Below you find the picture report of 5 days I spent along the Semmering Railway in September 2012. You know you can expect something spectacular, of course you see pictures on the internet. But it was nothing compared with what I saw on the field, or better, on the rocks. It was awesome!
The Semmering Railway hardly needs an introduction. It is supposed to be the first standard gauge mountain railroad of the world! It connects Mürzzuchlag with Gloggnitz and is part of the busy South Railway in Austria. The railroad was built in 1854, it’s 41km long. It exists of 14 tunnels, 16 viaducts and over 100 bridges. As a starter, hereby some pictures of a commuter train that was active on this line between Semmering (the highest station on the Semmering Railway) and Payerbach.
Without knowing at first I had another roommate in the youth hostel in Dachau who had something with trains. A railway photographer from Cologne.
The next morning we got to talk and I asked him where there was a good place to shoot some pictures, somewhere quiet, a nice landscape, some freight trains,… I didn’t feel like doing the busy stuff, that kind of railway lines where everyone goes to. I wanted something different!
After a career of almost 50 years, sncb class 26 has been withdrawn from active service. Recently quite a large number of the new class 18 have been put into service, and since there aren’t a lot of local freight trains anymore, withdrawal was quite easy and sudden. Lees verder
After leaving the Columbia River Gorge, the next aim was to get some pictures on the BNSF Pasco East main. We thought to have some look around Providence Hill, a better name would be Silence Hill however. But we liked the landscape, weather was allright but could be better. In any case we wouldn’t give up!