Trip to Germany - August 1999

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Place Arrive Depart Train Traction details & notes

Tuesday 10th August 1999

Timperley   17:36   Metrolink tram 1019
Altrincham 17:42 17:46   Taxi
Manchester Airport (MAN) Terminal 3 17:56 19:00 BA1714 British Airways 737-300 G-OFRA
Frankfurt Airport (FRA) 21:52     by bus to terminal D
Terminal 2 DE   22:08   Peoplemover PTS0011 + 0014
Terminal 1 BC 22:10      
Frankfurt Flughafen Regionalbahnhof   22:18 'S8' DB EMU 421 269 etc.
Frankfurt am Main Hbf 22:28      
Overnight at Hotel Ibis, Friedensbrücke (10 mins walk from station) (1st night of 2)
New track today: none.

Wednesday 11th August 1999

Frankfurt am Main Hbf   07:46 IC622 DB EL 120 138-3
Via Frankfurt Flughafen Fernbahnhof
Mainz Hbf 08:13 08:38 EC107 DB EL 101 091-7 ran 14 late
Via Frankfurt Flughafen Fernbahnhof
Mannheim Hbf 09:27 09:56 ICE571 DB EMU 401 517-8 + 401 017-9 via SFS
Stuttgart Hbf 10:35 11:18 'S' DB EMU 420 444 + 385 sets
Weil der Stadt 11:52      
Total eclipse of the sun - in the rain!
Weil der Stadt   13:08 'S' DB EMU 420 359 + 380 + 416 sets
Stuttgart Hbf 13:43 14:15 SE19824 DB EL 143 013-1
via S-Bahn tracks as far as Ludwigsburg
Heilbronn Hbf 15:01 15:13 RE3810 DB EL 110 231-8
Neckarelz 15:35 15:46 RE28533 DB EL 143 316-8P ran 12 late
Osterburken 16:20 16:31 RB19883 DB EL 143 901-7
Bad Friedrichshall-Jagstfeld 17:08 17:12 SE28199 DB EL 143 194-9P ran 6 late
Heilbronn Hbf 17:30 18:00 RE3842 DB DMU 611 029 set ran 11 late
Via Sinsheim
Mannheim Hbf 19:10 19:31 EC4 DB EL 101 082-6
Frankfurt Flughafen Fernbahnhof 20:02      
Frankfurt Flughafen Regiobahnhof   20:33 'S8' DB EMU 420 221 + 234 sets
Frankfurt am Main Hbf 20:45 20:49 'S1' DB EMU 420 298 set
Hauptwache 20:52 22:20 'S5' DB EMU 420 285 set
Frankfurt am Main Hbf 22:23      
Overnight at Hotel Ibis, Friedensbrücke (2nd night of 2)
New track today: Frankfurt-Sportfeld - westbound curve - Frankfurt Flughafen Fernbahnhof - Raunheim, Frankfurt Flughafen Fernbahnhof - southbound curve - Zeppelinheim, Renningen - Weil der Stadt, Neckarelz - Seckach - Osterburken, Bad Friedrichshall-Jagstfeld - Steinsfurt, Zeppelinheim - northbound curve - Frankfurt Flughafen Fernbahnhof.

Thursday 12th August 1999

Frankfurt am Main Hbf   07:39 'S8' DB EMU 420 249 set
Frankfurt Flughafen Regiobahnhof 07:49      
Frankfurt Flughafen Fernbahnhof   08:03 EC25 DB EL 101 108-9 dep 29 late

Via Abzw Forsthaus, Frankfurt am Main Hbf (reverse), Hanau, Aschaffenburg

Würzburg Hbf 09:27     arr 34 late - no connections held
Würzburg Hbf   10:38 RB20359 DB EL 111 204-4P
Schweinfurt Hbf 11:08 11:12 RB20816 DB DL 212 274-3
Via Bad Kissingen (reverse)
Gemunden (Main) 12:58 13:08 RE20290 DB EL 110 168-2
Fulda 14:01 14:06 ICE596 DB EMU 401 061 + 561 ran 10 late - via SFS
Göttingen 15:00 15:06 RB25514 DB DMU 614 079-2 + 914 042-7 + 614 078-4
Bodenfelde 15:55 16:06 RB25521 same set
Göttingen 16:51 17:02 ICE594 DB EMU 401 009 + 509 dep 13 late

Via Hildesheim, Braunschweig, Weddeler Schleife, SFS, Stendal Avoiding Line, Spandau

Berlin Zoologischer Garten 19:17 19:26 'S3' DB EMU Class 477
Westkreuz 19:32 19:35 'S4' DB EMU Class 485
Witzleben 19:36      
Westkreuz   22:39 'S46' DB EMU Class 485
Witzleben 22:40      

Overnight at Hotel Ibis Messe (1st night of 2)

New track today: Frankfurt Flughafen Fernbahnhof  - eastbound curve - Frankfurt-Sportfeld, Ebenhausen - Bad Kissingen - Gemunden (Main), Göttingen - Bodenfelde, Weddel - (Lehre) - Fallersleben eastbound, SFS eastbound from Wolfsburg - avoiding Stendal - Spandau

Friday 13th August 1999

Witzleben   07:14 'S4' DB EMU Class 485
Westkreuz 07:15 07:18 'S75' DB EMU Class 476
Berlin Zoologischer Garten 07:26 07:44 ICE793 DB EMU 401 507 + 007
Via Spandau, SFS, Stendal Avoiding Line, Weddeler Schleife
Braunschweig 08:59 09:08 IR2581 DB EL 112 175-5
Much engineering work around Frellstedt (bus substitution on some services)
Magdeburg Hbf 09:56     arr 17 late
Magdeburg Hbf   11:18 RB36479 DB DL 218 181-6
Schönebeck (Elbe) 11:29 11:59 RB36176 DB DL 218 188-8 via Gnadau - Barby curve
Güterglück 12:22 12:38 RE36127 DB EL 112 011-8P
Dessau Hbf 13:00      
Hauptbahnhof   13:15 '1' DVG tram 009
Tempelhofer Straße 13:30 13:32 '1' DVG tram 009
Hauptbahnhof 13:47      
Dessau Hbf   14:01 RE38176 DB EL 143 809-2
Via Belzig - Potsdam Stadt - Berlin Zoo - Stadtbahn
Berlin Ostbahnhof 16:02 16:05 'S5' DB EMU Class 476
Engineering works line closure between Treptower Park and Baumschulenweg causing train working alterations
Ostkreuz 16:09 16:10 'S85' DB EMU Class 477
Neukölln 16:18 16:21 'S8' DB EMU Class 477
Bornholmer Straße 16:44 17:06 'S25' DB EMU Class 480
Hennigsdorf 17:29 17:30 'S25' DB EMU Class 480
Lichterfelde Süd 18:27 18:32 'S25' DB EMU Class 480
Papestraße 18:44 18:51 'S4' DB EMU Class 485
Westkreuz 19:04 19:06 'S75' DB EMU Class 477
Spandau 19:21 19:43 'S75' DB EMU Class 476
Westkreuz 19:57 20:00 'S7' DB EMU Class 481/2
Griebnitzsee 20:17 20:23 RB38852 DB 143 923-? + coach + 143 566-8
Via Potsdam Stadt - Golm - Priort - Wustermark (reverse) - past Rbf station
Spandau 21:21 21:23 'S75' DB EMU Class 476
Berlin Zoologischer Garten 21:44 22:19 'S75' DB EMU Class 476
Westkreuz 22:26 22:25 'S4' DB EMU Class 485
Witzleben 22:26      
overnight at Hotel Ibis Messe (2nd night of 2)
New track today: SFS westbound Spandau - avoiding Stendal - Wolfsburg, Weddeler Schleife westbound, Barby curve, Treptower Park - Neukölln both ways, Tegel - Hennigsdorf, Lichterfelde Ost - Süd, Griebnitzsee bay platform

Saturday 14th August 1999

Witzleben   07:00 'S46' DB EMU Class 485
Westkreuz 07:01 07:05 'S7' DB EMU Class 481/2
Berlin Lichtenberg 07:39 08:00 RE38050 DB EL 143 138-6
Via Berlin-Schöneweide, Flughafen Berlin-Schönefeld, Brandenburg
Magdeburg Herrenkrug 09:43      
Herrenkrug/DB Haltepunkt   09:50 '6' MVB tram 1325
Herrenkrug 09:52 09:56 '6' MVB tram 1302
Hauptbahnhof/Brandenburger Straße 10:09      
Magdeburg Hbf   10:57 IC626 DB EL 120 136-7P
From west side of station, then via crossovers at south end of station; wrong line Calbe (Saale) Ost to Sachsendorf (bridge rebuilding)
Halle (Saale) Hbf 11:45 12:39 RE3608 DB DL 232 209-7
NOT diverted via Köthen curve (as advertised in timetable). Via Halberstadt - Vienenburg - Bad Harzburg avoiding line. Signals check before Goslar - arrived 21 late
Goslar 14:58 15:02 RB25174 DB 218 271-5 dep 19 late
Via Salzgitter-Ringelheim (south side) - Hildesheim Hbf - direct to Barnten - onto "fast" line at Rethen avoiding platform tracks at Hannover Messe-Laatzen. Made up time but lost it again - signals check outside Hannover Hbf, which was in total chaos for no obvious reason.
Hannover Hbf 16:23     arrived 19 late
Hannover Hbf Gleis 7   17:20   DB EMU 402 020-2 + DT
Arrived from Bremen, then shunted westwards to station throat (17:22 to 17:45) to await arrival of portion from Hamburg
Hannover Hbf 17:48 17:28 ICE863 DB EMU 402 009-5 + DT + 402 020-2 + DT dep 27 late
Via SFS throughout. Wrong line from tunnel (~km 170) to Kirchheim north (~km 180) due to engineering works
Würzburg Hbf 19:31     arrived 18 late
overnight at Hotel outside station
New track today: Vienenburg - Oker - Goslar - Salzgitter-Ringelheim - Hildesheim Hbf - Emmerke - Barnten

Sunday 15th August 1999

Würzburg Hbf   07:31 ICE922 DB EMU 401 008 set
Aschaffenburg Hbf 08:11 09:18 RE19511 DB DMU 628 263 + 267 sets
Miltenberg 09:57 10:04 RB28633 DB DMU 628 282 set
Walldürn 10:38 10:42 RB28612 DB DMU 628 279 set
Hardheim 10:55 11:00 RB28615 DB DMU 628 279 set
Seckach 11:41 11:45 RE28520 DB DMU 628 259 set
Neckarelz 12:09 12:12 SE28190 DB EL 143 637-4P
Heidelberg Hbf 13:04     arrived 13 late due to waiting for connections at Eberbach
Heidelberg Hbf   13:23 SE23035 DB EL 110 216-9
Karlsruhe Hbf 14:06 14:35 RB29478 DB DMU 628 313 set
Wörth (Rhein) 14:52 14:55 RB29774 DB DL 218 201-2
Lauterbourg 15:13 15:42 RB29775 DB DL 218 201-2P
Wörth (Rhein) 16:00 16:06 RB29483 DB DMU 628 693 set
Karlsruhe Hbf 16:22 17:00 EC8 DB EL 101 123-8

Via SFS to Mannheim

Frankfurt Flughafen Fernbahnhof 18:02      
Terminal 1 BC   18:22   Peoplemover PTS0010 + 0018
Terminal 2 DE 18:25     by bus from gate D6
Frankfurt Airport (FRA)   19:40 BA1713 British Airways 737-300 G-XBHX dep 20 late
Manchester Airport (MAN) Terminal 3 20:42 20:50   Taxi
Timperley 21:03      
New track today: Miltenberg - Walldürn, Walldürn - Hardheim, Walldürn - Seckach, Eberbach - Neckargemünd, Wörth (Rhein) - Lauterbourg, northbound connection onto SFS at Graben-Neudorf

Tickets used: Euro Domino ticket for Germany.

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