Germany : Bremen and Regensburg Photos

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The final batch of photos from my February trip to Germany, taken at Bremen Hbf, have been added to the photo galleries. There are also a few new pictures from the Regensburg - Landshut line taken last year.

go to 126 Bremen Area photo gallery
go to 930 Landshut - Regensburg photo gallery

Germany : New Harz N.G. Photos

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Photos from my recent trip to the Harzer Schmalspurbahnen, a metre gauge and largely steam worked system in the Harz Mountains of northern Germany, have been added to the German photo galleries.

go to 325 etc Harz N.G. photo gallery

Germany : New Hannover Photos

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The first batch of photos from my February 2017 visit to Germany are now online. These cover a very busy day at Dedensen-Gümmer, a few km west of Hannover and a freight hotspot with lots of variety.

go to 360 Hannover Area photo gallery

Germany : New Trip Report

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The Harzer Schmalspurbahnen operates a 140km network of metre gauge lines in western Sachsen-Anhalt and uses steam locos on many of its trains. The line retains the feel of a working steam railway and runs through attractive scenery with steep banks that make the locos work for their living. I was there for a week in February 2017 and spent some time photographing electrics on freight around Hannover and Bremen at the beginning and end of the trip.

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Germany : Photo Gallery Update

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The first batch of 36 pictures from my recent trip to Germany have been added to the photo galleries. These are the same pictures included in the trip report and there are many more to follow, when I can find the time to prepare them.

go to new photos gallery
go to 544 Reichenbach - Hof photo gallery
go to 855 Regensburg - Marktredwitz photo gallery
go to 860 Nürnberg - Hof/Cheb photo gallery
go to 870 Hersbruck - Schwandorf photo gallery
go to 970 München - Lindau/Oberstdorf

Germany : New Trip Report

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The temporary closure of the electrified main line north of Bamberg and the diversion of freights via the diesel worked Hof - Marktredwitz - Nürnberg route provided the excuse I needed for another trip to these photogenic lines in north-eastern Bavaria. As well as Ludmillas on main line freights, class 294s were seen on china clay traffic on the Amberg - Hirschau branch and a few locos belonging to independents appeared as well. Passenger trains weren’t ignored entirely with the ALEX class 223s photographed between Weiden and Hof. Time was also spent capturing the soon to disappear class 143s on the Reichenbach - Hof line and class 111s and 183s between Regensburg and Landshut.

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Germany : Photo Gallery Update

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With the transfer of the Allgäubahn and König-Ludwig-Bahn galleries to the new format, all the German photos are now available to be viewed by line, class, operator or traction traction type. Many previously unpublished photos have been added to the Allgäubahn gallery, taking the total number of German photos available to 1125, 281 of them taken on the Allgäubahn, surely the most photogenic of all the German railways. A number of new galleries based on loco class or operator have also been added, too many to list here.

go to line 970 München - Lindau/Oberstdorf (Allgäubahn) gallery
go to line 974 Biessenhofen - Füssen (König-Ludwig-Bahn) gallery
go to German photo galleries

Germany : Photo Gallery Update

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The photo galleries covering the München - Salzburg and Ingolstadt - Treuchtlingen lines have been converted to the new format and and a number of new pictures added. There are also a few new pictures from the München - Mittenwald line and new galleries for classes 111 and 186 and operators ÖBB and SBB Cargo.

go to line 950 München - Salzburg/Kufstein gallery
go to line 960 München - Mittenwald gallery
go to line 990 Ingolstadt - Treuchtlingen gallery

Class 111 - - Class 186 - - ÖBB in Germany - - SBB Cargo in Germany

Germany : Photo Gallery Update

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The final batch of photos from my early autumn trips to Germany have been added to the new German photo galleries. These include 34 pictures covering the visit to the Harz Mountains to photograph steam on the metre gauge lines of the Harzer Schmalspurbahnen. There are also a few pictures from Hamburg, mainly S-Bahn EMUs but with a few locos as well, and one from Hannover.

go to 325 Harz N.G. photo gallery

go to 100 Hannover West photo gallery

go to 101 Hamburg Area photo gallery

Germany : New Trip Report

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Harzer Schmalspurbahnen operates a 140km network of metre gauge lines in the Harz Mountains, close to the former East-West German border, and uses steam locos on many trains, including the frequent services to the summit of the Brocken, the highest mountain in northern Germany. The railway became a magnet for tourists when the border between the two Germanys re-opened but, unlike many tourist operations, it still has the feel of a working railway. This report covers a seven day trip to the railway in October 2015 and also includes a lot of historical background information as well as details of what we saw during the trip.

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Germany : New Trip Report

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This report covers short visits to Hamburg and Hannover during September and October 2015. Hamburg still has a lot of loco hauled regional services, many of them worked by class 112 and 143 electrics, classes that are falling victim to the flood of new EMUs elsewhere. There’s less of passenger interest around Hannover, although the class 111 worked Braunschweig - Rheine trains are worth seeing. I had intended concentrating on the freights but poor weather caused a change of plan.

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Germany : New Trip Report

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During visits to the Marschbahn for diverted freights in the summers of 2014 and 2015 it became apparent that there was considerable photographic potential west of Niebüll, on the section of line that didn’t host any diverted freights. This report describes a ten day visit to the incredibly busy and entirely loco worked Niebüll - Westerland line in late September 2015. In addition to regional and InterCity passenger trains, the line is home to the SyltShuttle, a frequent service of car carrying trains linking the island of Sylt with the mainland.

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Germany : Photo Gallery Update

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Over 60 new images from my September 2015 trip to the Marschbahn have been added to the German photo galleries. The trip concentrated on the busy line between Niebüll and Westerland with its frequent class 218 hauled SyltShuttle car-carriers, loco hauled Nord-Ostseebahn regional passengers and a few 218 hauled InterCity workings as well.

go to line 130 Hamburg - Westerland photo gallery

Germany : Photo Gallery Update

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Another big transfer of pictures to the new php web galleries, bringing the total number of German photos there to over 700, with quite a few images that haven’t been published before. Galleries transferred include most of those from northern and eastern Bayern including the diesel worked lines north and east of Nürnberg and in the Mühldorf area. The busy electrified Aschaffenburg - Würzburg line is also included and there are new galleries for classes 152, 155, 182, 215/225, 217 and 610.

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Germany : Photo Gallery Update

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Another 130 pictures have been added to the new format German photo galleries including a number that haven’t been been published before. The new galleries now include all the pictures from Baden-Württemberg, leaving only those from Bayern to be moved. There are also eight new galleries covering classes 110/113/115, 120, 146, 151, 181, 424-426, 611 and 650, accessible via the index page.

go to line 740 Stuttgart - Singen gallery
go to line 750 Stuttgart - Ulm gallery
go to line 751 Ulm - Friedrichshafen gallery

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Germany : Photo Gallery Update

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More than 30 new pictures have been added to the German photo galleries, mainly from my July 2015 visit to see the Marschbahn freight diversions.

go to line 130 Hamburg - Westerland photo gallery

go to line 136 Niebüll - Tønder photo gallery

Germany : Photo Gallery Changes

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The galleries for northern and central Germany, everywhere except Baden-Württemberg and Bayern, are now available in the new php format with more options for viewing the pictures. The remaining German pictures, over 500 of them, will be moved when time permits.

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Germany and Denmark : New Trip Report

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After really enjoying the Marschbahn freight diversions in July 2014, I couldn’t resist going back when the process was repeated in July 2015. As before, it was a rewarding experience with Ludmilla’s and MZs on the freights and plenty of 218s on Sylt Shuttles and ICs. Add big MAKs, semaphore signals and sunshine to complete the experience. Read the report here.

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Germany : More Gallery Updates

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A couple of minor updates to the Nürnberg - Schwandorf (1 new photo) and München Hbf (4 new photos) galleries.

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go to München Hbf gallery

Germany : Another New Photo Gallery

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The latest photo gallery added covers the Südbahn, the double track diesel worked line from Ulm to Friedrichshafen via Biberach and Ravensburg. Some services are worked by DMUs but there are plenty of class 218 diesels on passengers and the occasional 232 or 294 on freight as well. I’d ignored this line for years in the mistaken belief that it was flat and uninteresting but there are some very nice locations on the southern half of the line as I hope these pictures show.

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Germany : New Photo Galleries

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Two new photo galleries added, covering the Stuttgart - Ulm and Rottweil - Villingen lines in Baden-Württemberg. The former is a busy electrified main line carrying a wide variety of traffic, worked by a wide variety of traction. The nine pictures, showing eight different classes were all taken on the same afternoon and barely cover half the number of different loco types seen. Rottweil - Villingen is a backwater by comparison, largely worked by DMUs but with the occasional 218 appearing at weekends.

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go to Rottweil - Villingen gallery

Germany : Photo Gallery Updated

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The long process of bringing the photo galleries up to date continues with 11 more pics from a very successful visit to the Nürnberg - Hof line in north-eastern Bavaria in April 2013. The attraction was the use of class 232 and 233 diesels on a handful of freights every day, all running through the glorious landscape of the Fränkische Alb and the Fichtelgebirge.

go to 860 Nürnberg - Hof gallery

Germany : New Photo Gallery

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Half a dozen pictures from the Regensburg - Marktredwitz line in north-east Bayern taken on two visits in 2013. This was a major route linking München with Berlin, Leipzig and Dresden until the partition of Germany reduced its importance. Although it no longer sees long distance expresses there are still some loco hauled passengers, operated by ALEX, and a few freights.

go to 855 Regensburg - Marktredwitz gallery

Germany : New Trip Report

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The München – Salzburg main line was closed east of Traunstein for five days in late October 2014 to enable bridge work. During the closure a number of services were diverted while others were bustituted or simply abandoned between München and Salzburg. A few EuroCity trains ran via Mühldorf with diesel haulage, giving me a good excuse for the 4-day visit covered by this report.

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Germany : New Trip Report

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A two-week closure of the Arlbergbahn, the only rail link between the Vorarlberg region of western Austria and the rest of the country, necessitated bus substitutions for most passengers and long diversions through German territory for freight and overnight passenger trains. Most of the diverted trains ran via the Allgäubahn between München and Lindau, providing a rare opportunity to photograph long loco hauled trains on one of Germany's most scenic diesel worked routes.

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Germany : New Photo Galleries

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Two new photo galleries added covering the Hamburg - Westerland (Marschbahn) and the Niebüll - Tønder lines in the far north of Germany. The Marschbahn is a stonghold of diesel haulage under normal circumstances with semaphore signals and some notable civil engineering. The Niebüll - Tønder line is normally a bit of a backwater linking the extremities of the German and Danish systems and operated by DMUs. For three weeks in July and August 2014 both lines hosted diverted diesel hauled international freights as well.

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go to Niebüll - Tønder gallery

Germany and Denmark : New Trip Report

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The Marschbahn from Hamburg to Westerland is one of the last strongholds of diesel operation in Germany and became even better for three weeks in July and August 2014 when a dozen diverted diesel-hauled freights a day were added to the regular loco-hauled passengers and car-shuttles. The freights continued with diesel haulage over the border to Esbjerg in Denmark and, after a change of loco from 232 to MZ, on to Fredericia. This report covers a ten day trip to the lines on both sides of the border.

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Germany : Photo Galleries Updated

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More German photo updates with several new pictures added to the Linke Rheinstrecke (Koblenz - Mainz) gallery and many more to the Gäubahn (Stuttgart - Singen) gallery.

go to 471 Linke Rheinstrecke gallery
go to 740 Gäubahn gallery

Germany : New Photo Gallery

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Added a new photo gallery covering the Koblenz - Mainz main line along the left/west bank of the Rhein. This was traditionally one of Germany's main north-south passenger routes, linking the Ruhrgebiet with Frankfurt and the Rhein/Main conurbation. It lost most of its InterCity traffic when the Köln - Frankfurt NBS opened but there are still hourly InterCity trains, loco hauled RE services and more freights than in the past. The iconic class 103 even made a re-appearance in 2013 after an absence of over ten years. Add some superb scenery and a few mediaeval towns and the photographic potential becomes obvious.

go to 471 Linke Rheinstrecke gallery

Germany : New Trip Report

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A week long photographic trip to the Rosenheim area of south-eastern Bayern, primarily to try to record the last few workings still entrusted to class 111 electrics. Although not part of the original plan, my visit just happened to coincide with a closure of the line through Passau and the diversion of numerous freights via Rosenheim instead.

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Germany : Photo Galleries Updated

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New photo galleries have been added covering the electrified main line west of Hannover and the steam worked metre gauge Harzer Schmalspurbahn. The Rechte Rheinstrecke gallery, covering the busy main line down the east bank of the Rhein has also been updated with many new pictures.

go to Hannover West gallery

go to Harzer Schmalspurbahnen gallery

go to Rechte Rheinstrecke gallery

Germany : New Trip Report

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This report covers an 8 day visit to the Harzer Schmalspurbahnen in late January and early February 2014. The HSB operates a 140km network of metre gauge railways in the Harz Mountains in northern Germany. Once part of the Deutsche Reichsbahn, the system became a tourist railway following the collapse of the Iron Curtain in 1989 but has retained a lot of its original character and still operates many services with steam locomotives.

The report also includes a brief look at the current scene in the Hannover area with the emphasis on freight.

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Germany : Another New Trip Report

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This short trip was originally conceived to cover the electrified München – Mittenwald and München – Salzburg lines, both of which have loco hauled regional services threatened by the arrival of new EMUs in December. As a bonus, the weekend closure of the Traunstein - Freilassing line produced a rare opportunity to photograph diesel hauled diverted ECs on the scenic Mühldorf – Freilassing line.

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Germany : New Trip Report

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A two-week trip to Germany in September 2013, visiting the Stuttgart - Singen line for classes 115, 120 and 181 on InterCity trains on the edge of the Black Forest, Weiden - Marktredwitz for diverted, 232 hauled freights in the north-east corner of Bavaria, Ulm - Friedrichshafen for 218s around Aulendorf and the busy Ulm - Stuttgart line for a variety of electrics and some diesels on one of Germany's busiest main lines.

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Germany : New Trip Report

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This report covers a five day trip to the wonderfully scenic Rhein valley south of Koblenz in August 2013. There were were plenty of interesting passenger and freight workings on both sides of the river, powered by a wide variety of electric locos belonging to DB and independent operators and including a couple of workings hauled by one of the iconic class 103s.

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Germany : New Trip Report

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A five day trip to photograph diesel hauled passengers on the München – Lindau line, the branches to Oberstdorf and Füssen and the Ulm - Friedrichshafen line in early June 2013. The temporary closure of the Buchloe - Memmingen line for engineering work, necessitated the diversion of München - Zürich EuroCity services via Kempten, adding more trains to the mix.

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Germany : New Trip Report

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This report covers the German part of a three week trip to Europe in late April and early May 2013. Several lines were visited including those in the Mosel and Rhein Valleys, the diesel worked lines east of Nürnberg, Nürnberg - Augsburg, Ulm - Friedrichshafen, the Allgäubahn and the Gäubahn.

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Germany : More Nürnberg - Hof Photos

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The final update of the German photo galleries with pictures from the April/May 2012 trip covers the scenic Nürnberg - Hof line in northern Bavaria.

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Germany : New Photo Galleries Added

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Two new photo galleries have been added, showcasing two very different German lines. The Rechte Rheinstrecke is a busy, double-track, electrified freight route running through the Rhein Gorge from Koblenz to Wiesbaden. In contrast, the Füssen branch is a quiet single-track line threading through the hills of southern Bavaria. Both lines feature excellent scenery and loco hauled trains.

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go to Rechte Rheinstrecke gallery
go to Füssen Branch gallery

German Photos : Allgäubahn

Over the past few days I’ve added 40 pictures taken in April and June this year to the München - Kempten, Immenstadt - Lindau and Immenstadt - Oberstdorf photo galleries. The new photos show 2143s, in red and blue liveries, and 223s on ALEX trains, 218s on EC, IC and RE services and even a 294 on a pick-up goods, all in the glorious scenery of the Allgäu.

go to München - Kempten gallery
go to Immenstadt - Lindau gallery
go to Immenstadt - Oberstdorf gallery

German Trip Report

Engineering work on the Buchloe - Memmingen line resulted in the diversion of three pairs of EC trains over the scenic route via Kempten from 10 June to 8 July 2012. This report covers a five day trip to the line in late June. The Allgäubahn from München to Lindau via Kempten abounds with superb photo positions but is usually rather short on loco-hauled trains, especially west of Immenstadt. The diversions filled the gap admirably.

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German Photos : Gäubahn

Photos from my April and May/June 2012 trips to the Gäubahn (KBS740 Stuttgart - Singen line) have been added to the Photo Galleries.

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German Trip Report

A report covering a short trip to the Gäubahn in late May and early June 2012. The Gäubahn, as the electrified Stuttgart to Singen line is known, runs through attractive countryside along the Neckar Valley on the eastern edge of the Black Forest and sees loco hauled InterCity and Regio passengers and some freight. The aim of the trip was to photograph the handful of Stuttgart - Singen InterCity services worked by class 115 or class 181 locos at weekends. The 115s were of interest as survivors from the 1960s while the 181s, dual-system machines designed for cross border services to France and Luxembourg, were operating well off their beaten track.

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German Trip Report

A four week trip to southern Germany for diesels and electrics on freight and passenger workings. The lines covered included the Gäubahn with 115s and 181s on some IC trains, the Füssen and Oberstdorf branches with 218s and an ex-ÖBB 2143 on regional passengers, the lines from Nürnberg to Marktredwitz and Schwandorf where freights are still worked by 232s and the Rhein Gorge where almost every conceivable class of electric works freight.

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German Photos : October Trip Update

The German photo galleries have been updated with photos from my October trip to the Nürnberg area, featuring class 232s on freight on lines 860 and 870 to Hof and Schwandorf and electrics on line 990 in Altmühltal.

go to line 860 Nürnberg - Hof gallery
go to line 870 Hersbruck - Schwandorf gallery
go to line 990 Ingolstadt - Treuchtlingen gallery

German Trip Report : Return to the Ludmilla Triangle

A return visit to northern Bayern to photograph class 232 and 233 "Ludmillas" working heavy freights on the scenic, diesel-worked lines east of Nürnberg. I spent four days on the Nürnberg - Hof and Nürnberg - Schwandorf lines where they cross the Frankische Alb before heading south to Altmühltal for a day of electric passenger and freight action on the Ingolstadt - Treuchtlingen line.

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German Photos : September Update

60 photos from my September 2011 trip to Germany have been added to the photo galleries, taking the number of pictures of German railways on the site to more than 400.



go to Koblenz - Trier gallery
go to Immenstadt - Lindau gallery
go to Nürnberg - Hof gallery
go to Hersbruck - Schwandorf gallery
go to Stuttgart - Singen gallery

German Trip Report : German Miscellany

A two week trip to southern Germany designed to take advantage of the temporary closure of the Oberstdorf branch, which resulted in ALEX running five coach trains over the western section of the Allgäubahn to Lindau instead of the usual two or three coach rakes. In addition, there were EC diversions via the Allgäubahn and visits were made to the electrified Koblenz - Trier and Stuttgart - Singen lines and the diesel worked lines north-east of Nürnberg for Ludmillas on freight.



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German Photos : Koblenz and the Mosel

The Koblenz - Trier photo gallery has been updated with pictures from my recent trip to Koblenz and the Mosel Valley.



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German Trip Report : Koblenz and the Mosel

A short trip to Germany in early July 2011 for five days of lineside photography. I visited the area south of Koblenz where the busy and scenic main-lines that run along the Mosel and Rhein Valleys cut through a hilly area known as the Hunsrück. most of the trip was spent on the Moselstrecke where the elusive class 181s can still be found working IC trains between Koblenz and Luxembourg.



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German Photos : Major Update

A major update to the German photo galleries including a number of new galleries and the expansion of several others. In addition to new photos from my October trip, there are a considerable number of reprocessed, and much improved, images from earlier trips back to 2006.



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German Trip Report : To Deutschland for Diesels

A three week photographic trip to Germany, concentrating mainly on diesel worked lines and with the emphasis on freight. The trip started with visits to a couple of busy electrified lines; the Koblenz - Trier line in the Mosel Valley then the Elbe Valley, between Dresden and the Czech border. Next came some diesel lines in the former DDR; the Hoyerswerda - Horka line, north-east of Dresden, and then the superb Reichenbach - Hof line. There was also a quick visit to the Wismut Werkbahn, an industrial operation near Gera. The final part of the trip involved visits to the Mühldorf area and the Allgäubahn (München - Kempten - Lindau) in Bayern before finally returning home via the Mosel.



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German Photos : Dresden Area

Photos from my recent trip to Dresden and the Elbe Valley have been added to the photo galleries.



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German Trip Report : Dresden

This report covers a short trip to the Dresden area in the south-eastern corner of what used to be East Germany. The city of Dresden is an attraction in itself but it was the line along the scenic Elbe Valley that prompted my visit. This route is busy with loco hauled passenger and heavy freight traffic and the home to a type of electric loco that is difficult to find elsewhere, DB Class 180, also known as CD Class 372.



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German Photos : Bebra - Fulda

This gallery has been updated with new or improved photos from 2006 and new pictures from 2009. The Bebra - Fulda line is a double track electrified route that runs through attractive countryside and carries a high volume of freight, hauled by a wide variety of locos from DB and other operators. In 2006 there were also loco hauled local passenger trains worked by venerable class 110 electrics.



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German Photos : Immenstadt - Lindau

The western section of the Allgäubahn, from Immenstadt to Lindau, is one of the most photogenic lines in Europe, running through the gloriously scenic Oberallgäu region, just north of the Alps. The line has served as a diversionary route on several occasions over recent years, adding EuroCity passengers and long freights to the usual mix of loco hauled ALEX trains and DB Regio DMUs. This gallery features photos taken on a number of trips from 2006 to 2009.



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German Photos : Kempten - Immenstadt

The Kempten - Immenstadt line is part of the Allgäubahn, the scenic, double-track, diesel-worked main line from München to Lindau. The The Kempten - Immenstadt section carries regional passenger trains from München, Augsburg and Ulm to Lindau and Oberstdorf, some of them loco hauled as well as a couple of InterCity services and a pair of EuroCity trains from München to Zürich.



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German Photos : Immenstadt - Oberstdorf Line

The first of a number of remastered and expanded galleries covering the Allgäubahn and associated lines. The branch from Immenstadt to Oberstdorf carries fairly heavy passenger traffic for a single track route. As well as regular trains from München, Augsburg and Ulm, the line hosts a couple of InterCity workings and a few locals as well. Although many trains are worked by DMUs, there are a good number of loco hauled workings as well.



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German Photos : Gemünden - Würzburg Line

A much updated and expanded gallery of photos from the Gemünden - Würzburg line, one of Germany’s busiest and most photogenic freight routes.



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German Photos : München - Salzburg Line

A set of photos taken on the München - Salzburg line between Traunstein and Freilassing in April 2010. The line carries a wide variety of passenger and freight trains including Austrian Korridorzüge taking a shortcut across German territory between Salzburg and Kufstein.



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German Photos : Mühldorf, Gäubahn and Altmühltal

Photos from three areas covered on my recent trip to Germany have been added to the photo galleries.

Line 740 Gäubahn

This is the Stuttgart - Singen main line where loco hauled interCity trains have replaced ICEs.

Lines 940 - 947 Mühldorf

Mühldorf is probably the best place to see diesel hauled heavy freights in Germany today.

Line 990 Altmühltal

This has to be the best place for train photography in Germany with lots of freights running through gorgeous scenery.

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go to Lines Mühldorf gallery
go to Line Altmühltal gallery

German Trip Report : Southern Diesels and Electrics

Although I’d done a few trips to Germany in recent years, there were many lines and locations I hadn’t visited. This trip was designed to fill in some of the gaps and covered mainly new territory with visits to see electrics on the Gäubahn (Stuttgart - Singen) and Altmühltal (Ingolstadt - Treuchtlingen) and diesel freights around Mühldorf. I also managed a day on the electrified München - Salzburg line.



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German Trip Report : Voyage to the Mühldorf Star

The Mühldorf Star isn’t somewhere in the far reaches of the galaxy, it’s actually a radial network of diesel worked lines in the south-eastern corner of Germany. As well as having a number of loco hauled passenger trains, several different classes of diesel can be seen on freight and many stations still have semaphore signals. This report covers a three-day photographic trip to the Mühldorf area in late May followed by a couple of days on Germany's most photogenic main line, the Allgäubahn, photographing diverted diesel hauled EuroCity trains.



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German Trip Report : Allgäubahn Diversions

The closure of Austria’s Arlberg line for a week in April meant that several freights and a couple of overnight passengers were diverted via the Allgäubahn in southern Bayern, one of Germany's most scenic main lines. This was an opportunity too good to miss and I spent five days there photographing the diversions as well as the regular traffic.



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German Trip Report (Alex & Ludmilla's Allgäu Adventure) - August 2008

Engineering work on ÖBB's Arlberg line for much of August led to the diversion of freights and overnight passengers to one of Germany's most scenic diesel worked lines. The Allgäubahn normally hosts a good number of locomotive hauled trains and the diversions added even more variety. It was just too good to miss!



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German Trip - Allgäu Diversions - August 2007

The Allgäu region of southern Bayern is an excellent place to photograph trains. DB's red class 218 diesels look great working through the beautiful green hills on local and long distance trains and the ALEX class 253s on Oberstdorf trains add a bit of variety. In summer 2007 it was better than usual as three pairs of München - Zürich EuroCity trains were diverted over the Allgäubahn while their usual route via Memmingen was closed for engineering work. This report covers a short trip to the area in early August 2007.



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Allgäubahn photos

German Photos

Photo galleries from my recent visit to Germany have been added and the existing German pictures have been re-arranged on a line by line basis.

Bebra - Fulda photos
Gemuenden - Wuerzburg photos
Kempten - Immenstadt - Oberstdorf / Lindau photos
Bayern (misc) photos

German Trip Report - Electric Freight Corridor - October 2006

This report details a photographic trip to one of the busiest electrified main lines in Germany. The railway north from Würzburg through Gemünden, Fulda and Bad Hersfeld to Bebra runs through hilly country close to the former East German border and funnels traffic from Austria, Italy and Bavaria towards northern Germany. The line lost its express passenger workings to the Würzburg – Kassel Neubaustrecke some time ago but it remains a busy freight route, handling all types of traffic. Many different classes of loco can be seen, including those belonging to DB, Railion and a number of domestic and international competitors.

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German Trip - Shooting Rabbits in Bayern - July 2006

In spite of a huge DMU building programme, there are still a fair number of diesel hauled passenger trains in some parts of Germany. The network of secondary lines in the Allgäu area of south-western Bayern sees more diesel haulage than most these days. This report covers a short photographic trip to the Oberallgäu, the scenic area around Kempten, Immenstadt and Oberstdorf, in July 2006. Now with photos as well.

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Bayern photos