Searching for a Strudel #PS

And a few extras from Ron’s journey home.  Still to come, my trip on the Swanage Railway, and Allan and Ron behind Clan Line to Exeter.

As it had stopped raining after dinner I made a quick trip to the station area but did not stay long as it was trying to rain.

Cologne Hbf

And that REALLY is the the last of Ron’s travels (for the moment?)

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Searching for a Strudel #8

Final fling from Ron as he travels homeward.

Dresden Hbf

Leipzig Hbf

And Frankfurt

And Ron signs off from another holiday….

Left hotel in sunshine at 8am and with one hour stay overovers in Leipzig and Frankfurt Airport arrived in Cologne at 5.20pm where it was raining heavy and on way to overnight hotel we heard several rumbles of thunder. Was going to going to go into town this evening but in view of weather am staying in hotel, where unfortunately due to staff sickness the bar is closed. Will be leaving hotel around 8.30am tomorrow morning to catch train to Brussels for Eurostar home due St Pancras around 2pm. Therefore next holiday blog will be when Allan & I go to Isle of Man last week in July.

With the newly retired Cha(i)rman!

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Searching for a Strudel #7

And yes! First sighting of spring!!!!!!


Back at Dresden Hbf….

And Day 6….

A scorching hot day phone now showing 33° at 4.30

Free day so headed out to Radebul to do a round trip on Lossnitzgrundbahn to Radeburg. Was lucky to get seat both ways in open air carriage both ways. Then headed back to Dresden for a light lunch before heading to their park railway. Then headed back to city and spent hour on river bank in effort to get some breeze. Now crashed out in hotel room before going out to find an evening meal.

It sure is a tough life being a tourist!


Dresden from 5th floor Karstadt Café

Dresden Park Railway

And Ron now faces a long journey home – hope it’s smoother than the trip out!

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Searching for a Strudel #6

So…. You have a reputation as a troublemaker, but you will not escape from Colditz, Herr Dawes!!!

Meanwhile, back on the Elbe paddle steamers….

Next post, some trains again.

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Searching for a Strudel #5

Day 5 will come in two instalments….

Chilly becoming very hot. [Ed: Sounds like a vindaloo warning?]

Left hotel at 9am to catch paddle steamer to Meissen. Following a lunch break tour of Meissen Pottery, which was boring. In shop cheapest item €100 dearest €9,000. [Ed. No new tea mug for Allan, then?] We then continued to Colditz Castle for a very interesting tour. Back to hotel at 7pm. Now sitting in an alpine restaurant by the Frauenkirche

.Dresden from river and Elbe cruise….


And off to Colditz for the next post.  Will Ron escape!!!!!!

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Searching for a Strudel #4

So to Day 4….

Started off cool but once again it is now a scorcher.

Group one way trip on Weisseritztal bahn from Freital before returning in our minibus to Dresden. Decided to try what they call their mountain railways. First a short funicular ride and ended up on what appeared to be a housing estate. So I tried the short monorail and ended up looking out over Dresden with fantastic views. Hope to go down to the river for an hour or so before dinner to try and get a breeze.

Weisseritztal railway views…..

Kurirtkipsdorf station

Freital station

Dresden from top of monorail

Dresden mountain (?) railways – funicular and monorail

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Searching for a Strudel #3

Day 3 of Ron’s latest exploits.

Muggy turned into steady drizzle.

This morning we had an interesting guided walk round Dresden. A free afternoon so I did a recce to find things to do on the remaining free day and a half that we have left. Glad I was travelling on trams, trains and buses in the steady drizzle. Currently on top floor of a department store with a large coffee and a large piece of strawberry gateau which cost me €6 which is probably a lot cheaper than at home. All pictures today are of Dresden

We seem to be getting the full menu this time around.  But where’s the strudel?  I remember my better half commenting that my letters home (letters, remember them?) were more like a daily menu than an account of what I was doing!

More eating!

As we had to feed ourselves tonight we made a group outing to a restaurant recommended by our tour manager, who joined us on way back he took us to a bar where Vladimir Putin drank when he was KGB boss in Dresden.

Lucky to come out alive…..


And the Dresden hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus.  The name on the side suggests what happens when you visit all those restaurants and bars…..


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Searching for a Strudel #2

Dresden trams….


Dresden Hbf, inside and out….

The River Elbe….


And Dresden itself.  Old Town….

Frauenkirche and Martin Luther statue…..

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Searching for a Strudel #1

This is the time of year I try to take a bit of a blogging break.  However, Ron is on his travels again, visiting Dresden, so I’ll have an easy time posting his reports and pictures of trains and places.  We’ll start with a before and during (not after) picture of some Trappist Ale.  Why?  I don’t know…..


Early start to check in and join Eurostar to Brussels. Currently on 3 hour layover in Brussels so have had lunch at a restaurant outside station then catching 2.24 to Frankfurt Airport for onward connection to our overnight stop in Nuremburg.

Some pictures at Brussels Midi, including an ICE3.

After this sunny start, it all went pear shaped….

Our ICE was slow due to a technical problem and was being turned round at Cologne instead of Frankfurt. We ground to a halt outside Aachen and they had problems there and no trains could pass through station. We were returned to Liege for a replacement bus. Nobody knew anything. We were then told to return to a small village station for the bus but that train was running 40 late. Joined a large crowd and had an hours wait for a bus to appear. We then fought to get our cases on. Victory for the Brits against the Germans. Now on 2118 Aachen to Cologne where we will be overnighting instead of Nuremburg.

A very tired Ron

Further explanations…

Having got up at 0330 BST and finally falling into bed at midnight CET I was just knackered. The Germans dumped us on the Belgians, who had no one at the stations who knew what was going on. and then the train was late. When the double decker Rail Replacement bus arrived we managed to beat the Germans by pushing our cases into the luggage compartment and then a Belgian railway employee turned up and tried turning us away from the bus until we told him our cases were on board. We had waited in a large crowd for an hour and if we had not got on bus we could have still been there. As they say everything can only get better.

So much for Teutonic efficiency!  On to Day 2….

Very hot.

Following yesterday’s debacle a good day. We were put on 9.13 direct train from Cologne to Dresden where we arrived at 4.45. Hotel excellent and I have a very large room. Just going out for a walk to take photos and will probably do same after dinner so watch out for emails!

Cologne Hbf this morning before boarding the direct IC train to Dresden leaving 0913 arriving 1648.


Our IC train from Cologne to Dresden during an 18 minute layover at Hannover.

And at Halle Hbf.


And so to Dresden Hbf….

More of Dresden next post!

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Retail therapy time

I managed to escape the 2mm show without buying anything (unlike Simon), but I came close to buying a set of baseboards.  And I would have if they’d been at the show, and not needing a long journey to collect.  However, once back home, one or two goodies have arrived at the Bartlett household.

I always appreciate Lance Mindheim’s modelling.  He has an ability to capture a run-down Miami industrial area in a totally realistic manner.  He’s not a rivet-counter, but an artist. 

20220622_091154 And this book ‘Model Railroading as Art’ puts a lot of his ideas in one place.  He writes, ‘We can enjoy our work as a standalone piece of art, the same way we would a painting, photo or sculpture – something we enjoy looking at, whether it’s in motion or not.’  Not everyone’s cup of tea, especially those who want to see a train passing every five seconds on an exhibition layout.  But there’s a lot to think about here, with chapters including sections on Color, Space, Lines and Shapes and Forms, and on Scene Composition and Organizing.  Other sections take in backdrops, selective compression of scenes, and focal points – how to direct the eye into and through a scene.

I liked the section on ‘Scene Busters’ – not an ESNG member who drops one of the club corners. 

I see it frequently; an exceptionally well-executed model, a work of art in every way, except for what I call a “scene buster.”  The proverbial case where a person is unaware of the broccoli chunk between their teeth.  A tacked-on eye-sore that is so distracting that it ruins and otherwise perfect model…..

Lots of interesting reading and even if your modelling is in a different direction, there will always be a few points that one can learn from.

Mathieson Models are back – at a price.  A while back, Rails of Sheffield commissioned ten new private owner wagons from Mathieson Models.  They hail from points as varied as Exeter and Glasgow.  An expensive treat, but I believe that these lovely little models are worth the extra cost over Peco and Dapol.  They are a similar price to a Farish wagon, and model an earlier, slightly smaller PO wagon. 


Finally, a guilty habit of mine is watching plastic kit constructional videos on YouTube.  Again, I pick up some good modelling hints, especially for painting and weathering.  But recommended on one was this tiny bench vacuum cleaner (shown upside down here.)  Running off two AA batteries, it is just the thing for cleaning the dust off the bench, and perhaps even the layout.  At £8 off Amazon, it was definitely worth a go!


I wasn’t at Sunday’s ESNG meeting, but the newly-retired Allan was….

And Brian caught it on film….

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