German Coal Railway—Part 2

RWE Power: Coal trains, power plants and wires.

RWE Power coal train.

An RWE electric reverses a coal train near the Neurath Power Station. September 2012. Canon EOS 7D photo.

Continuing to explore RWE Power’s coal network brought us to the company’s Nord-Sud-Bahn. Although much of the line is sequestered by trees or inaccessible, we found some recommended locations toward the north-end of the route near the Neurath Power Station.

Our second afternoon proved pleasant weather-wise, and the continuous parade of trains, including a diesel-hauled limestone run, made for a successful photo adventure.

Among the advantages of the North-Sud-Bahn as stated in the May 2013 article in Today’s Railways, is a greater variety of trains.

Although it’s difficult to convey in photographs, what we found interesting was that many of the northward trains reversed up the line, with the locomotive at the back and the rear hopper making a loud beeping to provide warning.

It seemed that all of RWE’s trains moved a gentle speeds which eases the photographic process.

I mostly worked with my Canon EOS 7D, but also exposed some color slides with my Canon EOS 3. In addition to the trains, I made a few photos of the related power infrastructure—impressive because of its enormous scale.

RWE Power coal train.

RWE Power electric 542 leads a laden coal train near Neurath. September 2012. Canon EOS 7D photo.

A diesel leads a train of limestone hoppers near Neurath. September 2012. Canon EOS 7D photo.

A diesel leads a train of limestone hoppers near Neurath. September 2012. Canon EOS 7D photo.

RWE Power's Neurath Power Station.

RWE Power’s Neurath Power Station.

RWE Power's Neurath Power Station.

RWE Power’s Neurath Power Station.

RWE Power.

High voltage electric pylons stand like enormous soldiers at attention. These power lines are an important part of the electrical infrastructure related to RWE Power’s railway operations.

A panned view of an RWE Power EL1 electric locomotive. The line is electrified with an unusual 6000 volt 50Hz standard. Canon EOS 7D photo.

A panned view of an RWE Power EL1 electric locomotive. The line is electrified with an unusual 6000 volt 50Hz standard. Why a pan? This is an effective way of separating the dark green locomotive from the green trees. Canon EOS 7D photo.

A Vossloh diesel leads a coal train that originated off the RWE network and was delivered via the Deutsche Bahn network. The hoppers are of a smaller lighter variety than those used in captive service on RWE's lines.

A Vossloh diesel leads a coal train that originated off the RWE network and was delivered via the Deutsche Bahn network. The hoppers are of a smaller lighter variety than those used in captive service on RWE’s lines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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