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 Français (SNCF): Paris, Steinbourg, Strasbourg, Benfeld, SBB Pratteln; September 2012
A visit to Steinbourg to photograph SNCF BB25500s on the Saverne~Strasbourg~Selestat corridor. Anything else was a bonus, and the heavy freight flow and Alsace REs were that bonus. Because of the TGV Est high speed line works under construction, the line will change dramatically in future, it's well worth a visit. Oh, and for an example of what 'real' trains are all about, the comfort in the Strasbourg~Basel trains is second to none, hauled stock with plenty of seats.Read More