Regional Rail Express - 49: Rába I/Venezia II (50 p.)

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ronik24

Proud Earthling
Hi,



To the previous part of the series:
Regional Rail Express - 48: Split II/Istra (50 p. + 1 v.)



July 12 2007

We continue following EuroNight "Venezia", the express had been taking the route from Budapest via Lake Balaton southern shore and Zagreb 2006-2011 and before 2003. Useful to get through Croatia and Slovenia by night, only the border controls to Croatia interrupted the short sleep.
Replacement picture by day: EuroCity 1205 "Goldoni" Venice - Budapest departing Zidani Most.
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July 17 2007

Let's turn north, some nights were spent at Maribor station.
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August 18 2004

You never know at which hour something nice passes by.
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View from a Desiro EMU cab towards another train waiting to the right...
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It's EuroNight 241 "Venezia" Venice - Budapest, with Romanian through sleeper car to Bucharest.
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February 6 2005

We jump ahead to later in the morning, 2016.087 waiting for departure at Graz Hbf.
In 2004 and 2005, "Venezia" took the insane alternative route Venezia S.L. - Trieste Centrale (engine change) - Villa Opicina (engine change) - Ljubljana - Zidani Most - Maribor - Spielfeld-Straß (engine change) - Graz (2016 diesel) - Szentgotthárd (M62 diesel) - Szombathely - Csorna (1047 electric) - Győr - Budapest Keleti:

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I went by R 4700 to Aut(h)al at seven o'clock.
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It should have passed before the first local train from Graz, but that way I managed to capture fourty minutes late EN 241 "Venezia" Venice - Budapest before sunrise at 7:04 a.m. This halt has been replaced by a passing siding since.
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Hungarian MÁV dining car...
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... and Romanian CFR sleeper to Bucharest.
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The first sunrays lit this lovely scenery half an our later.
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Followed by a fantastic steam run-past.
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52.1227 climbed Laßnitzhöhe pass with an IGE charter to Weiz.
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August 21 2012

We took up position a bit further up the hill 7 1/2 years later. First, a not clearly recognizable R 8680/S31 Graz Hbf - Gleisdorf - Weiz.
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S-Bahns were followed by freight.
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Modern Autal church from 1933 to the left.
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These scenes on video:

52.100 (ex-JŽ 33-044) and "33.132" (ex-BBÖ 113.32, ex-JŽ 10-005) thundered past hauling the 175-years-railroads-in-Austria IGE tour, WLB 2143.21 diesel helper at the rear removed virtually.
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February 6 2005

The steam train had come early enough, so I managed to catch R 4704 "Raab-Radler" departing Autal at 8:25.
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We overtook the charter at Laßnitzhöhe, I jumped out at Laßnitzthal.
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No hurry necessary, 52.1227 rolled past fifteen minutes later.
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October 15 2011

StLB R 8654 on the branchline Weiz - Gleisdorf in front of Weizberg basilica.
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A GKB special Graz - Weiz was hauled by the oldest standard gauge steamer which has never been out of service in the world, ex-Südbahn GKB 671 (StEG #504 / built in 1860).
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On occasion of "100 years Feistritztalbahn" Weiz - Birkfeld (- once to Ratten), in German:

We continue the Yugoslavian theme with 83-180 (former Banovići coal mine railroad, Đuro Đakovic #136 / built in 1949) and Zillertalbahn #2 "Zillertal" (Krauss/Linz #4506 / built in 1900).
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On 905 ft long Grub viaduct.
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Historical vehicles meeting at Rosegg.
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Zillertalbahn 2 returned.
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Steam scenes from this day:

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Narrow gauge arrival to Weiz across standard gauge.
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February 6 2005

Colorful diesel collection at Weiz.
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The steam train was hauled by Kh.101 (Krauss/Linz #1419 / built in 1926) and 83-180.
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I captured a freight Weiz - Bratislava with car parts from Magna going via the Wechsel pass at night shortly before sunset.
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October 26 2019

I decided on an excursion to Feldbach on this beautiful national day weekend, arriving by R 4714/S3 Graz - Szentgotthárd.
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This is the start of the Gleichenberg DC electric railway, as the unusual catenary masts are indicating - in German:

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ET 2 operated all scheduled services (built in 1930, refurbished 1979/80 and 1990/1), here as R 8615 Feldbach - Bad Gleichenberg.
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Gnas station - situated remotely in the middle of the forest - also is home to the rectifier of the line opened in 1931 with 1500 V DC, changed to 1800 V in 1975.
As you can see, the train was well-frequented – sadly, services have been switched to weekend only since 2021.
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August 16 2020

While prematurely traveling home from Croatia in 2020, I captured R 8608 in daily service departing Bad Gleichenberg where we stayed in a spa hotel.
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October 26 2019

Back to previous fall, R 8608 at Burgfried bei Gnas - a minimalist halt only consisting of a bench next to the rails and a roadside hut.
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This region was given the name "volcano land" by the tourist board - you can spot the Gleichenberge hill range to the right, albeit not active for the past 12 million years.
R 8611 Feldbach - Bad Gleichenberg approaching Burgfried.
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R 8612 took me to my hotel at Feldbach.
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October 27 2019

Next morning, I walked to Oedt bei Feldbach Siedlung halt, first train R 8603 to Bad Gleichenberg appeared at 9:25 a.m.
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And disappeared into the dark forest.
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The line is nicknamed "jungle express".
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R 8602 to Feldbach swirling up fall leaves. R 8605 returning through Oedt to the right.
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I had marched to the diesel mainline earlier that morning after winter time change. Sunday-only R 4707 Szentgotthárd - Graz departed Feldbach at 6:50 a.m.
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Luckily, only decorative slight ground fog had remained in Raab river valley, so the express of same name REX/IC 317 "Rába" Graz Hbf - Budapest-Keleti consisting of ÖBB 2016 and ex-ÖBB GySEV cars was approaching in nice morning light from Gniebing:

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The weekend on video:

I decided on the more interesting way home via Hungary, R 4710 took me to Szentgotthárd border station at noon.
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Ten minutes to change from ÖBB Desiro Classic DMU to GySEV Flirt 3 EMU as Sz 9135 to Szombathely. More next time! :0)
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