18 Febraury 2016

Zittauer Schmalspurbahnen.
DSC7285  A snowy scene in Zittau. : Germany, Zittau DSC7286  At the east end of Zittau station with 750mm and standard gauge lines visible. : Germany, Zittau DSC7290  VIIk Alt 2-10-2t 99 731 heads out of Zittau with the 08:49 to Kurort Jonsdorf, a train which waits at Bertsdorf for the following departure from Zittau to catch it up. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7297  VIIK Neu 2-10-2t 99 787 at Zittau station. : Germany, Zittau DSC7299  Zittau's mainline station with 750mm tracks in the road. : Germany, Zittau DSC7300  Wooden arches like this one at Zittau station are a feature on the line. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7301  Zittau narrow gauge station. : Germany, Zittau DSC7303  99 787 sits at the head of the 09:12 Zittau to Kurort Oybin service. : Germany, Zittau DSC7307  Out of use VIIk Alt 99 1757 is on display alongside the station at Zittau. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7311  99 1757 and its demonstation freight train at Zittau. : Germany, Zittau DSC7312  Cabside detail on 99 787. : Germany, Zittau DSC7315  The line heads out of Zittau around its egde with several stations serving different parts of the town. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7319  Bertsdorf, junction station on the Zittauer Schmalspurbahn. 99 731 waits time with its service to Kurort Jonsdorf. On the right is the service to Kurort Oybin. : Germany, Zittau DSC7323  99 731 head on at Bertsdorf. : Germany, Zittau DSC7334  Two trains at Bertsdorf and plenty of atmosphere. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7336  Remnants of the Heberlein braking system. : Germany, Zittau DSC7339  Climbing on the Jonsdorf branch. : Germany, Zittau DSC7341  99 731 at Kurort Jonsdorf. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7347  Having uncoupled from the train 99 731 starts its run-round at Kurort Jonsdorf. : Germany, Zittau DSC7351  The line goes no further at Jonsdorf. : Germany, Zittau DSC7358  99 731 rolls towards its train at Jonsdorf. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7359  Kurort Jonsdorf station and the lovely set of DR era coaches in use. : Germany, Zittau DSC7378  Bertsdorf with 99 787 at the head of the 10:10 from Oybin to Zittau. : Germany, Zittau DSC7390  99 731 was employed on Bertsdorf - Jonsdorf - Bertsdorf - Oybin - Bertsdorf trains for the day. Here is runs-round at Bertsdorf. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7393  99 731 heads through the wooden arch at Bertsdorf. : Germany, Zittau DSC7400  Bertsdorf signalbox. : Germany, Zittau DSC7407  99 731 on the Oybin line ready to set back into Bertsdorf station. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7423  99 731 and train at a sunny and snowy Bertsdorf. : Germany, Zittau DSC7431  99 731 at Bertsdorf. : Germany, Zittau DSC7435  99 731 head on, again, at Bertsdorf. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7436  99 731 waits to haul the 10:54 Bertsdorf to Oybin train. : Germany, Zittau DSC7446  VIIK Alt front end detail. : Germany, Zittau DSC7448  Cabside detail. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7451  Motion and cylinder. : Germany, Zittau DSC7453  Looking forwards at Bertsdorf. : Germany, Zittau DSC7455  Not a sole in sight at Bertsdorf despite the wonderful conditions. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7461  Kurort Oybin, the line's busier terminus. 99 731 had arrived with the 10:54 from Bertsdorf. : Germany, Zittau DSC7465  99 731 runs-round at Oybin. : Germany, Zittau DSC7468  Running round amongst the hills at Oybin. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7471  Kurort Oybin's lovely station building. : Germany, Zittau DSC7473  Alongside Oybin station is a rock outcrop very characteristic of this area. It is known as the Oybin Mountain. : Germany, Zittau DSC7478  Lamp posts, snow, hills and steam at Kurort Oybin. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7486  99 731 waits to hook on at Oybin. : Germany, Zittau DSC7492  Steam loco and rock at Oybin. : Germany, Zittau DSC7497  99 731 alongside the interesting rock formations at Kurort Oybin. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7511  99 731 heads through the wooden arch at Bertsdorf. : Germany, Zittau DSC7516  Bertsdorf sports a loco shed which is now occupied by a preservation group. : Germany, Zittau DSC7517  Oybin bound trains water at Bertsdorf from this column. 99 731 waits to head the next train up to Jonsdorf. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7527  99 731 sits at Bertsdorf station. : Germany, Zittau DSC7530  A wagon which might be a bit lost but actually points to the fact the Zittau and Mugeln systems are run by the same company. : Germany, Zittau DSC7552  99 787 arrives at Bertsdorf with the 11:12 from Zittau to Oybin, 99 731 will take its train to Jonsdorf at 11:47. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7559  99 787 tops up its tanks at Bertsdorf. : Germany, Zittau DSC7572  Burning tyres at Bertsdorf? : Germany, Zittau DSC7574  Waiting departure time at Bersdorf. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7577  Nearly time to go. : Germany, Zittau DSC7581  99 731 sets off from Bertsdorf under a considerable cloud of smoke. : Germany, Zittau DSC7586  As 99 731 heads towards Jonsdorf 99 787 sets off for Oybin. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7599  Tom and Matt have a coffee at the Bertsdorf station hotel. : Germany, Zittau DSC7600  The station hotel at Bertsdorf has its own railway.... : Germany, Zittau DSC7603  Pre WWII DR markings. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7623  Kurort Oybin. : Germany, Zittau DSC7625  Snowy rocks around Oybin. : Germany, Zittau DSC7627  A stiff climb above Oybin are the remains of a monestery. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7630  Looking down over Oybin. : Germany, Zittau DSC7631  Gatehouse. : Germany, Zittau DSC7633  A second gatehouse on a very steep path. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7634  Looking up at the old monastery. : Germany, Zittau DSC7636  Monastical remains. : Germany, Zittau DSC7637  From the old monastery the views are good! On the right is a hotel, in the distance between the hills is Zittau and the mushroom cloud comes from Turów power station which is just over the border in Poland. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7640  Looking down from the Oybin mountain. : Germany, Zittau DSC7641  Monument to Christian Adolf Pescheck, he was was a German theologian , historian and writer. : Germany, Zittau DSC7642  The view roughly east from the Oybin Mountain. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7643  Parts of the old monastery on Oybin Mountain. : Germany, Zittau DSC7646  Oybin Mountain monastery. : Germany, Zittau DSC7647  The graveyard alongside the monastery. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7649  Someone built this..... : Germany, Zittau DSC7652  The monastery on Oybin Mountain was no small scale affair. : Germany, Zittau DSC7654  On the rockface at the graveyard. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7656  Rocks around Oybin Mountain. : Germany, Zittau DSC7658  Kurort Oybin. : Germany, Zittau DSC7659  Kurort Oybin station from above. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7662  The path around the Oybin Mountain is not very wide at times! : Germany, Zittau DSC7668  99 787 heads the 13:13 Zittau to Oybin service around the corner beyond Teufelsmuhle. : Germany, Zittau DSC7680  On the Oybin Mountain, high above the railway, it is possible to get an excellent view of approaching trains. VIIk neu 2-10-2t 99 787 heads the 5 coach 13:12 from Zittau towards its final destination of Kurort Oybin. Beyond the hills is the town of Zittau. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7683  99 787 on the final approach to Kurort Oybin. : Germany, Zittau DSC7691  99 787 runs round its train at Kurort Oybin. : Germany, Zittau DSC7699  99 787 from high up on the Oybin Mountain. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7702  A hardy tree on Oybin Mountain. : Germany, Zittau DSC7704  Oybin and station from Oybin mountain. : Germany, Zittau DSC7709  Kurort Oybin. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7710  Walking the track around Oybin Mountain. : Germany, Zittau DSC7713  On the Oybin Mountain. : Germany, Zittau DSC7716  Oybin Mountain monastery. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7717  Some of the Oybin Mountain walk is close to the edge! : Germany, Zittau DSC7719  In a deep cut through the mountain. : Germany, Zittau DSC7722  The old monastery. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7723  Back to the graveyard through a rock archway. : Germany, Zittau DSC7727  Rocks and graves. : Germany, Zittau DSC7729  A carved monk at the monastery. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7731  The now roofless monastery. : Germany, Zittau DSC7733  Oybin Mountain. : Germany, Zittau DSC7734  Strong colours on the descent from Oybin Mountain. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7736  In Kurort Oybin. : Germany, Zittau DSC7741  Kurort Oybin station. : Germany, Zittau DSC7742  Oybin Mountain. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7746  Railway telegraph. : Germany, Zittau DSC7760  99 731 heads up the valley towards Kurort Oybin with the 14:54 from Bertsdorf. : Germany, Zittau DSC7771  And away towards Oybin. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7777  At Teufelsmuhle station looking towards Oybin. : Germany, Zittau DSC7789  99 731 runs-round at Bertsdorf. : Germany, Zittau DSC7809  As 99 731 waits time 99 787 rolls into Bertsdorf with the 15:12 from Zittau. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7810  99 787 alongisde the engine shed at Bertsdorf. : Germany, Zittau DSC7826  99 731 heads out of Bertsdorf for Jonsdorf with the 15:47 departure. : Germany, Zittau DSC7837  Back at Zittau. 99 787 runs-round its coaches prior to propelling them out to the carriage shed. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7839  99 787 as the sun sets for the day. : Germany, Zittau DSC7842  Zittau mainline station, border station for trains to Poland and the Czech Republic. : Germany, Zittau DSC7845  Zittau station signalbox. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7850  Railcar on duty at Zittau. : Germany, Zittau DSC7853  Semaphores at Zittau. : Germany, Zittau DSC7861  The Dresden end of Zittau station at sunset. : Germany, Zittau
DSC7869  The previous time I took a train from Zittau to Dresden (in 1996) the train ran to Dresden Neustadt not Hbf and was made up of a diesel hydraulic hauling a short rake of carriages. Progress now dictates a 2 car DMU. : Germany, Zittau