Line 136 Niebüll - Tønder
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
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 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 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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Lines 325, 326, 333 Harzer Schmalspurbahnen
The Harzer Schmalspurbahnen operate a 140km network of metre gauge lines in the Harz Mountains including a branch to the summit of the Brocken, at 1142m a.s.l., the highest point in northern Germany. A good proportion of trains are still worked by a fleet of 2-10-2 tank engines and the line retains a lot of the character it had when it was part of the DR system.
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Line 100 Hannover West
A handful of pictures from the 4-track main line west of Hannover. This route carries a good variety of traffic including freight from the busy Seelze Rbf and InterCity, regional and S-Bahn passenger services, many of them loco worked.
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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 974 Biessenhofen - Füssen
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 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 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 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 880 Nürnberg - Passau
The Nürnberg - Passau line is a busy, double-track electrified railway and part of the principal route linking northern Germany with central and eastern Austria. The line sees heavy freight traffic as well as regional and long distance passenger 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 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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The Wismut Werkbahn is an industrial line that used to serve the uranium mines around Ronneburg, near Gera in the former East Germany. Its main function now is transporting materials for use in the environmental restoration of the former mining sites. The line is over 20km long and takes sand from a loading point at Kayna, north of Ronneburg, to the old mining sites south of the town. Motive power is provided by a fleet of V300 diesels, ex-DB class 232s rebuilt with Caterpillar engines and painted green.
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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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Line 229 Hoyerswerda - Horka
The line from Hoyerswerda to Horka is one of the last single-track, unelectrified sections of the Niederschlesische Gütermagistrale (Lower Silesia Freight Corridor), linking Magdeburg with Wroclaw in Poland. Heavy diesel hauled freights and semaphore signals at a number of locations made it an attractive destination despite the lack of scenery.
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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 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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Line 950 München - Salzburg
The München to Salzburg line is a busy, electrified, double track, international route carrying a wide variety of passenger and freight trains including Austrian Korridorzüge taking a shortcut across German territory between Salzburg and Kufstein. The landscape is pleasant rather than spectacular but good photo positions are relatively easy to find. I visited the section of line between Traunstein and Freilassing in April 2010.
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