Weisseritztalbahn, Germany 6-13
The excitement of the weekly market had disappeared as fast as it had appeared. Getting a leisurely start in the morning, Monika said, “Let’s go to Freital-Heinsberg”. I said “Gesundheit”. No, she said, “It’s the town with the Weisseritztalbahn.” I said, “Are you catching a cold?” She explained that the Weisseritztalbahn in the Eastern Erzgebirge (Ore Mountains) is the oldest public regularly operating narrow-gauge railway in Germany, and it was sort of on our way. The 26 kilometer long railway line started its operation on September 3, 1883.
Small secondary roads in any part of Europe were originally built for carts or Roman chariots, and many are still about the width of two horses asses. Read this: http://www.astrodigital.org/space/stshorse.html to understand the truth of what we are traveling over with a full-size Ford pick-up. These secondary routes can be quite exciting when a truck or bus is coming the other direction. Fortunately there is little traffic.
Freital-Heinsberg was an ordinary town and the afternoon spent on the Weisseritztalbahn was relaxing and pleasant.