Old Kettles

It’s been some time since my last update due to a number of reasons.  I had the pleasure of travelling to Germany, then Canada & back to Germany again.  After all that travelling I purchased a house with the long suffering better half.  The downside of all this was British Telecom cutting me off from the internet two months early and then giving me every excuse under the sun as to why I could not be re-connected.  I am in the new home, and now with working fibre internet connection.

When I moved house I located a long lost list of trains I travelled behind 22 years ago in 1992.

1992 Summer Bashing records

1992 Summer Bashing records

I have digitised the records and these can be found under the sightings tab at the top of this page.  Thank you to Kevin Prince who assisted me in trying to work out some of my moves.  Alas, I haven’t found my other records from around this time period.  A number of things struck me about the records though.  One, the lack of photographs I took during the whole trip.  I know I was young, and film and processing was expensive but all the same you forget how easy it is nowadays to just snap away.  Either I have lost rolls of film or there were whole parts of the trip I didn’t point my camera at a thing.  Two, the records are not perfect.  There are times when I jump across the country with no record of how or with what.  Even some of the out and back moves with the narrow gauge steam is missing data.  The idea behind this trip as to get as much of the narrow gauge steam in the unified Germany before it was all gone, as well as the Rabbits (Class 215-218) as these were meant to be on the way out as well.  Well, here we are 22 years later and the Rabbits and steam are still working in Germany.

099 735-3 (also known as 99 1762-6) sits at Freital Hainsberg station near Dresden on the 19th July 1992.

099 735-3 (also known as 99 1762-6) sits at Freital Hainsberg station near Dresden on the 19th July 1992.

The above locomotive carried two numbers, for a short period of time around 1992 all the narrow gauge steam were prefixed by 099.  This is going off memory so I may be wrong on this and will happily stand corrected if someone knows better.

099 737-9 stands at Cranzahl station on the 19th of July 1992

099 737-9 stands at Cranzahl station on the 19th of July 1992

Whilst on the Cranzahl to Oberwiesenthal narrow gauge railway it seems they were celebrating 95 years since the inauguration of the line.  I would love to say I can remember it clearly but without the photos saying 95 years I would not have remembered this event.

As well as the narrow gauge steam I have also uploaded some shots of some mainline steam.  Taken sometime in the early 90s (probably 1991-1992) is this shot.  I had written a whole spiel about this locomotive saying I think it was utilised as a pre-heater for steam heat stock and lo’, the power of the internet tells me that is exactly what this locomotive was.  It now resides at DDM (Deutsches Dampflokomotiv Museum).

95 1016-5 sits in steam at Bautzen, Germany sometime in the early 1990s.

95 1016-5 sits in steam at Bautzen, Germany sometime in the early 1990s.

It’s not just images from back when I was a teenager.  Below we have an image of a French mainline steam locomotive that now resides in Switzerland.  Built by Baldwin Locomotive Works, United States of America in 1945 this locomotive can now be seen hauling special trains around the cantons of Switzerland.

141 R 568 sits at Erstfeld station, Switzerland on the 20th of October 2012 after arriving with the Swiss Classic Train special from Zürich Hbf to Lugano.  The train split at Erstfeld with first class passengers getting some Ae 6/6 haulage up the north ramp whilst standard class passengers had the steam engine.

141 R 568 sits at Erstfeld station, Switzerland on the 20th of October 2012 after arriving with the Swiss Classic Train special from Zürich Hbf to Lugano. The train split at Erstfeld with first class passengers getting some Ae 6/6 haulage up the north ramp whilst standard class passengers had the steam engine.

Galleries updated are as follows:

French:

Class 141R

German:

Class 41,Class 52, Class 95.1, Class 99

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~ by gingespotting on July 22, 2014.

3 Responses to “Old Kettles”

  1. The renumbering of narrow gauge was patchy – for instance I don’t believe any of the Harz looks ever carried their 099 plates being privatised early and other lines took their time. Another printed chestnut was that the HF diesel at Rugen never carried 199001 between 100901 and 399703 but I saw it painted as such in 91. My memory is that renumbering took time and the locals didn’t make it a priority.

    I have the same prob as you when finding old records – did I really not point my camera at all that stuff?
    Kev

    • One of the shots I have 099 735-3 sitting at Freital Hainsberg confused me by having its 099 plate on the side and its 99 plate on the front.
      I am truly horrified at how little I photographed. I know it’s film and not digital but when looking through my images I go and find 3 pictures of the same piece of German countryside with not a locomotive in sight and ignoring some of the total monsters. So I took a picture of the dostos stock which I shared the other day on Fb but I didn’t actually photograph the loco at the front?!?

      • Me too, mind you I haven’t explored my slides in ages but there are gaping holes in my photographic collection – 230s round Dresden, 120’s I can think of only 1 shot.

        I do at least have pretty comprehensive narrow gauge coverage.

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