ebay Mike’s expedition THE PICTURES. - Just the pictures please.

dunnyrail

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The Dunnybahn.

So Mike arrived here this morning, not quite as expeditiously as expected thus he missed his connection from Gernrode. But a quick Taxi ride to Magdesprung saw him greeted by the DR‘s very own version if Sir Topham Hat Herr Zylinder. Note the one coach Train with a Beer Wagon included, I wonder if they know something we do not? Mike was lucky as a rare passing move was observed whilst he was at the Station with a Train heading towards Gernrode with a Black Mallet.
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Herr Zylinder aquatints MIke with the safety features to be observed when riding the balcony. But at least you get to appreciate the thrash of the Green Mallett.
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Further up the line Mike appreciates the industrial drabness as his train arrives at Magdesprung.
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But then things improves as Mike gets to look up the Valley going over the Viaduct.
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Retracing steps to Alexisbad there is quite a long wait for a Train in the other direction which connect with Mike’s Train to Harzegerode so he decides to investigate the Mitropa for refreshment - but gets diverted a little! Meanwhile the other connecting Train is just running into the Station as 5906 indulges in a spot of Shunting.
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The Bahnhof Fuhrer has turned round and is waving off Mike’s Train to Harzegeride, get a move on Mike that is not the place to linger and look at the Mallet when Lokfuhrer Herr Schneller is in charge of the Loco.
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Phew just made it!
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On arrival at Herzegerode Mike meets up with some of the interesting characters to be found at a typical East German Bahnhof.
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But Mike must board the Railcar that has just run into the Station, this will retrace some of his tracks but take him on to Wernigerode via Eisefelder Talmhüle where en route may be able to get a trip up the Broken from Drie Annan Hohne if he is lucky.
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dunnyrail

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Oops I forgot one of the pictures. Mike on a pile of Massoth Track Clamps to get a better view of part of the Loft Railway. 2 lines in one visit, I hope he had an adequate Safety Briefing before standing on those Clamps,
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idlemarvel

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The Steyrtalbahn.

Mike arrived at the small Austrian town of Grünburg. He had flown EasyJet into Linz, or Vienna West as they call it, miraculously with luggage, and then a gruelling coach ride as part of the all-inclusive transfer to somewhere near Bahnhof Grünburg. A local walker showed him the way to the station.

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Having arrived at the station he met the station master. He wanted to ask directions to his hotel and to buy his ticket for tomorrow’s train ride, but was slightly surprised to find it was 1974. Bit of an awkward moment when he realised that a) they did not take plastic and b) the few Euro notes he had caused some amusement. Mike speaks a bit of German but struggled a bit with the Austrian accent.

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Luckily, the station master, Herr Müller spoke English. “United European currency, you’re having a laugh mate, never happen. Got any Schillings? No? Travellers Cheques? You could cash those in at the bank in Klaus. No? Oh dear.”

He could see Mike was a bit crestfallen at this news. Not having ready access to a bureau de change or a time machine was going to be a bit of a problem. “Never mind” says Herr Müller, “You’re a train enthusiast, and I like the cut of your jib. You can work your passage back to Linz, and you can stay here for the night, the misses will show you your room then you can get to work cleaning the windows.”

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Having inspected his room, and the ample bosom of Frau Müller, he got on with his work. Nice chaps, these people, even though they have heads the size of footballs, he thought, as he shimmied up the ladder.

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He seems reluctant to let go of his suitcase, they thought.

As it was early evening, a meal and some refreshments were in order.

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Frau Müller had found some sterilised milk and tinned ravioli which she thought this strange British man might like. This was the 1970’s after all. Herr Müller offered him some local beer. The beer glasses are quite big here, he thought, but it would be rude to refuse.

Next day he was asked to help with loading coal onto the loco assigned to shunting duties, and in return he could have a ride on the footplate. Mike was delighted to assist.

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Got a bit mucky with all the coal and whatnot but Frau Müller offered to sponge his suit clean.

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He got to visit the signal box to admire the work building the new goods loop.

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After lunch Herr Müller said “We’ve got you a cheap ticket back to Linz via Garsten. Cattle class mind, but you’ve earned it”. No problem thought Mike, I’m used to cattle class on EasyJet.

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The time came for his train to arrive.

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Nice coach he thought as a red 4-Bip went past. That looks basic but comfortable.

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Then a dining car. Even better, he thought, maybe have some Apfelstrudel on the way back!

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Then he realised that cattle class was a bit literal.

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“Never mind”, said Herr Müller, “it’s a nice day, you can stand on the balcony if you don’t like the smell”.

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Mike waved goodbye to his new friends. He had got his narrow-gauge steam train ride, even got a ride on the footplate, but was looking forward to getting back to Blighty and the twenty-first century. Next stop, Norwich!
 
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Rhinochugger

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Ground Control to Major Tom
Your circuit's dead, there's something wrong
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you "Here am I floating 'round my tin can
Far above the moon
Planet Earth is blue
And there's nothing I can do

Mini Mike appears to have been lost in a time warp :confused: watch this space :nerd:


EDIT - ship's dog 11:45 14.12.2020

The Eagle has landed :):):):)
 
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Rhinochugger

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Mike's time travels continue, back in time, way back, to the Wild West Norfolk Route somewhere in the '40s, but as he couldn't find a taxi, a friendly local drove him to the Depot at Green River shanty town

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Times are getting hard for the railroads, and the place is looking a bit neglected. Even in time travel, you end up waiting for a train, and Mike's travelling companion doesn't seem to be saying much.

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So while he was waiting, Mike struck up a conversation with a friendly train engineer who had just brought the plow up to Green River in case of more snow.

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After a while, Mike heard a strange grumbling sound and realised that he would be travelling in a railbus :eek: welcome to the Galloping Goose. Mike was worried that it wouldn't get very far, but there was no option, and he had to squeeze between the two old biddies in the back seat

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............ and off to his next destination, leaving Green River, passing Crossways Mission, and headed out to .........................................

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Quo Vadis ?
 
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JimmyB

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Jon, Rhino, very impressive stories so far, a high standard to live up to. When Mini Mike gets to TDF Rly, the back story may not be as elaborate :)
 

idlemarvel

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What has happened to mini-Mike? No sighting of him in 2021. Perhaps he's hibernating.
 

Rhinochugger

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What has happened to mini-Mike? No sighting of him in 2021. Perhaps he's hibernating.
I think he's locked down in Staffordshire :mask: Had his sandwiches confiscated at the border :D:D
 

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Really enjoyed that story. Thank you for your imagination.....:clap: