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 466 Rechte Rheinstrecke
The line from Koblenz to Wiesbaden along the right/east bank of the Rhein is one of Germany's busiest freight arteries and very scenic as well. Most of DB's freight electrics can be seen along with the locos of numerous independent operators and, occasionally, diverted ICs and ICEs.
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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 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.
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Line 241 Dresden - Schöna
The main line from Dresden towards the Czech border runs along the Elbe Valley, a gloriously scenic route between wooded hills and rocky outcrops, dotted with picturesque villages and hilltop castles. The line is busy with local and long distance passengers and frequent freights, hauled by a variety of classes from DB, CD and several independent operators.
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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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