Here a cut of pressurized gas tank cars paints an interesting streak. The pole's shadow enhances the tube-like effect. The shot was timed so the signal displays two indications on top of each other, a 60 km/h medium clear followed by dropping to stop as the train entered the signal's block.
Eastbound freight in Montzen.
As overshot as this location may be it's still a fantastic vista. One of the junk freights from Gremberg slowly rolls towards a stop indication of the Montzen home signal to await an opposing move. Beyond the sugared-over ridge in the distance lies Holland.
2808 with the 44518 (Gremberg/D - Antwerpen-Noord) crosses the Viaduc de Moresnet.
This time around a proper concrete pad was cast, including an oil separator and waste water connection to the local sewer. The funky red trailer vanished and is still conspicuously absent, but may resurface again - who knows. For now the trusty DAF truck continues to serve.
One of the few 66s remaining in full DLC colors, PB20, was among the first to be served a drink here today.
DLC PB20 on the new fuel pad in Montzen.
I decided to beat the horizontal rain, 5 degrees, and 65 mph wind to get a snap of a trainload full of class 139s and 140s headed for the scrapyard in Stolberg. DB is retiring the units fast and furious, so a picture of the procession seemed in order.
Alas, the train was - unbeknownst to me - over an hour late at this point. I hung around for 30 minutes until I was soaked and freezing to the bone and decided to call it quits. In the event I did see this empty coal train returning to Zandvliet (Antwerp) from the power plant in Mannheim for another load of imported Brazilian or African coal.
151 008 leads the empty coal train 48562 (Mannheim-Rheinhafen - Zandvliet/B) through Eschweiler.