South of the Alps - 10: Steam along Lago Iseo II (50 p.)

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ronik24

Proud Earthling
Hi,



To the previous part of the series:
South of the Alps - 9: Steam along Lago Iseo I (50 p.)



The video for this part:




September 15 2019

We return to Toline at 11:30 a.m., just as 740.278 hauling "Iseo Express" Brescia - Pisogne was racing a little pink bike.
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A parade of heritage cars showed up on the road, soon afterwards DE 520-016 (ex ČD 753.362) appeared with the "Treno dei Sapori" gourmet charter.
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Toline offers plenty of photo opportunities: R 34 Brescia - Edolo passing through the village at twelve o'clock.
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I walked along the eastern shore of the lake towards Pisogne - the western shore is more industrial.
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After one o'clock, ALn668.131 approached as R 51 Edolo - Brescia. More nostalgic extravaganza on the road, including this Lancia Fulvia HF, all vehicles carrying old black number plates.
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The promenade between Pisogne and Toline was not finished yet, but in Pisogne you can walk lakeside away from the main road passing this Trojan Horse...
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At the harbour.
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We know this boat from April - Lovere town in the background, it had been voted one of the 20 prettiest places in Italy.
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Pisogne also offers sights, for example (not in view) Santa Maria della Neve church, which is called "Sistine Chapel of the Poor" due to its rustic frescoes:
https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiesa_di_Santa_Maria_della_Neve_(Pisogne)

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I checked if the additional trip Pisogne - Iseo - Pisogne really had been cancelled. No activity on the engine, at least it was parked in a photogenic position.
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You only needed patience, as it attracted a lot of interest from the public. Selfie-break.
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"Treno dei Sapori" on a short dead-end platform.
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It was crowded inside, lunch had been served. Ice cubes lay decadently strewn across the steps of the accompanying goods wagon.
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Double-sized Stadler GTW ATR125.105 as R 48 Brescia - Edolo was greeted by a crowd at 2 p.m.
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Crossing R 57.
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Meeting of Italian classics.
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I returned to romantic Toline.
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R 52 to Breno at the level crossing.
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Soon afterwards, R 63 appeared into the opposite direction.
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I tried out spots found during the walk before. ALn668.131 returned from Edolo as R 60.
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Approaching Pisogne at the northern end of the lake. In mid-September it still was hot, slightly below 30 degrees C.
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Modern GTW southbound.
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Double GTW ATR125.105 as R 71 to Brescia at Toline.
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Smoke appeared punctually at Pisogne, 740.278 came around the corner hauling "Iseo Express" to Brescia at 5:24 p.m. I removed a few smaller modern elements for the nostalgic pics.
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Video scenes of "Iseo Express" can be watched from video minute 11:40, including ride on a class ALn668 along the lake.
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Passing the barriers.
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Opposite Toline station platform you find this amazing building, including a former tobacconist's. Notice the faded "Birra Wührer"-ad, a Brescia brewery working 1829-1988:

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R 70 to Edolo appearing at 5:57 not stopping here, as only some services did.
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A rear shot of the "Bond"-GTW. Soon afterwards, R 77 took me to Brescia.
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We return to Brescia in the morning of the same day: E646.158 (Breda / built in 1964) about to haul "Iseo Express" on the mainline Brescia - Rovato completing a meeting of former FS classics - thanks to Trenord!
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Nearby, the newest of the new: Frecciarossa 9709 Torino Porta Nuova - Venezia Santa Lucia formed of a class ETR 1000 carrying the "10 Years of Frecciarossa" livery.
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Into the other direction: private highspeed NTV Italo 8972 Venice - Milano Centrale as Italo EVO class ETR 675, a further development of class ETR 600 by Alstom:

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Another world moments later with class ALn668 and ALe582.084 as R 4912 to Bergamo.
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R 6021 from Iseo arrived, these terminal tracks are not electrified at Brescia.
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In the evening, I arrived back shortly after seven o'clock. E646.158 approached at 7:16 p.m., hauling "Iseo Express" from Rovato.
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April 28 2019

The same scene from the Easter trip, just with more excitement: My R 77 was still pulling slowly into the terminal platform just as "Iseo Express" showed up at 7:05 p.m. - I quickly squeezed through the door and managed to capture it that second!
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Heritage "Tiger" E632.030 (Fiat-Ansaldo / built in 1986) supported the steamer on the mainline.
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R 78 to Edolo departed towards the rain shower.
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The charter on platform 7.
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R 4927 arrived from Bergamo.
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The "Tigre" logo.
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Even the transfer back to Rovato was officially indicated on the display. Frecciarossa 9753 Milan - Udine.
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We say good-bye to this engine, I returned to the Hotel at Verona.
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Next time, we will visit the cities of Brescia and Verona! :)
 




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