During summer, this steam train rolls along an old track.
Once, this track was used to connect coal mines and steel plants with the industrial inland harbor from where the steel plants got the ore and the coal mined sent the coal. For several decades the track was closed, when a railroad museum got the idea to send one on their steam trains on the track again.
During summer you can meet the train on track at the first Sunday of the month. Additional driving days are in winter around St. Nick (Dec. 6th)
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This image is quite old, but I still like it.
It’s taken in one of our former capitals of industrialism. Decades ago, huge steel plants, coal mines and similar factories in the montan industry gave thousands of workers an employment. But, they also destroyed the environment by polluting the air and the water.
In that time, there wasn’t much green in the cities. No parks for the kids to play. Freshly washed laundry hung up outside for getting dry, was already gray when fetched from the washing line.
These two guy playing football inside a former steel plant. The thick framing walls once were the outside of two huge coal or ore storages.
There were many changes during the last 30-40 years in our region: less factories, less pollution, less options for employment, many unemployed people and many serious problems for the governments to solve.
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This ferry is called “Funny Girl” and used to sail between Cuxhaven and Helgoland during the winters for many years. It’s retired and a younger, more modern, ship called “Helgoland” is sailing that route since summer 2016 during the whole year.
Because of an accident on Dec. 31st 2017 in the harbor of Helgoland because of very bad weather the new ship was replaced by the old one to repair it.
Here, the Funny Girl is coming back from Helgoland and is heading to Cuxhaven harbor. The next day we entered the ferry for our trip to Helgoland 🙂
Jan. 14th, 2018