Full Steam in the Thuringian Forest
“The Steam Event of the Decade” For four days in February 1991, the placidly beautiful Thuringian Forest, Germany’s winter wonderland, was transferred into a rolling-steam museum. During those history-making days, time was turned back to an era when steam engines were in their hey-day. In more than forty trains, the Deutsche Reichsbahn replaced the regular diesel engines with steam power. These extraordinary creations traveled High Iron between Arnstadt, Meiningen and Obersdorf. These famous steam engines were configured in the 4-6-2, 2-8-2, 2-10-0, 2-6-0T and 2-10-2T wheel arrangements. Breathtaking scenery beautifully captured by Desti’s five camera teams, portrays the forest’s extreme beauty with exuding cab- and along-the-track shots. These Iron Horses, while in passenger and freight service, can also be seen double heading or in helper service. Through seemingly indestructible, the engines are also shown in the roundhouse and in the shops, receiving the careful fine tuning and maintenance.