Intercity detours – part 2

Exactly 3 weeks after the previous full-day trip, I made a day trip by bicycle (Oldschool day out). And again, the Eupen – Oostende Intercity trains were detoured. This time because of construction works between Gent and Brugge. Throughout the day, I got to make several photos of these loco-hauled trains, consisiting more and more of brand-new M7 double-decker coaches. Continue reading Intercity detours – part 2

Intercity detours – part 1

It would have been a very good reason – but the beautiful scenery was not the reason why SNCB detoured their Oostende – Eupen intercity trains through Voeren. End of October and beginning of November 2020, the direct railway line between Liège and Welkenraedt was closed for works. An opportunity for the passengers to discover some different than usual scenery. For rail enthousiasts, it was … Continue reading Intercity detours – part 1

Last time in style to Switzerland

On april 3rd 2016, commercial operation started on the second phase of LGV-Est. High speed trains from Paris to Strasbourg could from then on run at high speed until Vendenheim, where the LGV connects to the classic network. SNCF and SNCB now expect people travelling to Strasbourg to to use Thalys and TGV trains, with a transfer in Paris. For that purpose the classic international … Continue reading Last time in style to Switzerland

The green heart of industry

With the end of the day approaching, my two very kind photo-colleagues took me to a spot in Bösinghoven. The wide open plain allowing for long light, and making you basically forget you’re in the heart of Germany’s heavy industry. We saw more NordWestBahn Lint41 motorcars, a Talent 2 electric unit operated by National Express, and one freight train. Someone forgot to put containers on … Continue reading The green heart of industry

Giant steel monster

The gloomy and short winter day ended at the monumental bridge over the Rhine river at Duisburg. I squeezed the camera through a fence to get a decent view on the steel monster, hoping for some freight but getting a bright passenger train. Nicely contrasting the bridge. It was only getting darker and I was getting more and mmore soaked and cold: the signal for … Continue reading Giant steel monster