A holiday bicycle ride brought me to Biganos, between Bordeaux and Arcachon. The rail line here is straight, for kilometers long. South of Biganos, on the section to Dax, the straight stretch is even more than 30 km long. Must be quite boring as a train driver, but the “Midi” catenary system makes it intersting for railfans. It are still the original constructions, although between … Continue reading Midi
The festivities weren’t over yet. A short walk led a bit closer to the tracks, with still another view on the magnificent background. Can’t get enough of it. Continue reading Closer, but still scenic
The cement train was a deception, but there was still time to make up for it with a nice photo of a passenger train. My local guides lead the way, and in no time we could set up our gear in a field in Turcianske Teplice, in time for a train coming from Banska Bystrica. The line from Banska Bystrica looks impressive, judging by the … Continue reading Passenger in the woods
Next up was a cargo train to and from Horna Stubna. We chose the town of Turcek to make the photo’s. The first train was so and so: flat cars, hidden behind a bush… it was more like a bonus though, because the train from Horna Stubna was right on: nicely in the curve, beautiful background, and a nice train consist. Continue reading Local freights
I continued following the line from Usti nad Labem Strekov to Lysa nad Labem. It was a nice road to follow, but photo opportunities were scarce. In Libochovany I found a spot to park the car though, and the view turned out to be quite interesting. The town on the top left of the photo is Dubice, and is located on the other side of … Continue reading Looking out over the valley
On the way back from a team-building weekend with the colleagues, I made a stop at Carlsbourg. A venture into the woods ended up in a photo location of which I’m not going to show a photo because it really wasn’t all that good. The view in the opposite direction on the other hand was more “foresty”; I ended up quite liking this one. Continue reading Sometimes the alternative is better than the intended
Seeing the sledges slide off the hill earlier, we decided that we had found the perfect evening activity. We weren’t sure of opening times of the tracks though, and in the meanwhile we had gotten quite far from Bergün. That’s the moment you decide to call it a day, make the last photo and turn around.
The last photo of the day was this RE train to St. Moritz, hauled by RhB’s most recent locomotive: the last one of the Ge 4/4 III series.
Back in Bergün, we were right on time for click to continue reading
The search for photo opportunities became harder as the forest became more dense. No big deal though, getting there is half the fun; that is one of the reasons this hobby has become a passion. Right on time for the next freight train up the mountain we found this view on one of the Albula railway’s many typical bridges. Loco 626 is in charge of … Continue reading Through dense forests
Now here’s a spot you won’t see many photos of. In our search for nice photo locations we followed the train tracks through the forest as good as reasonably possible. Somewhere off the beaten track we found Keep on reading!
There are several tracks available for sledging down the hill. You can reach the start of these tracks by different means, too. For the Preda – Bergün track, a special train takes you up the hill and drops you off at the station of Preda. For reaching the start of the other track, you need to use a lift. Both means can be seen on … Continue reading All goes up