(Standard DVD) European Railway: Issue 4 (Spring 2002)
Run-time 60 mins approx.
In this programme we feature:
Germany - A tour through the Thuringenwald; France - Culmont/Chalindrey an important junction; Switzerland - Aigle departures; Portugal - class 1800 diesel activity; Luxembourg Hotspot - Wasserbillig; Italian oldies; Austria - Wien marshalling yard.
Germany: A visit to the Thunringen and Harz areas featuring the latest traction and a look back at locomotives and multiple units that previously operated in the regions. A visit is also made to the Harz steam line and the famous 'Rubelanbahn'. Classes 614, VT100, 171, 216, 229, 232, 772 and 99.1 all feature.
France: Culmont-Chalindrey: A hot-spot situated on one of the busiest routes in the country. Filmed in both 1994 and 2001 a varied selection of motive power is seen such as classes 12000, 16500, 25100, 22200, 26000, 68500 and 72000.
Lineside location: Aigle, Switzerland: A picturesque location near Montreux on the line to Brig. In our brief stopover we see class 460s on passenger.
Portugal - class 1800 activity: Soon to be placed into store we sample a selection of the class on freight and railtour duties in 2000 and 2002. Includes remarkable street running through Coimbra and an ear-piercing departure from under the roof at Oriente station.
Luxembourg: Wasserbillig Situated on the banks of the River Mosel, the picturesque town plays an important part in the cross-border rail activity with Germany. Class 3600, 1800 diesels, new type 3000 as well as German classes 181, 184 and 216 are all seen.
Italian oldies: Some electric locomotives in Italy are still in operation over 50 years since being built. A look here at some of the classes still in everyday use on passenger and freight.
Austria - Wien marshalling yard: Located a few kilometres to the southeast of the city this major complex handles much of the freight traffic to and from eastern europe. We study current-day operations at this busy Austrian hot-spot. Classes 1014, 1016, 1116, 1063, 1163, 1064, 1044, 1042, 2050, 2067 and 5047 play their part.