Welcome to Mainline South, a gallery compiled by Richard Stiles. The main aim of this gallery is to record the railway scene across Europe. Most of the scenes that interest me are disappearing, with modernisation sweeping away the old (but interesting) infrastructure. My focus is primarily hauled workings, either freight or passenger. I hope you enjoy browsing through my photographs.
Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Belges (SNCB); Bruxelles, Leuven, Wetteren - October 2011
A short visit to Belgium to see the peak hour Class 23 and 26 hauled workings before they are replaced by new Class 18 locos. We struck lucky seeing three freights hauled by class 26s, two of which passed through Wetteren within 45 minutes of each other (12.15 loaded steel east and 12.50 empty steel west). The trip was rounded off by a visit to Charleroi AT open day, and a massive thank you to SNCB staff for organising it. Also helped considerably by comments on Freightmaster - thank you to members that helped (considerably) with planning.Read More