Summer 2020 was a strange one. We had booked our vacation a few months before, when things were still called normal. Situation stabilised right on time, and we were lucky to be able to enjoy our yearly holiday in Italy.
In Tuscany, the trains between Firenze and Siena are still run with the last survivors of the D.445 series diesel locomotives. A visit to the Empoli – Siena line delivered some good images of these dinosaurs of Italian railways.
The line north of Poggibonsi follows the valley of the Elsa stream. The valley is wide, the railway alignment has long straight stretches. South of Poggibonsi, however, the line follows the Staggia stream. This valley is much narrower, and the railway curves around the beautiful Tuscan hills.