Saturday, March 12, 2022

Krippen, Schöna, Obervogelgesang, Pirna

As promised, today I'm taking the RegioJet R23 service from Mělník to Ústí nad Labem. I will then continue to Germany and visit my favorite station - Krippen.
On the way to the train station in the morning. It has been sunny all week, let's see for how long
Mělník train station with many freight trains

My train is on time, I am using Interrail pass, and it is valid on RegioJet

The train has two 2nd class and one 1st class coach, I'm almost alone in the 1st class 
There is complimentary coffee and water, very nice for a Regional train - can't remind if I've seen it anywhere else.
Arriving at Ústí nad Labem

Class 365 is the modernized version of Belgian SNCB Class 12
Class 12 was originally built to work freight and passenger services between Antwerp (via Gent) and Liège (via Namur) in Belgium on one hand and Lille in France on the other. They were withdrawn from service in 2012 because Class 13 locomotives had by then lost most of their passenger workings and were available for freight. Class 13 was more powerful and also had the same dual voltage capability as Class 12. 
In 2013, locomotive 1203 went to the Czech Republic for service trials. In mid-2014, loco 1203 was intensively tested at Velim in the Czech Republic under 25000 V overhead and did very well. It was then sold to open access operator XTR-System Development in the Czech Republic with an option to buy the entire class. The option was taken and the remaining Class 12 locomotives left Belgium in March 2016 en route to their new owner. (Wikipedia)

My next train is the Eurocity to Germany

This train is very popular, not so many empty seats here
There is a restaurant car with dishes cooked in the train
Bad Schandau in Germany
Same river, different name

About 500m away from Bad Schandau there is Krippen station, I could even have walked here
A freight train has just left the station

Saxon Switzerland (German: Sächsische Schweiz) is a hilly climbing area and national park around the Elbe valley south-east of Dresden in Saxony, Germany. Together with the Bohemian Switzerland in the Czech Republic it forms the Elbe Sandstone Mountains.
Saxon Switzerland alone has some 1,000 climbing peaks, as well as several hollows. The area is popular with local and international climbers. (Wikipedia)

Besides the Eurocity train, there is also a cross-border regional train to Děčín
186 299 arriving from Czechia

The railway forms the TEN-T line 22 from Athens to Dresden and is one of the most important freight routes in Europe

Vectron from Metrans

S-Bahn from Dresden to Schöna
Class 146, Traxx AC1

Already back

186 128, ITL - Eisenbahngesellschaft mbH

Eurocity with Hungarian wagons

I've arrived at the last station in Germany, this is where the S-Bahn train terminates
On the other side is Czechia
The train is returning back to Dresden almost immediately

There are no bridges between Bad Schandau and Děčín

Freight train arriving from Czechia

U28 service between Rumburk and Děčín, both in Czechia. The service is using Germany only for transit

Sometimes there is more water here

There are more nice station along the line

Class 372 is able to cross the border


Bad Schandau

My train back to Czechia
It's nice to have a train where you can eat both breakfast, lunch and dinner
Back at Ústí nad Labem
I'm taking the last R23 service for today

Arriving at Mělník

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