2019-08-27 16:01:55 UTC
railways, reminded me of my latest trip on the HSB.
This is a full time, professional railway network that runs 365 days a
year, providing both tourist and local public transport services. It runs
steam trains (mainly on the touristy sections), diesel railbuses and bimode
tram-trains (yes, long before Sheffield) on to the Nordhausen streets. The
three main termini all connect to DB standard gauge lines. Part of the
network was originally part of the standard gauge network, but was
transferred to the HSB and relaid as metre gauge.
On a given day, there might be as many as eight different steam locos
hauling trains, and these are big, complex engines, such as 2-10-2Ts and
Mallets. And, yes, it has a short on-street section in Wernigerode.
My pictures show that the staff are often quite young, no older than on DB,
and certainly not the retired old blokes who provide most of the drivers
and firemen on Britsh steam railways. It has a full apprenticeship
programme to train future staff.