Regional Rail Express - 3: Vindobona III (50 p.)

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ronik24

Proud Earthling
Hi,



To the previous part of the series:
Regional Rail Express - 2: Vindobona II (50 p.)
http://www.railroadforums.com/forum...gional-rail-express-2-vindobona-ii-50-p.13527



In this part, we will look at the route of the "Vindobona" through Germany and Czechia, primarily in its EuroCity-days. As has been proclaimed before: this is not supposed to be a complete work, just a few impressions along the way.


Most distant terminal of the "Vindobona" had been Hamburg-Altona from 2000 until its last ride in 2014. Afterwards, first EuroCity "Porta Bohemica" and later "Hungaria" Hamburg - Budapest took over the train number.
On May 25 2017, EC 179 "Alois Negrelli" waited for its departure to Prague.
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Some evening impressions from Binnenalster in the city centre.
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The EuroCities stop at Wittenberge, here EC 176 "Johannes Brahms" Praha hl.n. - Hamburg-Altona on May 20 2017.
I already have recently shown the picture of EC 173 "Hungaria" Hamburg - Budapest next morning at Bad Wilsnack in the report "Nostalgically Northwards - 4: Coypu, Chicken and Horseshoe-Curve (50 p.)":
http://raildata.info/nordnos/nordnos422.jpg

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On August 15 2010, I arrived by EuroNight 476 "Metropol" ČD-sleeper from Vienna at Berlin main station, underground platforms.
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Classic spot Jannowitzbrücke: D 1249 Berlin Zoologischer Garten - Saratov, Belorussian coaches to Minsk behind the locomotive.
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Some years "Vindobona" stopped at Dresden-Neustadt, during others it took the alternative line skipping the station. My first time in Dresden.
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The icy evening of February 2 2006.
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EC 370 Wien Süd (Ost) - Århus departing on October 14 2007.
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When going via Dresden-Neustadt, the mainline passes narrow gauge "Lößnitzdackel" at Radebeul Ost.
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Sunrise on February 4 2011.
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Evening on the Elbe, October 14 2007.
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CityNightLine 456 "Phoenix" Prague - Berlin (- Amsterdam/Zürich/Erfurt) reached Dresden Hbf on the snowy evening of January 31 2010.
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Engine change from/to ČD class 371 (rebuilt ČD class 372 for 160 kph service), routine for many years at Dresden main station, October 25 2009.
More about the engines (in German):
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/DR-Baureihe_230

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113 309 took over EN 476 "Metropol" to Berlin Wannsee on October 26 2009.
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Followed by this sunrise-reflection on the other side of the station.
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CNL 457 "Phoenix" to Prague glowing fiery in first sunlight - but since then there has been no resurrection of these sleeper connections.
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ÖBB 1216.236 had taken us from Vienna Westbahnhof to Dresden on January 31 2010.
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101 057 changing to EC 378 Wien Süd (Ost) - Ostseebad Binz on October 26 2009.
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101 123 arrived on September 27 2015 hauling EC 173 "Porta Bohemica" Hamburg - Budapest.
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The original: EC 172 "Vindobona" Villach - Hamburg passed Pirna along Elbe River at dusk on January 31 2010.
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CNL 459 "Canopus" Zürich - Prague at Kurort Rathen halt on October 26 2009.
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DB Schenker still had class 180 in use in 2009, not anymore since 2014.
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EC 172 "Vindobona" Hamburg-Altona - Wien Süd (Ost) at Königstein.
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Delayed EN 459 "Canopus" was revealed just in time on September 25 2015 by the morning fog at Ústí nad Labem.
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Soon afterwards, EC 171 "Hungaria" Berlin Hbf - Budapest-Keleti arrived. 1986-87 this train operated jointly with "Vindobona".
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EC 378 "Slovenská Strela" Bratislava - Ostseebad Binz hauled by ČD 150.202.
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371.051 with EC 170 "Hungaria" Budapest - Berlin passed Libčice nad Vltavou-Letky halt near Prague on July 4 2014.
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We reach Prague main station with class 854 - which originally had operated as "Vindobona" - in the morning of July 6 2014.
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View into the other direction where through coaches which just had arrived by EN 444 "Slovakia" from Poprad were being shunted.
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Impression from the hall, October 11 2015.
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Old ÖBB livery in ČD service, July 6 2014.
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EN 456 "Phoenix" waited for departure towards Amsterdam.
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We move on...
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... to a classic view of Brno hl.n. with EC 173 "Vindobona" Hamburg - Vienna arriving on March 28 2007. The express trains from Prague were mostly hauled by ZSSK class 350 "Gorilla".
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The age of ÖBB class 1216 had dawned on July 2 2011 with EC 378 "Carl Maria von Weber" Wien Praterstern - Ostseebad Binz.
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"Diving glass" diesels occasionally took over EuroCities - but only if electricity had been turned off due to construction work. 754.062 pushed EC 378 out of the Brno main station on July 8 2012.
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Station overview before modernisation, March 28 2007.
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Northbound EC 170 "Hungaria" Budapest-Keleti - Berlin-Gesundbrunnen arrived.
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St.-Peter-and-Paul-Cathedral seen from Brno-Horní Heršpice on September 29 2012.
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EC 279 "Jaroslav Hašek" Prague - Budapest passed Popice on March 28 2007.
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EC 172 "Vindobona" Vienna - Hamburg.
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A delayed EC 173 "Vindobona" Hamburg - Villach in front of Thaya river reservoir Nové Mlýny and Děvín (1800 ft), May 4 2013.
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We have reached Břeclav, to the left rebuilt on September 29 2012, to the right under reconstruction, May 29 2008.
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Next time, we will change engines here! :)
 




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