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Numerous visitors welcomed the first special
train in Rückersdorf on Saturday morning.
(Me, too ;-)
Enjoy the 125th Anniversary of the Pegnitztal Railway
1877 - 2002 on July 13th/14th 2002 organized by 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.
Already a part of history as well:
ICE TD, BR 605
Ending with 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
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
With the end of the iron curtain and the reunion of Germany the line has been stimulated again, there are or were 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 mid 70ies I had just seen the last type 01 locos 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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