Electric Freight Routes
09 - 10 & 26 September 2009
Report by Duncan Cotterill
This wasn’t really a trip to Germany, more a trip through Germany en-route to and from the Czech Republic (Czech report here). I decided to take my own car this time but the drive from the UK was a bit much to do in one go. In order to break the journey into more manageable chunks, I spent the afternoon of Wednesday 9 September and the morning of Thursday 10 September in the Main Valley, south of Gemünden am Main. The line from Würzburg to Gemunden is a very busy freight route with frequent passenger workings as well. I’d visited the area in October 2006 (report) but the weather hadn’t been perfect and there were still shots I wanted. On the way back to the UK I spent most of Saturday 26 September around Hermannspiegel, on the line from Bebra to Fulda, another busy freight route and another location I’d visited in 2006.
Gemünden – Würzburg
The Gemünden – Würzburg line is served by hourly RegioExpress trains linking Frankfurt and Würzburg and by hourly local passengers running from various points in northern Bayern, via Würzburg, to Gemünden, with some continuing north to Schlüchtern on the Frankfurt – Fulda line.
Most of the Frankfurt trains are formed of push-pull sets with a class 146 at the Frankfurt end. Some sets are double-deck, others single-deck. During the afternoon and morning I spent in the area there were two sets in the circuit worked by pairs of 111s top’n’tail. Every time one of these workings was seen, both locos had their pantos raised.
The locals were also push-pull sets, again with the loco at the north (west) end of the formation. On my last visit almost 3 years ago, class 143s and 112s worked most local passengers and a few REs as well but this time only one 143 worked train was seen, RB34773, heading south on Thursday morning. Everything else was 111 powered, a distinct improvement in my humble opinion.
Many locos carried full UIC numbers in a uniform small font making it very difficult to identify individual engines as they sped past. Those I did note are listed below although there is a higher than normal chance of errors. You have been warned!
|111202+111224||RE4619||14:34 Frankfurt - Würzburg|
|111226||RB34786||??:?? Bamberg – Schlüchtern|
|111224||RE4618||16:35 Würzburg – Frankfurt|
|111212||RB34787||16:38 Schlüchtern – Bamberg|
|146228||RE4620||17:35 Würzburg – Frankfurt|
|111211+111203||RE4623||16:34 Frankfurt – Würzburg|
|111191||RB34539||18:09 Karlstadt – Treuchtlingen|
|111214||RB34790||??:?? Bamberg – Gemünden|
|146242||RE4602||08:35 Würzburg – Frankfurt|
|111xxx+111xxx||RE4635||07:06 Frankfurt Fhn – Würzburg|
|111173||RB34776||??:?? Schweinfurt – Schlüchtern|
|111211+111213||RE4604||09:35 Würzburg – Frankfurt|
|111xxx+111xxx||RE4607||08:34 Frankfurt – Würzburg|