Line 900 München Hbf

München Hbf is one of Germany’s principal stations, serving the Bavarian provincial capital and acting as a major hub for international, domestic long distance and regional passenger services. Several different classes of diesel and electric locomotives are regular visitors to the station including those of independent operators and ÖBB.

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Line 751 Ulm - Friedrichshafen

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The line south from Ulm to Friedrichshafen via Biberach and Ravensburg is known as the Südbahn, not to be confused with the Austrian Südbahn, and is double track and diesel worked. Some services are worked by DMUs but there are plenty of class 218 diesels on passengers and the occasional 232 or 294 on freight as well. The scenery isn’t spectacular but there are some very nice positions on the southern half of the line.

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Line 742 Rottweil - Villingen

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The Rottweil - Villingen line crosses the eastern fringes of the Black Forest, linking the Gäubahn with the Schwarzwaldbahn, running through scenery that’s pleasant rather than spectacular. The line is single track, unelectrified and carries only regional traffic, mainly worked by DMUs but with a loco hauled turn at weekends.

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Line 130 Hamburg - Westerland

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The Hamburg - Westerland line is also known as the Marschbahn and runs through the low-lying flat countryside of Schleswig-Holstein. It's a very traditional railway in many ways with loco hauled trains and semaphore signals and hosts an unusual car-carrying operation between Niebüll and the island of Sylt over the Hindenburgdamm, one of several notable civil engineering features. Freight traffic is usually sparse but my visit coincided with the diversion of freights from the parallel electrified main line further east.

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Line 466 Rechte Rheinstrecke

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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 974 Biessenhofen - Füssen

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The Füssen branch leaves the München - Kempten - Lindau line at Biessenhofen and runs through increasingly hilly country to terminate a few km short of the Austrian border on the edge of the Alps. Despite its rural nature, the line sees regular loco hauled passenger trains, worked by Kempten based class 218 diesels.

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Line 970 Immenstadt - Lindau

The western section of the Allgäubahn, from Immenstadt to Lindau, is one of the most photogenic lines in Europe, running through the gloriously scenic Oberallgäu region, just north of the Alps. The line has served as a diversionary route on several occasions over recent years, adding EuroCity passengers and long freights to the usual mix of loco hauled ALEX trains and DB Regio DMUs.

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Line 970 München - Kempten

This is the northern section of the Allgäubahn, the traditional main line linking München with Lindau on the Bodensee. The line runs through relatively flat farming country to Kaufbeuren but then climbs through rolling hills to Günzach before dropping to Kempten. Many passengers are DMUs but there are a number of regular loco hauled trains with DB class 218 and ALEX class 223 diesels. The line is also used as a diversionary route for freights and EuroCity trains.

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Line 970 Immenstadt - Oberstdorf

The branch from Immenstadt to Oberstdorf carries fairly heavy passenger traffic for a single track route. As well as regular trains from München, Augsburg and Ulm, the line hosts a couple of InterCity workings and a few locals as well. Although many trains are worked by DMUs, there are a good number of loco hauled workings as well. This galleries features photos of classes 218, 223/253 and ex-ÖBB class 2143.

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Line 970 Kempten - Immenstadt

The Kempten - Immenstadt line is part of the Allgäubahn, the scenic, double-track, diesel-worked main line from München to Lindau. The The Kempten - Immenstadt section carries regional passenger trains from München, Augsburg and Ulm to Lindau and Oberstdorf, some of them loco hauled as well as a couple of InterCity services and a pair of EuroCity trains from München to Zürich.

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Line 940-947 Mühldorf Area

Mühldorf lies at the centre of a network of diesel worked lines east of München. The line from München sees a good proportion of loco hauled workings, mainly on double deck push-pull sets but most passenger services on the other lines are worked by DMUs. The real attraction is the heavy freight traffic to and from the chemical works in the area.

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Line 544 Reichenbach - Hof

This double track, diesel-worked, main line line is one of the oldest in Germany, dating from the 1840s. It runs through the attractive Vogtland landscape, winding around the rolling hills and crossing a couple of spectacular viaducts over the Göltzsch and Elster valleys. Most passenger trains are worked by DMUs but there were a few loco hauled passengers and a handful of freights when I visited the area in October 2010.

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