Line 100 Hannover West

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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.

6 photos

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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.

26 photos

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Line 690 Koblenz - Trier

The electrified double-track main line through the Mosel Valley is busy, scenic and relatively easy to reach from the UK. It’s also home to the increasingly rare class 181 electrics and sees a good variety of locos from DB and other operators on passenger and freight. More photos from a July 2011 trip have now been added to the gallery.

40 photos

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Line 610 Bebra - Fulda

The Bebra - Fulda line runs along Haunetal, a beautiful river valley flanked by rounded, forested hills and dotted with small farming villages. The railway is far from the quiet backwater you might expect in such a rural idyll. It's a double track electrified main line and a vital link between northern and southern Germany. Freight traffic is heavy and varied and there were regular loco hauled passengers as well when I first visited in 2006.

24 photos

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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.

28 photos

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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.

12 photos

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