Railways of Southern Germany Dvd

This survey of the Railways of Southern Germany begins on the border with Belgium in Aachen and proceeds, with one or two branch line detours, down the castle-strewn Rhine to Mainz.

Frankfurt and its suburban connections are examined and steam is in action along the Main waterfront. Private railways such as the Frankfurt-Konigsteiner and the Gelnhauser Kriesbahnen are not forgotten.

An old TEE six-car unit is in action on a charter trip which provides a striking contrast with the ICE experimental train on the Neubaustrecke between Fulda and Wurzburg.

We also take the slower but more picturesque route through the Main Valley. There are railways along many river valleys and we follow the Neckar to Mannheim, the headquarters of two narrow gauge railways and the point where we join the Rhine again.

Amongst Germany’s most famous trains was the old Rheingold and we follow a steam hauled outing of the violet and ivory train from Karlsruhe to Bad Harranalb in the Black Forest. Steam is also in action around the Kaiserstuhl.

The Black Forest is inhospitable terrain for railways and we follow some difficult routes including the preserved Wutachtal Railway where large steam engines with ten coach trains and assistance from banker locomotives fight their way around tortuous curves and over soaring viaducts.

Although this dvd includes many unusual trains the day-to-day operations of Deutsche Bundesbahn are not forgotten.

The programme ends in Bavaria at the place where railways in Germany began, Nurnberg but not before Austrian and Czech connections have been looked at.

A closing highlight is a journey by rack railway to the top of Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze.

Full commentary by Martin Oldfield.

Directed & Produced by John Cocking (1990).

Approx. 6o minutes.

This dvd is being sold on behalf of and with full permission of the copyright owner - Videolines.

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