Family Oriented "Excursion" on German Railroad
Attribution: Railpictures.net uploaded; pix taken May, 2017 by a photog by the name of "J Neu" in Mildenburg, Germany.
There was no info in the pix's ID caption. But it is obvious that this is a narrow guage RR [for the unitiated, RR track widths can roughly be categorized as 'narrow', 'standard', and 'broad' guages].
At the level of a total guess, seeing that "jitney" in the background filled with passengers, this theory occurs to me as to what is going on: here in the USA, when a RR ceases operation/is abandoned, sometimes it occurs that segments of the track are bought up by a local RR historical society, and a seasonal level of operations are offered; this would include some entrepeneur using the defunct line as a tourist attraction touring the countryside.
The pictured "vehicle" in USA RR parlance employes what is call a Hi-Rail modification, and the tech is utilized in a wide variety of motorized vehicles that can travel both on roadways as well as track (the vehicle's motor propels the vehicle). The "Hi" refers to hydraulics that lifts the vehicle on/off the track (usually at a grade crossing) so that the permanently attached RR wheels are in contact, or no longer in contact, with the rails.
Whatever brings out this family, it looks like a very interesting and unusual way for a family outing. I especially enjoyed the intense look on the toddler's face.
There are similar, very limited re scope offerings, in the USA when private owners band together as a kind of hobby club atmosphere and "rents" track for a short while and scoot about in restored RR small maintenance vehicles (and the RR shuts down operations on its track when the "meet" is in progress). I will post a pix the next time a meet's pix is uploaded.
One for Katsy I should imagine.
I like the scooter. Our service vehicles have always been a little more utilitarian than that.
Beeching'd soon stop anything like that happening...
Here is a narrow gauge railway that is in commercial use every day. People - mainly school kids - use it to commute.
We've been on it a few times. Bit draughty in the winter.
Ah, yes. The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway. I think that must be the most uncomfortable journey I've ever made, by rail. Except, perhaps, for a trip on the old FFestiniog railway.