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In late May, main line steam action and public excursion trains restarted in Central Europe, following the lifting of lockdown restrictions.

Here are two short films showing some very impressive and archaic 0-10-0 tank engines, 0-8-0 tender locomotives and 4-6-2 tanks with double steam dome on the Czech main line, for a virtual flavor of all the steam action:

In Germany, regular steam trains on many of the famed narrow gauge railways in the East of the country also restarted operations in May, while in Poland, the daily "commuter" steam train from Wolsztyn ran the whole time during the lockdown, as it's publically contracted service and in place instead of diesel railcars. Now for June, much steam will also restart in other countries, with Switzerland leading the way on paddle steamers and steam-hauled mountain railways.
The well-known Brienz-Rothorn-Bahn has been running daily steam trains on the cog since today June 11th. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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