Line 870 Hersbruck - Schwandorf

The Hersbruck - Schwandorf line is part of a network of diesel worked routes running through hilly country north and east of Nürnberg to the borders of the Czech Republic and the former DDR. Most passenger services are worked by DMUs but there are a handful of through trains to Praha, hauled by ALEX class 223 diesels and a number of freights hauled by ex-DR class 232 locos. The line features significant gradients and runs through some very attractive scenery.

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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 860 Nürnberg - Hof

The Nürnberg - Hof line is part of a network of diesel worked routes running through hilly country north and east of Nürnberg to the borders of the Czech Republic and the former DDR. Passenger services are worked by DMUs but there are also a number of freights hauled by ex-DR class 232 locos. The line runs through some very attractive scenery with plenty of bridges and tunnels in the Pegnitz Gorge between Vorra and Neuhaus.

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Line 855 Regensburg - Marktredwitz

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A quiet double track unelectrified line running through the attractive countryside of north-eastern Bayern but still seeing some loco hauled passengers and a few freights. These photos were taken on two visits in 2013.

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Line 136 Niebüll - Tønder

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The Niebüll - Tønder line is normally a quiet backwater hosting the occasional cross-border DMU between Germany and Denmark but for three weeks in July and August 2014 it was used as part of a diversionary route for international freights hauled by class 232 and 233 diesels.

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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 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 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 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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