• Oberwiesenthal This scenic 750 millimetre gauge railway branch runs for 17 kilometres from Cranzahl, at 654 metres above sea level, to Oberwiesenthal, on the Czech border, at 892 metres – so it’s a hard pull with plenty of superb Winter action.
• Freital Running from Freital Hainsberg, on the outskirts of Dresden, the 750mm gauge branch to Kurort Kipsdorf first parallels the Dresden-Chemnitz main line before heading up the beautiful Rabenau valley.
• Gorlitz A brief visit is made to the loco works at Gorlitz, the most easterly town in Germany right on the Polish border, where steam locos are still serviced.
• Harz This is probably the best known German narrow gauge system situated a couple of hours south east of Hanover – just inside the old East German border. It’s an impressive line, and the biggest narrow gauge system in Germany with up to seven engines in steam daily. Many scenic sections of this lengthy railway – it’s nearly 90 kilometres from end to end, are featured including spectacular Winter snow scenes.
• Zittau Just a couple of hours east of Dresden in the south eastern corner of Germany is yet another 750mm gauge steam worked branch. The line divides at Bertsdorf, where on weekdays there are no fewer than 18 departures for either Oybin or Jonsdorf, including some spectacular simultaneous departures!
• Radebeul Just north west of Dresden – it actually starts in the city’s suburbs – is the 750mm gauge 16.5 km line from Radebeul Ost to Radeburg. The busy city of Radebeul, with its attractive trams, has a large workforce many of whom are still lucky enough to commute by steam.
• Bad Doberan In the far north of Germany, on the coast near Rostock, we visit the famous Bad Doberan-Kühlungsborn line – the renowned ‘Mollie’, which runs literally right along the high street of Bad Doberan. Operated by a fleet of 2-8-2Ts, the line is built to the unusual gauge of 900mm – unique today on the DB system.
• Gohren Also in the far North of Germany is the steam branch, from Gohren to Putbus featuring the more common 750mm gauge. There’s plenty of steam action along the route from, Germany’s second oldest seaside resort, on the island of Rugen.
• Wolsztyn The last regular standard gauge steam running in Europe is featured in Poland. There’s a visit to the now famous round house, as well as spectacular main line steam passenger and freight action on the line to Poznan – as well as visit to the narrow gauge line at Sroda.