Germany : Bremen and Regensburg Photos

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.

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Germany : New Harz N.G. Photos

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.

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China : Nov 2016 Trip Photos

33 new pictures from the November 2016 trip to China have been added to the photo galleries. Lots of steam and plenty of diesels as well, plus a single electric.

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Germany : New Hannover Photos

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.

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Germany : New Trip Report

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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China : New Trip Report

The steam age is rapidly coming to an end in China but, even at the end of 2016, there was just enough activity to justify another visit. This report covers a three week trip in November and early December to see the SY Class 2-8-2s on the mining railways at Pingzhuang and Wujiu and the JS Class 2-8-2s in the opencast mine at Sandaoling. Observations of diesel and electric locos on the national system and industrial lines are included as well.

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UK : More New Photos

An additional 44 pictures added to the UK photo galleries covering the line through the Thames Valley between Reading and Didcot. Most pictures are from 2014, before electrification work had ruined any good locations, but there are a handful from last century as well. It's very different now with poles and wires making any attempt at photography pointless.

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Switzerland : More New Photos

The second and final batch of pictures from my August trip to the Gotthard have been added to the photo galleries. These feature many of the classic Re4/4ii and Re6/6 locos as well as a few more modern engines and EMUs. As well as the Gotthard itself there are also a few shots taken around Zürich HB.

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UK : New Photo Gallery

Just added a few photos from the Berks and Hants line, taken during 2016. The eastern section of the line, from Reading to Newbury, is currently being electrified, undoubtedly ruining all of the locations shown here. The line carries a mixture of long distance and local passenger trains as well as Britain's heaviest freights, stone trains grossing up to 4800 tonnes.

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Switzerland : New Photos

The first batch of photos from my August 2016 trip to the Gotthard are now available in the photo galleries. More to follow.

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Switzerland : New Trip Report

A final visit to the Gotthard, one of Europe's great mountain main lines, in August 2016, before traffic is syphoned off into the new base tunnel. The report covers passenger and freight services, the latter operated by SBB and several foreign or independent operators. Naturally in Switzerland, electric traction prevailed but diesels were not entirely absent.

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Switzerland : Photo Gallery Changes

The Swiss photo galleries have now been transferred to the new format and an additional 33 photos added bringing the total to 479 pictures. As with the other new format galleries, it's possible to view the 56 galleries by category, i.e. line, class, traction and train type, operator or gauge. A wide range of pictures are included, from heavily trafficked freight arteries to narrow gauge rack railways, from 100 year old rack engines through 70 year old motor luggage vans to the latest Traxx locomotives and Flirt EMUs, all in the attractive Swiss landscape.

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