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Regensburg railroad triangle by ZCochrane
Regensburg railroad triangle
Last time I asked whether people would be interested in more medium-at-best-quality aerial photography of railroads, and the answer was inconclusive. Three favs, zero comments, that's not particularly good, but is it bad? Especially now when so many of the people who used to be active here aren't anymore? Hell if I know. So I'll just continue posting them when I feel like it unless someone tells me to stop.

For orientation: This picture is taken over Regensburg, Germany, and is looking towards the south-west, and down obviously. The central feature here is the big triangle that is the central point of all railroading in Regensburg. It brings together the main directions.

First, on the left of the picture, is the railway line to the south-east. A few kilometers down the line, it splits into one that loosely follows the Danube river to Passau and eventually Vienna; and a line to the south to Munich. Immediately to the left of the picture is Regensburg's freight yard (named "Regensburg Ost"), including a big intermodal facility. Among other things, this freight yard is the origin of trains that travel via the Trans-Siberian railway to China. Currently two such trains are run each week on behalf of BMW, carrying car body components to Shenzhen, China. (In reality, this isn't one continuous train; the containers are loaded to wide-gauge flat cars at the border to Belarus, and again to normal-gauge flat cars at the border to China. Apparently that's cheaper than exchanging the bogies or using gauge-changing wheel sets. But in terms of logistics it's still considered one unit.)

Departing towards the bottom, bottom left is the line North, to Hof. It follows the river Regen almost precisely straight north, but on a local level it meanders quite a lot. This line also provides access to the Czech Republic Czechia, with some trains running to Prague. Unlike the other mainlines, it is not electrified. Currently there are hopes to have electrification in place by 2022; until then, it's home to some big diesel locomotives. Branching off from that, to the bottom left, is a single track that accesses Regensburg's harbor. This harbor is the biggest in all of Bavaria. Of course Bavaria is completely landlocked, so this isn't saying that much, but it's still a fairly notable operation. The tracks in the harbor are also used as the loading point for "rolling highway" trains, carrying semi trucks and drivers over the alps to Italy.

Finally, towards the top-right, there's the line to the central station. It is technically a lot of lines next to each other; specifically the two tracks to the south-east, the two (unnelectrified) to the north, and some trackage associated with the Agilis maintenance depot that is actually present on this image, but not really well discernible due to haze and hiding behind a historic gas holder. Beyond the central station, the line continues a bit before eventually splitting into one towards Nuremberg (north-west) and one to Ingolstadt (south-west). Of these two, Nuremberg is by far the more interesting city.

The connections between these three lines have vastly differing importance, as can be seen if you look closely. The connection from the central station to the North is used primarily by passenger trains. It also sees those freight trains that don't want to go to the central freight yard.

The connection from the freight yard to the north is used exclusively by freight trains. It would make sense for passenger trains in theory, specifically the Munich-Prague ones, but that would mean passing by the central station and avoiding one of the busiest stations in east Bavaria. Nobody is willing to do that. Also, right now, those trains have to switch from electric to diesel locomotive anyway, so the effort of turning around in Regensburg is not that important.

Finally, the main east-west connector, from the central station to the freight yard, is heavily used. There are the ICE trains to Vienna, regional trains, all sorts of freight trains (both ones to Regensburg and many that are just passing through) and so on. Branching off from it is also a rail yard that is used apparently only to store old freight cars. You can see some of them if you look closely.

In the middle of it all, there's… pretty much nothing. But apparently there's construction going on. I have no idea what they're building there or when it will be done. This doesn't look like a prime location for residential housing, but Regensburg is currently sort of a boom town with very high demand for apartments, so I'm sure even in a place like this, they'd find someone who'd be willing to live there (for example, I totally would, so I could watch the trains).

Bonus content for those with eagle eyes: The red building in the foreground is a supermarket. The red building in the rear is Regensburg's main soccer stadium, the "Continental Arena" (named after the automotive supplier who has a big presence in the city).


Torsten Kammer
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I am a railroad enthusiast. I'm also a computer enthusiast, but my products there don't make pictures anywhere near as nice. My photography is generally amateur level. I hope to get good enough to be a "Pro-sumer" one day.

Oh, and I write way too much in image descriptions. So if you want to know more, and particularly if not, that's the place.

Every once in a while I get questions about whether someone can use an image of mine. And the answer is always yes; I'll allow pretty much anything as long as people ask nicely and promise to give me credit.

But you don't actually have to ask in most cases. I've put all my photography work under a Creative Commons license. This is detailed in a block somewhere down on the right-hand side of the deviation page (if it's not there for one picture, I've probably forgotten to click the checkboxes. Please notify me so I can add it).

This is a link that will lead you to a really, really simple page explaining what you can do (anything) and under which conditions (give me credit; allow others to do the same). It's this page here:… Please give it a quick read. It's shorter than this journal. There are also translations to other languages if english isn't the one you speak best.

If these conditions are okay for you, then there is no need to ask me - though I'm always happy if you tell me. Of course, if these conditions won't work for you (for example because you want to use my picture as part of something big and complex that you can't or don't want to put under such a license), or you're simply not sure, then asking for permission is always an option. But in the general case, I do want to make it easy for you to use my stuff. Feel free to take advantage of that.

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JSH50 Featured By Owner 55 minutes ago
Happy Birthday Torsten Airborne 
Budeltier Featured By Owner 2 hours ago
Alles Gute, wünsch ich Dir. Lass kräftig krachen!
OwenConcorde Featured By Owner 7 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday! :cake:
Destroyer77 Featured By Owner 8 hours ago
Happy Birthday!

jpachl Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Danke für's +fav!
RailroadSaturday Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for all the faves!
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NIMROD-TIGER Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2016
Thanks for the :+fav: for
Scottish Lochs and Glens 2016 Alfa Romeo Giulietta
it's very much appreciated. :floating:
jpachl Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Danke für +fav!
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PD-Black-Dragon Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Will you be updating GLLara?
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JSH50 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016
Hi Torsten, Thank you for today's fave!
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JSH50 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016
Cheers for the faves Torsten
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi Torsten,

I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas (I know I'm a bit late, sorry about that) and a Happy New Year!! :hug:
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JSH50 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015
Hello Torsten, Thank you for the faves anf comment! :)
niji707 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015   Digital Artist
:wave: hello!!!

Thank you so much for the :+fav: on my Jessica Jones fanart!! :love:

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JSH50 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015
Hi Torsten, Thank you for the fave! :)
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