The train does it

You try a location and try and… sometimes, it just doesn’t turn out the way you want it to. Walking up and down the hill, forward and back again, I couldn’t find a place where the tracks and surroundings came together nicely. It could have been the combination between closely spaced catenary poles, light poles from the nearby road… We were about to leave to … Continue reading The train does it

Below the basements of Wassen

The church that on the previous photo was visible down, on the right, can now be seen in the middle of the photo. The train will pass it 2 more time before reaching the upper level of Wassen’s railroad. For the railway photographers this offers endless angles to watch the trains go by – the passengers get numerous different views of the beautiful valley. We … Continue reading Below the basements of Wassen

Above the roofs of Wassen

While the bottom of the valley is still covered in shadows, the west-side is bathing in sunlight. The town of Wassen seems to be strategically located, getting sun early during the day. Train 67767 connects Hüntwagen-Wil with Sigirino – minutes before this sunny photo was taken, it was still riding in the dark part of the valley. These trains transporting gravel (I guess) were a … Continue reading Above the roofs of Wassen

For the homesick

Winter sun takes a while to rise, but its warm light makes the waiting worthwhile. It’d better, since temperature was also pretty low and wind was blowing. Fortunately, there were plenty of interesting trains riding up the hill. Like this one, straight from our home country: SBB’s 11683 and a sister haul train 40243 from Antwerp Oorderen to Gallarate, seen here at Wassen. Continue reading For the homesick

In the shadows

Going abroad always means some kind of adapting to a new environment. No different when we went out shooting along the Gotthard railway in the last winter before the opening of the new base tunnel. We were completely off as to when the sun would actually light the tracks, not thinking about the high mountains and wintertime. The dark valley was still nice to see, … Continue reading In the shadows

Very soon: end of the EuroCity trains

After almost 29 years, the Belgian EuroCity trains will ride a last time on April 4th 2016. On May 31st 1987, the EuroCity network was established as a successor for the TEE network. The EC-trains also contained 2nd class coaches – compared to their first class only predecessors. In order to be labeled EuroCity, the trains need to respond to a certain number of quality … Continue reading Very soon: end of the EuroCity trains

1 week holiday

Last week I spent a week out of the country. Main destination were the ever magnificent Swiss Alps, hoping to find some snow. Following the sun led us to a lot of different places: the Gotthard line, first time in winter the Rhätische Bahn, meter gauge trains in magnificent landscapes the region between Strasbourg and Saverne, chasing the last months of the Eurocity’s to and … Continue reading 1 week holiday