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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.

1st September 2016 - The Terrible Twins

August 16, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Thursday 1st September 2016 Much as we had enjoyed our couple of days in Hamburg, it was time to move on to Sweden, ready for a railtour on Sunday but rather than go direct we decided to do what we should have done this time last year and go via Niebüll and Esbjerg. The timings had changed a little since then and there was a much more relaxed conn...
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31st August 2016 - Oops a daisy

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Wednesday 31st August 2016 Having achieved or aim of doing the Sylt Shuttle Plus yesterday we had a "spare" day to play with so decided that as the weather was good we would have another day on the Westerland line with the aim of doing some "photting" and seeing if we could pick up some NOB class 245/2s. We went on IC2314 again which was a differ...
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30th August 2016 - Sylt Shuttle Plus

August 15, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Tuesday 30th August 2016 The reason for us spending a couple of days in Hamburg on our way further north was to sample the new "Sylt Shuttle Plus" service on one of our favourite stretches of railway, the "Marschbahn". This was a rather crazy idea (in our opinion) of DB trying to entice passengers off the private operator, NOB, who provided the lo...
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29th August 2016 - Heading North

July 26, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Monday 29th August 2016 It was only a brief visit to Wien on this occasion and it was time to move on, for a considerable distance as we needed to be in Sweden by the weekend. The main train of the day was to be the 12:27 from Praha as it would take us straight to Hamburg where we were staying tonight so we had to make sure that we would be there...
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28th August 2016 - Mistelbach Heizhausfest

June 25, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Sunday 28th August 2016 Today was one of the highlights of our whole trip, a special train to the Heizhausfest at Mistelbach from Wien Praterstern. Describing it like this doesn't make it sound very special but the direct line between the two places was closed due to engineering works so the special was routed along the line to Retz as far as Zell...
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27th August 2016 - A Nostalgic Return

May 29, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Saturday 27th August 2016 Our tickets for the whole trip had been a combination of a European East Pass and Interrail when not doing special trains but no matter which way we tried to fit things in there was always going to be one day that we wouldn't have a ticket for. This day was chosen to be the one to miss out as there is an Einfach Raus day...
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26th August 2016 - Class Cleared

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Friday 26th August 2016 We had thoroughly enjoyed our time in Hungary, warts and all, and could easily have stayed on but we had an appointment with a special train in Austria over the weekend so had to move on. Our chosen train to get us there was the 8:55 from Kelenföld, one of the few EC services between the two capital cities rather than a Rai...
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25th August 2016 - The Best Laid Plans.......

April 09, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Thursday 25th August 2016 Our last full day in Hungary and it seemed somehow appropriate that we had another trip on the diesel line round the north of Lake Balaton seeing as it might be electrified by the time we got round to visiting again. We had also been keeping an eye on the class 418s and noticed that 418.152, which we had seen on shed at T...
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24th August 2016 - In search of More Diesels

March 19, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Wednesday 24th August 2016 Our main aim today was to be chasing the "real" (not re-engined) class 418 diesels working out of Nyugati, mostly on the line to Lajosmizse so "VonatDroid" was consulted as soon as we got up only to find that one had gone off to Esztergom on the 7:20 rather than the booked class 418/3. Perhaps we should have got up earli...
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23rd August 2016 - Heading Back East

March 19, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
Tuesday 23rd August 2016 After three full days in the Győr area it felt like we had exhausted the area apart from missing out the line between Papa and Csorna; chasing interesting locos had proved a distraction on this occasion. Although we were moving on we would be staying in Hungary and returning to Budapest for a few days before gradually head...
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