Finally found some time to finish the last part of this:
The mechanism to extend the arm is quite neat – a worm gear extends the first part, and and an arrangement of cord extends the second part at the same time.
And this is the complete crane, with the arm and outriggers extended. I’m impressed with the various gearboxes that direct the motor power to the different crane functions.
Finally got a chance to restart this build – this is the base of the crane itself
The top is then attached to the base:
A short walk to Nuremburg station, then we caught our first train to Cologne. A bit busy, but as we had reserved seats on the train, we didn’t have to rush.
The bit though the Rhein Valley was very scenic
We had time for a beer in Cologne
And the cathedral was very impressive
The next train was to Brussels
Time for a beer and supper, then on to the Eurostar back to London.
Overall, we’ve travelled about 1800 miles on over 20 different trains.
Up bright and early to catch the regional train to Nuremburg. It was very crowded, and no seat reservations, but we were there in good time to get reasonable seats.
A bit over 4 hours later, we got to Nuremburg
We dropped our bags off at the hotel and went to explore the city, starting with a beer…
All very nice, with a castle overlooking the centre.
Then back to the hotel for a swim in their underground pool.
A rather damp start today…
We walked to the local station (again) and caught a train to Zittau.
From there, we got another narrow gauge steam train to Oybin, which is almost at the border with Czech border.
When we got to Oybin, we decided it was a bit damp to stay there for 2 hours, so we caught the same train back to Zittau.
We then explored the town, stopping for a drink of course
Then caught the train back to Dresden
Having got a coach back to the hotel, we returned to a local cafe for a healthy supper (and a few less heathly beers!). Great simple food…
We then had a stroll back to the hotel
We went on a paddle steamer on the River Elbe to Meissen today
The weather was a bit miserable, but only a bit of drizzle.
Messen old town was largely traffic free, and really nice, with a castle and cathedral at the top of a hill
Time for a drink and sausage
In the afternoon, we walked to the Meissen porcelain factory, where we had a guided tour that was fascinating.
An organ with ceramic pipes :
Demonstrations of the main processes:
Didn’t buy any though!
We also visited this church, which has been recently reconstructed following war damage. Rather ornate for our taste…
There was also an archaeological dig in the town, not of medieval ruins, but much more recent (as far as we can tell)
After a stroll in a nice quiet park in Dresden, we visited the botanical gardens. Very interesting, with a couple of (very hot) tropical houses.
Lots of outdoor plants as well!