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.
Deutsche Bahn: Mühldorf, Ulm, München; February 2008
A short stay in the Inter City Hotel, Ulm. The room overlooked the hauptbahnhof, and from an enthusiast's point of view it's more or less perfect. Ulm itself has a fascinating station, and reminded me of the railway scene lost from England. The variety of stock ranged from DMUs, to hauled stoppers, hauled IC's and top link ICEs. It was busy with freight, and has a depot, therefore a station pilot and several yard pilots were busy throughout the day. The hauled RB workings were of particular interest and included 110s on two coaches and 111s with four coaches to Ingoldstadt. Further variety was added with 218s working to Friedrichshafen or Hergatz. A superb trip with magnificent Winter light. As at 2012 however, the scene is changing with [attrocious] plastic MuthaFugga units taking over from the 111s on the Munchen~Ulm REs, and 218s to Hergatz on the 'endangered' list...The 110s no longer operate out of Munchen either, and the 217s/225s/232s from Muhldorf replaced by [zero interest] Euro-Sheds.Read More