Over coffee this morning, I ran across the YouTube channel of Dampfossi (“Ossi” was how “Wessis” from West Germany referred to the reunified Easterners). This Ossi has posted quite a few videos of Deutche Reichsbahn steam from before the fall of the Berlin Wall, including what is now the Harzquerbahn and the Weisseritztalbahn.
My introduction to the Freital (Hainsburg) – Kurort Kipsdorf line came at the Seifersdorf station as shown above. The gritty reality of life under Communism was still apparent in many areas, including the Rabenau Gorge. If you weren’t there, Ossi’s videos give a good glimpse of the way it was.
He also has fine coverage of Plandampfs in the 1990s, including this video of three 2-10-0s on a potash train during the “Kali Plandampf” in February 1998. (I had the good fortune to attend that event.)
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