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Southern Germany Christmas Interrailing
« on: December 28, 2019, 12:44:21 PM »
Hi all,

Just returned from a 9 day interrailing trip. I'll post my photos here once I've edited them and also a travelogue of my adventures.

Meanwhile, here was my journey:



Apologies for lack of clarity on some of the finer details - you have to bear in mind I was yomping about with 12kg on my back and mainly focused on catching the correct trains during a rather busy travel period! :D
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Re: Southern Germany Christmas Interrailing
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2019, 07:10:02 PM »
Hi Matt,

Welcome home and Happy Christmas. Sounds like another good trip and looking forward to pics and tales of your adventure.

Cheers weave  :beers:

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Re: Southern Germany Christmas Interrailing
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2019, 02:45:10 PM »
Hi Matt,

Welcome home and Happy Christmas. Sounds like another good trip and looking forward to pics and tales of your adventure.

Cheers weave  :beers:

Thanks Weave!  :thumbsup:

Here's the link for the photos. Stories will follow! :D
https://photos.app.goo.gl/GVpWedwLbJLmX2YbA

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Re: Southern Germany Christmas Interrailing
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2019, 06:05:49 PM »
Great selection of photos Matt. :thumbsup: I can almost taste those goodies at the Weihnachtsmarkt :D
John

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Re: Southern Germany Christmas Interrailing
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2019, 01:21:26 PM »
Great selection of photos Matt. :thumbsup: I can almost taste those goodies at the Weihnachtsmarkt :D

Cheers John, yes the food was tops!  :D

Matt

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Re: Southern Germany Christmas Interrailing
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2020, 03:08:29 PM »
Here's a travelogue of my journey - enjoy!  ;)


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Re: Southern Germany Christmas Interrailing
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2020, 05:50:03 PM »
Thanks Matt. It's great to read about your travels.
You obviously had a great time and met some really nice people.
Oh to be young again!! :D
John

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Re: Southern Germany Christmas Interrailing
« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2020, 08:49:07 PM »
Hi Matt,

Great stuff. Sounds fun, as swisstrains says 'oh to be young again'. Hope you tried the cider in Frankfurt, it being the home of German cider. We have friends there and we must go again (if they let me, overindulged a bit  ;)). Didn't really see much of the city but they live in yet another spa town outside - very beautiful.

Glad you had a good time and looking forward to your next trip.

Cheers weave  :beers:






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Re: Southern Germany Christmas Interrailing
« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2020, 11:34:33 PM »
Hi,
Great selection of pics ....Nightjet is always my favorite....night trains generally.

Marco
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Re: Southern Germany Christmas Interrailing
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2020, 05:50:48 PM »
Thanks Matt. It's great to read about your travels.
You obviously had a great time and met some really nice people.
Oh to be young again!! :D

Cheers John! He he not that young, 40th coming up this year! :D

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Re: Southern Germany Christmas Interrailing
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2020, 05:51:29 PM »
Hi Matt,

Great stuff. Sounds fun, as swisstrains says 'oh to be young again'. Hope you tried the cider in Frankfurt, it being the home of German cider. We have friends there and we must go again (if they let me, overindulged a bit  ;)). Didn't really see much of the city but they live in yet another spa town outside - very beautiful.

Glad you had a good time and looking forward to your next trip.

Cheers weave  :beers:

Hi Weave,

I did not know about the cider. I'll have to go again!

Cheers
Matt

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Re: Southern Germany Christmas Interrailing
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2020, 05:52:04 PM »
Hi,
Great selection of pics ....Nightjet is always my favorite....night trains generally.

Marco

Thank you Marco,

Yes Nightjets are a firm favourite of mine too!

Matt

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Re: Southern Germany Christmas Interrailing
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2020, 05:52:52 PM »
I was keeping my eyes well open whilst on this recent trip! I would make the following observations about German railways (which are in no particular order) :

- Disused sidings/ lengths of track everywhere! Track layouts must be being remodelled all the time. I've never seen so much overgrown track.

- Further to above, a favourite seems to be to cut out sections of disused track (about 2 meters long) to plonk lattice masts in place.

- Not all catenary masts are lattice type. There's a good bit of I or H beam style too.

- Lots of abandoned signal boxes, many from the 1950s/1960s etc.

- Love it or loathe it, grafitti is everywhere, from concrete walls to brand new IC2 units. I even saw Mainzelmann grafitti near Mainz (I wonder if that was done by themselves)  :D

- I noticed at Frankfurt main station that the sleepers in the platform areas were, surprisingly, old wooden ones, while the tracks leading toward the station were all newly done and of the concrete type.

- Trains do get cleaned, but many are utterly filthy. John, you could literally get your IC2 model and dunk that baby in chimney soot and it would be protoypical (excuse slight exaggeration here)!  :D

- People I spoke to in Germany complained about Deutsche Bahn (mainly about constant delays). From my experience however Deutsche Bahn is absolutely excellent and I never had delays of more than a couple of minutes.

- Also, people I spoke to in Germany thought that night trains had discontinued (as in that all providers had discontinued) and knew nothing about OBB Nightjets (think they need to improve their marketing). I suppose night trains travel at night and not that many people see them!

- Although I travelled on lots of ICEs, I did notice that very little of my journeys (admittedly I was only in Southern and South Western Germany) took place at no higher speed than you would expect from a good old BR HST. The only truly high speed stretch of line I travelled on was between Mannheim and Stuttgart (which I believe I travelled in both directions). Even then, I don't think we exactly went hypersonic and I did not feel like Dave going to light speed in 2001 A Space Odyssey.

- ICE trains have a great design feature - their corridor connections are really wide. You could literally stand in one and stretch your arms out. Top marks here.
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Re: Southern Germany Christmas Interrailing
« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2020, 08:23:18 PM »
Thanks Matt. It's great to read about your travels.
You obviously had a great time and met some really nice people.
Oh to be young again!! :D

Cheers John! He he not that young, 40th coming up this year! :D

Like I said....Oh to be young again. 71 this year :'(
John

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Re: Southern Germany Christmas Interrailing
« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2020, 08:40:27 PM »
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- Love it or loathe it, grafitti is everywhere, from concrete walls to brand new IC2 units. I even saw Mainzelmann grafitti near Mainz (I wonder if that was done by themselves)  :D
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- Trains do get cleaned, but many are utterly filthy. John, you could literally get your IC2 model and dunk that baby in chimney soot and it would be protoypical (excuse slight exaggeration here)!  :D

With freight stock it has now reached the point where it is unusual to see a wagon without graffiti. Some of the manufacturers have weathered models in their ranges but I'm surprised more of them don't produce wagons already tagged.
I have thought about adding graffiti and weathering to some of my stock but I just can't pluck up the courage.  :no:
John

 

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