End of summer trip 2016

In September 2016, the end of summer brought me to the Czech Republic and Slovakia. This region was totally unknown to me. The beautiful photos I have stumbled upon throughout the past months have made me decide to stop waiting any longer and plan the trip.
A detailed report will follow in due time. To still hour hunger, I will already give you an idea of the itinerary and what I have seen along the way.

The main photo-goals of the trip were:

  • the Elbe valley between Dresden, Ústí Nad Labem and beyond
  • the non-electrified lines around Horná Štubňa, for some freight trains and locomotive-hauled passenger trains
  • Štrba, on the Žilina – Košice main line, where you can make photos with the magnificent High Tatra mountain chain in the background

Below you will see one photo from each day of the trip.

Day 1. Driving to Dresden. Photos of the Euronight services that are about to disappear

CD 371 015 has just taken over from two DB 101 locomotives. It is ready to continue the journey of Euronight 477 that connects Berlin to Budapest. Dresden Hbf, 18.9.2016
CD 371 015 has just taken over from two DB 101 locomotives. It is ready to continue the journey of Euronight 477 that connects Berlin to Budapest. Dresden Hbf, 18.9.2016

Day 2. Elbe valley between Dresden and Ústí Nad Labem

ITL's 186 139 is hauling a car train into Germany, seen here while passing Königstein. 19.9.2016
ITL’s 186 139 is hauling a car train into Germany, seen here while passing Königstein. 19.9.2016

Day 3. Elbe valley south of Ústí Nad Labem

CD Cargo's 130 036 hauls a mixed freight train towards Kolín. The sound of these locomotives is remarkable. Vrutice, 20.9.2016
CD Cargo’s 130 036 hauls a mixed freight train towards Kolín. The sound of these locomotives is remarkable. Vrutice, 20.9.2016

Day 4. Around Česká Třebová, on the main line between Prague and Ostrava

Regiojet's 193 227, hired from European Locomotive Leasing, hauls an international train from Prague all the way to Košice. Seen here at Bezpráví, 21.9.2016.
Regiojet’s 193 227, hired from European Locomotive Leasing, hauls an international train from Prague all the way to Košice. Seen here at Bezpráví, 21.9.2016.

Day 5. Traffic around Horná Štubňa

ZSSK's 754 056 hauls a passenger train from Banská Bystrica to Žilina. Turčianske Teplice, 22.9.2016
ZSSK’s 754 056 hauls a passenger train from Banská Bystrica to Žilina. Turčianske Teplice, 22.9.2016

Day 6. Štrba, under the High Tatra mountain range

Double locomotive 131 001/002 from Slovak railways' cargo division hauls a mixed freight train towards Košice. Strba, 23.9.2016
Double locomotive 131 001/002 from Slovak railways’ cargo division hauls a mixed freight train towards Košice. Strba, 23.9.2016

Day 7. Returing home – Elbe valley second chance

Metrans 386 007 is seen passing under the fortress at Ústí nad Labem-Střekov. 24.9.2016
Metrans 386 007 is seen passing under the fortress at Ústí nad Labem-Střekov. 24.9.2016

Day 8. From Leipzig back home

Metrans 386 013 heading towards the Czech Republic. There seems to be a remarkable amount of traffic on Sunday heading south from the port region of Hamburg. Güterglück, 25.9.2016.
Metrans 386 013 heading towards the Czech Republic. There seems to be a remarkable amount of traffic on Sunday heading south from the port region of Hamburg. Güterglück, 25.9.2016.

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