"Molli-bahn" - Bad Doberan to Kühlungsborn, Germany

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"Molli-bahn" - Bad Doberan to Kühlungsborn, Germany

jim_easterbrook
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September 7th, 2017, 4:18 pm #1

On my recent holiday in Germany I stayed 3 nights in Bad Doberan and had a ride or two on the "Molli" bahn, a 900mm gauge railway that runs from Bad Doberan (where it connects with the main line) to Kühlungsborn on the Baltic coast. The first stage (Bad Doberan to Heiligendamm, 6.6km) dates from 1886, and the second stage (Heiligendamm to Kühlungsborn, 8.8km) from 1910. It's all single track, with passing at Heiligendamm station.

Our hotel was nice and close to the station. I recorded this video the afternoon of our arrival. Not a bad view from a hotel balcony! (Sarah was less impressed when we discovered that the first train in the morning arrives at 07:21, in similar noisy fashion.)
"Molli Bahn", Bad Doberan, Germany. by Jim Easterbrook, on Flickr

The next day we went by train to Kühlungsborn for a day at the seaside. The first pictures are of the loco being run around at Bad Doberan.
Bad Doberan to Kühlungsborn on the "Molli Bahn", Germany by Jim Easterbrook, on Flickr Bad Doberan to Kühlungsborn on the "Molli Bahn", Germany by Jim Easterbrook, on Flickr

We got the best seats, right at the front of the train with a good view of the engine. One of the delights of the "Molli" is its street running in Bad Doberan (with continuous bell sounding).
Bad Doberan to Kühlungsborn on the "Molli Bahn", Germany by Jim Easterbrook, on Flickr Bad Doberan to Kühlungsborn on the "Molli Bahn", Germany by Jim Easterbrook, on Flickr

Once off the streets it can go a bit faster.
Bad Doberan to Kühlungsborn on the "Molli Bahn", Germany by Jim Easterbrook, on Flickr

I'm quite pleased with this video of it setting off from Kühlungsborn Mitte.
Bad Doberan to Kühlungsborn on the "Molli Bahn", Germany by Jim Easterbrook, on Flickr

The beach at Kühlungsborn is long and sandy, and the sea is beautifully clear. We both had a swim and then had a lunch of fish and beer.
Kühlungsborn, Germany by Jim Easterbrook, on Flickr Kühlungsborn, Germany by Jim Easterbrook, on Flickr

At Kühlungsborn West station there is a small museum.
"Molli" Museum, Kühlungsborn, Germany by Jim Easterbrook, on Flickr "Molli" Museum, Kühlungsborn, Germany by Jim Easterbrook, on Flickr

Among the exhibits is a 1951 loco. The ones in service date from 1932.
"Molli" Museum, Kühlungsborn, Germany by Jim Easterbrook, on Flickr "Molli" Museum, Kühlungsborn, Germany by Jim Easterbrook, on Flickr

For our return journey we got the best seats again, this time right at the back of the train.
Kühlungsborn to Bad Doberan on the "Molli Bahn", Germany by Jim Easterbrook, on Flickr Kühlungsborn to Bad Doberan on the "Molli Bahn", Germany by Jim Easterbrook, on Flickr

Passing at Heiligendamm.
Kühlungsborn to Bad Doberan on the "Molli Bahn", Germany by Jim Easterbrook, on Flickr

Street running in Bad Doberan.
Kühlungsborn to Bad Doberan on the "Molli Bahn", Germany by Jim Easterbrook, on Flickr Kühlungsborn to Bad Doberan on the "Molli Bahn", Germany by Jim Easterbrook, on Flickr

At Bad Doberan the last two trains of the day have 5 of the 10 carriages uncoupled and moved to a shed.
"Molli Bahn", Bad Doberan, Germany by Jim Easterbrook, on Flickr "Molli Bahn", Bad Doberan, Germany by Jim Easterbrook, on Flickr

The loco is then coupled to the remaining 5 carriages, plus saloon and luggage wagons, before leaving for Kühlungsborn where it spends the night.
"Molli Bahn", Bad Doberan, Germany by Jim Easterbrook, on Flickr
Last edited by jim_easterbrook on September 12th, 2017, 7:34 am, edited 2 times in total.
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MrMamod
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September 7th, 2017, 5:44 pm #2

Thanks Jim I enjoyed all of that and I looked a great holiday with the trains and food  :lol:
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MrDuck
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September 8th, 2017, 1:59 pm #3

I don't think I saw a train running on the streets through a town before :lol:
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September 9th, 2017, 4:18 am #4

7:21 what an absolutely fantastic alarm clock :lol:
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jim_easterbrook
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September 9th, 2017, 4:10 pm #5

MrMamod:1381866 wrote:Thanks Jim I enjoyed all of that and I looked a great holiday with the trains and food :lol:
Those are the things I look for in a holiday.
MrDuck:1381998 wrote:I don't think I saw a train running on the streets through a town before :lol:
The line was initially a tram service, later reclassified as light rail. There's a lot more history on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molli_railway
gen3v8:1382081 wrote:7:21 what an absolutely fantastic alarm clock :lol:
Indeed. Though one's better half may not think so.
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Mehltheuersteam
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September 10th, 2017, 1:32 am #6

Very nice!  :D
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jim_easterbrook
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September 11th, 2017, 9:44 pm #7

OK, it appears the migration to Tapatalk has lost my Flickr embedded pictures. I suspect this is because I was using HTML embed code rather than BBCode. Here's an attempt with BBCode:
"Molli Bahn", Bad Doberan, Germany. by Jim Easterbrook, on Flickr

And here it is as HTML:
<a data-flickr-embed="true"  href="" title="&quot;Molli Bahn&quot;, Bad Doberan, Germany."><img src="https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4331/368 ... 4ee6_z.jpg" width="640" height="360" alt="&quot;Molli Bahn&quot;, Bad Doberan, Germany."></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

It would appear that we can't embed HTML with Tapatalk.  )-:
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jim_easterbrook
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September 12th, 2017, 7:37 am #8

I've edited my original post to put back some of the pictures and videos. The embedding is not nearly as satisfactory - if anyone finds out how to do it better (for Flickr videos in particular) please let me know.

I've also corrected the spelling of Kühlungsborn - Tapatalk had managed to drop all the ü characters. It's a surprise in this day and age to find software that can't handle non ASCII characters.
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