A weekend in France is perfect to relax. That’s my excuse to go, at least :). The weekend of October 24th I headed to the region north of Strasbourg, to make some photos of the Eurocity trains that were running their last kilometers.
I first stopped in Wilwisheim, also home to an awesome bakery, to eat breakfast and wait for what was going to come. Amazing how many TGV’s I got to see on a limited time. Among them, this TGV Réseau in new Carmilloin livery.
The very next train was a nice one: a Europorte tanker train, in soft Autumn light.
Last but not least, the first Eurocity came through. Next stop will be Strasbourg. Notice, in the back, the new high speed line, which was the final reason to stop running the Belgium – Switzerland Eurocity services.
Along the canal in Arzviller
In Arzviller you get to see something unusal. The railway line and the canal run right next to each other, and dive under the mountain together, each in their own separate tunnel. I found it a good spot to wait for the first Eurocity to Brussels of that day. Watching the boats go by, and hoping that one would pass at the right time… no luck. The ripples in the water are still witness to the passing of one just before the train came by.
Quite a bit of trains still passed. This train full of vans was a really nice one.
On top of the entrance
It was getting dark faster than I had expected. The sun sets early, behind the hills surrounding the Arzviller canal. Moving to a hill-free location was an option, but I would risk missing the very goal of this trip. I decided to try a different view on the canal for the Eurocity to Basel. And so I found myself a spot above the entrance of the two tunnels.
This photo would be the last one of the day, already. Considering the gloomy weather forecast for the next day, I decided to jump into the car and drive to a new destination to spend Sunday. Check back soon to find out where!