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Diesel Units CP UTD 592-003+CP UTD 592-047 "Camellos" | Interregional Train Nr. 878(Régua-»Porto-São Bento) | Place: Arêgos - Portugal | Day: 12-08-12

Well, a double is better than just one anyways. :iconankaai3: and me were waiting for a triple actually... But still, we managed to get a nice shot of the double passing through the bridge near the Arêgos train station. It was the first time I went to this angle on this place. We loved it! :) The clouds weren't being too friendly as well.
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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. :thumbsup:
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Diesel-Electric Locomotive TK 6007 | Freight Train Nr. 65280(Irivo-Mercadorias-»Praias do Sado) | Place: Entroncamento - Portugal | Day: 28-08-12

Finally I was able to catch this freighter at Entroncamento. :) It was running about 11 minutes late but I'm glad I was able to catch it. 6007 passes through with the afternoon wood freighter towards Praias do Sado, to a factory nearby. :)
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Caught it near Luf/Pegnitz, Germany.

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Passes my Photospot near ichgraben, lower Austria.

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As I heared the rails humming I just thought 'another 442' but then something white appeared :D Near Bubenreuth, Germany.


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On 2011 may 3rd.
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On 2011 august 7th.
In Győr station.
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M62 317 with goods train in Győr-gyárváros on 2011 august 7th.
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A ICE 2 arriving at the Bremen central station.
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A Alstom Coradia Continental "Regio-S-Bahn" (ET440) of the NWB entering the Heidkrug train station.
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Autumn evening light is great, especially if you use it all wrong and take pictures directly into the sun. Such as this one, taken about an hour ago in Aachen central station. The train on the left consists of two SNCB/NMBS classic EMUs and was later heading out to Welkenraedt (Belgium).
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Wuppertal is not a particularly wide city, caused by them trying to cram down actually a number of cities in the valley created by the Wupper. A result of that is that the railroad main line has to lie in a rather narrow corridor with lots of bridges over it. That, in turn, allows for rather interesting pictures, such as this class 143 with an S-Bahn (commuter) train, passing the bridge Erichstraße in Wuppertal-Barmen.

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It must be good for the environment! Look how green it is! :D

Did I post something of Ascendos rail leasing before? Not sure. Anyway, that leasing company took over from Porterbrook, and decided to repaint their machines green with a yellow stripe. Not an amazing color, but I don't think a beautiful paint scheme exists for the class 66 at all. This one is currently used by Rurtalbahn Benelux and their daughter company Trainsport, and driving through Aachen central station.
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Re 485

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"
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Location: Near Filisur, Switzerland

Note: The train is pulled by an ABe 8-12 Allegra of the Raetian Railway (RhB), the mountain you can see is called Muchetta and is 2'623 meter / 8'606 ft high.
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Re 4/4, Re 425

Data Photographed Locomotive
Road number: 183 + 189
Name: Kandersteg (183) + Niedergesteln (189)
Fabrication number: SLM 5153 (183) + SLM 5045 (189)

Operation
Years of construction: 1964-1983
Road numbers (old): 161 - 195
Quantity built: 35
Quantity today: 33 (2012)
Application: freight traffic accross the Lotschberg line
Scrapped: If they have sever accidents

Technical data
Vehicle type: electric four axle locomotive
Manufacturer: SLM Winterthur, BBC Baden
Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'
Top speed: 140 kph
Continuous power: 4980 kW
Starting tractive effort: 314 kN
Power system: 15 kV 16,7 Hz
Gauge: 1435 mm

Mass and weight
Length over buffer: 15'740 mm
Width: 2'950 mm
Height: 4'500 mm
Weight: 80 t

Other
Special Features:
Owner: BLS AG (Bern-Lötschberg-Simplon Bahn)
Operator: (Bern-Lötschberg-Simplon Bahn)
Precursor: Ae 4/4
Successor: Re 465

Location: Roggwil-Wynau, Switzerland

Note: Re 4/4 (new UIC designation Re 425) is the universal electric locomotive of the former Bern-Lötschberg-Simplon (BLS), which was commissioned to coincide with the SBB Re 4/4 II in operation. Since the merger in 1996, the locomotives are from the BLS Lötschberg Railway (now BLS) in use.
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It was purchased as a universal locomotive with good performance mountain to carry the trains at higher speeds and can completely replace the locomotives of the early years.

Due to the very successful design of the Ae 4/4 to the BLS, the first high-speed locomotive laufachslosen the world, led the BLS and SLM from the new development of this series. This is clearly visible also in the box shape, the arrangement of the accesses to the Lokfront was acquired by Ae 4/4. The chassis is similar to that of the SBB Re 4/4 II, but already there here the similarities to this highly successful series. The force is associated with a differently constructed Tiefzuganlenkung and cable on the rails. Instead Sander facilities owns the locomotive rail nozzles. In many experiments with partly foreign locomotives Re 4/4 is still their enormous power on the mountain to the test. A 630-ton train, the locomotive on a 26 - carry ‰ slope at 80 km / h. The pulling force is 226 kN hours at 77.5 km / h Thus, at that time, because of the thyristor controller equipped with Re 4/4161 completed demonstration and test rides on the Semmering still very successful ÖBB developed 1044th

The control of the drive motors via the BBC transformer tap changer with air motor to the diode rectifier. The electric brake, up to 800 A braking current causes, using the roof resistors. The locomotive can operate with all types of locomotives, multiple controllable BLS in multiple control. First it was therefore used in heavy express service. Gradually, people began to the older models of the types BLS Ae 6/8, BLS Ae 8/8 and BLS Ae 4/4 by the Re 4/4 to replace. Today they are in transit, freight and commuter trains to be found in the car train.

The Re 4/4 can be used together with the Re 465 and Re 485 for freight, also they associate with control car on the S11 (Bern S-Bahn), between Interlaken and Zweisimmen and the car moves Kandersteg - Goppenstein and Iselle. Previously they garnered trains of long-distance passenger traffic. The locomotives 162-181 include the accounts BLS Cargo, but are used together with the other 15 locomotives. 170 to 190 are equipped with ETCS and can thus (as the leading power car) the Lötschberg Base Tunnel and the Mattstetten - Rothrist ride. 191 to 195 are equipped for passengers with Railvox devices.

As the multiple control of the Re 425 is not compatible with the system IIId is, with the assumed by the SBB EW III (for RE Bern - Lucerne and Neuchatel) are fitted, meanwhile, 12 Re 4/4II (and 5 more control car) SBB for passenger transport (S-Bahn Bern) accepted and classified as re 420.5.

On 4 August 2007, the Re 4/4 170, 175, 184 and 187 were seriously damaged in an accident in the yard Biel. The 187 has been scrapped, the other engines were built by the end of 2010.

All locomotives bearing the emblem of a community, performs a range of former BLS group. The original BLS formed until 1996 along with three other private railway companies, the BLS group, a joint business. The rolling stock was classified at that time in a common numbering scheme, the formal owner of the locomotives were against the individual companies. Four locomotives were therefore written not with BLS, but with the initials of the former owner car.
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Friday is 103 day, so have a fresh pic from my new photo spot! A bloke by the name of Markus Tigges showed me this neat position not far from the S-Bahn station Düsseldorf Oberbilk, providing a great view into the curve, with a cantilever signal bridge as an added bonus! Getting here requires you to squeeze your way through closely spaced fences, but the view more than makes up for that. Drivers didn't seem to mind, as I kept a safe distance from the tracks, and was standing behind a catenary pole as well, so I don't think anyone would call it trespassing.

I wanted to use this spot because the curve allows you to see the entire lenght of the train, which you have probably not seen in my closeups that usually focus on the locomotive. Most of you probably know the story of this being a regular weekly InterCity train from Cologne to Flensburg, with the rolling stock consisting almost exclusively of historic museum pieces. This was a necessity at first, due to a general shortage of locomotives and carriages. Basically, they just increased the train's lenght with a few TEE cars that belong to the DB Museum Nürnberg, but as time passed, they also started to use the matching locomotive, namely the DB class 103. By now, the previously unfitting cars have been repainted or replaced, making the train 100% historically accurate, with the entire project being referred to as IC`79.

What makes all of this very interesting is the significance that these trains had back in the day. The InterCity concept was introduced in the 1970s, but the major breakthrough came in 1979, when trains started running on a dense hourly schedule. Furthermore, the second class was introduced, whereas previous IC trains had only first class seating. The resulting slogan Jede Stunde - Jede Klasse aka Every hour - Every class is still present in the mind of the old generation. The InterCity system may seem perfectly normal and mundane today, but back then, Germany was among the first countries in Europe to completely reform its long distance train network. It was trains like this one that caught the imagination of the public, hauled by DB's flagship, the mighty 103. The success of this concept, namely a dense network of fast trains, culminated in the development of the ICE, for increased speed and increased passenger comfort.

As you can see, the 103 isn't only fabled because of its beauty, its power and speed, but also because it was a saviour in times of crisis. With lines closing as cars and planes decreased passenger numbers, the 103 allowed the Bundesbahn to strike back, enabling them to regain a foothold in those difficult times. Not just in terms of being a high speed locomotive, but in terms of an advertising vehicle, something you can put on a billboard to impress people.

And that, fellow railfans, is why Germans are so in love with this machine.

Title was ~acela's idea, as the train almost looks as if it were climbing up a hill. I think it also goes quite well with the background story, seeing how the 103 was built in the 70s, rising to fame as the IC network was expanded.
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Class 101 thundering through Leverkusen with a EuroCity (EC) train in tow.

According to Wiki, these are the criteria for this train service:

- train through two or more countries
- all cars air-conditioned
- stops only at major cities
- stops for no more than five minutes, in special cases up to 15 minutes
- food and beverages available onboard (preferably from a dining car)
- conductors speak at least two languages, one of which must be English, French or German
- average speed (including stops) above 90 kilometres per hour (56 mph), exceptions for mountainous terrain and train ferries

In this case, it's a rake of Swiss carriages, which means that this is probably the one running between Hamburg and Chur twice a day. Top speed on these tracks is 125mph.

Moar 101s, because I rarely ever take photos of these. They're too ubiquitous and boring for me to be interested in catching them.

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What could be a more perfect ending to a long and sunny week than catching the mighty 103?

Thanks to daylight saving time, the sun was still up when the famed InterCity 2417 Hanseat made its way back from Flensburg to Cologne, so I gave it a try in Langenfeld. As you can see, the sun is very low, highlighting the side much more than the front. Now that's not optimal, but I just love the strong contrast, not to mention the illuminated sides of the rails. And yes, that commuter train in the background did get out of the way fast enough for me to have an unobstructed view. Yes, that's an easter bunny behind the righthand windshield.

And yes, the driver did blow the whistle to greet me! :lol:
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During a temporary lull in the rain at Burlescombe, LNER Class A4 locomotive, No 4464 (60019) Bittern thunders around the bend pulling the Torbay Express.

This shot was taken earlier today (Sunday, August 19th 2012), a few hours before I was due to come home from the weeks holiday at my Grans place
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Upon detaching from the rest of the train, 70013 Oliver Cromwell switches tracks to allow local West Somerset Railway locomotive, No 3850, to attach and haul the express to Minehead

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On Wednesday, August 15th 2012, Minehead held their Summer Festival.

The day started like any other traditional British Summers day... chucking it down with torrential rain. Thankfully it cleared up in time for Mineheads airshow to go ahead. The pictures of which I shall be uploading over the course of the rest of this week

Here, we see 7828 Norton Manor, as it runs around some coaches to move them over to Platform 2 for the morning train to Minehead, on which I travelled
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1 week ago, it should have looked like this, but instead it looked like this:



LNER Class A4 4.6.2 number 60009 "Union Of South Africa" pulls into Manchester Piccadilly with the North Wales Coast Express on 12th August 2012, one week after a failure of a fitness to run exam saw her sidelined from the tour on August 5th.

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LMS Princess Coronation Class 8P 4.6.2 number 46233 "Duchess Of Sutherland" passes Moston on 17th August 2012 working 1Z80 "The Scarborough Flyer" from Crewe to Scarborough.

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LNER Class A4 4.6.2 number 60009 "Union Of South Africa" passes through Moston working 1Z80 "The Scarborough Flyer" from Crewe to Scarborough on 14th September 2012 for the final time on the 2012 season.

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NKP 765 along with the IT & Wabash Heritage units lead NS # 099 from Decatur, IL to Saint Louis, MO just outside Litchfield, Illinois.
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Photo taken with permission from Norfolk Southern - NS #1068 (Erie heritage) passes the Conrail heritage #8098 on a work train 91E in Donnellson, IL on 10/21/2012.
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Chugging through rural Illinois, the NKP 765, IT 1072, & Wabash 1070 scoot towards Saint Louis, Missouri.
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