Trip to Germany - May 2012

General Notes

This trip was planned to take in a three-day railtour organised by IBSE from München via Regensburg to Passau. An extra day was planned to cover some other lines of interest in Bayern.

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

Operating Company Abbreviations:

Place Arrive Depart Train Traction details & notes

Friday 25th May 2012

Timperley   14:40 RM tram 1013
Altrincham 14:44 14:55 '18' Arriva bus
Manchester Airport (MAN) 15:15 17:25 LH2503 Lufthansa D-AILA A319-100
München Flughafen (MUC) 20:25 21:04 'S8' DB EMU 423 213 + 087 sets
München  Hbf 21:45      

Overnight at Hotel Helvetia, Schillerstr. 6,  München (5 minutes walk from railway station)

Notes: Standard routing to München. Lufthansa are doing some good flight prices at the moment, and you get a hold baggage allowance and a snack+drink included.

Saturday 26th May 2012

München  Hbf Gl.35   07:30 - Passauer Eisenbahnfreunde e.V. DR 798 706-8 + 998 840-3
via Mü-Donnersbergerbrücke (delayed) - Mü-Heimeranplatz - Mü-Solln - Wolfratshausen - shunt to Geretsried (km4.8) - Wolfratshausen (dep 09:56) - Mü-Solln -  - Mü-Heimeranplatz West - Mü-Laim Rbf (line 5525) - Mü-Moosach - Mü-Milbertshofen (arr 10:45) - shunt 500m towards BMW - Mü-Milbertshofen (dep 11:25) - Mü-Nord Rbf Ausfahrt (rev at km17.8) - Mü-Feldmoching - Lohhof (arr 11:42) - shunt to Anschl. Altmann km4.4 - Lohhof (dep 13:14) - Langenbach (Obb) - Anglberg km5.5 - Langenbach (Obb) (dep 15:02) - Landshut (Bay) Hbf - Neuhausen (b Landshut(Bay)) (dep 16:15, on time) - Landshut (Bay) Hbf - Eggmühl (arr 18:05, 20 late; dep 19:15, 85 late) - Eichbühl - shunt into Bundeswehr sidings, 2.3km, out and back via different sidings - Eichbühl - Langquaid (dep 21:00, 105 late) - Eggmühl
Regensburg Hbf 20:25     arr 101 late

Overnight at Ibis Hotel Regensburg City (5 minutes walk from railway station) (3 nights)

Notes: First day of the IBSE railtour. The late running after Eggmühl was due to a late-running train already on the branch.

Sunday 27th May 2012

Regensburg Hbf   07:57 - DR 798 706-8 + 998 840-3
via Regensburg Ost (reverse 08:02/08:07) - Regensburg Bayernhafen [Preymesser - Osthafen Nordkai - western extremity beyond Nibelungenbrücke - Donaulände/Budapester Straße - Westhafen Nordkai - Wiener Straße - Auweg - Osthafen Südkai] - Regensburg Ost (dep 11:21) - Obertraubling - shunt to Neutraubling Krones (rev at km3.6) - Obertraubling (dep 12:40) - Regensburg Hbf - Saal (Donau) - shunt to Hafen Kehlheim/Saal - Saal (Donau) (dep 14:20) - Regensburg Bbf (dep 14:41) - Neumarkt (Opf) - Sengenthal Max Bögl - Neumarkt (Opf) - Regensburg Ost (dep 17:11) - Maxhütte-Haidhof - Burglengenfeld Heidelberg Cement - Maxhütte-Haidhof
Regensburg Hbf 20:39      

Overnight at Ibis Hotel Regensburg City

Notes: Second day of the IBSE railtour.

Monday 28th May 2012

Regensburg Hbf   07:36 - DR 798 706-8 + 998 840-3
via Straubing - Sand Hafen (rev at ~2km) - Straubing (dep 09:22) - shunt to Bundeswehr Mitterharthausen - Straubing - (dep 10:21) - Plattling - shunt to Papierfabrik (rev at km2.2) - Plattling (dep 11:18) - Deggendorf Hbf (11:26/11:47) - Deggendorf Hafen (rev at 3.4km) - Deggendorf Hbf (12:36/12:53) - Plattling - Vilshofen - Neustift-Blindham (rev at 7.7km, dep 14:35) - Vilshofen - Schalding - shunt to Schalding Hafen - Schalding - Passau Güterbahnhofgleise
Passau Hbf 16:26 17:10 P17 Oberpfalzbahn DR VT39 + VT35 (photo)
Freyung (photo) 18:25 19:30 P18 Oberpfalzbahn DR VT35 + VT39
Passau Hbf 20:45 20:55 - Oberpfalzbahn DR VT39 + VT35
Plattling 21:30 22:11   agilis EMU 440 403 set
Regensburg Hbf 22:53      

Overnight at Hotel Ibis Regensburg City

Notes: Last day of the IBSE railtour. The branch to Freyung has recently re-opened and sees weekend spring/summer services, plus holidays so was running today. Very scenic, though it was raining a fair amount of the time. Pizzas at Freyung courtesy of the train crew phoning the order through!

Tuesday 29th May 2012

Regensburg Hbf   07:30 RE3548 DB DMU 610 001 + 610 005 sets
Schwandorf 07:56 08:02 VBG81108 Vogtlandbahn DR VT16
Weiden (Oberpfalz) 08:41 08:46 RE3509 DB DMU 610 020 set
Neustadt (Waldnaab) (photo) 08:53 09:02 RE3510 DB DMU 610 020 set
Weiden (Oberpfalz) 09:09 09:14 ALX84102 alex DL 223 063 + 5C
Hof Hbf 10:19 10:30 IRE3807 DB DMU 612 471 set
Plauen (Vogtl) ob bf 10:57 11:07 VBG81168 Vogtlandbahn DR VT45
Netschkau 11:28      
Göltzschtalbrücke   12:06   D-OABB tethered helium balloon (photo photo photo)
Göltzschtalbrücke 12:23    
Netschkau   13:29 VBG81170 Vogtlandbahn VT44
Reichenbach (Vogtl) ob bf 13:33 13:51 RE3786 DB DMU 612 111 + 612 112
* Hof Hbf     DB DMU 612 111 only
* Pegnitz     DB DMU 612 ??? + ??? + 111
Nürnberg Hbf 16:14   arr 8 late due to track fault at Lauf (rechts Pegnitz)
Nürnberg Hbf   17:08 RE4019 DB EL 101 108-9 + 5C
via SFS to Ingolstadt        
München Hbf 18:54 19:15 'S8' DB EMU 423 117 + 108 + 148
München Flughafen (MUC) 19:55 21:55 LH2504 Lufthansa A321
Manchester Airport (MAN) 23:00 23:15   taxi
Timperley 23:30      

Notes: Today's plan was to travel over a few lines in Bayern that I'd not managed to previously. The branch to Neustadt (Waldnaab) is a comparitively recent re-opening and is just 1km long. I'd never travelled over the Schnellfahrstrecke (SFS) between Nürnberg and Ingolstadt - and this is one of the few SFS routes that is traversed by RE trains and so can be used on cheaper tickets. I also wanted to travel over the Schlömener Kurve avoiding Neuenmarkt-Wirsberg; however these only run on alternate hours. Finally I wanted to spend some time viewing the Göltzschtalbrücke, which involves a walk of a few km from Netschkau station. Göltzschtalbrücke is the largest masonry viaduct in the world. When I got there I found that there was a tethered helium balloon giving rides to view the bridge (cost: 15EUR) which was well worth it and I got some excellent photos. Unfortunately this meant that I would have to miss out on the Schlömener Kurve - never mind. Today's tickets: single from Regensburg Hbf to Neustadt (Waldnaab) to avoid the 09:00 starting time limit, then Bayern-Single and Sachsen-Single tickets, all pre-purchased at a ticket machine.

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Copyright © 2012 Paul Steane.