(Standard DVD) European Railway: Issue 11 (Winter 2003/4)

(Standard DVD) European Railway: Issue 11 (Winter 2003/4)

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France - Tours: we study traffic on the electrified line from Orleans along the north bank of the River Loire from Ambois to St.Pierre-de-corps, and then on to the diesel-only line from Vierzon. A combination of early morning commuter, intercity, TGV, trunk-hauled and local freight are witnessed.

Belgium - Gent: a visit is made in 2000 during the evening rush-hour at this hugely busy station. Class 51 and 62 diesels appear on passenger, as well as a whole host of electric multiple units. Electric locomotives of class 12, 13, 16, 21, 22, 23 and 27 all appear in this non-stop action!

Germany - Bottrop: situated on the northern part of the Rhur industrial region, we see freight and regional passenger services at work on this busy line. DB classes 140, 145, 152, 185, 218 and 294 feature in addition to privately-operated class 643, Vossloh 900 and even an ex-DR class 228 diesel!

Lithuania - Vilnius: a fleeting glimpse of activity at the country's capital station in 2002.

Italy - Lineside action around Bologna and Arezzo from 2002. Passenger and freight trains headed by classes 645, 656, 632, 444, 402, 633, ETR550, ETR400 and electric multiple units are seen going about their business.

Switzerland - lunchtime stopover at Huttwil. One of the oldest locomotives (1933) in active service is used to shunt wagons at this rural railway location. Also a main line freight is featured headed by one of SBBs class Ae6/6 locos as it calls to pick up traffic.

The Netherlands - a study of multiple unit activity from around the country.

Germany - Berlin: to the north of the city is a major by-pass line; we study traffic types to be seen including 'Euro' class 66, as well as a host of class 140 and 155 electrics.