Line 471 Linke Rheinstrecke
The Koblenz - Mainz main line along the left/west bank of the Rhein was traditionally one of Germany's main north-south passenger routes but lost most of its InterCity traffic when the Köln - Frankfurt NBS opened. There are still hourly InterCity trains, loco hauled RE services and more freights than in the past. Add some superb scenery and a few mediaeval towns and the photographic potential becomes obvious.
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Line 100 Hannover West
A handful of pictures from the 4-track main line west of Hannover. This route carries a good variety of traffic including freight from the busy Seelze Rbf and InterCity, regional and S-Bahn passenger services, many of them loco worked.
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Line 990 Ingolstadt - Treuchtlingen
The line from Ingolstadt to Treuchtlingen runs along Altmühltal, a beautiful winding river valley dotted with picturesque villages, small farms and rock outcrops with intriguing names like the Twelve Apostles and the Devil’s Pulpit. This is a busy, double-track, electrified, freight route with an hourly local passenger service worked by class 111s on push-pull sets. All the usual DBS electric freight locos can be seen along with a good variety of independent operators’ locos.
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Line 880 Nürnberg - Passau
The Nürnberg - Passau line is a busy, double-track electrified railway and part of the principal route linking northern Germany with central and eastern Austria. The line sees heavy freight traffic as well as regional and long distance passenger trains.
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Line 800 Gemünden - Würzburg
The valley of the River Main provides a convenient route for traffic from Frankfurt and northern Germany into Bavaria. Like the Bebra - Fulda line, freight traffic is heavy, the scenery is attractive and the passenger trains are loco hauled. Most of Railion's electric locomotive classes can be seen at work here along with diesels and electrics belonging to open-access operators. UPDATED with additional images from 2006 and 2009.
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Line 950 München - Salzburg
The München to Salzburg line is a busy, electrified, double track, international route carrying a wide variety of passenger and freight trains including Austrian Korridorzüge taking a shortcut across German territory between Salzburg and Kufstein. The landscape is pleasant rather than spectacular but good photo positions are relatively easy to find. I visited the section of line between Traunstein and Freilassing in April 2010.
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