takes water at Kurort Oberwiesenthal depot between duties.
61 99 1785 takes water in wintery conditions. Kurort Oberwiesenthal is at 893m (2930') above sea level.
62 Wintery weather at Kurort Oberwiesenthal, the town is unsurprisingly a popular ski centre.
63 Kurort Oberwiesenthal works.
64 99 1785 at Hammerunterwiesenthal with the last train of the day, the 18:13 from Cranzahl.