Thursday, 10 May 2018

If You Have Ever Wanted To Be A Train Driver,

this is the place to try it,

 known simply as the “Lorenbahn” to locals, is a narrow railway that extends about two miles out into the North Frisian Wadden Sea, connecting the once-isolated island to mainland Germany, 

  rail line reaches out over a third of a mile to bridge the island to the shore, and is sometimes closed due to extreme winds or other weather-related risks, on either shore, the line branches out to a series of local destinations, some of the trains are enclosed, but others are open-air, like conventional convertible cars but on rails, residents (at least those 15 years of age and older and holding a moped license), can drive private trains back and forth to and from Lüttmoorsiel, many households have their own private wagon (or “lore”) that they use to transport themselves, some used to be wind-powered, using sails, but today they run on diesel, 

the original line was constructed to ferry out building materials for coastal defense, then destroyed by ice flows, only to be rebuilt in a more durable fashion, some of the rail vehicles belong to the State Department for Coastal Defence and National Parks, there are two locomotives and two construction wagons (Bauwagen, which provide shelter for the workers during construction work, as well as goods wagons for construction work, how neat to own your own train!

 and if you are into small trains here is a 10 minute or so video of some in the UK.

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