Stock and staff shortage af­fects Selke­tal steam

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Ger­many’s Harzer Sch­mal­spur­bah­nen does not have enough op­er­a­tional ve­hi­cles to cover the sum­mer timetable, which starts on April 28. This is the first time this has oc­curred in the his­tory of the com­mu­nally owned or­gan­i­sa­tion, which took over Harz me­tre-gauge op­er­a­tions in 1993. As a re­sult, the rail­way has an­nounced that the sec­ond steam di­a­gram that ran Thurs­days-Satur­days on the Selke­tal line will in­stead be a rail­car, as on other days of the week. Gern­rode shed will there­fore have a sin­gle steam di­a­gram, week-round. Con­tin­u­ing staff short­ages mean this will ini­tially re­main the case even af­ter out­stand­ing work on ve­hi­cles is car­ried out, the HSB has said; how­ever no plans have been an­nounced for a re­peat of last year’s ‘busti­tu­tion’ on the Selke­tal line (SR471). The adult re­turn fare to Brocken now costs 43 eu­ros, but a re­duced-price af­ter­noon ticket has been in­tro­duced at 37 eu­ros. From Wernigerode, this is valid from the 2.55pm de­par­ture.

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