Line 740 Stuttgart - Singen
This single-track, electrified route runs along Neckartal on the east side of the Black Forest and carries class 146 hauled REs and class 185 hauled freights. Continuing problems with the tilting ICEs led to a return to loco haulage of InterCity trains in late 2009 with classes 101, 115, 120 and 181 all appearing on Stuttgart - Zürich services.
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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 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 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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