This survey of the railways of Southern Germany begins on the border with Belgium in Aachen and proceeds with one or two branch line detours down the castle strewn Rhine to Mainz. Frankfurt and its suburban connections are examined and steam is in action along the Main waterfront. Private railways such as the Frankfurt-Konigsteiner and the Gelnhauser Kriesbahnen are not forgotten.
An old TEE 6 car unit is in action on a charter trip which provided a striking contrast with ICE train on the Neubaustrecke between Fulda and Wurzburg. We also take the slower but more picturesque route through the Main Valley. There are railways along many river valleys and we follow the Neckar to Mannheim, the headquarters of two narrow gauge railways and the point where we join the Rhine again.
Among Germany's most famous trains was the old Rheingold and we follow a steam hauled outing of the violet and ivory train from Karlsruhe to Bad Herranalb in the Black Forest. Steam is also in action around the Kaiserstuhl.
The Black Forest is inhospitable terrain for railways and we follow some difficult routes including the preserved Wutachtal Bahn where large steam locomotives with ten coach trains and assistance from banker engines fight their way around tortuous curves and over soaring viaducts.
Although this programme includes many unusual trains, the day to day operations of the railways are not forgotten. The programme ends in Bavaria at the place where railways in Germany began, Nurnberg, but not before Austrian and Czech connections have been looked at. A closing highlight is a journey by rack railway to the top of Germany's highest mountain, the Zugspitze.
This one hour programme has a full commentary by Martin Oldfield.