Regional Rail Express - 17: Transalpin (50 p.)

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ronik24

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Hi,



To the previous part of the series:
Regional Rail Express - 16: Transsylvania I (50 p.)
http://www.railroadforums.com/forum...l-rail-express-16-transsylvania-i-50-p.14423/


Videos for this part:

Snowy Electric Transalpine, Jan-Feb 2019

Voralpen-Express, June 7-11 2019

Old Electrics around Selzthal, Sep-Nov 2007

Switzerland 2009, Part 5 - Lake Zürich, September 28-29




February 17 019

We turn further west than before in this series. Of course I would not call the original "Transalpin" express Vienna - Zurich a regional rail express, but on its current route Graz - Zürich it partly travels off the beaten path and crosses the Alps truly to its name.

InterCity 512 "Schöckl" Graz - Salzburg took me from Leoben to Stainach-Irdning on a lovely winter day. At Selzthal junction it splits from IC 502 "Pyhrn-Priel" towards Linz and receives a pilot loco for the pushed part of the trip to Bischofshofen during winter - a class 1142 was scheduled, actually that day an 1144 (like all ÖBB engine numbers pronounced "eleven-fourtyfour" or just "fourtyfour" in Austria). In turn, the pushing engine was 1142.640 - snowy Grimming mountain in the background.
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IC 513 "Schöckl" Salzburg - Graz on the Ennstal line reached Stainach-Irdning almost at the same time as REX 4422 "Salzkammergut" from Linz pushed by 1142.667 on the Salzkammergut line.
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Our star train enters: EuroCity 164 "Transalpin" Graz - Zürich with SBB panoramic car at the rear passes Trautenfels castle and Grimming, in the background REX 4429 Stainach-Irdning - Linz near Pürgg.
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IC 515 "Hahnenkamm" Innsbruck - Graz came by at noon.
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November 2 2007

Time for some nostalgic indulgence: the classic "Transalpin" EMU cannot be missed... (in German, please click translate):
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/ÖBB_4010

IC 517 "Karl Böhm" Salzburg - Graz in fall.
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May 13 2005

And a springtime drop of "blood orange" (the classic ÖBB color from the 1970s-80s): ÖBB-EC 669 Bregenz - Graz viewed from the Salzkammergut line.
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November 2 2007

IC 514 Graz - Salzburg reflecting in an oxbow lake of Enns river at a well-known photo spot below the castle.
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November 21 2007

Same spot, different direction - IC 517 already in wintery mood three weeks later.
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February 17 2019

Both views combined as panorama this year with EC 216 "Dachstein" Graz - Saarbrücken... no chance of reflection with such a snow cover.
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German DB push-pull compositions also receive a pilot loco, EC 217 Saarbrücken - Graz. Another regional rail express in the background which we will keep for another time: IC/REX 528 from Vienna Hauptbahnhof via Salzkammergut.
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EC 163 "Transalpin" Zürich - Graz took me homewards.
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February 23 2019

Next weekend, I boarded a night train to Innsbruck to start the seasonal express Gisela line Saturday at Fieberbrunn.
ICE 1280 "Großglockner" operated on weekends between Schwarzach-St. Veit and Munich.

The panorama in larger resolution can be found here:
http://raildata.info/heck/heck1712x.jpg

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The fog lifted for the highlight "Alpen Express 1" hauled by heritage AKE "crease" E10 1309, so Wilder Kaiser mountain became visible.
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We already know IC 515 "Hahnenkamm" Innsbruck - Graz.
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"City Airport Train" in the Alps between Kitzbüheler Horn and Wilder Kaiser mountains pulling Saturday-only RJX 1265 Wörgl - Vienna. Despite warm weather you can still recognize the masses of snow that had fallen.
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Midday "Transalpin" meeting on their long routes between Graz and Zürich in front of Leoganger Steinberge seen from a heap of snow.
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March 3 2018

A year before, I managed to capture the AKE class E 10 with DRV 13187 "Alpen Express" Leiden Centraal - Schladming in Enns valley between Altenmarkt im Pongau and Radstadt passing Tandalier castle.
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EC 164 "Transalpin" with ad livery Taurus for the "Light into Darkness" charity.
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In the afternoon, EC 163 from Zürich met a snowcat on a cross country ski track.
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February 24 2019

I caught the "Transalpin" pair once more at Maishofen this winter, here EC 164.
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EC 163 Zürich - Graz in front of the Steinernes Meer mountain range hauling the panorama car behind 1016.004.
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June 7 2019

My Nightjet 466 from Vienna was diverted via the Gisela line due to construction work near Rosenheim on the Pentecost weekend, so I arrived at Sargans after 9 a.m.
IC 1255 Basel SBB - Chur was formed of ICE 1 177 with stickers "25 years ICE, in cooperation with SBB CFF FFS", in the background my connection RE 3464 approached.
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Scheduled departure of RE 3464 was 9:37, scheduled departure of EC 163 "Transalpin" to Graz hauled by Re 420 303 also 9:37 - of course I caught both in the land of railroad magnificence and punctuality. :)
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June 8 2019

I reached Walensee before noon after an overnight stay at St. Gallen. An "Re 16/16" (Re 6/6 + Re 6/6 + Re 4/4) triple header approached along the lake shore in the distance.
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Main attraction of the day: Former French SNCF "Mikado" 141.R.1244 on charter "Rond om de Säntis" St. Gallen - Pfäffikon (reversing) - Unterterzen (boat excursion) - Sargans (reversing) - St. Gallen. Here shortly before reaching the lunch break destination Unterterzen (municipality of Quarten).
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I relaxed at the lakeside for of a few hours, class Re 4/4s are also out on Saturdays: Re 420 133 passed by pulling IC 921 Zürich - Chur.
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ICE 70 Chur - Hamburg-Altona sped along the lake.
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Rare diesel Am 843 009 in sunlight as a lake cruise returned.
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Details of one of the largest European steamers (Montreal Loco Works / built in 1946):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SNCF_Class_141R

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An S4 took me to Sevelen. Exactly on time to meet EC 164 "Transalpin" Graz - Zürich without dome car.




Thanks to a train meeting, the "Mikado" departure from Sevelen proved to be a lovely steam spectacle - you can catch a glimpse into the Principality of Liechtenstein to the left.

The scene on video:





Steam finale in front of Säntis mountain.
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June 7 2019

I stopped at Altendorf on Upper Lake Zürich the afternoon before. This Re 4/4 III in nowadays rare green towards Zürich almost met the "Swiss Express" liveried Re 4/4 II towards Chur - that way I knew the latter was about to return.
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I got off at Siebnen-Wangen, walked along the line and met IC 580 Chur - Basel.
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Three times class Re 450 classic 1990s double deck EMU and wooden houses.
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Only in Switzerland you can find an S-Bahn line 27 between small places like Ziegelbrücke and Siebnen-Wangen: train 8272 comprised of an SOB (Südostbahn – South Eastern Railroad ;-)) NPZ.
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Clouds arrived from the west.
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But the light kept up for the objects of desire: First, EC 164 "Transalpin".
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Then my first "Swiss Express"-catch, I already had thought it would never happen: Re 420 109 hauling IC 936 Chur - Zürich.
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I returned to Siebnen-Wangen station. Notice the solution of recently installed raised steps along the platform edge.
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Last glint of the day on IC 583 Basel - Chur at Ziegelbrücke.
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It already was quite windy and cool at 9:15 p.m. for Nightjet 465 Zürich - Zagreb / Graz. NJ 467 was about to be hauled by the "Swiss Express" Re 4/4 an hour later, but by then it would be entirely dark, so I rather took a train to St. Gallen Haggen and my hotel.
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September 28 2009

Let's travel back in time again: IR 91 "Vauban" Brussels - Chur passed by the same spot almost ten years earlier.
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EuroCity 160 "Vorarlberg" Vienna Western Station - Zürich HB on the shore of Walensee at Murg.
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EC 162 "Transalpin" Vienna - Zürich double headed at Schübelbach.
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EC 165 "Kaiserin Elisabeth" Zürich - Salzburg.
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September 29 2009

EC 165 with SBB Cargo 421 379 next evening at Pfäffikon.
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EC 162 "Transalpin" in front of Lake Zürich - more pictures from here later in a following report.
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That same morning, EC 163 "Transalpin" Basel SBB - Vienna Westbahnhof traversed Reuss river at Turgi in the fog. The Reuss - which we will visit again in the mountains soon - is flowing into the Aare a few yards on, just as the Limmat right next to it - three major Swiss rivers.
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September 28 2009

Evening class Re 4/4 arrival at Zürich HB: CNL 459 "Canopus" to Prague before departure.
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