TTR201 German Railways part 10 Saxon Switzerland

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The Elbe Sandstone Mountains straddle both sides of the German Czech border. In the Federal Republic they are known as Sächsische Schweiz in English Saxon Switzerland.  We start our tour in Dresden and visit the Hauptbahnhof, Dresden Neustadt and Dresden Freight yard. In the city we look at the tram network -especially the VW freight trams that run from the container terminal through the city to the ‘Transparent factory’ adjacent to Straßburger Platz and the Botanical Gardens. Then we head south to Pirna,  the start of the Elbe gorge.  The line is the international connection between the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary and the eastern part of Germany and onwards to the Baltic where there are connections to Sweden. The line sees EuroCity services from DB, CD and MAV plus half hourly S Bahn Services. Haulage is mostly from CD but DB locomotives are also seen. Freight traffic is virtually continuous – DB Schenker and CD Cargo of course but also CAPTRAIN and their cousins ITL, and SBB Cargo. Cargos hauled include huge numbers of automotive trains with a significant bias towards northbound traffic coming from the factories in the Czech Republic and Slovakia; Skoda, Hyundai, KIA, Peugeot/Citroen and of course VW. We view trains from the best locations along the line, including Bastei, Kurort Rathen, Königstein (from the ramparts of the fortress it’s not uncommon to follow two or even three trains at a time!) before we reach Bad Schandau which is the border station with the Czech Republic. Narrated RT 80mins Published November 2014


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