Welcome, you have seen the pictures (we hope!) so we thought our viewers might be interested in a little more background to our trips and an insight into some of the crazy things we get up to. Railway enthusiasts will be able to relate to our activities fairly easily but, for those who don't, here is a rough guide to what motivates:

Taking pictures, easy - no different to taking pictures of any other subject.

"Track bashing" - attempting to cover as many routes as possible in any country, some people take this further and literally try and cover every line, platform, siding, crossover etc, but that is a little too extreme even for us.

"Traction bashing" - a bit like train spotting but trying to have a ride behind every item of motive power rather than just seeing it. Again, this can have extremes like trying to travel in every coach, but life is too short in our opinion; we are not even bothered about multiple units let alone individual coaches.

Some of you reading this will remember the late lamented "European Report" magazine which appeared on a monthly basis and contained locomotive diagrams, various peoples trip reports and other useful information. This has provided the inspiration for us to start this blog and will record our trips abroad as well as the odd outing in the UK and might even add the occasional article from former years, some of which have also previously appeared on the excellent Six Bells Junction website.

10th & 11th May 2016 - A Desperate Leap

November 05, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Tuesday 10th May 2016 We could easily have spent another day in the Leipzig / Dresden area but it was time to move on as we needed to be in the Netherlands for a flight from Schiphol to Belfast. Why? Being gluttons for punishment, we wanted to do the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland's (RPSI) annual "International Railtour" which started in...
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9th May 2016 - Leaping round Leipzig

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Monday 9th May 2016 We had one day to spare in the Leipzig area before moving on so decided to start off with the new diesel hauled service on the Leipzig / Chemnitz RE service, a line which we had done many times around the turn of the century but only once to the best of our recollections since the class 219s finished on the route. Since then, t...
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8th May 2016 - Cowboys and Indians

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Sunday 8th May 2016 We had about six hours sleep and woke up in time to catch the 12:00 towards Dresden using the Sachsen Länder ticket that we had purchased from the ticket machine at Wittenberge last night whilst the loco was being serviced. Target for the day was the Lößnitzgrundbahn between Radebeul Ost and Radeburg which was running a special...
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7th May 2016 - The Longest Day

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Saturday 7th May 2016 Two German steam locomotives that we particularly wanted to ride behind were "Pacifics" 18.201 and 03.1010 so when a special from Leipzig to Hamburg for the harbour festival was advertised it was a good opportunity to cane both in despite the very long day (due out at 6am and not back until gone 2am the following morning!) As...
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6th May 2016 - Moving On

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Friday 6th May 2016 We could easily have stayed for a few more days in the Czech Republic but it was time to move on as we needed to be in Leipzig for a tour tomorrow. There was a choice of leaving at 7:30 or 9:30 so we opted for the latter as we had a very early start tomorrow but it was late, leading to a bout of nail-biting over whether we woul...
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5th May 2016 - Autobussy!

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Thursday 5th May 2016 We went out for the 7:20 to Plzeň again this morning, this time staying on the train when it reversed at Jihlava though the class 242 this morning was actually one of the handful that we had for haulage previously. We only went one stop, to Kostelec u Jihlavy as we had plans and were a little disappointed that the only other...
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4th May 2016 - Czech Circular

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Wednesday 4th May 2016 It was time for us to start getting acquainted with the Czech Republic so we devised a circular trip for today starting with the 7:20 to Plzeň which was diesel-hauled to Jihlava along a line with pleasant scenery and old fashioned infrastructure including semaphore signals; right up our track! The loco was a rebuilt “Goggles...
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3rd May 2016 - A Trip Through Four Countries

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Tuesday 3rd May 2016 Time to move on from Slovenia, to the Czech Republic in fact but of course we weren’t going straight there; another trip on “Citadella” was a must bearing in mind it might be our last one behind a 664 with electrification imminent. Naturally we went out to view EN415 first and were rewarded with a new class 541 so it was off t...
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2nd May 2016 - Tidying up some loose ends

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Monday 2nd May 2016 We woke up to the sound of rain again this morning which was rather annoying as it had been forecast to clear though as we were in a mountainous area it wasn’t really surprising. After a hearty breakfast the rain had eased as we walked up to the station in good time to bag a seat in what would be the front coach only to find th...
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1st May 2016 - Who took the Sun out of Sunday?

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Sunday 1st May 2016 This morning was payback time for the beautiful weather yesterday; it wasn’t just dull, it was chucking it down with rain as well and forecast to be like that for most of the day. Breakfast was served from 6:15 so we made sure to be there promptly and have a leisurely breakfast before going out to the coach which was booked to...
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