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Already a part of history as well:
ICE TD, BR 605
Event organizer was IGE Bahntouristik and additional shooting for episode 463 of the SWR TV serial Eisenbahnromantik (Engl.: Railway Romanticism) took place. Here a selection of some official photos out of it. And here some snapshots by my own: [Rails Peg.].
The book about the line: Züge - Brücken - Tunnels,
Herbert Hieke, Manfred Gerschütz, Heimat- und Geschichtsverein
Neunkirchen am Sand, 2002, ISBN 3-00009731-7.
Before the Second World War the double-tracked line, a part of the connection between Nuremberg - Schnabelwaid/Bayreuth - Eger (Cheb), was an important European main line. So e.g. the Ostende-Karlsbad-Express, the London/Calais-Paris-Karlsbad and Prague Express and the express trains Paris - Warsaw, Warsaw - Zurich and inner-German express trains between Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Dresden, Berlin used the Pegnitz valley north east of Nuremberg.
With the end of the iron curtain and the reunion of Germany the line has been stimulated again, there are InterCity, EuroCity and ICE relations to Berlin and Prague. Although the line is not yet electrified 29 bridges over the Pegnitz, 7 tunnels and several viaducts, most of them just in an 11 km long section, permit a relative straight line and high velocities on possibly one of the most beautiful lines in Northern Bavaria.
So a lot of heavy traffic presents itself on the line, refer to the image on the left. I've pocketed them just by opportunity.
By the way, here in Rückersdorf - says my vague recollection - in the late 70ies I had just seen the last type 01 lokos from Hof in regular service.
To external railroad links:
A few more own railway photos here:
Especially the section is famous due to the famous tunnel
view through four tunnels and the Schiefe Ebene (Engl.: sloping
plain; incline) at Neuenmarkt-Wirsberg and as well as the Deutsche
Dampflok Museum DDM (Engl.: German Steam Locomotive Museum) are
situated at the line or, however, at least close up in the vicinity
at a branch line.
Many line photos are shown in the Eisenbahn-Kurier special issue ek special 4 2/86 celebrating the 150th Anniversary of German railway in 1985. (In parts it is in English.)
Express steam loco S 3/6 of the former Königlich Bayerischen Staatsbahn
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