Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Høje Taastrup to Hamburg Altona

My journey continues further south from Denmark to Germany. I'm leaving Høje Taastrup station.

 Inside IC3 DMU
 New high speed line Copenhagen - Ringsted (to the left here) is almost completed, and should open at the end of 2018.
 IC3 5037 arriving to Korsør station which will be my first stop along the way today.
 The new Korsør station opened in 1997 together with the opening of the Great Belt bridge/tunnel.

 The bridge seen outside the station.
 The suspension bridge, officially known as the East Bridge, has the world's third longest main span (1.6 km), and the longest outside of Asia. (Wikipedia)

 Departures from the station
 My next train is an IR4 EMU (service Copenhagen-Esbjerg)
 Bridge seen from the other side of the belt.

 IR4 at Kolding station
 Kolding station
 Another IR4 towards Copenhagen
 Due to the rainy weather I've decided to not stop for a longer time here in Kolding, instead I'm taking my next train which is an IC3 service from Aarhus to Hamburg.
 IC3 arriving to Flensburg, which is the border station between Germany and Denmark. Train continues to Hamburg, but I will take another train from here.
 There are Regional Express services between Hamburg and Flensburg every hour. DB Class 112 locomotive is used here for the double deck push pull train.

 Flensburg station
 IC train is arriving
 There is a daily Intercity service between Flensburg and Köln

 DB Class 101
 Since 2017 there are new "Twindexx" double deck EMU's operating on the line

 Intercity train at 160km/h on Neumünster–Flensburg railway

 I get off at Rendsburg
 Intercity train continues to the Rendsburg loop which is an elevated spiral railway connecting the Rendsburg High Bridge over the Kiel Canal on the Neumünster–Flensburg line to Rendsburg station.
 Alstom Coradia Lint DMU on route Kiel-Husum

 The bridge was built between 1911-1913

 Rendsburg station
 Museumsstellwerk Rendsburg "Rn"

 The new Bombardier "Twindexx" will be my next train
 1st class upper deck

 St. Maria- St. Vicelin church at Neumünster

 Wrist station
 I'm changing train at Elmshorn
 ICE train from Kiel

 Stadler Flirt 3 EMU for Nordbahn service Hamburg - Itzehoe/Wrist
 Arriving to Hamburg Altona station. My hotel is to the right, just next to the station

 The view from my hotel room, can't be better
 Landungsbrücken in Hamburg

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