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(1) France - Passenger or freight trains
(2) Europe
(3) Canada 2019


(1) FRANCE - PASSENGER (in red) OR FREIGHT (in blue) TRAINS (latest update : August 22, 2021)
(01) (1mn13) 2019-04-26 09h50 Gignac-Cressensac (IC 3644 Toulouse > Paris)
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
(02) (0mn48) 2019-04-28 15h20 Gignac-
Cressensac (421410 Thédirac-Peyrilles >
Issoire via Vierzon 75437+19w)
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
(03) (0mn17) 2019-07-25 18h13 Gignac-
Cressensac (420303 Ussac 16h41 > Thédirac-
Peyrilles 19h33, 75466+17w vides)
An aggregates train is returning empty from Ussac, just north of Brive, to the quarry of Thédirac-Peyrilles, only 85 km to the south. Youtube link : RD RAIL FRANCE VIDEO 003




(04) (1mn02) 2021-05-02 07h16 Gignac-
Cressensac 61646 Thédirac-Peyrilles 04h47
> Issoire 19h23 (22+19+22w) (V=36)
A long distance aggregates train, from the quarry at Thédirac-Peyrilles, 22 km north of Cahors, to Issoire, near Clermont-Ferrand, reversing at Vierzon. Youtube link : RD RAIL FRANCE VIDEO 004
(05) (0mn42) 2021-05-03 19h07 Gignac-
Cressensac TTX 60002 Nimes 10h42
> Limoges 21h03
A train loaded with more than 4000 sleepers for a track renewal operation about to begin between Limoges and Brive. Youtube link : RD RAIL FRANCE VIDEO 005
(06) (0mn50) 2021-05-03 19h30 Gignac-
Cressensac TER 871618 Toulouse 17h25
> Brive 19h47 arret 0mn35 2mn16
A TER Toulouse - Brive regional train, the only one calling at Gignac-Cressensac (with an equivalent early morning service the other way). Youtube link : RD RAIL FRANCE VIDEO 006




(07) (0mn48) 2021-05-05 12h50 (+19) Gignac-
Cressensac 434707 Limoges 10h45 > Thédirac-P.
13h22 (MILLET RAIL retour à vide d'Issoire)
An aggregates train returning empty from Issoire. Reversal at Vierzon, final destination Thédirac-Peyrilles. Youtube link : RD RAIL FRANCE VIDEO 007
(08) (0mn31) 2021-05-06 07h42 (-16) Gignac-
Cressensac TTX 60121 Limoges 05h59
Nimes 17h10 (75086+75091+20w)
The train loaded with sleepers (see video 05) is returning empty to Nîmes, running downhill at 100 km/h this way vs 50-60 the other way (1 in 100 gradient). Youtube link : RD RAIL FRANCE VIDEO 008
(09) (0mn27) 2021-05-06 13h10 (0) Gignac-
Cressensac 489452 St-Jory 10h47 St-Sulpice-Lauriere
15h49 (26232+60095+14w pour Bersac)
An interesting form of bi-mode traction : the diesel loco (BB 60000) now on tow will later be in charge between St-Sulpice-Laurière and Bersac. Youtube link : RD RAIL FRANCE VIDEO 009




(10) (1mn01) 2021-05-07 12h05 (-48) Gignac-
Cressensac 471038 Thédirac-P 09h54
> Ussac 13h21 (22+19+22w)
Another MILLET RAIL aggregates train, similar to the one in video 004, but a much shorter journey, only as far as Ussac. Youtube link : RD RAIL FRANCE VIDEO 010
(11) (2mn36) 2021-06-02 06h48 Avignon-
Champfleury Novatrans (50459 850m TAB-T3M
Sucy-B 20h03 Avgn-Ch 06h08)
Arrival at Avignon of a 850m-long train, which will have to be divided into 3 sections before being unloaded... Youtube link : RD RAIL FRANCE VIDEO 011
(12) (2mn03) 2021-06-02 07h12 Avignon-
Champfleury Novatrans (parking
the front part of train n° 50459)
The first of the 3 parts of the train is now moving into its final storage place - before it actually gets unloaded. Youtube link : RD RAIL FRANCE VIDEO 012




(13) (0mn39) 2021-06-02 07h17 Avignon-
Champfleury Novatrans (parking
the rear part of train n° 50459)
End of splitting the train in 3 parts, all this being done by the Y 8175 shunter. Youtube link : RD RAIL FRANCE VIDEO 013
(14) (7mn11) 2021-06-02 08h05 Avignon-
Champfleury Novatrans (train n° 50025,
its locomotive now gone)
A shorter train than the one in videos 11-12-13. Still, its entry takes time... Youtube link : RD RAIL FRANCE VIDEO 014
(15) (4mn30) 2021-06-02 18h05 Miramas ITE
SMEA (50510 dep 18h13 for Valenton 03h46
27016+776m) (dead slow after 3mn30)
At Miramas, the SMEA intermodal terminal is located within the huge CLESUD freight complex, alongside the Cavaillon line. Youtube link : RD RAIL FRANCE VIDEO 015




(16) (0mn47) 2021-06-03 05h40 Miramas ITE
SMEA (50441 arr 05h39 from Valenton 19h51,
27019+max 850m)
Miramas again, early in the morning, arrival of a 850m-long train from the Paris region (Valenton). Youtube link : RD RAIL FRANCE VIDEO 016
(17) (2mn50) 2021-06-03 06h07 Miramas ITE
SMEA (50441 arr 05h39 from Valenton 19h51,
27019+max 850m)
The same train, second step of its arival : a diesel shunter is now in charge. Youtube link : RD RAIL FRANCE VIDEO 017
(18) (0mn45) 2021-06-03 06h11 Miramas ITE
SMEA (50441 arr 05h39 from Valenton 19h51,
27019+max 850m)
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
DIRECTLY ON youtube.com BY USING THE "RD RAIL FRANCE 2021" (LATER 2022 ETC...) SEARCH KEY, THIS WILL THEN LIST ALL VIDEOS AVAILABLE
FOR A GIVEN YEAR. ONE MAY ALSO INCORPORATE A FULL DATE HERE, FOR INSTANCE "RD RAIL FRANCE 2021 08 04" FOR THE FIRST VIDEO OF 2021.

AVAILABLE ON LINE TODAY (August 22, 2021), WITH EXPLANATORY TEXT :

RD RAIL FRANCE 2021 08 04 17h51 Gignac C 817904 St Jory Limoges Puy Imbert 75097+75092+22w
RD RAIL FRANCE 2021 07 29 19h53 Gignac C 424277 Limoges St Jory VFLI retard69mn 28s
RD RAIL FRANCE 2021 08 10 Ligne 912000 PK 057 TTX Eiffage vers Die 3locs+17w+1loc 2021 08 10 G1206+DE18+DE18+17w+G1206








(2) EUROPE (latest update : August 6, 2021)
(HONGRIE, 1mn36) 2019-05-02 14h50 Budapest-Kelenföld (1116-108 + 18 wagons doubles Longueur 551m90 =19m28+18x29m59)
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).
THESE ARE DIRECTLY ACCESSIBLE ON www.youtube.com WITH THE "RD RAIL D 2021" SEARCH KEY. ONE MAY ALSO
INCORPORATE THE NUMBER OF A GIVEN VIDEO IN THE SEARCH KEY, FOR INSTANCE "RD RAIL D 2021 51" FOR THE FIRST ONE ON FREIGHT.

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
2019-06-26 15h08 Albreda Summit CN8929+2162 +100w
300 km north of Kamloops, near one of the two passes along the way, a CN grain train bound for Vancouver. Youtube link : RD-RAIL CANADA VIDEO 01
2019-06-26 16h10 Blue River CN3217+101w +CN3025+41w
200 km north of Kamloops, a CN train bound for Vancouver (3mn42s). Youtube link : RD-RAIL CANADA VIDEO 02
2019-06-26 20h35 LC MP 131.79 CN3181+145w +CN3828+23w (8mn09)
On the first passing loop north of Kamloops, at dusk, a southbound CN train (mixed freight) is on the move (only 2 locos for 168 wagons)... Youtube link : RD-RAIL CANADA VIDEO 03
2019-06-30 18h03 LC MP 131.79 (N of Kamloops) CN2939+3207
At the same location, a northbound CN train (approximate speed 80 km/h). Youtube link : RD-RAIL CANADA VIDEO 04
2019-06-30 18h41 LC MP 131.79 (N of Kamloops) CN2879+104w +CN2994+25w +47w2N
Still at the same location, a southbound CN train, mixed freight... although not looking so at the beginning. Youtube link : RD-RAIL CANADA VIDEO 05
2019-06-28 17h11 Ashcroft (Rocky Mountaineer, 3+21)
The local equivalent of the Orient Express... Youtube link : RD-RAIL CANADA VIDEO 06




2019-06-28 17h06 Ashcroft (CN intermodal 2+95)
A CN container train, bound for Vancouver. Youtube link : RD-RAIL CANADA VIDEO 07
2019-06-28 18h38 Ashcroft (CP9715 eastbound)
A CP potash train, returning empty from Vancouver. Youtube link : RD-RAIL CANADA VIDEO 08
2019-06-28 18h44 Ashcroft (CP9718 westbound, loaded coal 2+78+1+74+1 + CP
The same empty potash train + a CP coal train (loaded) bound for Vancouver. Youtube link : RD-RAIL CANADA VIDEO 09
2019-06-29 09h13 Chase CP8923+KCS4136 +CP8944+UP5184 +43w+UP2767 +61w+CP9673 eastbound)
A CP mixed freight train... with mixed traction too (CP, Kansas City Southern, UP). Youtube link : RD-RAIL CANADA VIDEO 10
2019-06-29 09h29 Chase (CP8638+8001 +173w+8859)
Now east of Kamloops, on the CP line : more potash (like here) and coal than on the CN line, less container traffic... Youtube link : RD-RAIL CANADA VIDEO 11
2019-06-29 10h15 (CP8923+KCS4136 +CP8944+UP5184 +43w+UP2767 +61w+CP9673 eastbound)
The same train as in video #10, further along... Youtube link : RD-RAIL CANADA VIDEO 12




2019-07-01 11h16 LC MP 134.12 (N of Kamloops) CN5698+5692 +8912+178w (167DS 11SS)
Back to the CN line : on the first loop north of Kamloops, a CN container train, bound for Vancouver. Youtube link : RD-RAIL CANADA VIDEO 13
2019-07-01 11h36 LC MP 131.79 (N of Kamloops) CN2547+2436 +at least 157w
"At least 157 wagons"... : camera batteries failed because of the length of the previous videos... Youtube link : RD-RAIL CANADA VIDEO 14
2019-07-02 14h50 Willow River LC MP 124,83 (CN3194+171w ct empty) (2mn47)
A rare event : a CN contanier train, running completely empty, here towards Prince Rupert, the other seaport on Canada's west coast. Youtube link : RD-RAIL CANADA VIDEO 15
2019-07-05 12h27 Msg sécurité à Brampton (Canada)
A bilingual message, although this is suburban Toronto... Youtube link : RD-RAIL CANADA VIDEO 16
2019-07-05 12h38 GO train leaving Brampton
A suburban train in the vicinity of Toronto (GO = Greater Ontario). Youtube link : RD-RAIL CANADA VIDEO 17
2019-07-05 13h01 Brampton (CN 3870+3020 +192w mixed freight)
Still at Brampton, but freight this time (far less frequent than in the Rockies...). Youtube link : RD-RAIL CANADA VIDEO 18