Saturday, August 7, 2021

Pillgram, Briesen (Mark), Berkenbrück, Fangschleuse, Berlin

When I wake up, I'm in Poland, on the way to Berlin

At Frankfurt (Oder) station I'm deciding to continue the journey with Regional trains
Frankfurt (Oder) is the first stop in Germany and the only one before Berlin
370 001, ES64U4
This locomotive is named after German novelist and poet from the 19th century - Theodor Fontane
182 005, ES 64 U2 hauling the regional train from Frankfurt (Oder) to Berlin
I'm taking this train to Pillgram station

Curious cat

As I'm already on my way back home, and it is still Corona times, I've decided to make an antigen test (even though not having the symptoms). The test was negative, but it was almost blown away as a passing train came by in full speed
Here comes 186 534 "The silk road of today"

All freight trains on this route are on the way between Germany and Poland, so many locomotives are equipped for operations in both countries

EC248 "Berolinum" from Warszawa to Berlin
192 626 from MRCE "e-mobility 140 years"

The train has four 2nd class, one 1st class and one restaurant cars

193 368 from DB Cargo 
"Strong Cargo. for the climate."

370 030 - EU46-517 from PKP Cargo

This seems to be another train going all the way to China
The train is taking the side track here in Pillgram to make way for a faster train
Large wind power stations in East Germany

Meanwhile, I've come to another station - Briesen (Mark)
Soon there will be elections in Germany. Spoiler: he will be the new Bundeskanzler
East Germany has its charm in small towns, you can still see old paving

Swedish company Hector Rail is operating in Germany
242 502 "Zurg" aka 182 502
This locomotive can only operate in Germany and Austria

Coal train
152 097 and 152 025, Eurosprinter

370 002, EU44-002 from PKP Intercity

Not much has happened here since 1906
Next stop - Berkenbrück
186 537 from Railpool/Metrans
I was positively surprised on the amount of cargo trains on this line
370 006

The old station is now someone's house

189 063, Eurosprinter

A train is parked here in Berkenbrück
186 436 from Railpool/HSL "Keep on rolling"
Approved for operations in 5 countries

189 209 from MRCE and RRF - Rotterdam Rail Feeding B.V.

Fangschleuse station

I'm close to Berlin now, planes are landing at Brandenburg airport
Trains parked here too

Vectron, Eurosprinter and Traxx - the main locomotive types in Europe

From trainspotting to planespotting

The line is being upgraded to the new ETCS signaling system

I'm now on my way to Berlin

Berlin Hbf

I have some hours before taking Snälltåget back to Sweden, visiting the town by e-scooter

In Berlin there is space for everyone

The Victory Column, Siegessäule is a monument designed by Heinrich Strack after 1864 to commemorate the Prussian victory in the Second Schleswig War, by the time it was inaugurated on 2 September 1873, Prussia had also defeated Austria and its German allies in the Austro-Prussian War (1866) and France in the Franco-Prussian War (1870–71), giving the statue a new purpose. Different from the original plans, these later victories in the unification wars inspired the addition of the bronze sculpture of Victoria, the Roman goddess of victory, 8.3 metres high, designed by Friedrich Drake.
Berliners have given the statue the nickname Goldelse, meaning something like "Golden Lizzy". 

Holocaust memorial in Berlin is a popular place for tourists and locals, maybe not so ethic to drink beer here, on the other hand it might better like this rather than it's empty

Berliner Kindl in Berlin

From Hackescher Markt I'm heading back to Berlin Hbf

Always impressive main station in Berlin

A queue to a supermarket

Train to Stockholm - announced here only to Malmö
Snälltåget is using Class 112 here in Germany, this 112 166 is from WFL - Wedler Franz Logistik GmbH & Co. KG, Potsdam. 
No time to waste, the boarding is quick here in busy Berlin station

I have paid for a whole compartment for myself on the way back too. Not cheap, but it's corona times, and I have to document the trip

Goodbye Berlin!

As I'm traveling on the line Berlin-Hamburg which is very busy this time of the day, and as the Class 112 is only capable of 160km/h - the train has to make way for faster trains

Longer stop at Schwarzenbek stations

Hamburg Hbf

In the morning I wake up just before arriving to Copenhagen

Hello Sweden!

At Malmö station, the couchette cars will be attached to the day train Malmö-Stockholm

Traxx locomotive was used between Padborg and Malmö

The trip will continue with Vectron locomotive

Passing by Åkarp station and the construction of upgraded line Malmö-Lund


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