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Yearly Archives: 2013
Bucharest Metro mixing third rail and overhead power
The metro system in the Romanian city of Bucharest is like most European urban rail networks, and uses a third rail to power their electric multiple unit trains. However on my journey around the network I discovered something odd – a miniature pantograph on the roof of some trains – so why would a railway mix two different ways of current collection?
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Railway abandonment across Germany
When I think of Germany’s railways the first thing to come to mind is their network of high speed ICE trains that cover the entire country, and after riding them I wasn’t disappointed. However the scenery I saw out the window showed me a side of their railways I didn’t expect – abandoned infrastructure galore.
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Adelaide’s trams and their Frankfurt connection
Over in Frankfurt I spent some time photographing the straßenbahn network. On seeing tram below, my thoughts went back to the Australian city of Adelaide, where almost identical trams are in service. So how are the two related?
Frankfurt’s mysterious ‘Feuerwehr Übungstunnel’ platform
I didn’t spend much time in Frankfurt, but I did manage to take a short trip around their underground railway (U-Bahn) network. Along the way I came across what looked like a disused platform, with the only clue being a ‘Feuerwehr Übungstunnel’ sign on the steel gate – so what was it?
Posted in Trains Tagged emergency services, firefighting, Frankfurt, Germany, mystery, U-Bahn 1 Comment
Zeitinsel – a safer tram stop in Germany
In Germany trams are called ‘Straßenbahn>’ and the places they stop are called ‘Haltestelle’ – which come in a number of different designs. The ‘Überfahrbare Kaphaltestelle‘ (traversable Kaphaltestelle) is the one of most interest to someone from a tram network such as Melbourne.
Posted in Trams Tagged Frankfurt, Germany, Haltestelle, Straßenbahn, tram stops 3 Comments
Railfanning in Frankfurt, Germany
The first stop on my Europe holiday was Frankfurt, Germany. Unfortunately I didn’t get much time to look around the city, but here are a few suggested places for a railfan to visit.
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Welcome – I’m back home!
Finally – I’m back in Australia after my month long trip to Europe. In that time I passed through six countries, ten cities, three rail gauges and 15 rail operators – but how many photos did I take?
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