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    Default Videos: 8 days trackside in the Harz

    As promised, here's the final videos from my vacation in the Harz mountains in Germany.
    They are quite long - about 2 hours total - but steam buffs like myself and @Moose2013 are going to love watching.

    Enjoy ...



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    I will enjoy these -- any steam in the mountains gets my

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    Just finished the first video. Love those BR 99s. And such a great variety. I've never seen one like that BR 99 5906-5. - four cylinders and the coal in front of the cab.

    I must congratulate you on the quality of your video. Fantastic camera work and editing. I also appreciated the titles.
    Cheers!
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    @el Gato Gordo
    Thanks, Gordon. I'm still learning, but it's certainly getting there :-)

    The mallet was a stroke of luck, really, as they are not out and about every day. They're used for the so-called 'Traditionszug' or traditional/vintage trains on select days. Often, however, these trains are also hauled by the larger 2-10-2s - which was the case on two out of three occasions during my stay.

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    @SteamPower4ever

    Thank you for preparing and sharing these videos! Makes a moose very happy!

    Although, the occasional toots of whistles made the cats dive for cover....
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    @SteamPower4ever, question number 1 (there will be more, the more I watch your vids): I notice a lot of "P" signs trackside, entering and leaving Bahnhöfer and near grade crossings. Have you any idea what they mean and how they are placed?
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    @el Gato Gordo
    Yes, the P sign means that the train is approaching a level crossing and must sound the whistle ('pfeif') for 3 seconds.
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    That must be an older protocol? I've never seen or heard a modern German Lok whistle or toot at a guarded level crossing. Only at unguarded ones.
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    I think it means unguarded crossings, as you suggest.
    I never noticed warnings at guarded crossings while I was there ... but there is a lot of unguarded ones. The entire Harz area is crisscrossed with hiking trails and forest roads.
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    I've uploaded (or actually re-published) some shorter Harz videos for anyone not wanting to sit through the rather lengthy full videos.
    They're uncut recordings in full length, hopefully conveying some of the ambience of the forest while waiting for an approaching train.

    Steinerne Renne
    First stop outside Wernigerode/Hasserode and the start of the real grade towards Drei Annen Hohne.
    First steam train in the morning.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BO2CbA8leUo

    Thumkuhlenkopf
    The only tunnel on the HSB is a very short one through the Thumkuhlenkopf ridge.
    Here it is seen from the classic vantage point Elversstein across the Drängetal valley.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQssAaO015o

    Tiefenbachtal
    Trains northbound out of Eisfelder Talmühle climb through the Tiefenbach valley on the way towards Drei Annen Hohne.
    The scene is shot some 4km away from the highway. Public motor transport is not allowed on the forest roads, so hiking or biking is how you get there.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzeNvW9NYwQ

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    I have just learned that the HSB has begun construction of a new steam locomotive workshop near the existing shops at Westerntor in Wernigerode. The new shops will allow the HSB to perform regular mandatory major overhauls in-house, eliminating the costly transports to Meiningen. The new shops are expected to be operational from 2022, and they will be designed as accessible to the public, to the extent that the town of Wernigerode will get a new tourist attraction.
    More info on the HSB web site (in German) ... scroll down to October 4th post.

    While the HSB may be struggling, it seems they are nowhere near giving up the ghost.
    Looking forward to visiting the Harz again.

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