Drachenfelsbahn October 2018

WORTH THE VISIT—AND THE LUNCH–FOR SURE!

Steve's Narrow Gauge Adventure

On a recent trip to Bonn, Germany I got the chance to visit the Drachenfels Railway. It’s a metre gauge (3 ft 3 inch) rack railway that runs from Koenigswinter, just south of Bonn, to the top of the Drachenfels mountain. It’s a single track line, 1.5km (just under 1 mile) long and climbs 220 metres (722 feet) to an altitude of 289 metres (948 feet) with a maximum gradient of 1 in 5 (20%). Enough maths, here’s the start of the journey.

It’s an interesting ride, passing Schloss Drachenburg on the way.

You arrive at the summit terminus.

There’s a super view of the Rhine river.

By the summit station there’s another castle. How many narrow gauge lines can boast two castles along their route?

The glass ‘cube’ is a very nice restaurant and I stopped to enjoy a flammkuchen.

On my return journey I admired the…

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Mr. Caswell has been composing poetry at least since High School. He has been on WORD PRESS for ten years and contributes to two other blogs beside this one. This blog has a Christian emphasis but all bloggers are welcome. Mr. Caswell chooses to---with permission--re[post material of interest

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