Posted on 08/16/2013

Photo taken on August  7, 2013

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HSB 99 5906-5 leaving Alexisbad, August 7, 2013

HSB 99 5906-5 leaving Alexisbad, August 7, 2013
HSB mallet 99 5906-5 leaving Alexisbad, August 7, 2013.

The Harzer Schmalspurbahnen (HSB) operate a network of narrow gauge railroads through the eastern part of the German Harz mountains, totalling 140 kilometers (about 90 miles). It's made up of three main routes:
- Brockenbahn: Wernigerode - Brocken, 34 kilometers (23 miles).
- Harzquerbahn: Drei Annen Hohne - Nordhausen, 46 kilometers (30 miles)
- Selketalbahn: (Nordhausen) - Eisfelder Talmühle - Gernrode, 60 kilometers (40 miles).

Most trains are steam operated. Diesel cars run on quiet hours between Drie Annen Hohne and Nordhausen and on the Selketalbahn. About 1.1 million passengers travel the HSB annually, most of them on the busy Wernigerode - Drei Annen Hohne - Brocken route. The Selketalbahn only sees about 113.000 passengers each year. Trains run about every two hours on all routes, with extra trains to the Brocken mountain (1200 meters, 3600 feet) on the busiest moments. Stiege and Hasselfelde are connected by rail four times a day (3 diesel trains, 1 steamtrain).
The HSB owns 25 steam engines (including three Mallet engines from 1887), 10 diesel cars and 12 diesel engines.

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Jaap van 't Veen
Beautiful steam engine.
2 years ago.