(Standard DVD) European Railway: Germany Special Edition 2004
In this programme we take a look at railway operations in Germany. Run-time approx 90 mins.
EICHENBERG - Visit 1: A country town on an incredibly busy railway. With freight and passenger trains every couple of minutes this major junction to the east of Kassel is a railway observer?s paradise! DB and privately operated locos are seen including Class 112, 140, 143, 145, 151, 152, 155, 185, & Dispolok ?1116?.
HOF: A surprising change of traction types is witnessed in this review of operations in 1999 and 2003. Doomed ICE -TD class 605 units are seen at work as well as class 612 and 628 DMUs. From 1999 we feature class 333, 218 and 232 diesels at work around the station area.
LEUTESDORF (Rhine): We look at material filmed in 1994 & 2004, often from the same location; the changes couldn?t be more contrasting! Classes 110, 140, 143, 150, 151, 155, & 181 on freight, passenger & motorail services.
EICHENBERG - Visit 2: An incredible 87 freight trains were seen in 4 hours, we sample the best of the acitivity from a Saturday in May 2004.
THE LINE TO WESTERLAND: Class 215 & 218 diesels dominate on this main line in the north-west of the country. Both classes are in the twilight of the their careers as we sample local passenger, intercity & car-shuttle trains to Westerland. Services are expected to change in 2005.
DB class 232 diesels feature as we look at traffic on the single-track line to the east of Hoyerswerda, as well as travelling back to 1994 with a visit to Neudietendorf to the west of Erfurt - a location full of ex-DR operating practices.
APPENWEILLER: located north of Offenburg on the line to Basel a whole host of modern traction is seen including a ?Euro? class 66 and ICEs.
HARZ STEAM: around 30 minutes of superb narrow gauge steam action from around the Harz system in May 2004. A variety of steam locos are featured including 0-4-4-0T Mallets, 2-6-2 & 2-10-2 tanks pounding up the severe grades.