Visits to the Eisenbahn Museum Schwarzenberg, Museumsbahn Schönheide and the Fichtelbergbahn. I also ran into two mainline steam trips I wasn't expecting.
1 Kretscham-Rothensehma station on a particularly grey morning.
2 A helpful board at Kretscham-Rothensehma.
3 The line is visible from the car park at the Diska supermarket in Neudorf. This is the 08:35 from Kurort Oberwiesenthal behind 99 1772.
4 The standard gauge station at Schwarzenberg.
5 Schwarzenberg had a small depot which has now been turned into a nice museum.
6 A sectioned boiler from a 750mm gauge VIK.
7 U foundation ring on the IVK boiler.
8 To my surprise I found 50 3616 being prepared for a pair of Christmas trains.
9 DR Class 50.35-37 50 3616 and train at the Eisenbahnmuseum Schwarzenberg.
10 At the rear of the train was 112 565. Plenty of leaks from the steam heat too....
11 Railcar 772 367 is part of the collection at the Eisenbahnmuseum Schwarzenberg.
12 Inside the shed are locos and a number of other items. In this view the locos are 52 8183, 58 3039 and 94 2105.
13 Steam, diesel and something which looks like a car on rails.
14 94 2105, a 0-10-0t built for freight work in the Erzgebirger mountains. It is a DR loco based on the Saxon class XI HT.
15 2-8-2t 86 1049 and 0-10-0t 94 2105.
16 A sectioned injector.
17 94 2105 at the Eisenbahnmuseum Schwarzenberg.
18 Inside the shed at Schwarzenberg. 86 1049 is on the left and 58 3049 on the right.
19 58 3049 on the left and 52 8183 on the right.
20 52 8183, 58 3040 & 94 2105.
21 DR Diesel Hydraulic 118 776.
22 50 3616 waiting time at Schwarzenberg.
23 Eisenbahnmuseum Schwarzenberg has a decent collection of stock and other items.
24 Meyer IVK 0-4-4-0t 99 582 runs round its train at Schönheide.
25 99 582 alongside the shed at Schönheide.
26 99 582.
27 The original station site at Schönheide (Mitte) was up by the red brick building (the old station building). Museumbahn Schönheide can't access it due to the industrial units built on the trackbed necessitating a new station further back down the line.
28 99 582 beside Schönheide depot.
29 99 582 between duties at Schönheide.
30 The station and yard at Schönheide.
31 Inside Schönheide were 2 more Meyers, 99 516 on the right is a runner but on the left 99 585 isn't.
32 99 516, just the sort of loco which would have been shedded here in DR days.
33 Inside Schönheide shed.
34 Like many preserved lines there is equipment piled up waiting to be used again.
35 Spares and so on at Schönheide.
36 Details inside the nicely presented carriages.
37 Neuheide station has a ground wagon body as a station building. At one time this was named Schönheide Nord.
38 Ready to leave Neuheide.
39 At Stützengrün the loco has to run round. From here it propels its train to the line's terminus.
40 Stützengrün station, formally Halte[unkt Stützengrün which served the factory which still surrounds the station.
41 99 582 ready to propel its train from Stützengrün.
42 At the terminus of the line, this is Stützengrün-Neulehn a new station built in preserved days. The line is served beyond here, primarily due to the absence of a lengthy viaduct.
43 Back at Schönheide 99 582 runs round its train.
44 99 582, with some significant steam leaks, climbs towards Stützengrün with the 14:05 from Schönheide.
45 The 14:05 from Schönheide climbs towards Stützengrün. Behind 99 582 is a good indication of the terrain this line, which once ran from Wilkau-Hasslau to Carlsfeld, had to cross.
46 Stützengrün-Neulehn station.
47 99 582 heads away from Stützengrün-Neulehn with the 14:30 to Schönheide.
48 Down the hill from Schönheide is Schönheide Ost. This no closed station was on the line from Aue which was severed by a reservoir in the 1970s. It is now the intended destination of a tourist operation.
49 No more trains in the direction of Aue, Schönheide Ost.
50 Having driven back to Schwarzenberg I had hoped to find 50 3616. When I saw steam I smelt success, but instead I found another mainline operation instead!
51 52 8154 runs round at Schwarzenberg. It had brought a tour in from Leipzig. I was to catch up with 50 3616 later in the day.
52 Back at Neudorf on the Fichtelbergbahn 99 1772 was caught on the the 16:37 from Cranzahl.
53 The 16:37 from Cranzahl, hauled by 99 1772, stands at Kretscham-Rothensehma.
54 And 99 1772 at Hammerunterwiesenthal with the 16:37 from Cranzahl to Kurort Oberwiesenthal.
55 Hammerunterwiesenthal church.
56 Through the power of the internet I discovered 50 3616 was running between Schwarzenberg and Schlettau. I arrived just as the 50 was running round.
57 50 3616 at Schlettau. The passengers where entertained here.
58 50 3616 at Schlettau. Being Germany there was no problem going anywhere to photograph the loco.
59 50 3616 at Schlettau.
60 Waiting departure time at Schlettau.
61 50 3616 and signals at Schlettau.
62 With the road pulled off 50 3616 gets ready to depart for Schwarzenberg.