The long wait once the level crossing is closed is due to a 40 km/h speed restriction 2.7 km before (Km 522.9, the level crossing being at 520.2) :
the train is slowly accelerating from there, because of the 1 in 100 gradient and its heavy load (14 coaches), and hasn't reached
its permitted speed (110 km/h) yet... One may also note the wifi antennas on the roof of most coaches (all were equipped at the end of 2019).
Youtube link : RD RAIL FRANCE VIDEO 001
The speed of the train is approximately 40 km/h, and remains stable because of the speed restriction mentioned above : a bit more than
1900 kW at the rail head are needed in order to hold that speed with a load of 1,800 tons in a 1 in 100 gradient, and that comes very close
to this locomotive's maximum capability. So, speed will only increase after the summit, one km further along.
Youtube link : RD RAIL FRANCE VIDEO 002
Arrival at the terminal (ctd). Unlike in Avignon, there are no gantry cranes here, only reach stackers.
Youtube link : RD RAIL FRANCE VIDEO 018
FROM JULY 1, 2021 ONWARDS, VIDEOS "FRANCE" ARE NO LONGER DIRCTLY ACCESSIBLE HERE, JUST LISTED BELOW. THEY CAN BE VIEWED
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This train begins to move just after a GYSEV IC train bound for Budapest-Keleti has passed. The little music piece
that can be heard at the beginnng is typical of Class 182 DB / 1116 ÖBB Taurus locomotives. One may note how fast the train reaches 60 km/h.
No big surprise though, with a dry rail, a slight descent and 7000 kW avaiable (continuous rating 6400 kW)... even with a BoBo loco's
limited adhesion. Productivity : this train is not very long (552 m), but 100 % loaded.
Youtube link : RD RAIL EUROPE VIDEO 001
GERMANY 2021 : 68 VIDEOS ONLINE SINCE August 5, 2021, FOLLOWING A SHORT VISIT THERE (JULY 14-19).
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The ones numbered 01-22 are about passenger trains or (nr. 11 only) signalling, 51-96 are about freight.
Here are a few suggestions for the most significant videos, depending on what topics you are most interested in
(reached by directly entering their number after the search key above followed by a blank space) :
(on passenger trains or signalling :)
- an acceleration that is impossible to witness in France... outside RATP territory : 06 or 11 or 18 (nr. 16 show braking)
- how an ICE entrs Frankfurt main station (about twice as fast as a TGV in Paris, except at Paris Nord) : 13 and 14
- how an ICE departs from Frankfurt main station : 12
- how signals work in Germany : 11
(on freight trains :)
- a Stadler Eurodual locomotive from a polish operator, seen in Bavaria with a 739 m-long train, close to the 740 m limit : 89
- for lovers of "big-diesels-with-400kN-or-more-tractive-effort », a VOITH MAXIMA 30 CoCo locomotive, hauling a track maintenance train : 91
- a pretty full train reception yard (with no less than 5 trains moving about almost simultaneously...) : 59
- trains with a load of more than 3,000 tons : 73 and 82
- well loaded intermodal trains : in many videos... including nr. 89 already mentioned
Videos with most explanatory text, or talking about a major subject, are the following : 11 14 51 59 64 77 80 92
(3) CANADA 2019 (CP trains in red, CN trains in blue, others in black)
For more comments on these 18 canadian videos, see photographic report #63