Category Archives: Railways

Into the Eifel, aboard the Vulkan-Express

Steaming through the Eifel on a Sunday afternoon. What more could I want? The Eifel, one of my favorite regions. Steam trains, a reminder of my childhood. A lovely journey on a narrow-gauge railway, starting near the River Rhine, continuing along the Brohltal, deep into the Eifel. Continue reading


The Molli

Don’t you think that’s a really sweet name for a railway? Its full name is Mecklenburgische Bäderbahn Molli, which is a little more tricky for those of us who are not native German speakers. This charming little railway runs along a small section of the Baltic coast in northern Germany, between the towns of Bad Doberan, Heiligendamm and Kühlungsborn.
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Snow Train to Brocken

I last visited the Harzer Schmalspurbahnen (HSB) in the summer of 2014. It’s interesting to compare the photos I took back then with the ones in this post. In places like this, the landscape can change dramatically between the seasons and, as beautiful as it was in the summer, I always thought it would be magical at this time of year.
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German Engineering

Whilst out with friends on Friday, I found myself talking about BBC Radio 4 shipping forecasts and trade deficit figures, and even though we managed to have a laugh about this, we all agreed that I needed to get out more! Now I’m not sure a weekend visiting German railways was quite what everyone had in mind, but that’s exactly what I decided to do.  Continue reading

Grandad, Dad, Trains and Me – from where did my interest in railways originate?

We always got a big hug from Nan as she greeted us at the doorstep in Barrows Road. She had five children, fifteen grandchildren and ample love for us all.

After the warm greeting, we climbed the concrete step that led directly from the roadside pavement into her house, a house which could have told me everything I ever wanted to know about my family history. If only I’d been old enough to listen and understand, to ask questions and take notes, to realise that time spent with your family is so precious…

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