Paul Steane's Photography Pages


These photos were taken on the following trips:-

Late May 2001 - see report.
December 2002 - see report.
April 2003 - see report.
December 2004 - see report.
May 2012 - see report.

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Oberpfalzbahn diesel railcar VT35 at Waldmünchen in Bayern on 27 May 2001. This branch line, from Cham, was operated by Oberpfalzbahn though still owned by Deutsche Bahn.
Photograph taken on 27/05/2001 at 13:50
Deutsche Bahn diesel locomotive 218 304-4 on arrival at Weidenberg on 28 May 2001. This branch line, eastwards from Bayreuth, was expected to see its last passenger trains on 8 June 2001: however the line has been repreived - for a while at least. One of the reasons quoted for closure was "condition of track", but use of heavy locomotives and coaching stock instead of, for example, a lightweight railcar, cannot help matters.
Photograph taken on 28/05/2001 at 11:29
On 6 December 2002, 1926-built diesel railbus VT04 stands at Enzweihingen ready to work the 11:55 service to Vaihingen (Enz) Nord. This short line, operated by WEG (Württemburgische Eisenbahn GmbH, now part of Connex Gruppe), was expected to close to all traffic on 13 December 2002.
Photograph taken on 06/12/2002 at 11:43
No bicycles this time: the 11:30 departure from Marienplatz to Degerloch on 8 December 2002, worked by Stuttgart rack tram 1003, is seen here climbing Alte Weinsteige towards the station stop at Haigst.
Photograph taken on 08/12/2002 at 11:32
Saarbahn tram 1010 has worked down from the new northern terminus at Riegelsburg Süd and is seen here departing from the Saarbrücken Hauptbahnhof stop on 19 April 2003. This service continues on to the main German Railways network then into France at Sarrguemines, so these trams need to be capable of operating over two electrification systems, 750V dc and 15kV 16.7Hz.
Photograph taken on 19/04/2003 at 07:40
DB dmu set 628 316 stands briefly at Eiswoog station on 20 April 2003. This section of the branch from Grünstadt only sees trains on Sundays, and the whole route is under threat of closure despite being only a recent re-opening. Behind the camera, the rails continue over a high viaduct, though it is not possible to walk across it: the route used to continue to Enkenbach.
Photograph taken on 20/04/2003 at 12:59
metronom service ME81422 from Hamburg Hbf has just arrived at Bremen Hbf in the late afternoon of 9 December 2004. metronom is jointly owned by companies OHE, EVB, Hamburger Hochbahn and Bremer Strassenbahn. This dedicated fleet of locomotives and double-deck coaches work fast services between Hamburg and Bremen and between Hamburg and Uelzen.
Photograph taken on 09/12/2004 at 17:40
What an amazing station Uelzen is, apparently created by artist-architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser, but maybe better suited to Morocco than to northern Germany.
Photograph taken on 10/12/2004 at 13:36
Siemens "Dispolok" (i.e. available for hire) locomotive ES64U2-034 at the head of train FLX88178 at Elmshorn at 15:10 on 14 December 2004. The train is a "Flensburg Express" working from Hamburg Hbf to Padborg in Denmark, and is operated by Nord-Ostsee-Bahn GmbH - in turn owned by Connex Gruppe.
Photograph taken on 14/12/2004 at 16:11
Oberpfalzbahn railcars VT39 + VT35 stand in the bay platform at Passau Hbf waiting to work train P17 to Freyung. An ÖBB railcar and a German ICE share the station. The scenic branch to Freyung is a re-opening and is operated on behalf of Iltztalbahn, but only sees services at weekends and bank holidays.
Photograph taken on 28/05/2012 at 16:53
Operating on behalf of Iltztalbahn, Oberpfalzbahn railcars VT35 + VT39 at Freyung, the terminus of the re-opened branch line from Passau Hbf.
Photograph taken on 28/05/2012 at 18:34
DB DMU 610 020 at the new station at Neustadt (Waldnaab), a re-opened branch line a short distance north of Weiden (Oberpfalz) in Bayern.
Photograph taken on 29/05/2012 at 08:52
The old station building at Göltzschtalbrücke, with the eponymous viaduct in the background, plus tethered helium balloon D-OABB.
Photograph taken on 29/05/2012 at 11:44
A pair of DB class 612 DMUs crosses the famous Göltzschtalbrücke, as seen from a tethered helium balloon.
Photograph taken on 29/05/2012 at 12:11
The classic view of the Göltzschtalbrücke, as seen from a tethered helium balloon. Built between 1846 and 1851, this is the largest masonry viaduct in the world, 78m high and 574m long.
Photograph taken on 29/05/2012 at 12:12

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