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Germany Part 1: A day on the Westerland Line   Leave a comment

The RE services between Westerland and Hamburg Altona are all booked to be worked by locos and stock owned by the region, 245/2s and “married pair” modern Bombardier push-pull stock. Both have had more than their fair share of failures with both and stock and locos having been involved in failures and scratch sets and other locos drafted in to cover. All was well however with 245209 making the Bredstedt call working the 0910 Westerland – Altona

There are not many places in Europe where long intercity trains are diesel hauled now but the Westerland line retains four pairs (three Tue-Thu) which are 218 worked beyond the wires at Itzehoe. 218321 & 218322 cruise through Bredstedt with the first southbound working, the 0926 Westerland – Stuttgart

Robbed! 218345 brings the 1056 Westerland – Karlsruhe into Niebull on its own rather than the booked pair. This is a shorter set and the solo loco managed to keep time.

218366 & 218344 were a welcome winning pair heading the other way with 0644 Dresden – Westerland seen at Husum.

“Freight” kick out 245026 at Husum on the rear of the 1222 Westerland – Hamburg. These red 245s are largely restricted to Westerland – Niebull car shuttles on paper after an unsuccessful trial on IC workings in place of 218s. One loco is typically used on RE services vice a 245’2 due to their ongoing issues, there was also a ex NSB Di6 GM out, but sadly it evaded us by not returning from Westerland.

218369 & 218341 at Itzehoe about to be removed from the 1526 Westerland – Dresden in favour of 101102. These 1970s built locos are being put through a HGO programme at Bremen Works so look set to remain on these “Class 1” duties until perhaps 2025, an impressive feat in Western Europe for a class of endemic diesels.


Posted December 14, 2017 by redcow87015 in Euro Nedding, Germany

Bulgaria September 2017 (Part 2)

September trip to Bulgaria, this is part two

87004-pirdop-270917After hours behind 46235 from Karnobat through lots of low cloud and rain it was no surprise to see a complete lack of blue sky at Pirdop, but at least it was dry. Looking superbly workstained – like a freight loco should – 87004 was sitting in the ‘buffer stop’ position at the station end of the BZK stabling siding.

db-bg-232663-pirdopDB Ludmilla 232663 (crudely carrying nonsense 07663 number) was in charge of the heavy DB shunts out the Works into the exchange sidings. Here it is seen in the east end headshunt with a portion of the copper ore empties which form part of one of the BZK departures and end up in Burgas.

bzk-40-0733-87019-pirdopAnd here we are, the amended 2017 BZK operation out of Pirdop sees more trains – but lower weights which means that even more are in the hands of a ’40’ with sevens reduced to being helper locos , such as 87019 here inside 40-0833, with the Razdelna departures now only booked for pairs – the Burgas copper goes with two on the front and one on the back, but they had enough 40s around to cover the rear of that train too…

87003-pirdop-270917Waiting patiently were 87003, 87007 and behind the Sulzer, 87020 on hand at Pirdop.

db-bg-3012-86012-pirdopDB mainline action at Pirdop is now reduced to trains to and from Chelopech, here EA 3012 has been brought out the yard and is ready to head light to Chelopech where it would pilot a 232 and a loaded train back to Pirdop. The entire train is then put away and split to Pirdop and Burgas portions, the latter of which departs in the early hours. 92034 was parked over the far side of the yard, workings for these locos now being far more flexible than previous years.

bzk-87012-pirdop-27091787012 having arrived behind 40-0467 is waiting to be picked up by the shunter after working a train of empty box wagons in from the Sofia direction.

87012-87004-pirdop-270917-1Naturally they only really wanted the ’40’ which was put straight onto another train, 87012 was shunted here next to 87004 and parked up for an hour or so.

PirdopNot entirely sure what all this was all about other than being midst a “big Pirdop pointless shunt” 87012/87010/87029 pose on the front of a 40 and the last Razdelna departure of the day, the 40 would work forward solo with the crew somewhat unimpressed that departure time came and went without any sign of the sevens being moved out the way.

bdz-46208-sofiaBack to BDZ and Sofia was awash with 46’2s which have largely returned to service after many being out of service earlier in the year – with BDZ having a handful of 150km/h timed trains now they need them – although how long that will last is anyones guess! 46208 is getting ready to head east on the 1330 Sofia Burgas.

bdz-61003-zaharnaThe ‘flatiron’ workings down table 500 continue, the 1400 Sofia Dupnica was again in the solid hands of a Cargo-stickered loco, 61003 doing the honors and seen here at Zaharna Fabrika. Mileage move, cough!

bdz-44140-46036-ilyantsi-280917Ilyantsi and as the redcap gives the road to 44140 working the evening Sofia Karlovo local formed of a single German IR coach, 46036 awaits the road over SLW on the Mezdra line to the north.

bm-87009-87025-mezdra-pngNoine! This photo won’t win any awards but it was dark and at silly o’clock but we had waited a long time to finally see this old monster working a train. 87009 & 87025 very briefly pause at Mezdra with a train of oil tanks heading to Ruse. A superb sight as they blazed around the corner into the night!

bdz-45162-sever45162 rolls into Sofia Sever with a local stopper from Mezdra.

bdz-45146-zverino45146 completes station duties at Zverino with the 1700 Sofia to Vidin. 44088 back to Sofia and for me that was the end of another enjoyable visit to this land of real railways. No knowing it all in advance, just waiting for the headlight in the distance and then the real locos and classic stock to come clattering to a stand in front of you. Proper cranking.

Part one from the Varna area is here

Before that a day in Bucharest doing a couple of CFR moves

Posted October 10, 2017 by redcow87015 in Bulgaria, Class 87s, Euro Nedding

Bulgaria September 2017 (Part 1)

Second trip to Bulgaria, based on a week of Dan’s rest days in late September.

After a quick play in Romania, we were back in more regular territory after taking 44137 down from Ruse to Varna. This passed 87006/008/013/022/034 all stored at Express Services, and also accounted for 87017 en-route. Throughout the rest of the week we would see all working sevens expect 87026, which is the best one to miss anyway! This is the photos from the Varna region, before we moved on to Pirdop and the Sofia area.

bzk-87012-vr-25091787012 sits spare in the first of the morning sunlight. The Senovo kaolin trains had evidently been running given the liveral coating of the place which at least made it a bit easier to walk around [Phone Photo]

bzk-40-1001-87012And as you were… Between the 0700 observation of what was on hand and departure of the day’s Ruse freight 40-1001 had arrived on a set of acid tanks (solo) and therefore was put on front of 87012 and the consist of cereal wagons (and boxes out of sight) is seen clattering into Sindel.

bdz-07106-poveljanovoAs ever, the Varna ’07’ turn on the Dobrich line was in the capable hands of 07106, although 07111 was hovering on the shed we picked up a few more KMs behind ‘106 to Poveljanovo where it is seen getting the tip to depart on the 1615 Varna to Dobrich. The ‘vice’ turn with a 55 was kicked out the same evening, although with two working Desiro’s at Varna it was not out solidly and swapped back to a Desiro again the next day.

bdz-44062-beloslav-260917Things that bowl out the morning moves to view what BZK have on hand – your 0600 departure time not being marked with whistles on the platform but the drop of a shackle! Due to an air leak on the leading coach, the 0600 Varna – Shumen had that knocked out prior to departure leaving 25 late with just this single wagon in tow, seen here at Beloslav. An amended leap here because of the low service means you’d be out at Razdelna for hours and breakfast was a higher priority!

bdz-44120-sindelFor some of our party this loco was a welcome sight as they hadn’t been there in June when we had dropped it on its test run off overhaul, 44120 still looking smart sits at Sindel whilst the driver was in the redcaps office sorting out instruction to work forward SLW on the 0915 Varna to Ruse


The Ruse produces at last! BZK finally run out of having enough 40s and 87029 & 87028 are entrusted to a short train of VTG tanks, again pausing at Sindel awaiting entry into the SLW section beyond. This block was on in June too, showing how long it takes to do things taking three-hour blocks a day with a single PW trolley!

bzk-87029-87028-sindel-2aAfter fifteen minutes or so, 87029 & 87028 get away from Sindel. Set us up nicely for a few hours relaxing on Varna beach!


Sindel, again, in the evening after a few hours trying to catch the fleeting sun on the beach and 44189 on the 1655 Varna to Shumen is captured alongside BDZ Cargo’s 46026 on a cereal train destined for the Karnobat line.

bdz-45172-bulmarket-86235-bm-46026 A thorn amongst roses. From left 45172 is working the 1815 Varna – Rus, 86235 is awaiting an EA to go on the top and work forward whilst the crew of 46026 were still awaiting authority to depart.

bm-87025-sindel-0917Thats better! 87025 had worked inside the EA from Ruse on the daily Bulmarket departure to Plovdiv and is seen here as the EA is removed to run round and go on top of the other end of the train. ‘025 would appear to be a preferred machine for Bulmarket (on this train at least!) as thats three times for it and zero for 017/023 or the elusive monster that is “Noine”.


The Bulmarket had arrived just in time to catch the last light. Shortly it had left the sun was truly setting and by the time 44062 arrived fifteen minutes later on the 1825 Varna to Karnobat the floodlights were on to offer what illumination was available. A bit unfortunate that the blue intermodal wagons on the right were the OBB Train as I’d have liked a picture of 1116 035 but the length of the train meant it wasn’t stopped somewhere where this was really possible, particularly as we weren’t sure how far away our delayed train back to Varna was. Made do with this view of ‘062 which I quite like anyway!


Really like this! 87033 stands at Razdelna in a combination of first natural light and the station floodlights before they were turned off. Expect ‘033 would be the inside loco on the days Ruse given where it was and a 40 was lingering around too.


Karnobat now and EA 3013 arrives on a long train of Cargovans which appeared to be a transit train from Turkey to Romania (and beyond).


Part two (“soon”!) will see largely Pirdop and Sofia views under more clouds!

Posted October 4, 2017 by redcow87015 in Bulgaria, Class 87s, Euro Nedding

24 hours in Romania, September 2017

A quick interlude to Buchurest to scoop in a handful of locos on local moves. Being a Saturday afternoon/Sunday morning doesn’t actually matter to much to the Romanians who run most trains on a daily timetable, unlike some other eastern countries there are plenty of trains but on the downside moves are quite difficult to do.

477-880 at Bucuresti with an afternoon departure in all its phoenix glory.

More interesting colours as 66-1298 (formerely know as 65-1298) in full flag livery having arrived with the 1650 from Targoviste. There is another GM and an electric in this livery are are no doubt used on VSOE’s and the like. Despite being 710 power units these are fairly entertaining rebuilds – you’d struggle to know they are bent Sulzers.

Covering the Sulzer turns was hard work with this being the only one viewed, 60-1120 kicked out on the 1900 Buchurest to Urziceni which we took for a run out. The diagram back was a Desiro, not even a GM or Jaffajunk like the others had been – great! We were a few weeks after the end of the summer timetable had ended which meant a much reduced chance of Sulzer’s but we didn’t expect Buchurest to be this barren for them.

  The next morning was a much brighter day and 40-0794 charges into Bucharest passing through Bucuresti  Triaj/Pajura – this station appears to have a different name depending on what side of the central island platform you stop at, despite all the lines ending up on the line to Chitila which is a tad confusing/pointless!

41-0928 stands at Videle with the 1215 Buchurest to Craiova again sporting a traditional headboard which do add a touch of colour and character!

65-1025 arrives at Videle on what is left of the Buchurest – Sofia / Istanbul – a single BDZ compo coach and a TCDD couchette. How the might have fallen… This was our ride out of Romania, and dud to boot – I’d only had five  Bucurest area engines previously and four of them decided to show themselves on trains that were in the move, obviously!

Posted October 1, 2017 by redcow87015 in Euro Nedding, Romania

Late August Trip – German, Czech and Austrian Bits

All over the place this one – Friday to Monday of a long weekend to cover the DR 107 tour, which thanks are due to European Traction for the gen and in particular that it wasn’t all that hard to cover something that as far as I could tell went from one inaccesible field to another. Started in Hamburg after a post-work flight from Manchester, ended in Munich via Czech Republic and a few hours transit in Austria.

One of the more talked about summer 2017 workings was the use of pairs of 218s on the 06.55 Hamburg – Berlin IRE, reportedly due to use of a non-electrified route between Stendal and Berlin (which parallels the mainline) being a possibility due to SLW on the mainline. You can guess what happened most of the time and we had 218387 and 218484 under the wires throughout with a dead 182021 on the rear. Still not to complain at a long, fast mainline run on a decent load with these “real” bunnies.

Crowdfunded Open-Access outfit “Locomore” make a welcome return having been purchased/bailed out by Leo Express of Czech Disastercart fame, but here is a far more acceptable 182517 (now carrying Swedish number 242517) getting underway from Berlin Hbf on the final leg of its 0655 from Stuttgart. The train was wedged, hopefully this company can keep going with larger parent backers now?

Ex DR 107018 – last survivor of twenty built for the Germans – now owned by German privateers Railsystems, on its annual railtour outing from Schwarzenburg with CD Nostalgia’s 720145* as partner. This is at Streda or at least somewhere on the route from Karlovy Vary to Rakovnik. ‘145 was shut down by now, as its silenced this mattered little!

Well its one place to terminate a railtour I suppose. CD 720145 & DR 107018 at the metropolis of Chysne having depositied five coach of normals there for four hours. The ‘town’ as it was a mile or so’s hike and only one of 500ish inhabitants and looked about as exciting as the shack. We were on the next 810 to bounce out of dodge, felt a bit sorry for the few old dears who were not up to the walk and were clearly going to spend all afternoon admiring the coaches!

Quite helpfully, the 810 from Crysne dropped us into Rakovnik nicely onto the KZC turn, 749006 doing the honours. Due to some more Czech SLW on the mainline after Beroun the last few miles were most entertaining as the Prague man was in a rush to get home!

Now unusual track for these old girls, 242213 at Rybnik after arrival from Ceske Bud, August 2017 and on a very real rake of stock. This was vice Taurus and cityshuttle set, due to engineering work between Rybnik and Linz which meant it was all off for a bus here (unless you were off to play 210s on the branch that is!)

However due to going to play on 210s, we did have to suffer the bus from Rybnik to be able to get to the hotel in Munich! It was fairly painless in fairness and helpfully dropped us straight onto 1142 564 at Linz working the 1821 to Bad Aussee which we were able to take to Wels for a couple of Railjets west.

Not a huge amount going at Munich but the evening peak did kick out winner 111201 on the 1616 Augsburg P train which was taken in time honoured fashion to Pasing where it is seen awaiting the tip

MRCE’s 189924 was provided for the afternoon Meridian kickout turn and seen awaiting departure of the 1711 Munich – Kufstein. So its a loco working a meridian service, operated by Lokomotion, owned by MRCE and with TXL branding – hope thats clear to everyone!!

Posted September 18, 2017 by redcow87015 in Austria, Czech Republic, Euro Nedding, Germany

Lipno 210 Party 27 August

I awoke on this Sunday with no idea what move to do. 749121 wasn’t out and the only loud working would be 749107 too late in the day as we had to end in Munich. So I decided I’d start with the others heading south on the 0732 Praha – Ceske Bud as far as Tabor where they would cover the 720. Whilst wandering through the journey planner to check engineering work I noticed that the Rybnik to Lipno branch appeared to be running a gala timetable. Knowing that last year an event there had led to a 210 gala, decided to head down and see – it was on the way to Linz anyway if needed. From Bud I had the bonus of 242213 down to Rybnik as the usual OBB sets were not running as the line was closed beyond Rybnik, departing Ceske Bud I peered into the shed to see if uniquely liveried – and my last Plzen 210 for haulage – 210058 was anywhere to be seen. Couldn’t see it which with 210021 as station pilot I knew the odds of 058 being out were fairly good IF my educated guess that five 210s would be down the branch was accurate!

Arrived at Rybnik spot on time after having now unusual 242 track and 210057 was just detaching from its usual branch set. I took this up to Vyssi Brod where, although I was fairly confident, hoped that the other sets would be 210s…

First up 210057 is seen running round ready to work the 1104 Rybnik to Vyssi Brod on the usual service train rake. This was shuffling in the booked paths as far as Vyssi Brod, presumably to maintain mainline connections.

Just beyond Vyssi Brod, 210058 round the corner working the 1120 Lipno – Vyssi Brod. This is the only 210 to carry the modern CD livery and a truly welcome sight as having been re-instated to traffic in 2016 was a massive slotter.

210039, one of the Ceske Bud regulars, was on the other end of ‘058s shuttle set and is seen here at Lipno on arrival of the 1147 from Vyssi Brod, decanting lots of canoes straight from the stock down to the river on the right – the ballast leaps being made from the full brake were quite impressive!

Even for Czech I was a bit withered when the answer to running out of space for canoes inside the train was to strap them to the front and back of the 210!! 210058 is tailing 210039 at Certova Stena on the 1257 Vyssi Brod – Lipno. This usually deserted shack was a hive of activity with an entire platform of canoes lined up for each northbound train!

A short walk to the south of Certova Stela, 210059 heads for Vyssi Brod on the 1306 ex Lipno. Despite both being pans up, the back engine didn’t power on these trains – 210045 in this instance.

And here is said 210045 arriving back at Certova Stela on the 1331 off Vyssi Brod.

210058 at Vyssi Brod working the 1450 Lipno – Ceske Bud which was the first shuttle set heading back off the branch so presumably the boating was about finished.

Interrogating various wallpaper during the day managed to work out that it was a ‘MS Rafting’ event (even though most were in canoes) for just this Saturday and Sunday so I had really struck lucky on what was just a transit day pencilled in for 749121 – if that had worked I probably wouldn’t even have known the 210 party was taking place and a most enjoyable, riotous day!

Working were:

210057 working load two normal rake (half brake plus decker)

210039 & 210058 and 210045 & 210059 extra shuttle sets (full brake and decker)

With 210021 station pilot at Bud and 210055 on shed likely on the booked early and late diagram at Bud I think that was all of Plzen’s 210 allocation accounted for.

Posted August 30, 2017 by redcow87015 in Czech Republic, Euro Nedding

Czech Rep August 2017

Back to Czech Republic again, just for a Friday-Sunday this time though. You can probably guess what the main attraction was…!


A very corporate selection of CD ‘boxes’ at the north end of Praha hlavni, on the left Plzen’s 362083 is working a Ceske Bud – Praha Holesovice service, Ceska Trebova’s own 163244 was my winner lined up on the 1007 Praha – Trutnov whilst Brno had provided 362040 for the 1004 Praha – Krizanov (should be Brno, but digging on T250 sees it terminating short)


Spent the afternoon hovering around the Prague – Ceska Trebova mainline which meant by my standards a fair few freight phots – here 122021 in all over light blue draws a rake of empty cartics into the centre road at Pardubice.


A little later and Unipetrol’s 121056 looking more modern than its 1960 vintage is at a stand undertaking a crew change again at Pardubice


There seems to be an ongoing issue with the usual railjet 1216/2s, OBB red 1216 226 was one of three out and was caned in in the 1448 Praha – Graz, seen here at Ceska Trebova


The light finally opened up by late afternoon, 123025 poses at Trebova with a take of box wagons forming part of the Great-European-Log-Merry-Go-Round.


An early start to scratch this Hektor 720003 to Vysocany working a 0531 Benesov – Tanvald charter/adex/stock move. It was going to work around an event at the Zubacka Tanvald Rack Railway with their own Hektor which I half-planned to do, but in the end didn’t go up there. The lure of the main event was far stronger than for shunters!


I do like the look of these Regiojet Vectrons. 193227 gets the 0719 Praha – Bratislava away. Hopefully I’ll get back for my remaining winners (including this) before they are replaced by Traxx during 2018


Slovakia also seem to be having a bit of a loco farce by the number of 362s working 350 diagrams into Prague. Blue 362011 looks good rolling into Vrsovice on the front of the ECS off the Humenne overnight including UZ and CD bedwagons behind the loco


Next ECS arrival was CD Gorilla 151019 off the 0423 Stare Mestu u H – Praha this time making a nice contrast with the Slovak stock


I make no excuses for this loco making another appearance on this site! The dated Saturday 0827 Prague Vrsovice – Turnov “Ceske Raj” trip produced the mighty 749121 rather than the rostered museum engine and after a good run is seen here at Turnov after running round and parking up for the afternoon. We’d been a 30L start perhaps due to a stock farce with the CD compo coach replacing one of the heritage opens. Very comfy it was to to enjoy the mornings run which is routed from Prague along the mainline via Cesky Brod, then the Nymburk avoider, Jicin and Turnov Mesto.


As it happens, Turnov on a Saturday offers a 714 diagram, 714219 doign the honours seen here arriving at Turnov on the 11.14 Korenov to Rovensko pod Troskami formed of two “wheelie bin” single axle trailers. If that wasn’t daft enough on arrival the loco runs round and propels into the depot to reverse and access the line to Rovensko!


I wasn’t risking the nervy plus six off the Tanvald goggle onto 749121s return 1641 Turnov – Praha, although it did make but as seen here the 749 left first as (after reversal) we head towards Jicin as 754007 gets away from Turnov with the 1552 Tanvald – Vrsovice


749121 at Vrsovice after being given a good work out on the return from Turnov.


Clearly this isn’t my photo as it is 749121 going past! James Hawkes kindly provides this view of 749121 back on its booked turn on the Sunday morning, getting away from Jarov with the 0922 Praha – Cercany via Vrane nad Vlatou. I was naturally on the train and this run was more entertaining than the stagger I’d been led to believe the route is. Its taken me long enough to get round to doing it mind!


Back from Cercany in far, far less entertaining style with silenced 749264* on the 1106 Cercany – Praha, seen here at Jihlove waiting for a unit to come the other way.


Another class that may not have that long left are the seven CD 371s for work into Germany, with Vectrons due in December which will work through to Berlin and Hamburg. Maybe the 371s will gain other work, but in case not here is 371001 having arrived with an EC, I think it was a late running 0603 Berlin – Praha.

Posted August 10, 2017 by redcow87015 in Czech Republic, Euro Nedding