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After a career of almost 50 years, sncb class 26 has been withdrawn from active service.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!
It’s not done to get to know a mountain railway pass on one day. But Switzerland is not to close to Belgium and I only have so many vacation days. I was in Zürich for the weekend and since the Gotthard is only a one hour drive, it wasn’t hard to find what to do on a Saturday. The most famous part of the line can be found near Wassen, on the northern ramp of the Gotthard railway. It’s like a modelrailroad but then on scale 1:1.
Built in 1906, the roundhouse at Chambéry is still in use by the French railways. Its construction is inspired by the architecture of Gustave Eiffel, which makes it one of Europe’s most special roundhouses. It’s also the biggest one in France, with 36 electrified tracks which can store 72 engines.