TTR027 German Railways part 3 the Niederrhein

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We concluded our Ruhr tour at Wuppertal and now pick up the story and head south- starting at Aachen. Within the Netherlands we view the freight line in from Belgium, Then on to Düren to view the work in progress on the NBS to Cologne. Around Düren we look at the brown coal trains of RHEINBRAUN on their 300km network. Krefeld has a superb tram system and we ride the fast tram to Düsseldorf, the business city of the Niederrhein. It's busy with rail activity 24/7! It has an interesting surface tramway and at Neuss, on the opposite side of the Rhine, a port. We visit Cologne and look at the splendid Hbf and the two bridges that control rail traffic transiting this magnificent city, take a ride on the tramway to Bonn to see the Südbrücke. We visit Deutz and look at the implications of the new NBS. We follow the NBS south and see a new ICE3 unit on a test run. The two classic routes are not forgotten: we watch HGK at work around Bonn and see how the OAO shares track with the metro. This is Bayer country- we view the chemical industry giant at work. From the heights of the Drachenfels we watch the spectacle of freight down both banks of the Rhine, and from  Koblenz castle traffic at the confluence of the Rhine and Mosel. Luck was on our side as south of Koblenz the ICE/EC/IC services to Frankfurt were being diverted down the right (freight) bank giving the opportunity to watch a stream of trains of all types transiting Rüdesheim! Back north we are the guests of P&O who have a new home at Logport, the 250 hectare site of a former steel works that is being transformed into a major "tri-modal" logistics hub. We get to grips with 21st Century transport and watch P&O unloading Nordwaggons of toilet tissue from Italy!   Narrated  RT  78mins   ©FHP 2002



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