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The 2nd German one is on the south southwest limits of Bullay in the Moselle valley (Bullay is in the background).  Shortly after the bridge this train will enter into a brief tunnel.  In ca. 1.5 hours the train will arrive at Gare Luxembourg.

I figured it could only be the Intercity (old InterRegio) in the Moseltal to Luxembourg because:

  1. The loco type is not normally one I saw on the main lines, but the fact it was using InterCity cars meant it was something somewhat important.  

  2. The train was too short to be running on the Main east of Frankfurt (the other major non-Rhine terraced wine hill region)

  3. No Intercities run on the right side of the Rhine (plus the river's way to narrow)

I took the website and traced along the Moselle valley to where the road and rail crossed the river on the same bridge.

"now this is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." W. Churchill
by Thor Heyerdahl (thor.heyerdahl@NOSPAMgmail.com) on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 02:26:36 AM EST
And I had seen that loco on secondary international runs in the past (the old Koeln-Eindhoven D-Train via Venlo)

"now this is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." W. Churchill
by Thor Heyerdahl (thor.heyerdahl@NOSPAMgmail.com) on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 02:29:33 AM EST
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Correct, and good reasoning! If you'd check the loco type, say RailFanEurope says:

Class Axle Formula Number Year in Service Power [kW] Tractive Effort [kN] Max.Speed [km/h] Traction Type Voltage 1st class 2nd class
181.2 Bo'Bo' 25 1974 3200 277 160 E 15 kV+25 kV --- ---
Universal locomotives for trains to France and Luxemburg (12 left 09/2007)

These are two-system locos, only for international traffic, and even that only to 50Hz/25kV systems in the named countries.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 03:04:45 AM EST
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On second thought, not entirely correct:

(the old Koeln-Eindhoven D-Train via Venlo)

That was the ill-fated four-system class 184 (capable of running under the Belgian and Dutch DC systems), but they had exact-same-looking two-system sister prototypes (class 181.0/181.1), from which the 181.2 was derived. Check some German multi-system loco photos on this Dutch page, much more of the older classes at this German page. From the latter, here is a meeting of generations in Saarbrücken:

(From left to right: series loco 181 208, prototype 181 002 [note the differing side cooler grates - the trademark of the 181.2], and predecessor 182 011 [which was derived from the standard class 110/140])

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 04:27:08 AM EST
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Learned something new today.  I had thought that train from a distance was the same thing - but I bow before the Oracle.

"now this is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." W. Churchill
by Thor Heyerdahl (thor.heyerdahl@NOSPAMgmail.com) on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 11:10:05 AM EST
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Here is a good shot of the unique 181.2 cooler grates and 'dome car windows':



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 02:45:31 PM EST
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And using Ceebs' really cool link (thanks!)
50 degrees 2 minutes 55.3 seconds North
7 degrees 8 minutes 0.1 seconds East

"now this is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." W. Churchill
by Thor Heyerdahl (thor.heyerdahl@NOSPAMgmail.com) on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 02:49:57 AM EST
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You could also use the "Link to this page" feature in Google Maps, as per my sugestion in the diary :-)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 03:20:59 AM EST
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I see Flash Earth (which loads data from Google Maps) has a "Link to this location" feature, too. So that's fine with me, too.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 03:36:23 AM EST
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For example, link for the Bullay road-rail bridge photo location.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 03:40:19 AM EST
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