In the time between December 19th 2014 and January 7th 2015, I was in New York City for nine days. I was in the Harz mountains, at the HSB narrow gauge railway, for about three hours. Yet I still end up posting far more pictures from the latter. I guess I could chalk some of that down to regional patriotism (I'm from the Harz mountains myself even though I don't live there anymore), but honestly, the main reason was that I had much better weather there.
Anyway: Drei Annen Hohne station, again. This station is clearly the busiest on the network, with trains going up and down the Brocken line, which is used to full capacity, trains to Wernigerode, and the odd train going to or coming from places further south like Eisfelder Talmühle. The whole situation is complicated by the fact that the locomotives all take on water here, and that they constantly swap locomotives between trains according to some plan I haven't been able to figure out yet. 99 7245-6 ran all day between Drei Annen Hohne and Eisfelder Talmühle, but it actually switched the cars with other locomotives, forming Wernigerode-Eisfelder Talmühle connections. It's all kind of complicated.
What is very notable about this locomotive is its direction. Generally, locomotives on the HSB network are positioned with the boiler facing south when they run from the towns on the north side of the Harz into the mountains (they run the same speed in either direction so it's really just an aesthetic choice). Turntables exist only at the major workshops, and locomotives get turned around only rarely. However, due to the track geometry, a locomotive facing south on the Trans-Harz-Line will end up facing north when transferred to the Selke line, and vice versa. 99 7245 is positioned exactly the wrong way around for the Trans-Harz-Line, but would be correct at the Selke line. My guess is that it may be stabled there.
And then, of course, you have the tourists in the shot. This is 100% normal (and legitimate) in Drei Annen Hohne; this was actually a fairly slow day compared to the masses you can see otherwise, and this is near the end of the platform where only few people ever go anyway.