The webcam shows a Brocken bound steam - hauled train in snowy Drei Annen Hohne at the moment (11.15) That is very disappointing news re the Harz Tour Cards, David. I'm not sure how much this will improve the HSB's finances as I've seen very few other people using them and probably 90+% of passengers out of Wernigerode just buy a return to Brocken. It isn't so much the cheap price of the Tour Card but the big advantage to me is the flexibility it provides to use DB and buses out of the Hatix area (e.g.to Nordhausen) as well as the HSB. Unless one is going to make repeated trips to Brocken (which I don't intend doing) I don't think that the runabout ticket is such great value so I may just buy ordinary singles/returns on HSB combined with the hotel's Hatix ticket. Either way it's too late to change plans as the airline tickets are non-refundable but it may put me off going in future. On the positive side it appears that Mallet 5906 has returned from Meiningen so the 2-train service on the Selketal should be more interesting. Ray.