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All Aboard ............ P.S. Schonbrunn in 2003 by Gordon Stewart

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Schonbrunn at Grein - destination of a trip from home base Linz in 2003. Schonbrunn is the last of the numerous steamers operated by the DDSG company and was saved from the scrapyard by the Austrian Railway History Society who operate her on numerous cruises, generally at weekends, throughout much of the year.


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There is plenty of deck space on Schonbrunn


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On the upper deck, port side, looking forward - as Schonbrunn enters one of the many locks along the Danube


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 It can be a tight squeeze in the locks ............................


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The spacious deck shelter forward underneath the bridge and wheelhouse


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The deck shelter forward is accessed from the forward companionway


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Looking aft on the port side where there is a large enclosed deck saloon


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The aft companionway reaches the upper deck just behind the aft deck saloon


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The comfortable aft deck saloon has its own bar and snack service with picture windows looking along the length of the ship


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Further enclosed accommodation aft is the so called "Winter Garden"


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An increasing number of low bridges span the Danube. Here in central Linz an early task of the deck crew is to lower the hinged mast .............


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..........and also lower the hinged funnel. The captain's wheelhouse also lowers, this time hydraulically, to squeeze under the lowest bridges.


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