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101 Hamburg Area

101 Hamburg Area

Hamburg is one of Germany's main rail centres with a busy S-Bahn, loco-hauled regional passengers in all directions, many InterCity and ICE services and lots of freight. This gallery barely scrapes the surface.
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updated : 2017/03/15
6 photos
126 Bremen Area

126 Bremen Area

Bremen is a major commercial, industrial and port city and a busy rail centre. The city's main station, Bremen Hbf, is quite photogenic with frequent freights running through, underneath a fine overall roof.
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144 photos
130 Hamburg - Westerland

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 visits coincided with the diversion of freights from the parallel electrified main line further east.
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updated : 2016/07/05
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136 Niebüll - Tønder

136 Niebüll - Tønder

The Niebüll - Tønder line is normally a quiet backwater hosting the occasional cross-border DMU between Germany and Denmark but for two three week periods in the summers of 2014 and 2015 it was used as part of a diversionary route for international freights hauled by class 232 and 233 diesels.
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4 photos
229 Hoyerswerda - Horka

229 Hoyerswerda - Horka

The Hoyerswerda - Horka line was a classic rural railway in 2010; single track with passing loops, semaphore signals, telegraph poles a sparse passenger service and a handful of diesel hauled freights. It closed shortly afterwards for conversion into a double track, electrified freight corridor and has yet to reopen.
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updated : 2016/07/05
20 photos
241 Dresden - Schöna

241 Dresden - Schöna

The Schöna line runs up the scenic Elbe Valley from Dresden to the Czech border and is part of a major trunk route linking Slovakia, Hungary eastern Austria and the Czech Republic with Berlin, Hamburg and Scandinavia. Czech locos can be seen on long distance freight and passenger trains and, at the time of my visit, local passengers were worked by DB class 143 electrics.
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updated : 2017/03/11
72 photos
325 etc Harz N.G.

325 etc Harz N.G.

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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updated : 2017/03/11
31 photos
360 Hannover Area

360 Hannover Area

Hannover is a major regional centre in northern Germany with its own suburban rail system. It's also an important railway centre where major routes from Berlin, Hamburg, Bremen, the Ruhrgebiet and the south converge, all with heavy passenger and freight traffic. What the area lacks in scenery, it makes up for with the quantity and variety of motive power.
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36 photos
466 Koblenz - Wiesbaden

466 Koblenz - Wiesbaden

The line from Koblenz to Wiesbaden along the right/east bank of the Rhein (Rechte Rheinstrecke) 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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updated : 2016/07/05
25 photos
471 Koblenz - Mainz

471 Koblenz - Mainz

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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24 photos
544 Reichenbach - Hof

544 Reichenbach - Hof

This double track, diesel-worked, main line is one of Germany's oldest, dating from the 1840s. It runs through the attractive Vogtland landscape, winding around rolling hills and crossing a couple of spectacular viaducts. Most passenger trains were DMUs but there were a few loco hauled passengers and a handful of freights when I visited in October 2010. The line has since been electrified.
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24 photos
610 Kassel - Fulda

610 Kassel - 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 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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40 photos
690 Koblenz - Trier

690 Koblenz - Trier

The electrified double-track main line through the Mosel Valley is busy, scenic and relatively easy to reach from the UK. In 2011 it was also home to the increasingly rare class 181 electrics and saw a good variety of locos from DB and other operators on passenger and freight.
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updated : 2017/05/29
102 photos
740 Stuttgart - Singen

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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updated : 2017/05/29
35 photos
750 Stuttgart - Ulm

750 Stuttgart - Ulm

The Stuttgart - Ulm route is a busy double track electrified main line linking the Rhein-Main conurbation and Stuttgart with München and Austria. Like many German main lines it carries a wide variety of traffic hauled by a wide variety of classes.
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updated : 2017/05/28
29 photos
751 Ulm - Friedrichshafen

751 Ulm - Friedrichshafen

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

800 Aschaffenburg - 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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28 photos
855 Regensburg - Marktredwitz

855 Regensburg - Marktredwitz

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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64 photos
860 Nürnberg - Hof/Cheb

860 Nürnberg - Hof/Cheb

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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50 photos
870 Hersbruck - Schwandorf

870 Hersbruck - Schwandorf

The Hersbruck - Schwandorf line is part of a network of diesel worked routes running through the attractive hilly country north and east of Nürnberg to the borders of the Czech Republic and the former DDR. Most passengers 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.
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7 photos
880 Nürnberg - Passau

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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9 photos
910 Augsburg - Nürnberg

910 Augsburg - Nürnberg

The Augsburg - Nürnberg line is an important electrified, double track link between southern and northern Bavaria and is busy with a variety of traffic including long-distance and regional passengers and freights.
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updated : 2017/03/16
11 photos
930 Landshut - Regensburg

930 Landshut - Regensburg

The Landshut - Regensburg route is fairly unremarkable itself, running through some of the flatter parts of Bayern. There are a a handful of nice locations but it was the ALEX class 183s, only used between München and Regensburg, that attracted me to the line. There were DB Class 111s on REs and some freight as well.
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updated : 2016/07/05
67 photos
940 Mühldorf Area

940 Mühldorf Area

Mühldorf lies at the centre of a network of diesel worked lines east of München. The München line sees a lot of loco hauled passengers but the others are worked by DMUs. The attreaction used to be heavy freights serving chemical works in the area and semaphore signals. In late 2010 an influx of class 266s eradicated most of the interesting locos and many of the semaphores were replaced.
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updated : 2016/07/05
32 photos
950 München - Salzburg/Kufstein

950 München - Salzburg/Kufstein

The line from München to Salzburg and Küfstein 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 there are plenty of good photo positions, particularly south and east of Rosenheim.
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6 photos
960 München - Mittenwald

960 München - Mittenwald

The Mittenwaldbahn is a scenic single track line linking München with Mittenwald, on the Austrian border. The line south from Mittenwald to Innsbruck is more commonly referred to as the Karwendelbahn. Passenger services were worked by class 111 electrics for many years until EMUs replaced them at the end of 2013. These photos date from October 2013 when the 111s were still in charge.
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updated : 2016/07/05
284 photos
970 München - Lindau/Oberstdorf

970 München - Lindau/Oberstdorf

The Allgäubahn is one of Germany's most photogenic lines, running through the rolling hills of southern Bayern and skirting the Alps along the Austrian border. It's lost its importance as a through route in recent years but still sees loco hauled passenger trains and occasionally hosts trains diverted from parallel routes.
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6 photos
974 Biessenhofen - Füssen

974 Biessenhofen - Füssen

The König Ludwig Bahn is a 30km branch running south from Biessenhofen on the Allgäubahn to Füssen, a picturesque town on the Austrian border, famous for it's castles and mediaeval buildings. This is a passenger line with most trains worked by class 218s on push-pull sets.
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26 photos
990 Ingolstadt - Treuchtlingen

990 Ingolstadt - Treuchtlingen

The Ingolstadt - Treuchtlingen line runs through Altmühltal, a beautiful winding valley cut into the limestone hills of Oberbayern. The line is no longer used by express passenger trains but now serves as the principal freight route from München to northern Germany and has a loco hauled local passenger service.
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16 photos
999 München Area

999 München Area

München is Germany’s third largest city and one of the country's principal railway hubs. The Hauptbahnhof sees plenty of 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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2 photos
Wismut Werkbahn

Wismut Werkbahn

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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