This blog is about trains and places related to railways in Sweden and other countries. Most trips are started from Stockholm.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
St Louis la Chaussee, Istein, Bad Bellingen
I'm on my way from Thun (Switzerland) to Karlsruhe (Germany)
The morning is grey and foggy when I'm on my way to Basel
Basel SBB has international trains to both Germany and France. French traffic is however much limited to few TER trains to Mulhouse, and more frequent TER trains to Strasbourg (through Mulhouse).
My initial plan was to go through France all the way to Karlsruhe, but due to much-limited traffic, just some trains in the morning and afternoon I had to abandon this plan and go through Germany instead
But, I'm visiting at least one station in France - St Louis la Chaussee. Here is SNCF Class Z 27500 as TER to Mulhouse (stopping at all stations along the line)
The line is the important Strasbourg-Basel line, but it seems to have just a few TER and TGV trains
Crocodile - French train protection system
It would be possible to take this train to Strasbourg, but it does not stop at small stations (which I prefer to visit), so that's why I go through Germany
SNCF Class BB 26000, Alsthom Sybics
The entrance to the station from the street
It is very clear that the regional trains are not much prioritized way of transportation in France, maybe that's the reason to not very frequent services
This is the main entrance to the station
Also, they are delayed here in France...
TER train at Basel SBB
From Basel, I'm taking the German train up to Karlsruhe, on my way I'm making many stops
I have no exact plan, so I'm improvising (which is possible with Interrail).
The most important is that the stations are small so I don't need to run between different platform when I see a train I want to photograph
This is the Rhine Valley line, located on the east coast of the Rhine river. The French Basel-Strasbourg line is located on the west coast, and what a difference. Here there are all kinds of trains operating with a high frequency.
242 517 "Fitzgerald" is a Siemens EU 64 U2 "Taurus" locomotive
Hector Rail is a Swedish rail company, but it has operations in Germany as well
Planes landing at nearby Euroairport near Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg
186 449 from Raipool and Lineas
Since 2020, the Rhinetal line is operated with these new Siemens Mireo EMU's
While Mireo is a single deck EMU, Desiro HC is a double-deck EMU also deployed on this line
189 107 from MRCE dispolok and SBB Cargo International