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Harry Heydenbluth with 03 1010 in Berlin
The Spirit of Plandampf:
Harry Hydenbluth and 03 1010 on D358, the night express from Berlin to Basel on 24/9/94, passing Alexanderplatz. 3 hours later the Berlin Stadtbahn closed for nearly 4 years for modernisation. Photo and details with grateful thanks to Robin Garn.

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DateEventPhotographer(s)
Feb 2006 Plandampf  Thuringia   LATEST UPDATEHelmut Boekhoff & Udo Tribess
Oct 2005 Plandampf   Rheinland Pfalz    Ian Bowskill, Thomas Boldt, Mick Alderman, Helmut Boekhoff, Thomas and Georg Lochner, Dick van Beek & M Geldermans
May 2005 Plandampf   Crailsheim area   Danny Teuchert
Oct 2004 Plandampf   Siegen area Mick Alderman & Danny Teuchert
16 - 18/4/04 Photo Goods   Meiningen, Straßfurt - Magdeburg - Oebisfeld Helmut Dahlhaus & Danny Teuchert
13 - 15/2/04 Plandampf   Eisenach - Meiningen - Arnstadt Mick Alderman, Helmut Boekhoff, Andreas Leipoldt and Rainer Schnell
25-26/10/03 Photo Goods   Straßfurt - Magdeburg - Oebisfelde Helmut Dalhaus
3-5/10/03 Plandampf   Saalfeld to Gera 2003 Mick Alderman, Helmut Boekhoff, Robin Garn and Rainer Schnell
13/9/03 Sonderzug   Leipzig to Berlin Robin Garn
22-24/02/02 Plandampf   Saalfeld to Gera 2002
24-25/02/01 Halle  to Zehla Mehlis weekend
16-18/02/01 Plandampf  Goldener Aue III
Various Link   to Björn Detlefsen's Photos Björn Deltefsen
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February 2006: Thuringia Plandampf
Wernshausen February 4th and 5th 2006 saw the Thuringia Plandampf proceed as planned. For Udo Tribess the two 41 class 2-8-2 locos, (along with a 65 class), brought back memories of Saalfeld in the 1980s. Maybe also for these other Plandampfers watching 41 1150 leave Wernshausen on Febraury 5th. Photo Udo Tribess.
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February 2006: Thuringia Plandampf
Oberhof In lovely winter weather 41 1144 roars along near to Oberhof on February 5th. Photo from Udo Tribess.
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February 2006: Thuringia Plandampf continued
65 1049 near Zella-Mehlis 65 1049 operated some normal local trains on one of the days, seen here between Zella-Mehlis West and Zella-Mehlis Hbf. 012 100-4 now sadly out of use until it's future can be resolved was not forgotten! A number of the REF front coachers met on the evening of February 4th to celebrate Klaus Wilmsmeyer's birthday: and much bier was drunk! News and photo from Helmut Boekhoff.
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February 2006: Thuringia Plandampf continued
65 1049 leaving Zella-Mehlis Helmut Boekhoff was nicely in position to take this great photo of 65-1049 leaving Zella-Mehlis on a cold an wintery February day.
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October 2005: Rheinland Pfalz Plandampf
012 100-4 and 01 519 Three of the four pacifics at the event put in sparkling performances every time they ran on the main line. Here two of them, 012 100-4 and 01 519, wait at Neustadt (Weinstrasse), on Friday 30th September, the evening before the event started. 03 1010 was also on shed that evening, and was the third of the pacifics that ran so well throughout the event.
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October 2005: Rheinland Pfalz Plandampf continued
01 519 and 23 042 One of the highlights were the several times a day parallel departures from Winden. Here 01 519 and 23 042 roar out of that contry station in weather that was sadly typical of that for most of the four days. Photo by Ian Bowskill.
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01 519 01 519 storms away from Germesheim. Photo by Ian Bowskill.
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012 100-4 012 100-4 roaring away from Edenkoben. Photo by Ian Bowskill.
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October 2005: Rheinland Pfalz Plandampf continued
012 100-4 and 50 2740 012 100-4 and 50 2740 take their turn at the Winden parallel departure. Photo by Ian Bowskill.
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On Board behind 012 100-4 Bodo Gifhorn
012 100-4 lok personnel012 100-4 lok personnel
Top: webmaster timing 012 100-4, right: Bodo Gifhorn on 012 100-4. Both photos Thomas Bold. Lower: 012 100-4 lok personnel.
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October 2005: Rheinland Pfalz Plandampf continued: A black and white selection from Mick Alderman.
012 100-4 near to Landau 012 100-4 near to Landau  50 2740 near Altenbamberg Top: 012 100-4 coasts near Landau on 3rd Oct, and on the 2nd leaves Kandel. 50 2740 near Altenbamberg on 4th October.
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October 2005: Rheinland Pfalz Plandampf continued.
012 100-4 012 100-4
Very predictably my main interest during the event was 012 100-4, just back from Meiningen with new boiler fitted. Shots here at Neustadt (Weinstrasse) Loco shed on the evening of Friday September 30th.
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October 2005: Rheinland Pfalz Plandampf continued.
03 1010
03 1010 also ran well during the event, seen here at Neustadt (Weinstrasse), on the evening of 30th September.
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October 2005: Rheinland Pfalz Plandampf continued.
012 100-4, 41 360 and 042 018
Three of these four locos, 012 100-4, 042 360 and 042 018 together brought back great memories to those of us who went to the Rheine-Emden line in the 1970s. They were all based at Rheine shed in the last few years until May 1975. Great and amazing in fact to see them all together again more than 30 years later.
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October 2005: Rheinland Pfalz Plandampf continued.
50 2740 plus 23 042 23 042 plus 50 2740banker leave Neustadt Weinstrasse
Two days running I managed to get very atmospheric shots in poor weather of the 07.41 departure from Neustadt (Weinstrasse). 50 2740 and 23 042 were the two locos on the train.
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October 2005: Rheinland Pfalz Plandampf continued.
012 100-4
Thomas Lochner reports.For the last run of 012 100-4 on this Plandampf, we waited on the line between Speyer Hbf and Germersheim. My brother (Georg Lochner) has taken this photo of the 012 storming through Heiligenstein( near Speyer) while filming his video. The sound was incredible! You could hear the 012 several minutes before and afterwards. Very very great. But this was not the only scene were this great lok was roaring through vinyards and the countryside. Here is a movie link.
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October 2005: Rheinland Pfalz Plandampf continued.
042 360
042 360 made very good sound during the whole Plandampf. The picture sees her making a very noisy exit from Neustadt/Weinstraßen to Wissembourg. Thomas Locker
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October 2005: Rheinland Pfalz Plandampf continued.
03 1010
03 1010 near to Rohrbach on 3nd October. Photo from Dick van Beek
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October 2005: Rheinland Pfalz Plandampf continued.
012 100-4 01 519
03 1010
M Geldermans sent these photos of the three "top performing" pacifics, all near to Winden.
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October 2005: Rheinland Pfalz Plandampf continued.
23 042
Helmut Boekhoff was one of many people who stayed on the for the "pay for" Plandampf day on 4th October. That saw 23 042 on a couple of Kaiserslautern to Bingen return passenger trains: seen here at Bad Münster am Stein.
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October 2005: Rheinland Pfalz Plandampf continued.
50 2740
The 4th October "pay for" Plandampf day also saw 50 2740 haul a goods train out from Kaiserslautern and back. Seen here leaving Bad Münster am Stein from part way up the Rotenfels/Nahe rocks.
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May 2005: Crailsheim area Plandampf
23 042 at Lauda From all reports received it seems the Crailsheim area Plandampf held at the end of May was a great success. Danny Teuchert took this photo of 23 042 at Lauda during that event.
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May 2005: Crailsheim area Plandampf continued
75 1118 close to Schrozberg 23 058 leaving  Niederstetten
Two more Crailsheim Plandampf photos from Danny Teuchert. Left is 23 058 leaving Niederstetten and right is 75 1118 near to Schrozberg.
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October 2004 Siegen area Plandampf
064 419 about to leave Daaden Siegen Area Plandampf. Above: 064 419 about to leave Daaden with the 10.02 to Betzdorf on 30th Oct. Top right: P8 2455 leaving Altenhundem, on 31 Oct. Lower: 50 3610 on a special freight to Kreuztal near Siegen-Weidenau. Photos from Mick Alderman. P8 2455
50 3610
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October 2004 Siegen area Plandampf continued
064 419 above Betzdorf 64 419 amongst the lovely Autumn colours near Betzdorf. Photo from Danny Teuchert.
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October 2004 Siegen area Plandampf continued
064 419 Alsdorf 52 8095at Solingen Mersheid
064 419 above Betzdorf
Left: 64 419 leaving Alsdorf, Top: 52 8095 near Solingen Mersheid, Lower: 064 419 near Daaden. Photos from Danny Teuchert.
April 16 - 18







Photo Goods Trains April 16th to 18th 2004
41 1144 leaving Bad Salzungen April 16th to 18th saw another successful Lo/Rie team event, running goods train with two 41 class 2-8-2s. The Friday saw a train in the Meiningen area with 41 1144, seen here leaving Bad Salzungen. Photo & notes from Helmut Dahlhaus.
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Photo Goods Trains April 16th to 18th 2004 continued
41 1231 on the Mittellandkanal bridge 41 1231 on the Mittellandkanal bridge west of Haldensleben with a freight to Oebisfelde (the second track is for the line to Weferlingen). 17th April 2004. Photo and notes from Helmut Dahlhaus.
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41 1231 at Förderstedt 41 1231 departing from Förderstedt on 17th April 2004. Photo by Danny Teuchert.

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41 1231 at Haldensleben 41 1231 leaving Haldensleben on 17th April 2004. Photo by Danny Teuchert.
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Photo Goods Trains April 16th to 18th 2004 continued
41 1231 at Bülstringen 41 1231 at former Kreuzungsbahnhof Buelstringen (in reality it's a block post nowadays) west of Haldensleben with a freight for Magdeburg and Staßfurt. 18th April 2004. Photo and notes from Helmut Dahlhaus.
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Thüringen Plandampf, 13th to 15th February 2004
41 1144 at Oberhof Friday February 13th. 41 1144 at a dull and snowy Oberhof soon after arrival on the 08.05 RE from Erfurt The weather was set right from the start! Dull, cold and overcast with some drizzle, and deep snow at Oberhof. In such weather 41 1144 started off the passenger side of the event with a noisy climb from Arnstadt to Oberhof on an RE from Erfurt.
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Thüringen Plandampf, 13th to 15th February 2004 continued
The four locos for the event were 41 classs 2-8-2s 41 1231 and 41 1144, three cylinder 2-10-0 44 1486 and 65 class tank 65 1049. The two 41's were scheduled to work pasenger trains, (Saturday and Sunday on the Eisenach - Arnstadt "Rodelblitz" for 41 1231), the 44 was booked to haul goods trains, and just for the Saturday and Sunday the 65 was due to work a shuttle passenger service between Schmalkalden and Zella Mehlis. On the Saturday 2 cylinder pacifics 01 509 and 01 519 were scheduled to pass over part of the Plandampf route with a Stuttgart to Arnstadt Sonderzug. The routes being used were primarily Eisenach - Arnstadt - Meiningen, as well as Eisenach - Schmalkalden - Zella Mehlis, and Eisenach - Bad Salzungen - Meiningen. These included the steep climb from Gräfenroda to Oberhof, and the climb up to Oberhof from Suhl.

The good news was that all the booked steam turns worked, with the only significant delays being to some of the 44 hauled goods trains, and to the doubleheaded 01.5 Sonderzug. 41 1144 worked on RE zugs, all extra trains which would have been booked to run with diesels if the Plandampf had not taken place because of the World Biathlon at Oberhof. That 41 ran well, making noisy climbs of the hills, apart from the 08.05 from Erfurt on the Sunday morning when it primed leaving Gräfenroda. The bad news about the event was that although it started with deep snow on the ground around Oberhof, the sun never appeared as the ruling weather was dull, cold and overcast with light rain or drizzle at times. Not what all of the many lineside photographers had hoped for. But the weather is outside of the control of the organisers, and everything that was within their control worked well, for which they are to be congratulated.
Young Steam Enthusiast Helmut Boekhoff took this photo of a young steam enthusiast with the nick name "Harry Potter", who spent his Plandampf helping to keep the loco fires in good shape overnight at Eisenach. One of many people working hard so we could enjoy our Plandampf.
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Thüringen Plandampf, 13th to 15th February 2004 continued
Photo of 41 1231 February 13th and 41 1231-4 on goods train DNG100 is climbing near Dietzhausen. Photo with thanks to Rainer Schnell
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Thüringen Plandampf, 13th to 15th February 2004 continued
Photo of 65 1049 65 1049 near Altersbach on Feb 15th with train STB 82459 of the Süd-Thüringen-Bahn. Photo with thanks to Andreas Leipoldt
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Thüringen Plandampf, 13th to 15th February 2004 continued
65 1049 at Viernau 65 1049 leaves Viernau on Feb 15th with train STB 82444 of the Süd-Thüringen-Bahn. Photo with thanks to Rainer Schnell
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Thüringen Plandampf, 13th to 15th February 2004 continued
Photo of 44 1486 leaving Wernshausen 44 1486-8 on goods train DNG200 leaves Wernshausen on February 14th. Photo with thanks to Reiner Schnell
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Thüringen Plandampf, 13th - 15th Feb 2004 cont.
Photo of 44 1144 leaving Arnstadt Above: 44 1144 at Arnstadt with the 08.05 Erfurt to Oberhof, Feb13th. Top: 44 1486 leaving Arnstadt on Feb 15th with DNG 300 to Eisenach. Right: 41 1231 near Suhl on Feb13th with DNG 100 ex Eisenach.  Photos: Mick Alderman.
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photo of 44 1486 leaving Arnstadt
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Photo goods train Straßfurt - Magdeburg - Oebisfelde, 25th - 26th October
photo of 41 1231
Helmut Dalhaus captured 41 1231 from the B 71 overbridge as the 2-8-2 passed Vahldorf halt.
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Photo goods train Straßfurt - Magdeburg - Oebisfelde, 25th - 26th October continued
photo of 41 1231
After arrival at Haldensleben the train returned to Groß Ammensleben and Helmut Dalhaus photographed it returning from Groß Ammensleben to Haldensleben crossing the distinctive steel Mittelland-Kanal bridge   Saalfeld-Gera Plandampf 2003




Saalfeld to Gera Plandampf, 3rd to 5th October 2003
Taking water at Gera
03 1010 and 03 2204 at Gera the night before the Plandampf, photo with thanks to Helmut Boekhoff
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Saalfeld to Gera Plandampf, 3rd to 5th October 2003 continued
03 2204 leaving Niederpöllnitz with RE16175
Robin Garn made superb use of the red sky that heralded the onset of a spell of bad weather, as 03 2204 leaves Niederpöllnitz with RE 16175 on the first morning of the Plandampf.
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Saalfeld to Gera Plandampf, 3rd to 5th October 2003 continued
03 2204 exits Oppurg tunnel
03 2204 seen dramatically about to exit the tunnel between Oppurg and Neustadt Orla. Room for the photographer, Robin Garn, was courtsey of the tunnel being built for double track.
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Saalfeld to Gera Plandampf, 3rd to 5th October 2003 continued
03 2204 leaving Niederpöllnitz
The Lausitzer Dampflok Club two cylinder, coal fired pacific 03 2204 operated passenger and goods trains during the event. With grateful thanks to Rainer Schnell from Hamburg who has sent this and several other photos, we can see the pacific leaving Niederpöllnitz with a goods train.
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Saalfeld to Gera Plandampf, 3rd to 5th October 2003 continued
41 1144 had been out of service for many years, and delighted fans of the former DR when it returned to service this year. It also delighted anyone who rode behind it or photographed it because it was driven with the intention of keeping time on both the RE and RB trains it hauled. Even if it didn't quite manage to keep exact time, as it's 90 km/h speed limit was a slight handicap. 41 1144 leaving Wünschendorf
Rainer Schnell photographed the 41 leaving Wünschendorf.
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Saalfeld to Gera Plandampf, 3rd to 5th October 2003 continued
52 8079 entering Gera

On all three days of the Plandampf 52 8079, a Dampf Plus loco, worked the "Elsterwerda Express" from Gera via Greiz to Cheb and return. This train has run for some weekends over the past years and is operated as a local initiative between DB Regio and an Eisenach based enthusiasts Group. The same arrangement that has seen the "Rodelblitz" running on winter weekends from Eisenach to Arnstadt with 52 8075. 41 1144 has been the regular loco for the Cheb train this Autumn, but as the 2-8-2 was on Plandampf duties the 52 took the train instead. The photos are of the train arriving and departing Gera on October 5th.
52 8079 leaving Gera
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Saalfeld-Gera Plandampf, 3rd to 5th October 2003 continued
3 cylinder coal fired pacific 03 1010 did the most work. With regular driver Harry Heydenbluth the lovely machine never faltered. It roared up the hills, and raced down the other side. Assisting on the footplate was fireman Peter Eichhorn who clearly kept the fire in great order.

Right  Rainer Schnell photgraphed 03 1010 leaving Oppurg.
03 1010 leaving Oppurg
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Heavy rain didn't slow the pacific; I can only recall it slipping once, when starting from Weida. But the regulator was opened again and the climb taken in the same roaring fashion as in the dry. A comparison with the runs behind this loco on the 2002 event shows some of the fast start to stop times of last year were improved upon, despite having a 5 car train, (4 cars last year).
03 1010 departing Oppurg
Rainer Schnell caught 03 1010 leaving Oppurg.
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Saalfeld to Gera Plandampf, 3rd to 5th October 2003 continued
41 1144 03 1010
03 1010
Above: 4th October: 41 1144 departs Possneck with RE 16182. Right: Two more Mick Alderman photos at Possneck, on the 3rd: top, 03 1010 departs to Saalfeld with RB 26009 and lower, 03 1010 with RE 16178
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Saalfeld to Gera Plandampf, 3rd to 5th October 2003 continued
UK Plandampfers at WeidaDavid Sprackland
This fine body of men were some of the UK Plandampfers at Weida on Saturday 4th October. A photo taken at random of just a few of the nearly forty Brits, (including those living outside the UK), who were genuine paid up participants. To me the photo is a wonderful indication of the strength and longevity of our hobby. I timed steam out of Waterloo in the 1960s with at least two of the above, and I believe a third was also a regular traveller on those steam hauled trains nearly forty years ago!. In fact David Sprackland confirms a new Plandampf record of four ex 1960's Southern steam timers together in the same coach, and all still timing! The four were David, myself, Peter Odell and Andrew Clark. Who would have thought, in July 1967 when steam out of Waterloo ended, we would all be still pursuing our hobby together 36 years later. And no web page with photos of Plandampfers would be complete without a view of the man who has worked so hard on our behalf for so long. So above right is David, enjoying another noisy start behind 03 1010 on October 5th.
Leipzig to Berlin, 13th September 2003




03 1010 from Leipzig to Berlin and return on September 13th
A short report on the September 13th trip behind 03 1010, along with some relevant photos can be seen in the relevant part of the NEWS section of this web site. But relevant to this part of the web site is this photo taken by Robin Garn, showing David Sprackland and myself, Bryan Benn, timing 03 1010's return run from Berlin Lichtenberg to Leipzig on September 13th. David and Bryan
The photo of us was taken as the train approached Bitterfeld, just before that magnificent roaring climb to the summit near Rackwitz. David and I first timed steam together behind Merchant Navy, Battle of Britain and West Country class pacifics in the mid 1960's. And now, nearly 40 years later, Robin Garn has photographed us continuing that hobby together. But now the technology is different. Electonic digital stopwatches allow us to use the highly accurate "continuous electronic timing method", and the GPS handsets that also give great assistance can be seen balanced on the window handle!
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Saalfeld to Gera Plandampf, 22nd to 24th February 2002
photo of 01 509 meeting 03 1010 at Neustadtphoto of 01 509 at Saalfeld
Top: Neustadt (Orla) on 22nd Feb. 01 509 waits on RE 16180 as 03 1010 hurries in with RE 16181, the 14.25 from Gera.
Top Right: 01 509 runs round it's train and back to the loco shed at Saalfeld for turning in a snow shower on 22nd Feb.
Right: The sun comes out at Gera on 24th Feb just as the Plandampf comes to an end. For 35 1019, seen here as 23 1019, the event ended on Saturday morning when the loco became a partial failure. The 2-6-2 is photographed leaving for it's Cottbus base in the company of a diesel loco.
photo of 35 1019 leaving Gera
Halle to Zehla Mehlis weekend, 24 & 25th February 2001




Halle to Zella Mehlis weekend, 24th and 25th February 2001
94 192 banking up the Hill
03 1010 crossing 52 8075
52 8075 climbing to Oberhof
Top Left : 94 1292 banking the train hauled by 03 1010 from Halle away from Grafenroda, and Lower Left and Right: 52 8075 blasts away from Gehlberg with the return "Rodelblitz", as it is passed by 03 1010.
Goldene Aue III Plandampf, 16-18 Feb 2001




Goldene Aue III Plandampf, 16th to 18th February 2001
01 519 at Arnstadt 01 519 crossing a 219 diesel at Grafenroda03 1010 climbing Singener Burg
Friday 16th Feb saw Right 03 1010 climbing the "Singener Burg" from Saalfeld to Arnstadt, where, Top Left 01 519 took over the train to Zella Mehlis, and is seen Above crossing a service train at Grafenroda.
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Goldene Aue III Plandampf, 16th to 18th February 2001 continued
Photo of 03 1010 leaving Hohenebra Ort
photo of 03 1010 photo of 35 1097 17th Feb. Top: 03 1010 leaves Hohenebra Ort. Left: 03 1010 enters Sondershausen, Above: 35 1097 at Grussen
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