Work in progress…
The above is a link to an excellent video uploaded to YouTube by user ecpaganini showing 228s at work in the former East Germany in 1997.
Opportunities to ride behind 228s are now fairly irregular and almost entirely restricted to charter trains. There have been suggestions amongst the German enthusiast community that 228 719 may make an appearance on Erfurter Bahnservice’s Buttstädt to Sömmerda commuter train trial (which runs until 2nd March 2018), but this has so far been solely in the hands of 232 690 – with heating being an important issue on these trains at the moment (while temperatures are low), and the 228’s boiler not being operational, it may not haul any of the trains.
Three examples, however, have railtours currently in the diary. Former GDR government loco 228 552 is advertised to work railtours on Saturday 24th February 2018 and Saturday 17th March 2018; 228 721 will head a high-mileage railtour from Stassfurt to Westerland (Sylt) on Saturday 25th August 2018 and 228 770 has outings planned for Saturday 26th May 2018 and Saturday 2nd June 2018, both times ostensibly as a “tail end Charlie” for a steam loco, but on past form, will be working hard for much of the day.