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Railfanning in Northern Germany

In August of 2010 I spent a short week in northern Germany, but even with limited time, I was still able to do some railfanning.  Here is a short summary of my exploits...
 

The bascule bridge at Lindaunis


First stop: Niebüll.  This is the last major station on the mainland before the trip across the Hindenburgdamm and the island of Sylt. I was there on Friday morning and traffic at the station and on the line to and from Sylt was plentiful.

That last picture is the Intercity that runs from Cologne all the way to Sylt!

I drove out as far to the edge of the 'Damm' as I could and watched trains come and go.  The view from the Hindenburgdamm isn't very impressive, except that you can see the trains coming a mile away!



I also made it to Modellbahn-Wunder, a public layout in Friedrichstadt, also in the north. This large Marklin H.O. layout features a large end station ('Kopfbahnhof') and lots of pushbuttons for activating special lighting or moving elements on the layout. The layout also features a well-done backlit backdrop, LED fireworks show, and simulated thunderstorm. The Faller Car System needs work (I counted only one vehicle) and the gift shop could use a wider selection.



Germany's northern-most historic railway runs an old Danish consist from Kappeln to Süderbrarup, and the steam train was underway this weekend, so I got to enjoy its departure Sunday from Kappeln.

The single-lane railway/road bascule bridge at Lindaunis was also a must-see for me.  This is a railway bridge that was converted many, many years ago to also serve car traffic.  Since it is single lane, the train, each direction of traffic, and the ships all have to share this structure...



I made the obligatory stop in Rendsburg to admire the bridge (it really is cool and worth a visit), and on my drive back to Amsterdam I also stopped to admire trains in the station of Löhne for lunch, and spent the night in Hengelo in Holland, in a hotel a few blocks from the train station there. It was a mild evening, and my brother and I sat outside at a Greek restaurant, enjoying Uzo and tzaziki as we watched the multi-national trains pull in and out of the station across from us on the line from Amsterdam to Hannover and points east.

I wanted to stop by MiWuLa since I hadn't been there since the completion of the new 2-story Swiss expansion, but I think I'll find more time on my next trip. Anyway, the new Hamburg airport section will be completed by December, and that should be a major highlight...

Oh, and the Museum of Hamburg History, with its large 1-scale layout...

Wow, there really is a lot for a rail-fan to enjoy in Northern Germany! I feel an itinerary coming on...