Wow, what a right old misery guts you've turned into since you changed your forum i/d. I'll admit the relaxed attitude to "window hanging" on German tours is a refreshing change from the UK scene but I disagree entirely that the main line steam in the UK is a lame beast. We still get treated to some astonishing performances that are up there with the best from the heyday of steam. And tell me where in Germany they have the equivalent of the Jacobite? IMO the UK equivalent of a Plandampf. As for the EU bit, I'm a remainer but I can't see what Brexit has to do with the ability to go and see German steam? I first went there in 1969. No problem getting there and no problem getting around and that was before we joined. Cheer up lad.