2 At the east end of Zittau station with 750mm and standard gauge lines visible.
3 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.
4 VIIK Neu 2-10-2t 99 787 at Zittau station.
5 Zittau's mainline station with 750mm tracks in the road.
6 Wooden arches like this one at Zittau station are a feature on the line.
7 Zittau narrow gauge station.
8 99 787 sits at the head of the 09:12 Zittau to Kurort Oybin service.
9 Out of use VIIk Alt 99 1757 is on display alongside the station at Zittau.
10 99 1757 and its demonstation freight train at Zittau.
11 Cabside detail on 99 787.
12 The line heads out of Zittau around its egde with several stations serving different parts of the town.
13 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.
14 99 731 head on at Bertsdorf.
15 Two trains at Bertsdorf and plenty of atmosphere.
16 Remnants of the Heberlein braking system.
17 Climbing on the Jonsdorf branch.
18 99 731 at Kurort Jonsdorf.
19 Having uncoupled from the train 99 731 starts its run-round at Kurort Jonsdorf.
20 The line goes no further at Jonsdorf.
21 99 731 rolls towards its train at Jonsdorf.
22 Kurort Jonsdorf station and the lovely set of DR era coaches in use.
23 Bertsdorf with 99 787 at the head of the 10:10 from Oybin to Zittau.
24 99 731 was employed on Bertsdorf - Jonsdorf - Bertsdorf - Oybin - Bertsdorf trains for the day. Here is runs-round at Bertsdorf.
25 99 731 heads through the wooden arch at Bertsdorf.
26 Bertsdorf signalbox.
27 99 731 on the Oybin line ready to set back into Bertsdorf station.
28 99 731 and train at a sunny and snowy Bertsdorf.
29 99 731 at Bertsdorf.
30 99 731 head on, again, at Bertsdorf.
31 99 731 waits to haul the 10:54 Bertsdorf to Oybin train.
32 VIIK Alt front end detail.
33 Cabside detail.
34 Motion and cylinder.
35 Looking forwards at Bertsdorf.
36 Not a sole in sight at Bertsdorf despite the wonderful conditions.
37 Kurort Oybin, the line's busier terminus. 99 731 had arrived with the 10:54 from Bertsdorf.
38 99 731 runs-round at Oybin.
39 Running round amongst the hills at Oybin.
40 Kurort Oybin's lovely station building.
41 Alongside Oybin station is a rock outcrop very characteristic of this area. It is known as the Oybin Mountain.
42 Lamp posts, snow, hills and steam at Kurort Oybin.
43 99 731 waits to hook on at Oybin.
44 Steam loco and rock at Oybin.
45 99 731 alongside the interesting rock formations at Kurort Oybin.
46 99 731 heads through the wooden arch at Bertsdorf.
47 Bertsdorf sports a loco shed which is now occupied by a preservation group.
48 Oybin bound trains water at Bertsdorf from this column. 99 731 waits to head the next train up to Jonsdorf.
49 99 731 sits at Bertsdorf station.
50 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.
51 99 787 arrives at Bertsdorf with the 11:12 from Zittau to Oybin, 99 731 will take its train to Jonsdorf at 11:47.
52 99 787 tops up its tanks at Bertsdorf.
53 Burning tyres at Bertsdorf?
54 Waiting departure time at Bersdorf.
55 Nearly time to go.
56 99 731 sets off from Bertsdorf under a considerable cloud of smoke.
57 As 99 731 heads towards Jonsdorf 99 787 sets off for Oybin.
58 Tom and Matt have a coffee at the Bertsdorf station hotel.
59 The station hotel at Bertsdorf has its own railway....
60 Pre WWII DR markings.
61 Kurort Oybin.
62 Snowy rocks around Oybin.
63 A stiff climb above Oybin are the remains of a monestery.
64 Looking down over Oybin.
66 A second gatehouse on a very steep path.
67 Looking up at the old monastery.
68 Monastical remains.
69 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.
70 Looking down from the Oybin mountain.
71 Monument to Christian Adolf Pescheck, he was was a German theologian , historian and writer.
72 The view roughly east from the Oybin Mountain.
73 Parts of the old monastery on Oybin Mountain.
74 Oybin Mountain monastery.
75 The graveyard alongside the monastery.
76 Someone built this.....
77 The monastery on Oybin Mountain was no small scale affair.
78 On the rockface at the graveyard.
79 Rocks around Oybin Mountain.
80 Kurort Oybin.
81 Kurort Oybin station from above.
82 The path around the Oybin Mountain is not very wide at times!
83 99 787 heads the 13:13 Zittau to Oybin service around the corner beyond Teufelsmuhle.
84 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.
85 99 787 on the final approach to Kurort Oybin.
86 99 787 runs round its train at Kurort Oybin.
87 99 787 from high up on the Oybin Mountain.
88 A hardy tree on Oybin Mountain.
89 Oybin and station from Oybin mountain.
90 Kurort Oybin.
91 Walking the track around Oybin Mountain.
92 On the Oybin Mountain.
93 Oybin Mountain monastery.
94 Some of the Oybin Mountain walk is close to the edge!
95 In a deep cut through the mountain.
96 The old monastery.
97 Back to the graveyard through a rock archway.
98 Rocks and graves.
99 A carved monk at the monastery.
100 The now roofless monastery.
101 Oybin Mountain.
102 Strong colours on the descent from Oybin Mountain.
103 In Kurort Oybin.
104 Kurort Oybin station.
105 Oybin Mountain.
106 Railway telegraph.
107 99 731 heads up the valley towards Kurort Oybin with the 14:54 from Bertsdorf.
108 And away towards Oybin.
109 At Teufelsmuhle station looking towards Oybin.
110 99 731 runs-round at Bertsdorf.
111 As 99 731 waits time 99 787 rolls into Bertsdorf with the 15:12 from Zittau.
112 99 787 alongisde the engine shed at Bertsdorf.
113 99 731 heads out of Bertsdorf for Jonsdorf with the 15:47 departure.
114 Back at Zittau. 99 787 runs-round its coaches prior to propelling them out to the carriage shed.
115 99 787 as the sun sets for the day.
116 Zittau mainline station, border station for trains to Poland and the Czech Republic.
117 Zittau station signalbox.
118 Railcar on duty at Zittau.
119 Semaphores at Zittau.
120 The Dresden end of Zittau station at sunset.
121 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.