(Standard DVD) European Railway: Issue 49 (May-June 2013)
Run-time: 1 hour 47 mins approx.
CZECH REPUBLIC - a look at freight and passenger activity in the far east of the country near Ostrava, close to the border with Poland. A wide variety of motive power is seen including: PKP ET22, EP09, 181, TeM44SP, ST43, CD/SK 770, 740, 744, 130, 140, 151, 182, 183, 460, & 810. Part-filmed at Detmarovice where the huge power station dominates the scene.
FRANCE – a look at passenger and some freight operations in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region to the south and east of Lille. The main focus is on the ever decreasing number of BB25500 electrics that are still used on peak hour passenger turns. New, modern multiple units are also seen at work at a variety of locations. We also have BB27000, BB36000 and an ECR class 66 on freight. Finally, we pay a brief visit to the Isle-de-France region to look at the now-withdrawn z6100 electric units in operation.
GERMANY - along the Mosel and Saar river valleys. A mixture of town-scapes and superb valley scenery as we study traffic along the route from Koblenz to the south of Trier with footage taken from 2010 and 2012. A mixture of intercity, regional and freight trains are seen at a number of station and country locations. Class 425, 426 and new 442 EMUs are featured, together with classes G2000, 335, 110, 143, 151, 152, 181, 232 and 628 on a mixture of services.
DENMARK – ME1500 class diesels are studied on commuter services around Copenhagen.
LUXEMBOURG - we call into a small suburban station around Belvaux where we see passenger and freight services stopping and running through. Belgian class 13, CFL 3000, 4000, and 2200 EMUs all appear in the beautifully sunny conditions.
SWITZERLAND – a visit is made to the main line linking Zürich with Chur as we stop off in the Ziegelbrücke area and along the shores of the Walensee in this mountainous part of the country. We have a whole host of classes seen working including SBB class Re4/4, Re6/6, 560,450, 460, 514 and 843, together with DB class 185 and Austrian class 1116. Local and regional passenger, Intercity and freight traffic is seen amidst the superb alpine scenery.