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.

30th January 2016 - Rhaetian Ramblings

February 25, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Saturday 30th January 2016 With numerous visits to the RhB dating back to 2003 we had long since had all the railways locos in everyday service for haulage except for one; Ge6/6ii no. 703. These Bo-Bo-Bo locomotives usually work freight trains but have always had the odd booked passenger turn as well as being the favoured power to cover the occasi...
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29th January 2016 - Would you like jam with that?

January 11, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Friday 29th January 2016 Time to move on again, this time to Filisur on the narrow gauge RhB railway but not before we had a final stab at the Cargo Re4/4 locos, though we chose not to get up earlier to allow extra time to pack the cases and check out of the hotel before heading to Zürich HB in time for the 8:36. We dumped the bags in a left lugga...
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28th January 2016 - If at first you don't succeed.....

December 31, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Thursday 28th January 2016 Despite the lack of Cargo locos yesterday we still made sure that we were at Zürich HB in time for the 8:36 and 8:40 departures and made our way to Hardbrücke about 10 minutes earlier this morning. We didn’t have the patience or time to fish around for the half dozen class 450s we still needed so just hopped on the first...
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27th January 2016 - Drawing Blanks

December 31, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Wednesday 27th January 2016 It was straight out this morning in the hunt for the newly converted Cargo Re4/4 locos of which we needed five plus 421.383 which had recently appeared working EC trains between Zürich and Lindau in Germany. According to the diagrams, there should have been a couple of Cargo locos at Zürich at 8:36 and 8:40 but they wer...
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26th January 2016 - Alpine Transit

December 30, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Tuesday 26th January 2016 Time to love and leave Slovenia this morning although our original plan of catching the 9:28 was changed to the 7:28 instead as we considered a 25 minute connection to the Zürich EC at Schwarzach St. Veit insufficient if anything went wrong. One issue that we had considered was the “migrant situation” and although it look...
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25th January 2016 - Here we go again

December 07, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Monday 25th January 2016 “Citadella” departs at the sociable time of 8:45 from Ljubljana but an EN (Euro Night) train to Beograd runs 20 minutes in front of it so it is no great hardship to turn up 20 minutes earlier to see what is on that. This turn is booked for a class 541 electric loco which was required 541.016 this morning, wearing a livery...
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24th January 2016 - Moving On

December 06, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Sunday 24th January 2016 There was so much more that we could have done in Hungary but it was time to love it and leave for this trip and move on to Slovenia for what might be our last chance for class 664 haulage on service trains before the overhead wires get switched on between Pragersko and Hodoš later in the year. “Citadella” had been retime...
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23rd January 2016 - Karcag carry-on

December 04, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Saturday 23rd January 2016 Our last day in Hungary for this trip so we took a few minutes to consider what to do; not that we were struggling to think of anything, more that there was so much we could do it was hard to choose. As we had spent a couple of days mostly pootling around Budapest it was perhaps time to go a little further so we settled...
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22nd January 2016 - Esztergom at last

November 30, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Friday 22nd January 2016 It was our last weekday in Hungary so we couldn’t put off the trip to Esztergom on the hauled turn that departed Nyugati at 7:20 in the morning any longer. As we expected, the loco was 418.313; for some reason this one turn is booked to be a re-engined class 418/3 rather than one of the original 418/1 type that are booked...
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21st January 2016 - Diesels on Line 142

November 30, 2016  •  Leave a Comment
Thursday 21st January 2016 It was rather cold this morning with a sprinkling of snow on the ground and was the first of three full days that we would spend in Hungary. There were two main things to do on our agenda, the whole of line 142 through to Lajosmizse and go to Esztergom on a hauled train, the latter having only one turn leaving Nyugati at...
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