Line 471 Linke Rheinstrecke

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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 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 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.

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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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