8/20/92: Espee trackage rights on the Racetrack at LaVergne. SP SD40R built in 5/68 (note the trad. SP light package! Nice!!) leads a DRGW SD45 (5330 built 4/68, rebuilt 4/95 to CPRail SD40M-2 5496), a tunnel motor and a BN SD40-2 on a freight.
Another tribute to the warbonnet SD75M. These warbonnets sure look lost in the land of ever greens. This is BNSF freight M CSXPAS headed for Pasco, Washington. What a great last day for me in the northwest.
Diesel-Electric Locomotive TK 6002 | Place: Entroncamento Train Station - Portugal | Day: 03-10-12
A Vossloh Euro 4000 beast is parked and rests through the night after an isolated run to Entroncamento. I caught this photo after those rather crappy photos I tried to take to the huge Sud+Lusi international talgo train... Although the video of that train was worthy to upload too.
Diesel-Electric Locomotive TK 6007 | Freight Train Nr. 49801(Entroncamento-»Fuentes de Oñoro) | Place: Paialvo, North Mainline - Portugal | Day: 15-07-12
Photo taken yesterday on the cool trainspotting on last sunday. Once again I had the luck to catch the recently back on track TK 6007 heading again to Spain. TK 6007 came back to Portugal in service after an incident last thursday. Here's the photo of the same loco arriving at Entroncamento: [link]
Diesel-Electric Locomotives TK 6003 and TK 6006 | Place: Entroncamento Train Station - Portugal | Day: 27-04-12
I liked how this photo turned out... I saw both locos standing on platform 10 of the Entroncamento station. Luckly my IC train wasn't running on time so I still managed to catch some photos of these two.
103 113 arrives home on a sunny Pentecost Monday, crossing the famous Hohenzollern Bridge and entering Cologne Central Station.
As explained here, this locomotive was once a museum exhibit until being resurrected recently. From now on, it will pull the weekly historic InterCity to Flensburg, as well as TEE nostalgia trains. Her arrival wasn't a moment too soon, as 103 184 has been taken out of service due to worn wheelsets, leaving 103 235 to fend for herself. If a TEE special train coincided with the historic InterCity, other locomotives had to be found to haul it, as 235 can't be in two places at the same time. Now, however, we can rest assured that this train is firmly in 103-hands (or coupling hooks) for our viewing pleasure.
Gasp! I took a photo of a steam locomotive! Last time that happened was back in April!
I even took a (somewhat lousy) video of it, which you can watch on YouTube, in case you're interested.
Anyways, this is 03 1010, nicknamed "Roaring Monster" by British railfans due to the characteristic 3-cylinder sound at higher speeds. She is the only operational member of the Deutsche Reichsbahn subclass 03.10 that was built between 1939 and 1941, basically an improved class 03 with an extra cylinder and a fully streamlined exterior shell. The specimen here was built in 1940, surived WW2 and remained in service in East-Germany, loosing her streamlining and being converted to oil firing, making her one of the most capable steam engines at the Reichsbahn's disposal.
She also had the honor of pulling the last steam train between Berlin and Stralsund back in 1980, ending the era of the 03, with the era of steam also coming to an end eight years later. But as early as 1982, she became an official museum locomotive, retrofitted for coal firing and often seen in front of nostalgia trains. This also included many spectacular trips abroad, making her somewhat famous, with many trips being booked by British railfans.
In the end, a partnership was formed between 03 1010 and 70013 Oliver Cromwell, and that's not just something of a symbolic nature! Back in 2010, when 03 1010 was out of commission and in need of an overhaul, 70013 embarked on the "Roaring Monster Tour" to get her back on the mainline. With that, they managed to raise 10.000€, thus enabling 03 1010 to receive a general overhaul. This view you see here wouldn't have been possible if it weren't for Oliver Cromwell and British steam enthusiasts.
The photo was taken at the signal bridge in Langenfeld, with the train traveling from Bochum to Cochem for the "Winter- und Weihnachtsmarktfahrt" of the Eisenbahnmuseum Bochum. The return trip will also take place today, but by then, it will be dark. Still, I might try catching it during the short stop in Leverkusen Mitte. Yes, Cologne Central would be so much more epic, but that place will be overflowing with railfans, so Leverkusen it is!
As stereotypical as apple pie, an overly long American freight train, rumbling through the middle of nowhere. Yes, I know, there are much longer ones. But even the mere fact that it's a double stack would make it an absolutely impossible sight in Germany.
This was taken while we were on our way from Las Vegas to San Francisco, which turned out to be a nine hour drive. Was heading west on the Barstow-Bakersfield Highway, having just left Kramer Junction, when I spotted some headlights in the distance. Since there was a rather wide and flat soft shoulder, I pulled over, grabbed my camera and wandered towards the tracks a little bit. Not too close of course, since I don't know what constitutes as trespassing around here.
Well, this was the result, my first proper photo of an American train!
The locmotives are BNSF 7526, 4632, 4878, 4673 and 770, with latter still wearing the old warbonnet livery.
The Selketalbahn in Germany is the narrow-gauge line Gernrode-Hasselfelde, with several branches and a recent extension from Quedlinburg to Gernrode, on the right-of-way of a closed normal gauge line. It is part of the HSB network, but definitely the one with the fewest riders. That means short trains, and that in turn means that HSB's large collection of small one-off machines (like 99 6001, well known due to being the cheapest HSB locomotive in LGB) mostly runs there, while the powerful and fairly uniform class 99.23-24, also known as "Neubaulok" (newly built locomotive), run the Harzquerbahn line (Wernigerode-Nordhausen with a branch to the Brocken mountain).
But today, for some reason, Neubaulok 99 7238 got the honor of pulling the 13:57 train from Gernrode to Hasselfelde. With 900 HP, three coaches and a short baggage car, it shouldn't have too much trouble keeping the schedule, especially since the top speed is rarely more than 30 km/h. However, it already started its run five minutes late.
My parents' house is right next to a railway line, and it happens rather frequently that we hear a steam engine. Sometimes we rush out, get the car and try to catch it. Not always, but 18 201 is a very good reason. It did not stop for long in Goslar (all locations in Germany), but we were able to overtake it through Langelsheim and finally found a picture site on a field just outside Langelsheim. Sadly, on the wrong side of the tracks as far as the sun was concerned, but I think this image is pretty nice anyway.
18 201 is a locomotive with a very long history. The GDR never had any own need for fast locomotives; most lines didn't allow for speeds higher than 120 km/h, and even that was rare. However, the GDR also was a huge exporter of passenger rail cars (if you look at pictures of trains from eastern europe, the passenger cars will almost always have been built in the GDR), and to test them at higher speeds, they needed a specific test engine. Only one, and it should be cheap, though.
So the testers took the frame and wheels come from 61 002, a prototype high speed tank engine from before the war, as well as parts of various other prototypes and normal locomotives. The green paint scheme was non-standard, but for a one-off locomotive, nobody seemed to mind. And it worked! The pacific, named 18 201 in honor of the saxon type of pacific (which was the original class 18.2, but all were gone by then) reached speeds of up to 182 km/h. Today, its top speed is 160 km/h, and even that is reached only on special occasions (last in june 2011). Still, it's pretty fast, and it holds the world record as fastest active steam engine. Screw Tornado.
A fun fact: To increase its range in a time when most stations have no facilities to provide water or the oil it burns, 18 201 usually travels with two tenders these days, although on special events, it is more common to hide the second one. It is not alone in that regard; 01 1066 is another locomotive that is usually seen with double tenders.
I probably won't receive a prize for creative deviation titles today, but that's not really the point, is it? This is the view from the other side of the bridge from which I took the previous picture. Here, DE 6302, a class 66 leased by DLC from MRCE, makes it's way down to Aachen West, with a largely empty container train.