Recognition II

As stated in my previous post, Recognition, I was in Surava more than 10 years ago. 13 years, to be more precise. During our holiday in Graubünden, festivities were held to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Albula railway line. For the occasion some special trains were circulating. One of them was the train pictured here, composed of “crocodile” engine 414 and some historic coaches. The mountain … Continue reading Recognition II

First freight

With the focus directed well, you see more than you would usually see. 20 years ago, I never saw any freight train on the Rhätische Bahn network. Now, with the right information, the main focus during our 2 days along the RhB would be the freight trains, passenger trains being a welcome change. We first saw train 5120 from Samedan to Thusis. The 6-axle locomotive … Continue reading First freight

The train does it

You try a location and try and… sometimes, it just doesn’t turn out the way you want it to. Walking up and down the hill, forward and back again, I couldn’t find a place where the tracks and surroundings came together nicely. It could have been the combination between closely spaced catenary poles, light poles from the nearby road… We were about to leave to … Continue reading The train does it

Below the basements of Wassen

The church that on the previous photo was visible down, on the right, can now be seen in the middle of the photo. The train will pass it 2 more time before reaching the upper level of Wassen’s railroad. For the railway photographers this offers endless angles to watch the trains go by – the passengers get numerous different views of the beautiful valley. We … Continue reading Below the basements of Wassen

Above the roofs of Wassen

While the bottom of the valley is still covered in shadows, the west-side is bathing in sunlight. The town of Wassen seems to be strategically located, getting sun early during the day. Train 67767 connects Hüntwagen-Wil with Sigirino – minutes before this sunny photo was taken, it was still riding in the dark part of the valley. These trains transporting gravel (I guess) were a … Continue reading Above the roofs of Wassen

For the homesick

Winter sun takes a while to rise, but its warm light makes the waiting worthwhile. It’d better, since temperature was also pretty low and wind was blowing. Fortunately, there were plenty of interesting trains riding up the hill. Like this one, straight from our home country: SBB’s 11683 and a sister haul train 40243 from Antwerp Oorderen to Gallarate, seen here at Wassen. Continue reading For the homesick