Wed 18 Sep 2013

Another dismal, gloomy, overcast, dull, wet useless day - when will it end? I took to the trains again, ostensibly to look for potential photspots on the Weiden - Neukirchen and Schwandorf - Furth im Wald lines but probably more to try to avert the crushing boredom of sitting in the car waiting for the sun to come out, knowing that it isn’t going to but not wanting to risk the slightest chance that it might. It was also an opportunity to renew my loathe/hate relationship with DB’s class 612 DMUs, noisy (in the most unpleasant sense), uncomfortable, rough-riding piles of junk that they are. In contrast, the Vogtlandbahn’s class 642s were a pleasure to travel in and the ALEX trains sheer luxury.

I travelled from Wiesau to Marktredwitz on a 642, down to Schwandorf behind an ALEX 223, over to Neukirchen on a 612, up to Neustadt (Waldnaab) on another 612, back to Hersbruck on the same 612 then to Schwandorf on yet another 612. The trip to Furth im Wald and back was loco hauled behind ALEX 223s and the final leg back to Wiesau was on a Vogtlandbahn 642. Everything went smoothly apart from the return trip from Furth, which was 40 minutes late due to delays in Czecho.

The day wasn’t a great success as far as identifying photo locations was concerned. Both lines suffer from an excess of lineside vegetation with few clear spots. Furth im Wald is very appropriately named - I’ve never seen so many trees!

Freights seen generally aligned with what was expected but there were two 232 hauled trains that didn’t fit with the schedule as I understand it, a northbound train of stone hoppers at Schwandorf in the middle of the afternoon and an eastbound train of CD coal hoppers on the Furth line in the late afternoon. Also of interest were 212.317 in current DB colours stabled at Weiden (what’s it doing there and can I have it out on a train please?) and a Dispolok 272 (Vossloh G2000) which appeared at Schwandorf between my second and third visits there.

Wiesau (Oberpf)

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
232.609 EZ51683 04:51 Zwickau Hbf - Nürnberg Rbf Freight 08:31

Marktredwitz

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
294.599   Stabled 09:23
232.xxx EZ45367 05:19 Nürnberg Rbf - Cheb Freight 09:30
223.065 [VBG] ALX84102 06:44 München Hbf - Hof Hbf 09:51
223.068 [VBG] ALX84111 09:40 Hof Hbf - München Hbf 10:07

Schwandorf

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
223.069 [VBG] ALX84124 09:01 München Hbf - Hof Hbf 11:07

N of Schwandorf

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
232.xxx EK56900 08:37 Nürnberg Rbf - Schwandorf Freight 11:14

Neukirchen (b Sulzbach-Rosenberg)

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
232.117   EB Light Engine 11:51

Weiden

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
294.898
212.317
  Stabled 12:46

Vilseck

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
232.xxx EZ45369 11:39 Nürnberg Rbf - Cheb Freight 13:34

W of Amberg

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
232.xxx EK56908 14:48 Amberg - Nürnberg Rbf Freight 14:38

Schwandorf

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
232.618 EZ45330 03:30 Plzen - Nürnberg Rbf Freight 14:58
223.072 [VBG] ALX353 12:44 München Hbf - Praha hl.n. 15:07
232.117   NB Stone Hoppers 15:11
223.069 [VBG] ALX84115 13:40 Hof Hbf - München Hbf 15:12

Furth im Wald

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
223.071 [VBG] ALX354 13:15 Praha hl.n. - München Hbf 16:49

Neubäu

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
232.654   EB Coal Hoppers 17:21

Schwandorf

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
223.065 ALX354 13:15 Praha hl.n. - München Hbf 17:42
(from Schwandorf)
294.898   Shunting 17:42
272.407 [DISPO]   Stabled 18:06

Weiden (Oberpf)

Loco Train
No.
Train Details Notes
223.068 [VBG] ALX84121 17:40 Hof Hbf - München Hbf 18:46