Data Photographed Locomotive Road number: 011-1 Fabrication-No.:33646 Name: Weil am Rhein
Operation Years of construction: 1999-2005 Road numbers (UIC): BLS Re 485 001-020 Quantity built: 377 Quantity (BLS): 20 Application: mainly freight traffic
Technical data Vehicle type: Bombardier TRAXX 140AC Manufacturer: Bombardier Transportation Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo' Top speed: 140 kph Continuous power: 4'200 kW Hourly rating: 5'600 kW Starting Tractive effort: 300 kN Power system: 15 kV 16,7 Hz AC / 25 kV 50 Hz AC Gauge: 1435 mm Brakes: Knorr brake (Disc brake), elctric brakes Drive system: cannon box
Mass and weight Length over buffer: 18'900 mm Width: 2'980 mm Weight: 84 t
Other Special Features: The most used locomotive type in central Europe Owner: BLS Cargo AG (Bern-Lötschberg-Simplon Bahn) Operator: BLS Cargo AG (Bern-Lötschberg-Simplon Bahn) Precursor: Re 465
Location: Roggwil-Wynau, Switzerland
Note: Bombardier TRAXX is a modular product platform of electric and Diesel-electric mainline locomotives built by Bombardier Transportation, built in both freight and passenger variants. The first version was a dual voltage AC locomotive built from 2000 for German railways; later versions include DC versions, as well as quadruple voltage machines, able to operate on most European electrification schemes: 1.5/3.0 kV DC and 15/25 kV AC. The family was expanded to include diesel powered versions in 2006. Elements common to all variants include the steel bodyshells, the two bogies with two powered axles each, the three-phase asynchronous induction motors, the cooling exhausts on the roof edges, and the wheel disc brakes.
The TRAXX brand name itself was introduced in 2003. The acronym stands for Transnational Railway Applications with eXtreme fleXibility. Locomotives were primarily made for the railways of Germany, with orders coming from other European countries including France, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, Spain and Hungary.
__.__.2004 delivered to BLS Cargo AG, Bern [CH] "485 011-1 [Name: "Weil am Rhein"] [NVR-Number: 91 85 4485 011-1 CH-BLSC] 08.06.2004 in service [sub type CH/D] 23.04.2008 Taufe "Weil am Rhein" ______________________________
Operation Years of construction: 19641, 1967-19682, 1969-19853 Road numbers (old): 11101-11349, 11371-11397 Road numbers (UIC): Re 420 101-349 Remodeling (Re 421): 2003-2004 Road numbers (UIC): Re 421 371-397 Quantity built: 276 Quantity today: ~250 (2012) Application: all purpose locomotive Maintenance work: Yverdon and Bellinzona Scrapped: 6 due to accidents Sale to BLS: 2004-2005, 12 units Road numbers (UIC): BLS Re 420 501-512
Technical data Vehicle type: electric locomotive Manufacturer: SLM Winterthur, BBC Baden, MFO Zürich, SAAS Genève Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo' Top speed: 140 kph, 120 kph (Re 421) Continuous power: 4'700 kW Tensile hours: 167 kN Starting tractive effort: 255 kN Mountain Power: 500-ton train to 26 ‰ slope at 80 kph Power system: 15 kV 16,7 Hz Gauge: 1435 mm
Mass and weight Length over buffer: 14'800 mm 1, 14'900 mm 2, 15'410 mm 3 Width: 2'970 mm Height: 4'500 mm Weight: 80 t, 85t (Re 421)
Other Owner: SBB CFF FFS (Schweizerische Bundesbahnen), SBB Cargo Operator: SBB CFF FFS (Schweizerische Bundesbahnen), SBB Cargo Special Features: Biggest SBB locomotive serie Precursor: Re 4/4 I Successor: Re 6/6, Re 620, Re 460
Location: Muttenz, Switzerland
Note: Such a lucky shot, sometimes you have 3 units but two Re 10/10 is anice catch and I got one of the rare Re 420 in firgreen and an Re 620 to. An another nice part is that the two Re 4/4 II are sisters (no. 331 and 330) 1 Prototypes, 2 first series, 3 second series.
Since June/July 2012 the S-Bahn zürich will have double decker waggons which are pushed by two Re 4/4 II "LION". Re 4/4 11371-11397 were remodeled into Re 421 421 371 - 421 397 for using in Germany by SBB CARGO Germany, she has Indusi an is built for right lane traffic. SBB Re 4/4 II No. 11103, 11106, 11108, 11109, 11112, 11113, 11133, 11141 are the former Swiss Express locomotives, only 11108 and 11109 still have the orange (white livery. 12 Re 420 where sold to the BLS in 2004, and are used as 420 501-512. No.507 to 512 were already scrapped.
Re 6/6, 620
Data Photographed Locomotive Road number: 11663 (2nd unit) 11678 (4th unit) Name: 11663 Eglisau and 11678 Basserdorf
Operation Years of construction: 1972, 1975-1980 Road numbers (old): Re 6/6 11601 - 11689 Road numbers (UIC): Re 620 001 - 089 Quantity built: 89 Quantity today: 88 (2012) Application: heavy freight traffic Scrapped: due to accidents
Technical data Vehicle type: Six axle multipurpose electric locomotive Manufacturer: SLM Winterthur, BBC Baden, SAAS Geneva Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'Bo' Top speed: 140 kph Continuous power: 7'850 kW (10'700 HP) Continuous tractive effort: 270 kN Maximum traction: 398 kN Power system: 15 kV 16,7 Hz Gauge: 1435 mm
Mass and weight Length over buffer: 19'310 mm Width: 2'950 mm Height: 3'932 mm Weight: 120 t
Other Special Features: Most powerful ever built swiss locomotive Owner: SBB CFF FFS (Schweizerische Bundesbahnen) Operator: SBB CFF FFS (Schweizerische Bundesbahnen) Precursor: Ae 6/6, Ae 610 Successor: Re 460, Re 482
Location: Muttenz, Switzerland
Note: The Re 620, Re 6/6 in the old numbering scheme, are six-axle, electric locomotives of the SBB-CFF-FFS, which were acquired as a replacement for the Ae 6/6 for heavy services on the Gotthardbahn. They are the most modern of the so-called "Gotthard locomotives".
By the Was 25'000 kW are about 33'500 hp ______________________________
Diesel-Electric Locomotive COMSA 335-002 | Freight Train Nr. 49802(Fuentes de Oñoro-»Entroncamento) | Place: Entroncamento - Portugal | Day: 23-08-12
COMSA's 335-002 is seen arriving at Entroncamento with a paper pulp freighter (I think its empty though) from Spain. I really liked the result of this photo. I was also able to catch the heat from the dinamic braking.
Just imagine: You (a railfan) sit on the stairs of a small footbridge across a railline, Happy about a tripple of 610s and a duo of 648s which shot along the rails minutes before and then you hear some distant woomwoomwoomwoomwoom At least most railfans in germany will jump up and run to the best possible photospot in reach now, IT's coming! Ludmilla! The last diesel saurus on german tracks! If it comes closer everything starts to vibrate, just as the WOOMWOOMWOOM gets louder and louder. Seconds after this shot I tried to stand right aboth it, and the engineer accelerated Single 232 and a whole load of srapped metal, that's already boah! But like at many other places, the diesel paradise Pegnitztal will vanish, together with it's WOOMing 232s, 233s and it's sleek swinging 610s. Then we got another line with electric whires, Talent 2 and 185s. Screw you, diesel price.
Eisener Steg, Hersbruck rechts der Pegnitz, bavaria, germany. Aug 2012.
Photo taken 7/21/11 at the 2011 Train Festival in Rock Island, IL. This is 2 of the Heritage units Amtrak owns. The night photo session was cancelled do to strong storms coming through. Some of the guys putting lights up got shots like this 1.
A gathering of all 20 of Norfolk Southern's brand new heritage fleet.
From left to right. Norfolk and Western Nickle Plate Road Virginian Wabash Illinois Terminal Pennsylvania Railroad New York Central Penn Central Erie Lackawanna Central of New Jersey (hidden) Reading Lines Lehigh Valley Monongahela Railway Conrail Norfolk Southern (Original) Interstate Central of Georgia Savanna and Atlantic Southern Railway
Sitting on the turntable is NS1030, note the number boards.
This was a very cool, historic, and foamy even with over 4,000 that came to see the engines. Thanks goes to Norfolk Southern and Andy Fletcher for making this happen.
An ICE T speeds towards Cologne on the Cologne-Duisburg line, having just passed Leverkusen-Rheindorf. The T denotes that this train is equipped with a tilting mechanism that allows it to reach higher speeds on lines with many curves.
But damn, why did they leave the coupling cover open?? Totally wrecks the sight I think...
As usual, I tried to get away from standard sunrise pics by getting something else in the shot, yet again, it's the Cologne-Duisburg line crossing through Leverkusen.
What I liked about this one is that the sun is partially concealed behind the smoke from a chimney. It is actually a waste-to-energy plant, in case you're wondering. I think the partially concealed sun makes the gleaming railheads and of course the train much more prominent, and I also liked the colour and composition. Makes one feel good to be where civilisation is, where the trains go by, high voltage in the sky
Typical scene, a five car double decker is pushed towards Leverkusen through the snowy fields, with one small oddity: Instead of a class 146 (built starting 1997) the train is pushed by a class 111 (built between 1974 and 84). While it's a standard configuration on many lines with double deckers, the two lines that come by here always use the 146. I pass this spot twice every day in such a train, going to and coming from university, about 50 kilometers behind my back in Duisburg.
My mother, asking the driver of 431 127 for a cab ride!
Okay, in reality, a friend of the family left her cellphone at our apartment. And with her father being a former railroader, numerous little shipments have often been sent by handing them to crews who would then hand them over to someone at a designated station. In this case, the driver had absolutely no problem with this little "shipment" from Budapest to Miskolc, and when he even received a little chocolatey gift for his help, his day was made.
Locomotive is of course a classic V43, aka "Szili".
For the most part, the Schwebebahn follows the small river Wupper, the only place in the town where there was actually enough space to build a new transit system, but the final part from Zoo/Stadion to Vohwinkel instead runs over the road and uses a different kind of pillar.
We (that is, and me) met another guy taking pictures of the Schwebebahn at Vohwinkel, who told us about his Schwebebahn website (go check it out, it's neat and both english and german. By the way, I need to print some business cards myself) and also about this photo point (the Plus parking space near Bruch station). If you read this, thank you again!
In my opinion, this part is the most fun part of the line, as you easily float over the cars standing down there waiting for green traffic lights. By the way: At each pillar, there are signs stating that you must not do any large delivery or other things that need a crane without consulting the Schwebebahn agency first. There was a serious accident (one injured) in 2008 when a crane driver ignored this...
By the way, you can freely use the image for absolutely any purpose, but only if you read and follow the Creative Commons license which is linked to right under the image. It's a short read and in my opinion very fair, but if you think it's too restrictive for your plan, send me a note with what you want to do and I'll probably allow it. And the same goes for all my other photographs as well.
Unlike all other narrow- and normal gauge tracks in Chur (Switzerland), the Arosa line to, well, Arosa, starts on the place in front of the station and then continues on roads through the town itself. While this looks rather streetcar-like, it really is more what the americans call street running. The normal mainline (narrow gauge mainline, of course) vehicles run very, very slowly through the city, probably because they lack streetcar quality brakes. However, traffic lights block all other road traffic while a train is passing, which happens twice per hour (not counting additional freight trains). Normal traffic is allowed to follow the crawling trains once they have passed, however.
Here, you can see one important detail: Unlike any streetcar ever would, the line actually crosses into the opposite lane to make the corner. While the Arosa line has some amazingly tight bents, none of them reach streetcar levels. Ge 4/4II 616 is pulling a passenger train, this time without any freight cars, towards Arosa.
I sometimes take great pains to bring you the best pictures, but only very rarely literally. Here, I realized a little too late that my view point in Oker (part of Goslar, Germany) was in the middle of a patch of nettles. So you better appreciate this picture of 218 474-5 pushing a train of "Silberling" (officially Type n) carriages from Bad Harzburg to Hanover. I do love the sky here, although I didn’t love the rain it brought about an hour later (luckily I was already back home then).
Every time I post a picture of a class 218 locomotive on this line, I include a comment along the lines of "nobody knows how long it will stay". And what do you know, we still have no idea. There is no adequate direct replacement for this class. Nevertheless, it has already made its final run in many other parts of the country. In most cases it has been replaced by DMUs. DB has published countless tenders for replacement locomotives for the few cases where this isn’t possible (mainly for double-decker trains on non-electrified lines), but most were cancelled again. The latest news for the last one was that no offer complied with the conditions, but to save time, instead of tendering again they’ll enter direct negotiations with the manufacturers. Sounds like they are more into it this time, but I will remain skeptical at least until the contract is signed.
This still leaves the question of what would replace these trains, though: The Silberling coaches aren’t up to modern transportation standards anymore either, and DB has shown absolutely no interest in new single-decker coaches. So if this line does not move to double-decker, I guess it will end up being operated with DMUs.