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Swiss Railways

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Views of the Standard and Metre gauge railways of Switzerland. Firstly, some frieght trains near Gotthard, famous for its pass, and very, very long tunnel. Secondly, a look at the lake and the Paddle Steamer ‘Lotschberg’, as well as some metre gauge traffic, at Brienz. Brienz, as many will know, is the bottom terminus of the Brienz and Rothorn Steam Rack Railway. A possible thing to come? Thirdly, some more metre gauge traffic at Realp, at the foot of the Furka pass. The station only serves a population of around 160, but is used for car transport trains, to carry travellers along the rail route, rather than negotiating the Furka pass itself, like we did. (In low thick cloud may I add!)

A cute little Swiss electric shunter

Monday, August 20th, 2012

A cute little Swiss electric shunter
electric trains
Image by LHOON

Swiss Trains In The Snow

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Swiss Trains In The Snow
electric trains
Image by Mark Faviell Photos

French mainline steam; Swiss electric locomotive; Paris metro cars

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

French mainline steam; Swiss electric locomotive; Paris metro cars

Image by wwwuppertal
Maybe you know Arthur Honegger’s composition "Pacific 231" – it’s a piece for large orchestra which describes the run of a big and fast steam locomotive. Well, the engine he had in mind was exactly the one which has been carefully reproduced by the famous Märklin company in 1919. One sample of these you see in the center of my image. The locomotive on the adjacent track is a Swiss railways class Ae 3/6 I. In the background there are some cars of the Paris Metro.

I took this image in an old engine shed at the station of Erkrath-Hochdahl (near Düsseldorf). The site has been converted into a small railway museum, and it’s the place where a group of enthusiasts and collectors of historic toy trains meets from time to time. The tin plate fans set up two extended make-shift layouts (in gauge 1 and gauge 0 respectively) and enjoy running their classic rolling stock. The meetings are open to the public.

Model Railroads: AWESOME Swiss & German layouts! / Modellbahn modelleisenbahn

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

This model train exhibition was held at Polch/Germany on 7 November 2009. Besides some smaller German layouts it offered a very interesting Swiss layout from the Belgian model train club “Hoeseltse treinclub”.

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