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Klütz is known for its compact station with turntable, whose buildings also were available for gauge 1. The light railroad with 600 mm gauge of the Foundation deutsche Kleinbahnen offers interesting perspectives and some nostalgia. 60 photos.

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How do you get the railroad and the solar eclipse in the picture at the same time? Tough!

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Culemeyer road rollers brought freight cars and heavy loads to places where there were no tracks. RailAdventure has developed auxiliary bogies for transferring rail vehicles that work on rail and now also on road.

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Locomotives made up only a small part of the exhibits at InnoTrans 2022. But there were spectacular engines among them that would also be eye-catchers in Gauge 1 scale.

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More than ever, the future of passenger rail transport consists of multiple units. InnoTrans 2022 made that clear. But the drives are becoming more environmentally friendly.

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InnoTrans, the world's largest rail trade fair, opens today in Berlin. 124 new rail vehicles will be presented on 3.5 km of track. RailAdventure has brought some of them to Berlin.

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If you want to pass the time while waiting for the Märklin novelties, I have something for you. Alstom is currently touring Germany with a multiple unit train that draws its energy from hydrogen via fuel cells. As far as the hydrogen goes.

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Going on tour with a speeder: For some, it's just another job.

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On September 16 and 17, the German Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport is organizing Rail Days with the rail industry. The events are more inventive than the advertising logo.

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During the Days of the Railway Friend at the German Railway Association (DEV) between Bruchhausen-Vilsen and Asendorf, freight trains ran on meter gauge. The oldest load on a 125-year-old flat car was a 99-year-old tractor.

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As usual, during the Days of the Railroad Friend(s) at the Deutscher Eisenbahn-Verein, there is more operation between Bruchhausen-Vilsen and Asendorf on meter gauge than on the other operating days. But on the standard gauge line the "Kaffkieker" shuttled.

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There is no shortage of interesting trains in the east of Hanover even on Sundays, where the freight bypass and the main lines to the east and north meet. The most interesting train from RailAdventure came after sunset. 36 photos, some of them spectacular, with trains and traction units of all kinds.

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The class 64, which is being realized by MBW as a gauge 1 model, was a beautiful tender locomotive. 30 photos from my archive, some of them more than 50 years old, recall long-gone Bundesbahn times and the uses of the compact steam locomotive.

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The E 03 001 with a TEE train was announced. But it was also worthwhile to be on the road with the camera. A picture sheet with 34 current photos.

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The Swabian narrow-gauge railroad Marbach - Beilstein - Heilbronn has been memorialized. A comprehensive book. If only layout and printing would be better...

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We have the Vectron as a model for gauge 1, and the Traxx 2 as well. But today's rail traffic has even more to offer. A picture gallery with 48 current photos.

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In 1976, I photographed some DB class 485 railcars with class 885 cab cars in southern Baden.

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Tohru Nakamura, who runs the top restaurant Tohru in the Schreiberei in Munich, has once again received two stars from the Guide Michelin. Congratulations!

You can also enjoy exclusive catering from him in Luxon, RailAdventure's contemporary modernized TEE observation car.

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RailAdventure spent the weekend towing Deutsche Bahn trains that were silted up and trapped by last summer's flood. Some pictures.

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Modern and old electric locomotives bear weathering and operating traces of varying intensity. But some traces they have in common. 45 photos with which you can judge the quality of patination on gauge 1 models.

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An old photo of an engineer and a certificate from the GDL could help with genealogical research. Do you have any ideas about this?

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In the third and last part about the train des pignes in the south of France, another 62 photos document this beautiful steam railroad and its meter gauge line in Provence. In total, there were 168 photos - enough to fill a book.

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In the second part we continue our journey with the pinecone train and have plenty of time to explore the station and the village of Annot. And then the locomotive is turned for the return trip.

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France has a number of beautiful meter gauge railroads. We took a ride on the Chemins de fer de Provence. A report with 55 photos that will give you wanderlust.

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In the third and last part of the report about the Fichtelbergbahn of the Sächsische Dampfeisenbahngesellschaft (SDG), we once again meet steam trains on the way and look at the Hüttenbach Viaduct and the terminus Kurort Oberwiesenthal, which has a nostalgic automat. Two videos complement my photos.

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In the second part we look again at the station Cranzahl, other small stations at the narrow gauge railway and accompany trains with the camera.

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The Fichtelbergbahn Cranzahl - Kurort Oberwiesenthal in Saxony overcomes a difference in altitude of 240 meters (789 ft) on a route of 17.4 km (10.8 m) in the Ore Mountains. With steam, of course. We went along for the ride.

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To partially rebuild a dismantled narrow-gauge railroad and to run a busy operation on it: At the Pressnitztalbahn, volunteers have managed to bring a Saxon narrow-gauge railroad back to life. A visit and a ride are worthwhile. And you quickly realize: The Harz narrow-gauge railroads could certainly learn a lot from the narrow-gauge railroad operators in Saxony. 47 photos showing an adorable 750 mm narrow gauge railroad in the Ore Mountains.

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You might look to Fort Madison from time to time. Here's a new perspective.

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Passenger transportation in the U.S. still has the charm of the 19th century in many places. An example.

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Railroad cranes may be among the least known rail vehicles. This subject, reserved for specialists, has rarely been covered in magazines and books. Udo Kandler has rolled up the history of German rail cranes in his book published by EK-Verlag and compiled spectacular pictures.

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Besides the class 182 of Deutsche Bahn, there are other electric locomotives that resemble the Austrian Taurus. An addition.

Some would call it backwoods transportation...

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News agencies, TV stations and newspapers are reporting today what Deutsche Telekom and Deutsche Bahn have published as a press release: "By 2026 at the latest, there should no longer be any gaps in coverage along rail lines in long-distance and regional transport." This refers to mobile communications coverage on trains, which network operators and Deutsche Bahn have been working on since 2008 with little success. 16 years of moderated (not only transport policy) standstill in Germany thanks to the Merkel governments have turned one of the most important industrialized countries into a snail-like dawdler that foreign countries can only laugh at.

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In the French zone, French mail cars were also on the road during three decades after World War 2.

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Thirty years ago, on June 2, 1991, the ICE train service of the Deutsche Bundesbahn or Deutsche Bahn AG started with high-speed trains of class 401. Information and a large picture gallery with views from outside and inside.

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Since Whitsun, the first German museum railroad of the German Railway Association (DEV) is allowed to operate again. Although under the Corona-related conditions, but with success to justify the effort. Not only is the train simply operated, but the background of the meter-gauge narrow-gauge railroad and the railroad operations are explained to the passengers. A living museum with ambition.

Foto: Amtrak

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50 years ago today, Amtrak, the national passenger transportation company, operated its first trains in the United States. Latest news.

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RailAdventure GmbH, the market leader for special transports and test runs with new trains in Central Europe, has acquired the English company Hanson & Hall Rail Services. Six Class 43 high-speed railcars will operate as dual locomotives for the company's domestic services in Great Britain.

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The rustic original for a bridge diorama or module in 1:32 scale still needs to be supplemented with suitable rolling stock. Here are 49 year old photos and some new ones for inspiration. They show an amazing range of locomotives, railcars and passenger cars.

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The Czech transport company RegioJet, together with the new Dutch night train operator European Sleeper, will add new routes and destinations to European night train services next year. 67 photos show what was going in Prague's Central Station in 2012.

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There are settings that you can't invent. Eventually you will find a believable accumulation of details that inspire a modeler to a diorama. Here comes a bridge scene for gauge 1 that has it all and could be realized on a compact footprint for epochs I to VI.

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50 years ago, I took a steam special train with 038 650 to Switzerland. A picture gallery.

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The freight line near Hanover always offers surprises. A picture gallery with 45 photos taken in storm, rain and sunshine.

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ÖBB and Siemens Mobility today presented the first new Nightjet car. This provides interesting insights into the production.

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Red Hummer, Black Buffalo and BR 01 202: Infantilization and lack of expertise go hand in hand in model railroading.

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In 1970, snow was still a regular occurrence in February, and winter was not a reason for the Deutsche Bundesbahn to stop traffic as a precaution. Some photos.

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Snow and sunshine are good reasons to spend a few hours outside and photograph trains. 61 photos give an impression of what you can discover there. A current snapshot from two main lines east of Hanover.

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The Wunder gauge 1 models are being delivered these days. About 35 years ago, the DB cars were phased out. What did the passenger trains with conversion cars look like back then, what is also important in the models? 35 photos I took about 50 years ago, when the 3yg(e) cars were commonplace.

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Hans and Walter Ziegler show how they patinated an 01 from KM1 with simple means. This gives courage to try it yourself. Some prototype photos from the end of the steam era give suggestions how far you should (not) go.

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A new book sheds a lot of light on the trains of Touropa, Scharnow, Hummel & Co. A must for all buyers of the Touropa cars from Wunder.

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Because Covid-19 has significantly affected the whole season, the first German museum railroad is operating for the first time in autumn.

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The Vectron from Siemens Mobility has now been approved by authority Trafik-, Bygge og Boligstyrelsen to operate for the Danish State Railways. Three locomotives of DSB's class EB are already on their way to Denmark.

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Yesterday, Deutsche Bahn announced an ICE order with Siemens. Because the press material said so, the journalists rushed at the radio-permeable windows and the bicycle compartments. But because an ICE 3 is not an ICE 3, hardly any media report was correct or was decorated with false pictures.

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The Italian pointed roof cars, which Dingler has announced for gauge 1 now, were part of many freight trains. A glance into my archives – and at a preserved car in South Tyrol, Italy.

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Locomotives in this color scheme are rare. A Polish company stands out with this. Pretty in pink.

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Wunder's makeshift baggage cars have provoked more reactions than any previous meeting - consistently positive ones. Since 1967, the models of these cars have been appearing in front of my camera time and again.

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Many electric locomotives of the former state railways and the Deutsche Reichsbahn have fallen into oblivion because they were only built in small numbers and did not always prove themselves. The German language book by Dirk Winkler recalls them with brilliant photos once again in the memory of railway enthusiasts and engineers. The text has unfortunately turned out rather joyless due to unnecessary flaws.

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What have we done without the Internet? If you're still bored, I have something for you.

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Unusual, weird designs of locomotives, cars and multiple units are popular with model railroaders. Soon there will be a new darling of the public.

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Gauge 1 usually suffers from too long vehicles and too short tracks. But you can, strictly following the example of the DB Regio, extend the journey time with a trick. German TV satirical program Extra3 showed the method again yesterday.

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Until Epoch IV, the collection and transport of scrap metal was a rustic business. My photos show what it really looked like back then.

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They are extremely rare on model railways - especially not on 1-gauge. They have also been removed in many places: safety points or trap or catch points.

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Catenaries are very complicated to model. However, you should pay attention to details in a gauge 1 layout with overhead contact line that only become apparent at second glance.

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Finally 39 photos from the Cité du Train in Mulhouse, France. Here we meet two world record locomotives and many other exciting railway vehicles.

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We encounter a salt keg, a Bugatti and two Americans on our further tour in the Cité du Train in Mulhouse, France.

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In the summer of 1869, the Rottweil - Tuttlingen section of the Gäubahn went into operation. A nostalgic photographic supplement.

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Locomotives from 1844 onwards and very old cars characterise Hall B of the Cité du Train in Mulhouse, the largest railway museum in Europe. 42 photos of models that would appeal to many collectors in scale 1:32.

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One visit is by no means enough to see the many exhibits at the Cité du Train in Mulhouse, France. A tour through the first hall with 35 photos.

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In the Cité du Trains in Mulhouse, France, several blue Pullman cars are exhibited. These cars of the 1920s offered an impressive luxury to European travellers.

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In the Cité du Train in Mulhouse, France, you will find the 241 A1. It is the prototype of a steam locomotive series, of which Märklin chose the 241-A-65 as a reference. 21 photos of the impressive steam locomotive and little known facts.

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Dingler's four-axle gravel cars from Switzerland have quite modern prototypes. A series of 47 pictures gives an insight into what the cars look like in operation.

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In the 1970s - and again today - you could experience a T 3. Irretrievable photos taken in 1972 of a locomotive with a train in proper style and a station that had long since disappeared.

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My first long journey in search of interesting locomotives led in summer 1968 to Ulm and Augsburg. 17 pictures from times long past.

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Slowly my photographic range of action is increasing in 1968. But first we take a look at passenger trains with three-axle conversion cars and at freight traffic.

1: Once again my afternoon perspective in Aldingen, about 16 o'clock. A Rottweil P 8 brings the conversion car train to Tuttlingen. The guard wears the blue-black uniform with the high hat usual at that time. The conductor in the luggage compartment gives the departure signal.

2: The turntable in Tuttlingen is defective, so the 38 3637 with closed cab rund backwards.

3: Aldingen celebrates a festivity on the sports ground. Why the 38 2039 reverses is unknown. The locomotive crew watch the hustle and bustle as they drive past.

4: In June, another V 100 comes into play. That's what locomotive drivers looked like on the V 100! The V 100 1218, built by Henschel in 1962, already bears the new "computer number" because the two German railways are introducing electronic data processing on a larger scale.

5: Again and again a Rottweil 44 pulls the conversion cars - due to circulation or because the 38s are slowly running short.

6: At the southern end of Aldingen's station, the 38 2242 takes a bend. In the background the church on the Dreifaltigkeitsberg.

7: In Ebingen (Württ) - today Albstadt-Ebingen and reduced to two tracks - a typical passenger train with auxiliary baggage car and conversion cars is waiting for the oncoming train.

8: 44 1376 reaches the end of the incline from Rottweil to Aldingen with a typical mixed freight train. The fireman has already burned the first tonne of coal on the 11 kilometers.

9: An unfortunately rare perspective from Aldingen. The freight train with sliding wall cars and many different boxcars is waiting for the passenger train. On platform 1, women and children (in knee socks) and the handcart are waiting for the next train, luggage and express goods. In the foreground are the steel wires that control switches and form signals. They come at the kilometer marker from the signal box extension from the 1930s. Since a few years the annex has been removed.

10: A short local freight train with hopper and sliding wall cars.

11: Spaichingen's Köf II no longer has a special coupler. Because the signal box in the direction of Tuttlingen was only occupied at train crossings, the shunting locomotive always arrived on track 3 with its "handover". By order of the dispatcher she then drove past the switch in the direction of Rottweil. Then the turnout was switched by wire and the shunting locomotive driver was ordered by manual signal to move to track 1. From there, further marshalling movements on the loading tracks were organized.

12: A local freight train in Tuttlingen. At that time freight trains looked like this, four-axle freight cars were still rare. Goods were often covered with tarpaulins. - The range of freight cars for gauge 1 is unfortunately quite small.

13: A refrigerator train rolls past Bernau in Bavaria. Today, refrigerated goods travel by truck.

14: Spaichingen's Köf II has now been renumbered 323 740-1. The "Deutsche Bundesbahn" lettering has not yet been replaced by the DB logo. An E 040 with scrap and a boxcar will be brought immediately to Spaichingen.

15: Freight traffic is still strong in Trossingen City, the terminal of a private shortline electrified from the beginning in 1898. The container car must have been quite new, the container still belongs to the DB. Someone painted smilies on the buffer plates. - The 1-gauge industry still strongly neglects the topic of containers, although it can be used over the epochs III to VI. These two-axle carrying wagons are still in operation.

16: 50 2970 from Bw Radolfzell reaches the end of the gradient on 24.12.1968 with her long freight train in Aldingen. For good reason there are no new locomotive numbers on the outside. Inside the cab the number 052 970-1 should have been indicated since 1.1.1968. It is one of her last trips: One week later the steam locomotive is taken out of service, on 3.3.1969 it is decommissioned. The steam locomotive era at Deutsche Bundesbahn is coming to an unstoppable end.

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Who remembers the Deutsche Bundesbahn about 50 years ago? I have checked my photo archive. 14 photos from times long past.

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Who remembers the Deutsche Bundesbahn about 50 years ago? I have checked my photo archive. 14 photos from times long past.

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Gebäude verwittern mit der Zeit, wenn sie nicht gepflegt werden. Und sie zeigen Spuren von Umbauten. Einige Fotos.

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Travelling by train trough Europe on the panorama deck and dining with the star chef - this dream can now be fulfilled with the most luxurious parlor car in the world. I had the opportunity to experience the atmosphere in Luxon and to meet the highly decorated chef.