(HD Blu-Ray) European Railway: Issue 56 (July-August 2014)

(HD Blu-Ray) European Railway: Issue 56 (July-August 2014)

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Run-time 1 hour and 35 mins approx.

In this programme we travel to:

SWITZERLAND - the Gotthard mainline linking the northern part of the country with the south is one of the most popular routes in Switzerland, a must place to visit for many european railfans. The opening of the new Gotthard Base tunnel in 2016 will change the present railway scene forever, the current busy route winding its way up to the Gotthard Tunnel will lose most of its traffic almost overnight. We intend to cover the route as it exists now in detail, in forthcoming editions of European Railway and it is the first of these features that we see in this programme, as we look at the line through Erstfeld. Filmed in 2012 and 2014 we view a variety of locomotives and trainsets including classes 420, 620, 425, 186, 460, 182, 189, 185, 470, 500, 486, 465, 841 and 843. Amidst superb mountain scenery we see freight and passenger workings in action including two separate Fire Extinguishing and Rescue trains - a rare type of train to see in motion.

GERMANY - we have two features looking at loco-hauled trains in the north and south of the country. First we are east of Cottbus looking at class 143 and 112 action, then south to the Neckar Valley near Heilbronn, where classes 143 and 146 feature on commuter trains on the line to Stuttgart.

FRANCE - a busy rail corridor in eastern France as we look at the mainline south of Dijon on the route to Mâcon. We study freight and passenger traffic in June 2013 as we capture: classes 66, BB25500, BB22200, BB7200, BB27000, BB26000, BB36500, BB66400, BB67400, BB75000, TGV and AGC railcars in action at Chagny and north of Tournus.

THE NETHERLANDS - a look at trains on the route between Den Haag and Haarlem. A number of good photographic spots (with windmill and waterways in background/foreground) are visited showing the current motive power to be seen. Intercity, commuter and freight services are all witnessed operating through the water-dominated countryside.

AUSTRIA - the busy ‘Westbahn’ route is profiled east of Salzburg with passenger and freight train action. We follow the route between Frankenmarkt and Wallersee as classes 1142, 1144, 1016, 1116, DB101, 2016, 4024, 5047 and 4010 are all seen in action along this picturesque rural mainline. Intercity, Railjet, Eurocity and local passenger services are witnessed, together with plenty of freight from block trainloads to mixed wagon consists - the highlight of which is a triple-headed class 2016 hauled freight, as well as a class 1016, 1116 and 1144 combination on the same train - a very busy line close to one of the most visited cities in Austria.