Trip to Germany - December 2004

General Notes

For general notes, and the meanings of the abbreviations, go to the Reports index page.

Aims of Trip

This trip was planned with the following aims:

Daylight hours are far from ideal at this time of year so careful planning was used to ensure that all required lines were done in reasonable daylight. With three nights in Bremen a certain amount of tram-riding was planned - I'm not too fussed about doing tram lines in darkness...

Operating Company Abbreviations:

Place Arrive Depart Train Traction details & notes

Tuesday 7th December 2004

Timperley   18:00 - SM 1005
Altrincham 18:06 18:08 - taxi
Manchester Airport T1 (MAN) 18:21 19:35 LH4873 Lufthansa CRJ100 D-ACLL
Hamburg Airport T4 (HAM) 22:05 22:30 - Jasper Bus
Hamburg Hbf 22:55      
New passenger track today: none.
Overnight at Ibis Hamburg Alster, Holzdamm 4 - 12 +16, 20099  Hamburg (5 minutes from station).
Notes
Standard positioning move.

Wednesday 8th December 2004

Hamburg Hbf   08:10 RE14562 DB DL 218 287-1P
via Pz-Gl then Hafen-Gl; reverse at Hamburg-Harburg
Cuxhaven 10:02 10:39 RB34713 EVB DR VT103
Bremerhaven Hbf 11:24 11:33 RB24917 DB EL 110 486-8P
Bremen-Burg 12:16 12:23 RB24532 DB EL 111 138-4
Bremen-Vegesack 12:35 12:54 RB24535 DB EL 111 138-4P
Bremen Hbf 13:18 13:38 RE14678 DB EL 141 126-3
Hude 13:58 14:01 RB34548 DB EL 141 349-1
Oldenburg(Oldb) 14:12 14:35 RE14306 DB EL 141 215-4
Leer(Ostfriesl) 15:14 15:30 RE14513 DB EL 111 091-5
Bremen Hbf 17:05      
Overnight Ibis Bremen Centrum, Rembertring 51, 28203 Bremen (10 minutes walk from station) (1st night of 3).
New passenger track for the day: Hamburg-Neugraben - Cuxhafen, Cuxhafen - Bremerhaven - Bremen, Bremen-Burg - Bremen-Vegesack, Oldenburg - Leer.
Notes
Standard stuff.

Thursday 9th December 2004

Bremen Hbf   08:38 RE14668 DB EL 141 381-4
Nordenham  9:48 10:06 RE14673 DB EL 141 381-4P
Bremen Hbf 11:19 11:34 RB24914 DB EL 111 141-8
Bremerhaven Hbf 12:26 12:39 EVB82521 EVB DR VT109
via Bremervörde        
Hamburg-Neugraben 14:25 14:30 'S3' DB EMU 474 023+016 sets
Hamburg Hbf 14:54 15:15 ME81422 mE EL ME146-04 photo available
via Maschen Yard south side line (except short section near Mswf) - Jesteburg
Bremen Hbf 16:33      
Hauptbahnhof   16:56 '6' BSAG tram 3078
Klagenfurter Straße 17:10 17:12 '6' BSAG tram 3069
Hünefeldstraße 17:46 17:47 '6' BSAG tram 3059
Domsheide 18:00 18:21 '4' BSAG tram 3069
Borgfeld 18:56 18:57 '1E' BSAG tram 3069
via curve at Kirchbachstraße
Kurt-Huber-Straße 19:24 19:26 '1' BSAG tram 3036
Osterholz (Züricher Straße) 19:34 19:37 '1' BSAG tram 3536+3736
Am Brill 20:12 20:15 '3' BSAG tram 3517+3717
Domsheide 20:19      
Overnight Ibis Bremen Centrum (2nd night of 3).
New passenger track for the day: Hude - Nordenham, Bremerhaven - Bremervörde - Buxtehude, (Hamburg-Harburg -) Maschen yard - Buchholz.
Notes
The Nordenham is quite interesting as there is a lot of freight traffic, some of it hauled by 232s. I had actually done much of the EVB system on a railtour a few years ago, but I needed most of the existing passenger network. First ride on a "metronom". The run past Maschen yard was interesting as we got diverted off the normal running line, through the yard, because of a train parked in the way. Made a start on the Bremen tram system, which is quite extensive and continually growing. Quite a few workings run to and from the depots via unusual curves in passenger service.

Friday 10th December 2004

Bremen Hbf   09:00 RB24275 DB DMU 634 661+934 452+624 645
Munster(Örtze) 10:32      
Munster Hp Emminger Weg   11:40 IC2631 DB DL 218 253-3
Uelzen photo available 12:25 12:43 IC2376 DB EL 101 089-1P
Lüneburg 12:58 13:31 RB11816 DB DMU 628 218 set
Lübeck Hbf 14:37 15:07 RE11443 DB DL 218 256-6 top + 218 367-1P tail
Hamburg Hbf 15:56 16:13 ME81424 mE EL ME146-06
via Maschen Yard south side line - Jesteburg
Bremen Hbf 17:33 18:18 RE14419 DB EL 111 084-0
from platform 3, via south side line as far as Abzw Vahr
Achim 18:29 18:36 RB24290 DB DMU 614 077+914 027+614 080
Bremen Hbf 18:48     into platform 2
Hauptbahnhof   18:58 '8' BSAG tram 3031
Roland Center (Huchting) 19:19 19:26 '1' BSAG tram 3054
Hauptbahnhof 19:41 19:43 '10' BSAG tram 3016
Seebaldsbrück 20:08 20:12 '10' BSAG tram 3023
St Jürgen-Straße 20:25 20:27 '3' BSAG tram 3515+3715
Weserwehr 20:34 20:36 'E' BSAG tram 3515+3715
via Georg-Bitter Straße connecting line
Föhrenstraße 20:44 20:45 '2' BSAG tram 3066
Domsheide 21:00      
Overnight Ibis Bremen Centrum (3rd night of 3).
New passenger track for the day: Bremen - Soltau(Han) - Münster - Uelzen, Lüneburg - Lübeck.
Notes
Highlight today was the passenger service out of the military siding at Munster(Örtze). Emminger Weg is a public road but surrounded by army areas - I didn't risk a photograph of the train! The walk from the main station only took about 25 minutes including getting slightly lost once. A lot of squaddies got on at the start, then more at the main station; many got off at Uelzen though. What an amazing station Uelzen is, apparently created by artist-architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser, but maybe better suited to Morocco than to northern Germany. Lübeck  station, on the other hand, is being rebuilt and is a complete mess. The Hamburg - Lübeck fasts run with top and tail class 218s which is interesting, some of them split to go to Kiel. The run out as far as Achim was to try to cover more of the flying junctions at Vahr, with only moderate success; the inbound train might have done an extra diveunder, instead it crossed on the level at Bremen Hbf. More tram routes, including the long connecting line between routes 2 and 3.

Saturday 11th December 2004

Bremen Hbf   07:18 RE14503 DB EL 111 132-7
Hannover Hbf 08:42 08:51 RB34610 DB DMU 614 064+914 040+614 063
via Soltau(Han)
Buchholz(Nordheide) 11:49 12:16 ME81415 mE EL 146-04P
via Jesteburg - Maschen yard north side
Hamburg Hbf 12:44 13:09 'S21' DB EMU 472 048 + 1 sets
Hamburg-Eidelstedt 13:24 13:36 AKN1149 AKN DMU VT2.39
Ulzburg Süd 14:11 14:17 AKN4470 AKN DMU VT2.36
Elmshorn 14:56 15:09 RE11223 DB EL 112 153-2P
Hamburg Hbf 15:37 16:05 RE11444 DB DL 218 367-1 top + 218 331-7 tail
Lübeck Hbf 16:53      
Hotel Lindenhof, Lindenstraße 1a, 23558 Lübeck (5 minutes walk from station).
New passenger track for the day: Nienburg - Wuntsdorf, (Hannover) - Soltau - Buchholz, Ulzburg - Barmstedt - Elmshorn.
Notes
Down to Hannover to do the other line through Soltau. Through to Maschen yard again, this time northbound. The AKN lines north of Hamburg-Eidelstedt and at Ulzburg have been completely re-aligned, using underpasses instead of level crossings. Ulzburg to Barmstedt used to have a very restricted service, but it is now hourly.

Sunday 12th December 2004

Lübeck Hbf    08:10 RB11746 DB DMU 628 221 set
Neustadt(Holst) 08:47 09:01 RB11751 DB DMU 628 221 set
Lübeck Hbf 09:37 10:01 RE11430 DB DL 218 456-2
Kiel Hbf 11:14 12:03 NOB82466 NOB DR VT302
Husum 13:26 13:32 RE11014 DB DL 218 383-8
Westerland(Sylt) 14:36 15:22 RE11029 DB DL 218 117-0
Husum 16:28      
Thomas Hotel, am Zingel 7-9, 25813 Husum (8 minutes walk from station).
New passenger track for the day: Neustadt branch, Bad Schwartau - Kiel - Rendsburg, Jübek - Husum, Niebüll - Westerland.
Notes
A simple day just filling in my remaining cross-country routes in Schleswig-Holstein, as well as the short branch to Neustadt. Interesting run across the Hindenburgdamm to the island of Sylt. Plenty of hotels and restaurants in Husum, a nice port town.

Monday 13th December 2004

Husum    08:37 NOB82568 NOB DR VT307
Bad St Peter-Ording  09:28 09:34 NOB82569 NOB DR VT307
Husum 10:24 10:32 RE11008 DB DL 218 495-0
Niebüll 10:58      
Niebüll neg   11:18 neg9 neg DL DL.2
Dagebüll Mole 11:42 11:55 neg10 neg DL DL.2P
Niebüll 12:25 13:01 RE11023 DB DL 218 477-0P
Heide(Holst) 13:57 14:01 SHB82732 SHB DR VT2.72
Büsum 14:27 14:31 SHB82735 SHB DR VT2.72
Heide(Holst) 14:57 15:02 RE11029 DB DL 218 185-7P
Hamburg-Altona 16:24 16:38 ME91426 mE ME146-01
Hamburg Hbf 16:52      
Overnight at Ibis Hamburg Alster, Holzdamm 4 - 12 +16, 20099  Hamburg (5 minutes from station).
New passenger track for the day: Husum - Bad St.Peter-Ording, Niebüll - Dagebüll, Heide (Holst) - Büsum.
Notes
Finishing off the three western branches, including ensuring that the connecting line at Niebüll between the private station and the main line station was covered. Dagebüll Mole was interesting, with the ferries docking adjacent to the station.

Tuesday 14th December 2004

Hamburg Hbf    09:05 RE11430 DB DL 218 491-9 top + 218 434-9 tail
Bad Oldesloe 09:34 09:42 NBE82660 NBE DR VT2.75
Neumünster 10:28 10:33 AKN82820 AKN DMU VT2.64
Hamburg-Eidelstedt 12:02 12:04 'S3' DB EMU 474 005 + ? sets
Hamburg-Altona 12:13 12:52 'S1' DB EMU 472 024+060 sets
Wedel (Holstein) 13:19 13:23 'S1' DB EMU 472 050+042 sets
Hamburg Hbf 14:03 14:43 FLX88178 NOB Dispolok EL ES64U2-034 (=182 534-8) photo available
Elmshorn 15:09 14:53 RB11073 DB EL 141 430-9P dep 21 late
Hamburg-Altona 15:20     arr 22 late
    15:50 'S31' DB EMU 474 075+058 sets
via Hamburg Sternschanze
Hamburg Hbf 16:01      
Hauptbahnhof Süd   16:10 'U3' HOCHBAHN EMU
via Rathaus and Sternschanze
Kellinghusenstraße 16:28 16:29 'U1' HOCHBAHN EMU
Ohlsdorf 16:32 16:40 '110' bus
Hamburg Flughafen T4 16:50      
HAM   18:25 LH4872 Lufthansa CRJ100 D-ACJI ran 50/40 late
MAN 19:55 20:15 - taxi
Timperley 20:30      
New passenger track for the day: Fahrenkrug - Neumünster, Ulzburg new low level route, Hamburg-Altona - Hamburg-Blankenese - Wedel.
Notes
Third time of asking for the line from Bad Oldesloe: did it as far as Bad Segeburg many years ago, then as far as Fahrenkrug on a railtour, now it's open to passengers all the way through. Finished off the Hamburg S-Bahn and the trip by going to Wedel, which is an interesting line with a reversal at Hamburg-Blankenese. The run out to Elmshorn and back was just to have a ride behind one of the Siemens Dispoloks on the new Flensburg Express services; the loco was coupled to the Driving Trailer so presumably they have push-pull problems here as well as in the UK!

Summary

A most enjoyable trip and very productive. No rushing about and all went exactly to plan. Timekeeping excellent.

No hotels pre-booked except first and last nights in Hamburg.

Tickets used: Niedersachsen-Single ticket (EUR15, Wednesday to Friday), Schönes-Wochenende-Ticket (EUR28 Saturday, EUR30 Sunday - price-increase!), Schleswig-Holstein-Ticket (EUR27 Monday and Tuesday), plus single tickets as required for travel before the 09:00 weekday start time, plus an IC ticket Munster(Örtze) - Lüneburg for the Friday.

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