SWITZERLAND – a look at activity around Landquart in the east of the country. The town hosts the main railway workshops of the Rhätische Bahn and so it is an important location for this extensive metre-gauge network. We witness a number of locomotive-hauled trains, electric multiple units and shunting locomotives in action as they go about their work. We also feature mainline trains on the adjacent standard-gauge SBB line to Chur.
CZECH REPUBLIC – there’s snow on the ground as we witness diesel traction on the line just to the south of Jesenik. We see both passenger and freight.
GERMANY – the village station at Blankenheim just west of Halle on the line to Kassel, is our chosen stopover. In this section we witness a mixture of local passenger and long-distance freight activity.
SPAIN – we take a look at the single-track diesel-only mainline north of Murcia. With some spectacular scenery as a backdrop we study class 333 and 334 operations on trains soon to be replaced by more modern rolling stock.
FRANCE – a brief look at the diesel line linking Calais with Dunkerque. A diesel multiple unit and two locomotive-hauled freight trains make up the scene.
BELGIUM – 2012 will be remembered for the withdrawal from service of class 23, 26 and class 20 electric locomotives, some of which were first introduced in 1955! The class 20s date more recently, from 1975, and it is these that we capture on film for the very last time as they were in the final few months of operation.
POLAND – more diesel action from rural lines in the west of the country close to the German border. The line east of Gubin is our first featured section of track: here we capture freight-only operations.
AUSTRIA – our final section comes from the tortuous Semmering Pass mainline to the south-west of Vienna. A new tunnel by-passing the mountain route has just been started, so we thought it a good idea to look at current day operations.
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