More Pictures from the Harz Mountains

By popular demand, here are some more pictures I took during the Great Event Tour to the Harz Mountains...

I thought this signal bridge in Bad Harzberg was really cool...  We stopped here on our way into Wernigerode...

Here is our train headed from Wernigerode to Drei Annen Hohne.

At Drei Annen Hohne three lines merge.  It's a great place to watch the train traffic.

Here's that amazing view out of my hotel window again.

... The station of Drei Annen Hohne shortly before dawn...

Here comes the morning train from Wernigerode!

... and another view...

Taking on water at Drei Annen Hohne...

 We watched this rotary snowplow come through every morning.

Here are the first winter enthusiasts (note all the sleds) waiting for the first train up to the "Brocken"...

 

And here comes the train from the opposite direction.  At one point, there are three trains in the station at Drei Annen Hohne at once!

These amazing pine trees fill the Harz Mountains National Park.  This photo (and the next) was taken on the ride up the "Brocken"...

At the top of the Brocken there is a large visitor's center which is a former Soviet barracks and lookout post.  The former East German border to West Germany is only a few miles west of here...

The constant fog / moisture freezes everything, giving the countryside an unearthly appearance.  We didn't have time to look at everything up here, but did enjoy the view.  We took the same train back down the mountain...

 

That's our locomotive doing the run-around to pull the train back down the mountain.

In Schierke we came upon the "Traditionszug" making its way up the Brocken.  This engine is over 100 years old!

Another view of the Mallet-type engine...

Back at Drei Annen Hohne we had enough time to grab a cup of hot "Glühwein", or "spiced wine".  Yummy!!  Then it was down to Wernigerode, and off to the Harzer Modellbahnzentrum...

Note how the train cuts right down the road!

Coming into Wernigerode...

The large locomotive depot at Wernigerode...

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