Nine steam locos at German ‘Dampfspektakel’ festival


THE sixth large ‘Dampfspektakel’ event since 2000 was centred on the city of Trier, Germany, running between April 28 to May 1, and featured nine steam locos from museums in Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Luxembourg.

As in previous events, the federal state of Rheinland-Pfalz and local transport authorities contributed significant funding to make the event possible, money that is more than re-paid by the large number of visitors attending the event from all over Europe and further afield.

The success of previous events in promoting tourism has allowed the authorities to repeat the event at roughly four-year intervals.

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For photographers the favourite line used during the Dampfspektakel was the ‘Eifelbahn’ line, north from Trier towards Cologne, as it is not electrified. Ex-DR Pacific 01 202 is seen shortly on April 29 before arrival at Birresborn with the 11.18 Trier-Gerolstein (Train DPE 61936). AD VAN STEN

The initial ‘Dampfspektakel’ events were based on the established German ‘plandampf’ practice – using steam locos to operate scheduled services, and usually funded by participating photographers.

While this was still relatively simple 10 years ago, when many local services were still loco-hauled, it is now impossible as scheduled services are operated by modern EMUs or DMUs, so cannot be steam hauled.

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