Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Bastei, Dresden, Leipzig

 Today I'm travelling again in East Germany, this time south of Berlin to Sachsen/Thüringen.
 First I'm taking Eurocity train from Berlin to Bad Schandau.
 The train is operated by Hungarian MÁV-Start
 Daily service Budapest-Hamburg
 It is an early train, many passengers are sleeping in 1st class coach
However, those in 2nd class coach are less lucky due malfunctioned coach, some passengers have to travel sitting in the corridor.
Non-working air condition has been a common view in many trains this summer
 In this train there was also a problem of non-functioning WC, and long queue to the only working one.
The train is taking the Berlin-Dresden railway built in 1875. Today the only direct service between the two cities is the Eurocity train operated each 2h. Here we pass by Radebeul Ost station nearby Dresden.
Passing over Elbe river
In Dresden, there is a locomotive change between German and Czech ones. DB Class 101 is only supporting 15kV 16.7 Hz AC used in Germany,
The train is already delayed, so the locomotive change has to be done fast.
ČD class 372 was developed for cross border traffic between Czechoslovakia and the German Democratic Republic in the 80's. ČD class 371 was a further development with increased maximum speed from 120km/h to 160km/h.
This locomotive was manufactured 1991 by Škoda Plzeň

Attaching the Czech locomotive was quick.
Now we are on track at Dresden-Děčín railway, once called Bohemian-Saxon State railway and it is one of the most important European rail links. The railway is located along the Elbe river. The new railway is planned to be built between Dresden and Prague, reducing the travel time from 2h15m to 1h.
Passing by my first destination for today - Bastei which is a rock formation towering 194 metres above the Elbe River in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains
The train is arriving to Bad Schandau station which is the last stop in Germany.

The train station is now a tourist information centre
The city of Bad Schandau is on the other side of Elbe river. On the road I could see a IFA W50 DDR built truck.
Bad Schandau
To get to Bastei, I have to take a local train from Bad Schandau to Kurort Rathen station.
Dresden S-Bahn is operated by push-pull double deck trains. Line S1 Bad-Schandau - Meißen Triebischta is operated by VVO (Verkehrsverbund Oberelbe GmbH)

Königstein station

There are not many bridges here, so the efficient way of transporting to the other side is by ferry
The town of Königstein

Arriving to Kurort Rathen station

Taking ferry to the other side
Climbing up the stairs to Bastei
Bastei Bridge made of sandstone built in 1851

Memorial tablet on a rock by the Bastei bridge
The train station viewed from Bastei

The ferry
Back to the station
ČD class 372
The railway is part of line 22 of the Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T; Athens–Sofia–Budapest–Vienna–Prague–Nuremberg/Dresden)
Bombardier TRAXX F140 AC2 from SBB Cargo AG, Basel

Continuing my journey with S1 line to Dresden
S-Bahn train has a very small 1st class section
Arriving to Dresden Hauptbahnhof

Main entrance on the east side
Statue of “Saxonia’’ above the main entrance
Zwinger Palace

John of Saxony Monument
Katholische Hofkirche (to the left) and Dresden Castle (to the right)
Tram type NGT6DD from DWA (Deutschen Waggonbau AG), today Bombardier

Elbe river

Goldener Reiter - Equestrian statue of  Elector of Saxony, King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania - Augustus II the Strong

The Ampelfrau
Dresden-Neustadt station is the second largest railway station in Dresden. It was built in 1901, replacing the Leipziger Bahnhof.
Station lobby

Baureihe 442 (Bombardier Talent 2) operates here RE 18 service Dresden-Cottbus
A very short double deck train for line S2
Bombardier TRAXX F140 MS from METRANS Rail s.r.o., Praha
SB34 line Dresden-Kamenz
Baureihe 642 (Siemens Desiro Classic) operated by Städtebahn Sachsen

Another Siemens Desiro for line TLX1 Dresden-Görlitz (-Wroclaw) operated by Trilex
Trilex is a brand name for operations in Germany, Poland and Czech republic.

The trip Dresden-Wroclaw takes about 3h30m
TL61 line Dresden-Zittau
Siemens Vectron MS from ELL - European Locomotive Leasing, Wien
The locomotive is hired to LTE Germany GmbH, Kassel

SB33 line Dresden-Neustadt - Königsbrück
RE50 line Dresden-Leipzig


Bombardier TRAXX F140 AC2
The trains is transporting new Kia Sportage 4th generation from the factory in Zilina in Slovakia

My next train is an ICE-TD to Leipzig. The trip takes 1h6min compared with Regional Services that takes 1h35min

ICE-T has in the same way as ICE3 a view through driver's compartment

Marienkirche Großenhain

The coffee receipt indicates which train type it is, in this case ICET7

Trinitatiskirche in Riesa

Railway Leipzig-Dresden was the first long-distance railway and the first railway using only steam traction in Germany.

Siemens ES 64 F4 from DB Cargo Deutschland AG
The town Wurzen viewed from the driver's cabin

Leipzig Hauptbahnhof
Tatra T4D tram in Leipzig
The south entrance to S-Bahn station Markt is the renovated Art Deco original entrance to a former underground exhibition hall dating from 1925
Leipzig Markt was built as part of the Leipzig City Tunnel project and opened 2013
Leipzig Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz
Bicyclist in Leipzig
Duewag NGT8
Tatra trams were manufactured by ČKD (Českomoravská Kolben-Daněk) in former Czechoslovakia
 A large number of cars was supplied to the DDR, the USSR, Romania and the former Yugoslavia

One of the major sights in Leipzig is Völkerschlachtdenkmal (Monument to the Battle of the Nations)
The monument commemorates Napoleon's defeat at Leipzig and it was completed in 1913 for the 100th anniversary of the battle
Archangel Michael
End station for tram line 2 - Naunhofer Straße

Leipzig-Völkerschlachtdenkmal station
Leipzig S-Bahn train Bombardier Talent 2
The trains entered the service in 2013

Inside the train, there is a map printed on the tables
Leipzig Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz
Leipzig Hauptbahnhof
Leipzig main station is the world's largest railway station measured by floor area
On the site of closed track No. 24, several historical Deutsche Reichsbahn locomotives are on display, here is DR-Baureihe E 04 from 1932
Sunset over Leipzig railyard
Stations platforms are housed in six iron train sheds
Number of each platform
Mitteldeutsche Regiobahn (MRB) operated by Transdev Regio Ost
Line RE6 Leipzig-Chemnitz operated with DDR UIC-Z-coaches and Bybdzf control coach
The trip takes 1h5min

Train is hauled by Siemens ER20 diesel locomotive

Corridor linking the platforms
Last train for today is another ICE-T train to Berlin. The train is operating service Munich-Hamburg.

Until Bitterfeld the train is taking Trebnitz–Leipzig railway. Here we meet RE13 Leipzig-Magdeburg nearby Wiederitzsch.
From Bitterfeld the train is taking Berlin–Halle railway, sometimes called the Anhalt railway
Siemens ES 64 U2
Passing by Lutherstadt Wittenberg and Schlosskirche
Stadtkirche Sankt Marien

Kraftwerk Berlin-Lichterfelde
Berlin Südkreuz
U-Bahn (Gleisdreieck)
The train has arrived to Berlin Hbf
Cozy restaurant coach
The train continues to Hamburg
The station has five levels. The highest level, 10m above street level has platforms for both long-distance, regional and S-Bahn trains on the existing Stadbahn. The lowest level is 15m underground, serving long-distance and regional trains.
There are 54 escalators at Berlin Hbf
South entrance

Deutsche Bahn headquarters at Potsdamer platz.

Straße des 17. Juni named to commemorate the uprising of the East Berliner workers on 17 June 1953, when the Red Army and GDR Volkspolizei shot protesting workers.
Brandenburger Tor
The little mouse/rat at Unter den Linden

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