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Caught it while pushing it's IC out of Haus/Ennstal station towards Salzburg.


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Caught it near Luf/Pegnitz, Germany.

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On it's Intercity towards Graz, this loco passes the peaceful village Aich/Ennstal. The background is dominated by the Dachstein Massiv, pretty famous and impressive mountains!

Ennstal, Styria, Austria.

Funny, but 2 yeatrs ago I visited the same spot around the same time. Both on january 1st. Just like the shot from 2011 this was my first railpic of 2013! (Somehow funny, isn't it?)

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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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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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ABe 8/12 "Allegra"

Data Photographed Locomotive
Road number: ?
Name: ?

Operation
Years of construction: 2009-2010
Road numbers (old): 3501-3515
Quantity built: 15
Quantity today: 15 (2012)

Technical data
Vehicle type: three car electric multiple unit train
Manufacturer: Stadler Rail
Wheel arrangement: Bo'Bo'+2'2'+Bo'Bo'
Top speed: 100 kph
Continuous power: 2'320 kW
Top power: 2'800 kW AC, 2'400 kW DC
Power system: ~11 kV 16,7 Hz and = 1 kV
Gauge: 1000 mm

Mass and weight
Length over buffer: 49'500 mm
Width: 2'650 mm
Height: 3'800 mm
Empty Weight: 106 tonnes
Operating Weight: 122 tonnes

Other
Owner: RhB (Rhätische Bahn)
Operator: RhB (Rhätische Bahn)
Precursor: ABe 4/4 II

Location: Wiesen, Switzerland

Note: The Rhaetian Railway Ge 4/4 II is a class of metre gauge Bo-Bo electric locomotives operated by the Rhaetian Railway (RhB), which is the main railway network in the Canton of Graubünden, Switzerland.
The class is so named because it was the second class of locomotives of the Swiss locomotives and railcar classification type Ge 4/4 to be acquired by the Rhaetian Railway. According to that classification system, Ge 4/4 denotes a narrow gauge electric adhesion locomotive with a total of four axles, all of which are drive axles.

The Wiesen Viaduct (or Wiesener Viaduct; German: Wiesener Viadukt) is a single track limestone railway viaduct. It spans the Landwasser river southwest of the hamlet of Wiesen, in the Canton of Graubünden, Switzerland.

Designed by the then chief engineer of the Rhaetian Railway, Henning Friedrich, it was built between 1906 and 1909 under the supervision of another engineer, Hans Studer. The Rhaetian Railway still owns and uses it today.

An important element of the Davos–Filisur railway, the viaduct is 88 metres (289 ft) high, 204 metres (669 ft) long, and has a main span of 55 metres (180 ft).
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Re 6/6, Re 620

Type: SBB Re 6/6 six-axis electric locomotive
Producer: SLM Winterthur, BBC Baden, SAAS Genève
Build date: 1972-1980
Quantity: 89 (built) 88
Number Photographed Train: 11671 "Othmarsingen"
Number UIC: Re 620 001-089
Number Classic: Re 6/6 11601-11689
Operating Weight: 120 tons
Swiss Axis Formula: Bo'Bo'Bo
Length over buffers : 19.31 meters
Height: 3.93 meters
Width: 2.95 meters
Power: 7'800 kW
Max. Speed: 140 kph
Electric System: 15 kV 16.7 Hz
Starting tractive effort: 395 kN
Hour attraction: 267 kN
Home: Switzerland
Operator: SBB CFF FFS

Location: Olten, Switzerland
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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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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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The area between the cities of Aachen, Cologne and Düsseldorf in Germany contains the largest deposits of lignite or brown coal in all of Europe. It is heavily mined in huge, moon-like surface mines. However, almost none o the lignite ever leaves the area. Instead, it is directly burned in a number of power-plants in the area. To get it from the mines to the powerplants, RWE Power (the company in charge of it all) operates one of the weirdest railroads in the country.

The system, which lacks a catchy name, consists of two lines, both double-tracked, with a total length of 52 km (32 miles) and connects a number of mines and power-plants together. Here, a northbound train headed by EL1 locomotive 563 is passing the one in Frimmersdorf. Fun fact: In terms of CO2 produced per unit of energy, Frimmersdorf is the most pollutant power-plant in Germany, second-most pollutant in Europe and third-most pollutant in the world, according to a 2005 WWF study.

The rail system is electrified with 6 kV at 50 Hz AC, a system that is to the best of my knowledge not used anywhere else. But that is not the only reason such weird-looking machines were chosen. The wide bays of the cab are used not only to allow checking on the train, but also for push-pull operations, which probably sets a world record for worst view of the track. Of course, the system also allows higher axle loads than normally used in Germany, up to 30 metric tons. Nevertheless, it is possible for normal trains to use the lines as well, and every now and then there are even special excursion trains (although as there are no platforms on the system, passengers have to get in and out elsewhere).

By the way, the type EL 1, built from 1954 to 1965 (older than the 110), was the first locomotive ever with thyristor (or chopper) control.

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On 2011 august 7th.
In Győr station.
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On 2011 may 3rd.
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M62 317 with goods train in Győr-gyárváros on 2011 august 7th.
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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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Another shot of the USATC S160 class locomotive, number 6046, seen here at Bishops Lydeard Station during the West Somerset Railways 2013 Spring Gala

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GWR built 6960 Raveningham Hall connects to some coaches at Bishops Lydeard station, during the West Somerset Railways Autumn steam gala

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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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A Swiss TRAXX (SBB Re 482) hauling a German class 218 diesel locomotive, along with some flatcars for rail transport. As you can guess from the yellow livery, this locomotive is owned by the DB Bahnbau Gruppe, the subcompany of DB responsible for track maintenance. Taken during my first proper railfanning tour this year, which lead me into the forests of Opladen, after visiting our infamous scrapyard. More pics can be found on DSO, as usual.

Note how the electric, despite running with the front pantograph raised, appears to have another, folded pantograph at the front. This is due to the fact that it has four pantographs in total, two regular ones for Germany and most of Europe, with the additional pair being equipped with narrower contact strips, according to Swiss standards. You can also see the characteristic v-shaped exhaust stack of the diesel, which is fitted with a system of flaps to accelerate exhaust gases up and away from passengers, as well as away from the catenary wire.
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A Alstom Coradia Continental "Regio-S-Bahn" (ET440) of the NWB entering the Heidkrug train station.
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2/17/12: IHB SW1500 1520 and partner PB-1 head back to Argo-Summit after a BRC transfer job.
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3/17/14: FOUR! B40-8Ws on the Galesburg Local.  
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7/29/12: A southbound UP freight behind some of Uncle Pete's fav EMDs on the IHB, 31st Street LaGrange Park, IL.
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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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The Nickel Plate steam engine # 765 leads NS 099 from Saint Louis to Decatur IL.
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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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