It’s been a long time

Wow, my last post on here was May?? Okay, so I knew I had been slack updating this blog as I was busy with other things (Photographing trains in Europe, buying European model trains and last but not least, work) but still, May is a long time to go since an update.

Well here we are at the start of the year.  It has taken me a long time of sorting out images to be able to get to this stage.  European updates have been that sparse that these upcoming updates include all the images from 2014 & 2015.  So for this massive update I am starting off with European Locomotives.

In 2014/2015 I visited new photographic spots in Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Hungary.

Czech Class 111 prepares to shunt the stock of EN457,21:38 hours Oberhausen to Prague (

Czech Class 111 prepares to shunt the stock of EN457,21:38 hours Oberhausen to Prague (“Phoenix”) after its arrival from Oberhausen (D) on the 1st May 2015

 

The above journey has already disappeared, with the train now starting at Köln Hbf.  If my memory serves me correctly this train originally used to come from Amsterdam, but when Dutch Railways pulled out of sleeper operations DB decided to start the train at Oberhausen.  DB have now decided to start this train at Köln Hbf.  What is concerning is even this journey is under threat as DB plan to pull out of sleeper operations in December 2016.

When the train rolled in at Oberhausen a large number of people joined the train, let alone the people who joined mid-route.  This train was ideal, myself and Paul Smith had spent the day in the Oberhausen area, we went and had dinner in a local restaurant then made our way back to the station to recover our bags from the left luggage lockers.  As the next day was a German National holiday we had booked ourselves out of Germany on the sleeper to go visit the Czech Republic.  Unless Czech Railways take over full operation of this sleeper this will never be repeated.  DB seem to think we want to sit up all night long on ICE trains or bus replacement services.  No thanks DB, I’d rather go without.

 

Romanian registered Class 400, number 400 087-9 heads North towards Budapest Kelenfold station with a rake of open box wagons on the 6th of June 2015

Romanian registered Class 400, number 400 087-9 heads North towards Budapest Kelenfold station with a rake of open box wagons on the 6th of June 2015

 

I also got the chance to visit Hungary this year before everything got very confused and restrictive due to the migrant issue across Europe.  Without making light of the issues going on across there, especially during the summer, nor being drawn into a political argument but I won’t be going back here again whilst there are issues of border control etc.  Myself and Chris visited this location as part of a mad tour round Europe.  We did a sleeper out from München (Munich), Germany to Budapest on what was a very humid night.  Until the air-con kicked in on the train it was bloody unpleasant.  Waking up though in glorious sunlight whilst in Austria, approaching the Hungarian border was superb.  What was missing from this sleeper, and all the others was a restaurant car to go and get a proper breakfast from.    The day turned out to be a total scorcher, which had us both clinging to the smallest tree going that was lineside just south of Budapest Kelenfold yard.  We then did another sleeper train from Budapest to Dresden that evening.  Having a shower on the sleeper train whilst it was still in the platform at Budapest Keleti was a glorious feeling after a very warm day.

ÖBB Class 1163, number 1163 003-5 sits at Salzburg Gnigl depot on the 8th of March 2014

ÖBB Class 1163, number 1163 003-5 sits at Salzburg Gnigl depot on the 8th of March 2014

 

Austria was another country that I got to visit in 2014 and 2015.   Salburg Gnigl was the first place I visited with Paul, where we proceed to walk down the length of the yard, happily filling our boots with much wagon photography.  We went back to Austria in 2015 where we went Lokomotion mad at Kufstein, more of those photos at a later date.

That concludes my first writing session of 2016.  Hopefully there shall be a few more.

More blog updates to follow shortly

Galleries updated are as follows:

Austrian:

Class 1016, Class 1042, Class 1116, Class 1142, Class 1144, Class 1163, Class 1193 (Vectron), Class 1216, Class 2016, Class 2067, Class 2070

Belgian:

2100 series, 2700 series, 5500 series, 1300 series, Class 76 (TRAXX F140 DE), Class 266, 1800 series, 1900 series

Czech:

Class 111, Class 123, Class 130, Class 151, Class 162, Class 163, Class 230, Class 242, Class 362, Class 363, Class 371, Class 372, Class 380, Class 386, Class 710, Class 714, Class 740, Class 742, Class 749, Class 753, Class 761

Danish:

Class EG3100

French:

Class 61, Class BB 37000

German:

Class 193

GySev:

Class 430, Class 470

Hungarian:

Class 418, Class 431, Class 432, Class 433, Class 448, Class 450, Class 460, Class 469, Class 470, Class 478, Class 480, Class 600, Class 628, Class 630

Italian:

Class E.412 (Trenitalia), RTC EU43

Luxembourgian:

1500 series, Class 4000

Norwegian:

Class 119

Polish:

Class 170, Class 270, Class 370, Class 630 (SU46), Class 650, Class ET22

Romanian:

Class 400, Class 477

Slovakian:

Class 240, Class 242, Class 350, Class 361

Swedish:

Class 241

Swiss:

Re 421, Re 482

 

 

 

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~ by gingespotting on January 16, 2016.

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