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Dresden Steam Festival & Saxon Narrow Gauge

The superb Dresden Steam festival, 4 mainline steam excursions, 5 fabulous Saxon Narrow-Gauge lines, Parkeisenbahn steam, Funicular & Suspension railways, River Elbe cruise. Plus the unique Schwebebahn.

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11 days from £2079



Tuesday 20th September 2022


This fabulous 11 day tour features all those things you can’t do in the UK – A genuine steam festival at a steam depot with visiting engines coming on and off shed. Experience parallel running on the mainline with two steam hauled trains side by side. Lots and lots of steam action both standard and narrow gauge with rare haulage as we celebrate the best of German steam at Dresden Steam Festival including a night photo-shoot, the Transport Museum & reserve collection, plus 4 amazing mainline steam journeys, 5 Saxon Narrow gauge steam lines with a private steam photo charter, steam on the Dresden Parkeisenbahn, a ride on Dresden’s funicular and suspension railways, a paddle steamer cruise. Not forgetting riding the amazing Schwebebahn at Wuppertal affectionately known as the ‘dingle-dangle’.



  • The famous Dresden Steam Festival at Dresden Altstadt Depot

  • Night photo parade at Alstadt Depot

  • 4 mainline steam excursions

  • Dresden Transport Museum plus tour of the reserve collection

  • Private steam photo charter on the wonderful Döllnitztalbahn line

  • Articulated 8-wheeled Saxon-Meyer locomotives

  • Steam on the Lössnitzgrundbahn Radebeul to Radeburg

  • Mountain steam on the Fichtelbergbahn Cranzahl-Oberwiesenthal including shed tour

  • Steam the extended Weisseritztalbahn to Kipsdorf

  • A full day on the Zittau-Oybin-Jonsdorf line including shed tour

  • Paddle steamer cruise on the River Elbe

  • Steam along the extensive Dresden Parkeisenbahn

  • Ride both Dresden Funicular Railway and the Dresden Suspension Railway

  • Experience travelling on the totally unique Schwebebahn Railway at Wuppertal


Also included in tour fare:-

  • 10 nights’ bed & breakfast, 1 evening meal,  1 light lunch

  • Rail travel in a class of your choice and seat reservations where available

  • All transfers, excursions and admissions as detailed

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager


Read the Dresden blog from 2021 here


Depart London St. Pancras International and travel by Eurostar to Brussels and onward via DB service to Wuppertal for a welcome evening meal at Flemings Express Hotel.



After a morning ride aboard the unique and totally amazing Schwebebahn elevated railway we continue by train to Dresden and an afternoon of steam on the 750 mm narrow gauge Lössnitzgrundbahn, a delightful 17 kms line which still operates a public service between Radebeul and Radeburg including some street running! Our accommodation is at the conveniently located Ibis Hotel in the centre of Dresden.



We board our regional train to the Polish border for one of Saxony's finest 750 mm narrow gauge routes, from Zittau to the mountain spa resorts of Oybin and Jonsdorf, which is still very much a public service over the ten miles long route. This is a full day rover so all lines will be covered, including the opportunity to photograph the parallel departure at Bertsdorf, along with an engine shed tour at this junction station. A light lunch has been included at Kurort-Oybin station, one of the terminus stations.

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A full day at the fabulous Dresden Steam Festival at Alstadt amidst the nostalgic atmosphere of a traditional working steam shed, with lots of locos in steam, footplate rides and visiting engines, Our day concludes with your choice of attending a night-time photo parade of locomotives or just enjoy an evening in this truly wonderful city with its magnificent waterfront of historic buildings and the largest paddle-steamer fleet in the world.


DAY 5 - 6

It's two full days of steam out on the mainline from Dresden using locomotives from the festival. Whilst destinations have not yet been announced we have always previously been able to include the unique experience of parallel steam running over a considerable distance, and a thrash up the steep Tharandt incline with the two trains each taking turns overtaking the other - see our Dresden Steam Festival film on our website it's an amazing sight giving all participants the opportunity to see at close quarters powerful steam locomotives hard at work. Over the two days we are anticipating a total of four different runs two each morning and afternoon.



We take a regional train to Oschatz for a private steam charter on the 750 mm Saxon narrow-gauge line that is one of our personal favourites, the 20 kms long Döllnitzbahn with one of the beautiful Saxon-Mayer locomotives.



By train into the mountains and along the scenic Sehma Valley to Cranzahl where a day of steam awaits on the fabulous 17 km long, 750 mm gauge Fichtelbergbahn, climbing around 250 m through nine stations to the ski resort of Oberwiesenthal, the highest town in Germany. We include a tour of the loco workshops and a photo opportunity of steam crossing the 100 m long, 23 m high, lattice girder bridge at the entrance to Oberwiesenthal station. At the end of a fabulous steam day we return to Dresden as outward.



Staying local today we have a relaxing morning of steam riding the extensive Dresden Parkeisenbahn followed by a ride on both the Dresden funicular railway and the short suspension railway offering superb views over the River Elbe and the city of Dresden. This evening we experience a one hour paddle steamer cruise along the River Elbe admiring the skyline of this glorious city.


DAY 10

A final day of steam on the 750 mm gauge Weisseritztalbahn line meandering up the Weisseritz valley with an open coach to travel in if you wish. Operating over 26 kms through varying scenery, with 13 stations, and the steepest part of the line on the reopened section to the terminus at Kipsdorf. Known as one of Europes' great narrow-gauge railways, this is a ride not to be missed.

We conclude our amazing tour with a visit to Dresden Transport Museum including the rare opportunity of visiting the reserve collection depot not normally open to the public, A wonderful conclusion to a memorable holiday experiencing amazing and enchanting steam.


DAY 11

Homeward bound today returning via Leipzig, Frankfurt Flughafen, and Brussels to London St Pancras International.


B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner


Flemings Hotel, Wuppertal

This modern 4-star hotel puts you right in the centre of Wuppertal, close to the main station and just a short walk from the Schwebebahn ‘dingle-dangle railway’. The bedrooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, and a flat-screen TV. The hotel has a bar, restaurant, and fitness centre.


Ibis Hotel Zentrum, Dresden

A short stroll from the station, in the heart of the city near to the historic Old Town, the Ibis hotels are inviting and modern, with comfortable bedrooms, air-conditioning, WiFi, satellite TV and en-suite bathrooms with shower and hair dryer.



From London St Pancras International:

Standard Class rail travel to / from Dresden, including

Standard Eurostar


First Class rail travel to / from Dresden, including

Standard Premier Eurostar


Single Room Supplement



Fare inclusive of:

  • 10 nights’ bed & breakfast, 1 evening meal, 1 light lunch

  • Rail travel in a class of your choice

  • Seat reservations where available

  • All transfers, excursions and admissions as detailed

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager


GUARANTEED FARE – No currency surcharge


If wishing to travel BY AIR to join the tour: Please contact us with your variation request so that we may confirm availability and fare variation.


Fares based upon sharing a twin-bedded en-suite room, single rooms available for a supplement


Important Note: Whilst the arrangements for all described steam train travel are in place we do reserve the right to make substitutions should it be deemed necessary for whatever reason. Your acceptance of this is a condition of your booking.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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London St Pancras Int London St Pancras Int (LNE)

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