|Pacific's passing on the mainline 1075 passes 202 at Merzig on the Monday of the Damflokspectakle. 30/04/2018|
|My arrival in Trier is greeted with 52 8154. Trier Hbf 29/04|
A bit desperate maybe, but there I was post-after-show-party standing on the platform at East Croydon at shortly after 03:00 ready to board the 03:36 Southern service to London Bridge. It was all starting to go wrong before it had even started with the train marked as 'Delayed' and no sign of the 02:49 either. Thankfully after a bit of confusion a train arrived for London only about 15 minutes late. I had plenty of time to walk to Liverpool Street for the 05:00 rail replacement bus to Stanstead Airport. I'm glad a arrived a little early as there was already quite a queue for the airport rail replacement bus, once on board however I was finally able to get a tiny bit of sleep as we headed up the M11.
|52 1360 passes Ehrang with the 14:14 Trier - Wittich. 29/04/2018|
|78 468 makes a fine sight passing the unloved station at Ehrang working from Gerolstein to Trier - 29/04/2018|
|52 8154 Passes Ehrang on Sunday afternoon bound for Trier.|
Back at Trier I had still not ridden a Dampflok! There were two options to rectify this and we headed to Schweich to pick up 52 8154 for a short run back to Trier (the Luxembourg would be covered on Monday).
It would be fair to say I was pretty exhausted by this point so I was quite happy to just go for a kebab for dinner before leaving the rest of the group and retreating for some much needed sleep!
|V200 033 departs ECS from Trier after arrival form Merzig.|
V200 033 17:55 Merzig - Trier
52 8154 19:49 Schweich - Trier
Monday April 30-
|103 113 crosses the Mosel near Pfalzel with the 08:09 Trier - Brohl conveying passengers for their day out on the|
BrholBahn which would feature haulage from the lines Mallet locomotive. 30/04/2018
|CentralBahn 110 278 is a suprise extra attraction at|
Volklingen with an excursion train. 30/04/2018
It was a shame to leave 202 at Volklingen but there was a nice photo with the backdrop of the steelworks (and a bonus in the appearance of 110 xxx on an excursion). A few minutes later 03 1010 pulled back in and I completed my first 'Pacific for Pacific' move. This loco was taken back to Trier where there was actually time to head into town to get some food before the next steam departure with 01 1075 in the early afternoon. The Dutch loco was once again on the quiet side but through late running did provide a wonderful spectacle of passing 01 202 at Merzig, and also completed my second 'Pacific for Pacific' move!
Back at Trier it was then time to use a local unit to facilitate a lineside shot at the quarry around half way down the line. There were certainly a few photographers gathered here and it shouldn't have been a huge surprise when my friend Jasper from The Netherlands showed up with his group. After the loco shut off and we got a cloudy photo Jasper kindly invited me to join his friends on the chase, achieving one more photo of the loco. Good fun and a good (if brief) catch up.
Back in Trier it was time to think about food and I had another couple of friends to meet tonight from my own model railway society who were also in town for the event and had been up to the Brohlbahn for the day. Unfortunately by this point the heavens had opened and all the restaurants in central Trier were full!!! After a little searching we found one that wasn't full... but also wasn't serving. Finally we ended up in a Chinese and pretty decent it was too. Next across the road to a bar to re-unit with the friends I was actually supposed to be with for a beer or two or three... I think it was two?
|Not the light or smoke effects I was hoping for as 01 1075 rounds the corner |
past the quarry at Taben with the 17:43 Saarbruken - Trier. 30/04/2018.
03 1010 08:50 Trier - Saarbrucken
01 202 11:24 Merzig - Volklingen
03 1010 12:01 Volklingen - Trier
01 1075 14:41 Trier - Merzig
01 202 15:38 Merzig - Trier
Tuesday May 1st-
4-6-4t Tank loco 78 468 makes a great display climbing out of Bitburg on the route to Gerolstein. 30/04/2018
|Parallel departure with 03 1010 and 52 8154|
|03 1010 enjoys a rare patch of sunshine on the morning of|
Tuesday 1 May as it departs Konz for Saarbrucken.
With a public holiday firmly in force steam was back up to full strength on the lines around Trier. I still had a lot of gaps to fill but first there was the spectacle of the early morning parallel departure. This was very well executed and quite a joy to travel on- and the sun came out! Once the two trains had parted ways I made a swift move back to Trier for what was one of my highlights of the event - an uphill run on the lovely line towards Gerolstein behind the equally lovely 78 468 tank, and in the company of my new friends from yesterday. This certainly made a nice sound heading up grade- and also made a nice photo departing from Bitburg. It wasn't long to wait for a Kreigslok 52 8195 back down to Trier. Next time to catch up with our groups favourite- 01 202, and another nice run we had with it as well out via the currently freight only route via Trier West. While we could have continued up to Bitburg again we decided to wait out our return train at Daufenbach where we knew we could get a beer and a bratwurst. Except for a little issue where I ended up with a non-alcoholic Dunkel Beer all was well and the stall seemed well pleased with the business- now if only it was sunny!
|78 468 arrives into Daufenbach with the 12:25 from |
Gerolstein to Trier. 01/05/2018
|CFL 5519 wait for departure with the 18:17 Trier - Luxembourg. 01/05/2018|
|E10 1239 arrives into Schweich with the 17:20 Wittlich - Trier. 01/04/2018|
|01 202 departs from Daufenbach with the 11:18 Trier - Gerolstein. 01/04/2018|
|01 1075 passes a typical vinyard scene along the|
banks of the river Saar. 30/04/2018
|78 468 is passed by Kreigslok 52 8195 at Trier Hbf. 01/05/2018|
Tuesday heritage moves:
03 1010 07:59 Trier - Konz
78 468 08:45 Trier - Bitburg Erdorf
52 8195 10:59 Bitburg Erdorf - Trier
01 202 11:18 Trier - Daufenbach
78 468 13:29 Daufenbach - Trier
52 1360 14:14 Trier - Schweich
52 8154 14:30 Schweich - Nenning
52 8154 16:10 Nenning - Trier
E10 1239 17:47 Schweich - Trier
CFL 5519 18:17 Trier - Luxembourg
|Reflecting on a great couple of days as CFL 5519 steams into Luxembourg.|