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Historic steam locomotives gather for Easter train festival

DDP/The Local · 31 Mar 2010, 15:57

Published: 31 Mar 2010 15:57 GMT+02:00

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The Dampfspektakel 2010 is part of Germany’s celebration of 175th anniversary of rail travel in the country, event organiser Jörg Petry said.

Meticulously restored steam engines are travelling from all corners of Germany on loan from museums and railway associations. From Friday on the trains will host trips from three cities: Gerolstein, Trier and Koblenz.

Trips include tours through the winding Mosel River wine growing region, the fascinating volcanic landscape of the Eifel region and the romantic Rhine River valley.

More than 250 tonnes of coal and €40,000 in fuel oil have been delivered to power the trains at a former depot in Gerolstein, which Petry said offered an excellent infrastructure for the care of the antiques.

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Some 700 train fans from England have already registered for event tickets, in addition to others coming from as far as Pakistan and Australia.

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18:16 March 31, 2010 by Henckel
Interesting early locomotive in the picture -- similar to those built in the 1830s by the Baltimore & Ohio and other early US railways, though the 2-2-2 wheel arrangement (one lead axle, one driving axle, and one trailing axle) is quite unusual.
15:27 April 1, 2010 by mixxim
For a country with massive reliance on the railways for defence purposes it is surprising how few railway preservation groups exist.
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