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Posted in Frankenstein, Germany, Neckargemünd by folkestonejack on September 27, 2009

The dawn brought another beautiful day into focus and I carried on with my travels across the network, albeit with a growing realisation that whilst hopping from one station to another allowed me to see alot it was also limiting me to some rather dull station shots (given the beautiful countryside around and the rich backdrop of castles, churches and villages that the river valleys could provide). Nevertheless, I made the best of my day and grabbed some video footage and enjoyed the spectacle of express steam.

I visited Neckargemünd in the morning and shot some video footage from a viewpoint over the river bridge. The resulting footage isn’t particularly good (it’s on the wrong side for the sun for a start…) but I like the way that the peel of church bells up and down the valley gives way to the sound of a steam locomotive (50 2179) as it crosses the Neckar.

Later in the day I found myself at Frankenstein (Pfalz) and filmed steam locomotive 01 066 (disguised as 01 045) as it passed smoothly through, shortly after 3pm. You could almost imagine that there was nothing unusual about this, that this was an everyday sight… if only!

All in all, the weekend presented a very different way to experience steam and heritage diesel/electric locomotives than I am used to but it was still thoroughly enjoyable. Tomorrow I head back to Frankfurt by more modern traction (an ICE train) and then on to London City c/o British Airways. Real life beckons once again…


Posted in Frankenstein, Germany, Kaiserslautern, Schifferstadt by folkestonejack on September 27, 2009

Across the world there are legendary locomotives classes that everyone wants to see and hear once again, long after their time has faded… some are easy targets to meet whilst others may never come to pass. This weekend presented one such target in the form of the V200, a diesel-hydraulic express locomotive of the German Deutsche Bundesbahn, which lasted in service from the 1950s to early 1980s. The survivor running this weekend was V200 033 which is owned and operated by the Museumseisenbahn Hamm.

I caught my first glimpse of V200 033 at the tail of a service yesterday but the schedule today gave a better opportunity to see the locomotive in action. I’m not sure what makes the locomotive so special but there’s something about the design and the sound produced by its engines that is wonderful.