Steam train climbing the Brocken, Harz Mountains, Germany

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Comments (12)

Craig Ward on February 15, 2008

I love steam power, this is a lovely shot Ian,well captured / composed ,Cheers Craig :)

Ian Stehbens on February 15, 2008

Thanks Craig,

I am glad you enjoyed this. I saw the train leave down below and as I went up the road and came to a level crossing I realized that this train was coming soon. Excitedly, I ran up the line a few 100Ms until I was positioned. And no sooner was I there then I heard it coming. I just kept shooting as it approached, went by and went out of sight. I never saw it again that day. But I knew I had some great pictures. I can still feel the excitement.



Ian Stehbens on March 10, 2009

Dear Ge Ko,

You must have known! I have just this minute finished uploading a set of photos from a train trip from Central (Sydney) south to Kiama. The opportunity was granted for me to ride in the cabin beside the driver, so all views are from there.

And in regard to our exploration of Germany, we found many fascinating gems in every nook we went! And this was just one of the gems.


trongreta on July 13, 2009

A very nice photo!!

Ian Stehbens on July 13, 2009

Thanks, Silvia.


gezginruh on March 1, 2010


"Journeys are the midwives of thought.Few places are more condicive to internal conversations than a moving plane,ship or train...

... ........

Of all modesof transport,the trainis perhapsthe best aid to thought;the views have none of the potential monotony of those on a ship or plane, they move fast enough for us not to get exasperated but slowly enough to allow us to identify objetcs. They offer us brief, inspiring glimpses into private domains,letting us see a woman at the precise moment when she takes a cup from a shelf in her kitchen, then carrying us on to a patio where a man is sleeping and then to a park where a child is catching a ball thrown by a figure we cannot see" ALAIN DE BOTTON



Ian Stehbens on March 1, 2010

That is a wonderful quotation, Füsun. A great thought. Yet Alain de Botton should come flying with me, especially if it is in a helicopter! It would be like being in the delivery room as the child is delivered and the euphoria takes over from the exhaustion!

In a helicopter conversation is really possible, but the thinking is intense.

This train takes one from the industrial city thorough the most colourful summer farming landscape, then ascends into these wonderful forests which encompass small villages and isolated dwellings, to emerge on the treeless summit with an expansive view in every direction.


gezginruh on March 3, 2010

You must be right dear Ian,I have never been in a helicopter before. And i'm sure that Alain de botton also haven't :)

I think it's possible to see everything while flying with a helicopter. At the end what is important is seeing. Cause seeing is believing.

Anyway i prefer the train so my purple buggages will always be in a train station...

Lovely greetings. Füsun K.

Ian Stehbens on March 4, 2010

At the end, seeing your purple luggage emerge from a train say in Brisbane, must be a high preference, now that you have seen more glimpses of Australia.

Right now my son is having a final flight test before becoming a flying instructor. I trust he goes well. Then I look forward to more flights to see the world from above. I love flying, and I love trains, and I love driving, and I love trekking! Like you, dear , I love travelling!!


谭政 on November 17, 2010


Ian Stehbens on December 1, 2010

Greetings 谭政. When I first visited China, I travelled by train from Guangzhou to Wuhan, and saw many steam engines working the lines especially around Wuhan. It is interesting for me to learn from you, that there are few steam trains left in China today.

Thank you for your comment and your visit to me gallery.

Ian (in Australia)

gezginruh on May 19, 2015

Now I know the Brocken Harz Mountains, dear Ian... It is always a wonderful feeling to be on the mountains!!

I hope one day we can do this together...

Love Füsun

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on May 29, 2007
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Ian Stehbens
    • Camera: Canon EOS 20D
    • Taken on 2005/05/18 16:35:50
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
    • Focal Length: 85.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/7.100
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash