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Some Danish Stuff

1527 depart Kobenhaven H with a westbound service

3010 Osterport. These electrics retain two diagrams on Ringsted stoppers, most of the class now being in Bulgaria.

The EA electrics and ME diesels share similar body characteristics as seen here at Osterport with 1508 departing before 3007 would follow it out.

The newer red livery does look smart, if a bit bland. 1531 sits at Naestved prior to working back to Kobenhaven via the new line through Koege Nord. These trains avoid the usual bashing corridor of Valby/Hoeje Taastrup/Roskilde so a little unhelpful although most go out one way and back the other so can still be picked up without resorting to Kopenhaven tunnel leaps.

Late evening sun at Roskidle with 1532 in fairly smart old colours. Some of teh blue locos are a right mess with stickers, vinyl, paint and/or graffiti all over the show.

1520 powers away on the next departure, think this was going to Holbaek.

MY 1135 leading MY 1101 inside the DSB at Odense after working a charter from Odense. The nose of MY1129 which is positioned outside the main roundhouse which is full of old stuff. MY 1112 is inside with its side stripped away to show its internals and MZ 1401 was the only other mainline diesel on site.

MY 1135 and MY 1101 departing Aarhus after working the return charter. MY 1101 is unsilenced and a complete animal, I thought the Kosovan ones were decent but this loco is something else and well worth a go now it has hopefully returned to charter operation – this was the DSB museums first advertised charter for a few years.

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Posted June 17, 2019 by redcow87015 in Denmark, Euro Nedding

Flixtrain Vectrons

From the end of 2018, traction on the “Flixtrain” open-access former HKX route between Hamburg and Cologne was changed from MRCE Taurus to new Railpool Vectrons. Very green stickers followed for the locos allocated to these cheap and cheerful intercity services which offer bargain advanced fares and on-the-day cheap short leaps for the basher to score them. Decent length trains of ex-IR and couchette coaches are provided by BTE.

There are currently three Vectrons booked to be used, with a MRCE Taurus or HUPAC Vectron occasionally used as backup.

193827 at Hamburg Harburg on the 0831 Hamburg to Cologne looking good in the morning sun with matching coaches behind it.

193813 at Dusseldorf on the 1601 Cologne – Hamburg. This loco was previously in Siemens white so window surrounds are different to those on ‘827 which are standard Railpool silver/black.

From late May, a new train pair between Berlin and Cologne started with 193826 put into a european branded livery presumably in connection with the European elections taking place around the same time. Presumably the loco will go all over green so its seen here on the 0811 Berlin Sudkreuz – Cologne at Duisburg.

Posted June 1, 2019 by redcow87015 in Euro Nedding, Germany

Some Hektors…

Not a class I often fall onto photos of, let alone have, although a fair few plod about the place – 720s. Been a bit more forefront this year…

720139 of CD Museum trundles out of Praha hlavni on what I belive to be a Luzna to Olomouc stock move which it worked as far as Liben. Apr 2019.

This was a juicy bonus scratch off the spreadsheet! The Usti nad Labem to Zubrnice usual M131 cart had collapsed so the weekends services were in the hands of Strabag Rail 720567, an ex-industrial loco that there seems to be very little information about but now spends most of its time on pw trains. May 2019.

There is an annual Hektor working from Hradec Kralove towards Letohrad for some kind of mass walking and 720040 was doing the honors this year, seen shunting around Hradec prior to departure.

We bailed at Castolovice where the 720 is seen departing on the 0821 Hradec K – Litnice n Orlici special. We had the front coach to ourselves as all the normals decided to wedge themselves into the wooden boxes, unfortunately this specimin of Hektor is well and truly stuffed!

Zubrnice line again – but this one was known about. Due to the Spring Fayre at the top of the line and the DMU still being broke, Posazavaky Pacific’s 720108 and two Balm trailers were in use all weekend. They had previously advertised their wooden box M131 plus “heritage” 810 combo so this was somewhat more impressive!

720108 after bringing the 1210 from Usti Strekov up the hill. Line is well worth doing if hauled and convenient, this trip can be made off either morning KZC departure and then get back to Mseno for the return too with only minimal cart mileage to Mseno itself.

 

Posted May 18, 2019 by redcow87015 in Czech Republic, Euro Nedding

Douro Take 2, March

Swap time at Regua, 1415 ready with the 2010 to Pocinho which was replacing 1413 which had worked from Marco and is sitting behind. This was an excellent occurance for us as it put 1415 which we had previously missed on the daytime Pocinho Saturday

1455 Rede, 0805 Marco to Regua

1415 at Pocinho in the afternoon sun. I really do think these look better on orange!

1415 at Aregos on the 1522 Pocinho to Marco waiting to cross 1455 on the other set

With all three locos working the 2010 at Regua was swapping again, 1455 and two coaches are waiting to relieve 1415 and go forward as load four (booked on Saturday nights for Sundays train)

Sunday was the turn of 1413 to arrive at Rede on the 0805 Marco Regua.

Posted March 26, 2019 by redcow87015 in Euro Nedding, Portugal

2019 Douro Diesel Gala

This was one off the bucket list, a CP 1400 to Pocinho. Due to an engineering block for electrification between Caide and Marco on the Douro line, CP have very nicely sorted the currently isolated section between Marco de Canaveses and Pocinho to be worked by three 1400s and six Schindler coaches outbased at Regua, largely due to reliability issues with the usual ex-RENFE carts.  A reduced timetable sees two of these sets required each day for service with just two trains operating between Regua and Pocinho at the end of the line. Unfortuntely traditional orange liveried 1415 went sick as we arrived and was stopped with wheelset issues leaving the blue pair of 1413 and 1455 to thrash us around

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1415 at Rede on the 0717 Pocinho – Marco de Canveses

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1455 working the 0805 Marco de Canaveses – Regua arrives at Rede with 1413 getting ready to be waved out by the pointsman (no signals in this part of the world)

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1413, Pocinho during the layover before working the 1522 back to Marco. With the blossom just coming through, blue skies and fresh air stock with a Super Bock in hand  through the varied parts of the river valley i have certainly had worse afternoons!

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1413, Regua, 1906 Marco de Canaveses to Pochino. The way the moves worked most of the photos were of this which stuck to the Pocinho trains, this required the two minute dwell here on this service to be somewhat extended as both locos and coaches required fuelling!

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At least the picture of 1455 is half decent as it storms into Caldes de Moledo on the 0805 Marco – Regua

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And so it couldn’t possibly feel left out, 1413 again doing the same on the 1006 Marco – Pocinho. For February the sun was already beating down and it was 20 degrees in the day, shorts weather for some!

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Pocinho, 1413, 1522 to Marco

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1413 at Aregos on the 1522 Pocinho – Marco where we leapt for an evening behind 1455 instead

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… 1455 arrives at Aregos on the 1705 Marco – Regua in the soft evening light. It would then work the 1853 off Regua for the last train back from Marco at 2113.

Posted February 18, 2019 by redcow87015 in Portugal, Uncategorized

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Bratislava Spin Day Jan 2019

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2016 015 pushes out of Devinska Nove Vez with the 0716 Vienna – Bratislava

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The train back was of far higher quality as 240136 roared in on the 0722 Kuty – Bratislava. Whilst the first coach is in true ZSSK Dbtmee suburban stock condition, the middle two are those that are now being refurbished with plastic seats, plug sockets and the like.

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The fleet of two Skoda 381’s still give ZSSK reliability issues, 381002 departs ECS for the yard after working the 1022 Kuty – Bratislava

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383105 brings the 0607 Kosice – Bratislava in

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With Gorilla power in 350014 on the 0711 Kosice – Wien IC right behind it. This train now reverses and continues via Petzralka and Kitsee to Wien Hbf with a ZSSK Vectron rather than continuing as a regular Bratislava – Wien REX service as per previous years.

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A very short blast of afternoon sun at Devinska where a recently outshopped 240001 was awaiting the road south. Long term resident bank engine 751203 had been replaced with 751185 which is unfortunately just as silenced.

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‘45148’ trundles light through Bratislava and is one of the many pretend Bulgarian registered and numbered locos that are ex-CD 242s. This one is the former 242218 leased to LTE by ZOS Zvolen. Info on the four actual Bulgarian locos that operate in CZ/SK can be found over here in the Bulgarian section of the site

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I think this was my first Bratislava visit with all the hauled push-pull sets doing what they were supposed to with 263s and 381s. However evidently some rancid trunk had blown up during the day as 240089 appeared for the 1809 Bratislava – Nove Zamky vice the booked cart.

 

Posted February 9, 2019 by redcow87015 in Euro Nedding, Slovakia, Uncategorized

France January Weekend

Somewhere a bit different. They were very well-behaved for SNCF too with just a couple of moments where they went into France mode!

   

This was a bonus caused by them being French! Eurostar had pulled their usual “its some weather we are scared” trick and cancelled my booked 0755 off Pancras so I was on the 1131 instead which is a minus onto the 1404 Paris-Bologne. However it was just being bored as i got to the blocks so ‘multiservices’ livery 22387 was duly jumped on for a run out to St Just.

Even by my standards a poor (phone) photo but a very welcome reward for covering it. 67515 on a rake of RIO suburban stock at Paris Est for the 1805 La Ferte Milton. This is a regular-ish vice as they often seem to be short of new carts which were booked to replace the previous two loco diagrams in January 2018.

Another bonus survivor is 17053 hanging on out of St Lazare working vice 27300, seen arriving at Argentuil on the 1152 Mantes le Jolie – St Lazare. We only had this as we happened to storm past it on a 15000 in the 90 seconds or so as the lines join up near Mantes and gambled on it ‘probably’ working this by diagram later on. Not often guesswork pays off here!

In proper colours, 15010 pauses at Liseaux on the 1443 Paris – Caen. This loco must have done some miles in its 45-year career being new to traffic in June 1973 nearly all of which will have been spent on high speed, high mileage passenger work.

The most acceptable side of SNCF. A one-for-one move on broken noses as 22342 on the 0834 St Quentin and 22327 on the 0804 Amiens await departure from Paris Nord with a first stop of Creil.

Now the last booked daytime 67400 work is the four loco plan between Amiens and Bolougne. 67606 pauses at Abbeyville on the 1331 (Sundays) off Paris Nord which it had re-engined from 22330.

Posted January 28, 2019 by redcow87015 in Euro Nedding, France