Germany

  • Harz steam loco gets stuck in snow!

    Harz steam loco gets stuck in snow!

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    A GERMAN steam train became stuck in snow 3,675ft up a mountain on January 8 – a very rare and unusual occurrence. Harzer Schmalspurbahnen’s 10.25 from Wernigerode to Brocken, hauled by 2-10-2T No. 99 234 (99 7234) with five carriages, became marooned at the summit station as the weather deteriorated rapidly when snow storms struck. As…

  • Old German locos substitute for modern EMUs

    Old German locos substitute for modern EMUs

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    VETERAN electric locos have made a comeback on several routes in Germany. They are replacing modern EMUs, which are out of service because of accident damage or maintenance. In December, three routes in western Germany had these temporary stand-ins operating, two of them using Class 110 electric locos originally built for West German Railways (Deutsche…

  • World’s ‘first autonomous’ tram carries passengers in Germany

    World’s ‘first autonomous’ tram carries passengers in Germany

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    SIEMENS and Potsdam transport operator Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam (ViP) have developed what they claim is the world’s first autonomous driverless tram. The tram carried its first passengers in a media demonstration run on September 18, timed to coincide with the Innotrans trade fair in nearby Berlin. Fully autonomous unmanned freight trains are already in operation in…

  • German ‘Rabbits’ days numbered

    German ‘Rabbits’ days numbered

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    GERMAN Railways (DB) had hundreds of diesel-hydraulic locos introduced in the 1960s and 1970s to replace steam, but their days working passenger trains are now coming to an end. Of the several hundred ‘V160’ B-B design locos built, only the final variant – Class 218 – remains in use with DB for passenger services. They…

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