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The first German one is on the Hannover-Wuertzburg line between Kassel and Fulda somewhere.  There was one intercity route that did this part of the line for sure in the 90s (Hamburg - Oberstdorf).  So the the old livery and loco type matches.

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by Thor Heyerdahl (thor.heyerdahl@NOSPAMgmail.com) on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 10:12:06 AM EST
The first German one is on the Hannover-Wuertzburg line between Kassel and Fulda somewhere.

You are into something, but wrong!

Re the train, because the series ICE trains were ordered and delivered with significant delay, all the sections of the line actually saw only IC trains in the first 1-3 years -- this photo is from that time.

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by DoDo on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 10:30:05 AM EST
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Due to the delays of course the Fulda-Wuertzburg section was opened first.  So the photo is somewhere between 1988 and 1991?

Using Wikipedia's page on the Hannover-Wuertzburg line (http://www.answers.com/topic/hanover-w-rzburg-high-speed-rail-line) and the visible kilometer marker (291.5) on the brige I'll say that it's the Maintalbrücke in Gemünden.  The bridge has no supports in the river itself to allow for barge traffic on the Main River.

The road at the far end of the bridge matches that of the arial view.

http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=50.056848&lon=9.673923&z=17.7&r=0&src=ggl

"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 10:56:25 AM EST
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That's it!

The kilometre reading was one dead giveaway, if someone knows to check the Wiki page. But you could have had it easier. The river is clearly a major river (major for Germany) -- and the entire line from Hannover to Würzburg crosses only two, the Main (twice) and the final, wider part of the Fulda (again twice). (The other line of similar age, Mannheim-Stuttgart, crosses none.) Of the four bridges, only the Maintalbrücke Gemünden fits the geography.

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One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Thu Jan 31st, 2008 at 01:41:35 PM EST
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For some reason I had thought that the river wasn't wide enough to be the Main.  This is why I had mentioned Fulda - Kassel before, thinking it was a Fulda River crossing instead...and then I noticed the markers and figured it out.

"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 10:16:57 PM EST
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