Germany August 2014
This is an extract from a multi-country report to read the full report use the following link:
This trip was a week specifically to do Slovenia & Hungary:
Having been bowled for doing Slovenia earlier in the year when the storms hit and damaged the wires, which resulted in the Citadella not running, the opportunity to go arose and with even more on offer than usual it would have been rude not to take it while it was there. A nice move fell into place, which involved overnights into Slovenia from Germany, after flying into Switzerland, and out of Slovenia to Hungary, and from there to Berlin where I flew home from. With all the strange things happening in Hungary over the summer timetable it seemed like a safe bet to do something different and there was still plenty on offer and having kept an eye on things leading up to the trip I was even changing my plans/hotels only a few days before heading out.
Booked through British Airways
BA8763 0700 LondonCity – Zurich £78.69
BA0985 1710 Berlin Tegel – Heathrow £43.69
Booked through EU Rail
5 in 10 Day Global Inter Rail – £234
3 Day Slovenia One Country Inter Rail – £68
Reservations booked thorough Deutsche Bahn UK
EN499 2340 Munich HB – Ljubljana – €33 for a single bed in a two berth sleeper
IC1604 2128 Pivka – Zalaegerszeg – €30 for a single bed in a two berth sleeper
EN476 2005 Budapest Keleti – Berlin HB – €39 for a single bed in a two berth cabin
Monday 18th August 2014 (Upstairs or Downstairs?)
I was awake just before the alarm went off at 0355 so got up and utilised the facilities before standing at the gangway door at the rear of the coach, which was now the rear coach of the train having lost some coaches at Breclav, trying to figure out where we were; what was clear was the fact that we weren’t anywhere near Praha Hlavni Nadrazi though and we ultimately arrived there 45 late.
While waiting for the train to come to a stand in Praha Hlavni Nadrazi a different sleeper attendant wanted to know what I was doing. It was as though you weren’t allowed to go anywhere other than between your berth and the bog so this time I told him straight that I was going to get the engine number; this brought a strange look of disbelief but soon had the attendant going back to his attendant type things and leaving me be.
CD’s 362164 was just being hooked off as I got to the front of the train and by the time I got back to the opposite end of the trains CD’s 371002 was already buffered up and waiting to be attached. That was easy, although I’d been out of bed an hour waiting for the train to arrive at Praha and had stayed out of the compartment so as not to wake the guy I was sharing with; who as it turned out slept solidly all night and didn’t hear me at all!
More doss soon came but it was unfortunately broken just after 0700 by the noisy kids in the next compartment and by 0800 I gave it up as a bad job, the 0830 alarm call going off in the compartment eventually waking Mr Sleep in the upper berth for breakfast to be served. And a pretty poor one it was, with just a croissant, butter/jam and a coffee; a very poor show indeed.
The guy in my compartment was that immersed in telling me about the issues DB had suffered with their S-Bahn that he ultimately missed getting off at Berlin Sudkreuz as he wasn’t ready; I didn’t though and got off for him instead. As we were 10 or so late there was only a few minutes before IC2302 Nurnberg – Berlin Gesundbrunnen would follow us in and it was spot on time with 120103. The guy’s story about the S-Bahn had been interesting though and he’d been explaining how DB had done away with the platform staff at stations and had introduced a new CCTV system to allow drivers to close the doors without being given a tip. Unfortunately for DB this new system wasn’t operational for D-Day so DB had to rely on the drivers to do things manually, which resulted in them having to exit their cab to make sure all was well before closing the doors. What nobody had taken into consideration was the fact that the EMU cabs would ultimately suffer as a result of the doors being opened and closed all the time and the electrics eventually started to fail as they weren’t being cooled enough by the cab air-con and moisture was also getting into the systems as a result. These apparently weren’t good times for Berliners and he went on to say that the outside perception that DB used to be very efficient has never quite been the case.
Upon arrival at Berlin HB off IC2302 I had literally 4 hours before I needed to be airport bound for my 1710 flight back to Heathrow from Berlin’s TegelAirport. I’d done myself a simplifier for the hauled trains that would ply the downstairs platforms during my time in Berlin, including the IC’s, which covered Gesundbrunnen to Sudkreuz with Hauptbahnhof & Potsdamer Platz in between. Upstairs was a lot simpler in the fact that the Magdeburg – Frankfurt RE’s were every 30 minutes and you could do out and backs to Alexanderplatz in 18 minutes; these allegedly being the only hauled stuff upstairs; this was not the case on this particular day and I never made it to Alexanderplatz either!
To prepare myself for the leaping around that would follow I made a note of the platforms that the relevant trains would depart from to make life a bit easier during the short pluses and by the time I departed Berlin HB on my first 112 of the day at 0932, I was fully prepared for the 4 hours ahead; which surprisingly went a lot more smoothly than I ever expected.
Trains were largely on time on the downstairs section with the only late running seeming to be on the xx:39 departures from Potsdamer Platz into Hauptbahnhof but as these trains yielded the biggest pluses of the day, at a massive plus 9, there was a bit of leeway and I only had to get a shift on upstairs once and likewise only once in the opposite direction back downstairs. There were a couple of near misses while running for tight pluses downstairs to downstairs but not one missed; that I went for anyway.
Timekeeping on the upstairs section wasn’t at all good, hence me never actually making it to Alexanderplatz and every move I did involved bailing at Friedrichstrasse. Still the late running did get me more engines in some cases and it seemed that there was some vice EMU’s out too, namely 143065 & 143210 on Berlin Ost – Berlin Zoo shuttles all day, when they weren’t caped, and 143931 on a Berlin Flughafen – Nauen turn, which even had Ersatzug in the window display.
The moves worked out quite well in the end as when there’s a lull on the downstairs section from xx:42 to xx:16 there’s a move on the upstairs section to fill in the time, departing at xx:51 and arriving back at xx:09. Everything seemed to stick to diagram and the 4 hour manic bash was finished off by doing IC2208 Sudkreuz to Gesundbrunnen with 120101 for 101060 back to Hauptbahnhof with EC379 for 112184 to Gesundbrunnen making engine number 28 in the four hour spell in Berlin; and someone told me there wasn’t much to do in Berlin these days! I’d barely stopped since I’ arrived and was ready for a rest let me tell you.
I used the S42, anti-clockwise ring-bahn, to get from Gesundbrunnen to Beusselstrasse, only three stops, and then the TXL bus from there to the airport; the journey only taking approx. 8 minutes. It’s not signposted from the platforms as to which exit to use to get you to the right side of the road for the bus to the airport but it’s the one towards the rear of the train on arrival at Beusselstrasse; I found this out the hard way but was rewarded for missing the first bus by the fact that the next bus didn’t have a working machine to allow the bus driver to sell me a ticket so my journey to the airport was free as a result!
Unfortunately I had to queue up at the airport to get a boarding card as for some reason my British Airways app had lost my list of current flights and I couldn’t access my mobile boarding card as a result; having checked in the previous evening while in Burger King outside Budapest Keleti. The queuing was harmless enough though and there wasn’t a great deal of messing around at all.
The hectic morning had obviously taken it out of me and my head was nodding before we’d even departed Tegel and I can’t remember anything at all about take-off whatsoever! It was a simple flight and thankfully an on time one back at Heathrow; where for the first time ever I managed to get through security using my passport at the chip gates. It had never, ever worked before, and I was withered when the display turned green and the gate opened to let me though, the irony being my passport will be renewed in the new year so I’d have to see if the new one would work from day one.
The Piccadilly line was wedged into central London and the Victoria line from Green Park to Euston even more so. Thankfully though they were both efficient enough to get me to Euston for the 1943 Euston – Preston to Milton Keynes; where I’d be returning to work on nights the following night for a rest……..
|362164||Brno Hlavni Nadrazi||Praha Hlavni Nadrazi||2005 (17/08) Budapest Keleti – Berlin HB||EN476||CD 362, 362164 Brno – Praha for CD 371, 371002 Praha – Dresden for DB 101, 101073 forward|
|371002||Praha Hlavni Nadrazi||Decin Hlavni Nadrazi|
|Decin Hlavni Nadrazi||Dresden HB|
|101073||Dresden HB||Berlin Sudkreuz|
|120103||Berlin Sudkreuz||Berlin HB||0405 Nurnberg – Berlin Gesundbrunnen||IC2302|
|112190||Berlin HB||Potsdamer Platz||0614 Stralsund HB – Elsterwerda||18307|
|112109||Potsdamer Platz||Berlin HB||0812 Falkenberg – Burg Stargard||18508|
|182012||Berlin HB||Friedrichstrasse||0808 Magdeburg – Frankfurt Oder||18109|
|143210||Friedrichstrasse||Berlin HB||0951 Berlin Ost – Berlin Zoo||18016|
|112118||Berlin HB||Berlin Sudkreuz||0837 Burg Stargard – Falkenberg||18507|
|112116||Berlin Sudkreuz||Berlin HB||0826 Elsterwerda – Stralsund HB||18310|
|112105||Berlin HB||Potsdamer Platz||0908 Schwedt – Wunsdorf-Waldstadt||18347|
|112114||Potsdamer Platz||Berlin HB||0927 Lutherst-Wittenberg – Rostock HB||4356|
|182013||Berlin HB||Friedrichstrasse||0908 Magdeburg – Frankfurt Oder||18111|
|143931||Friedrichstrasse||Berlin HB||1026 Berlin Flughafen – Nauen||18912||DB 143 vice EMU|
|114040||Berlin HB||Berlin Sudkreuz||0834 Rostock HB – Lutherst-Wittenberg||4357|
|112133||Berlin Sudkreuz||Berlin HB||1033 Wunsdorf-Waldstadt – Schwedt||18348|
|112185||Berlin HB||Potsdamer Platz||0814 Stralsund HB – Elsterwerda||18309|
|112119||Potsdamer Platz||Berlin HB||1012 Falkenberg – Burg Stargard||18510|
|182004||Berlin HB||Friedrichstrasse||1008 Magdeburg – Eisenhuttenstadt||18113|
|182006||Friedrichstrasse||Berlin HB||1100 Frankfurt Oder – Magdeburg||18118|
|112123||Berlin HB||Berlin Sudkreuz||1037 Burg Stargard – Cottbus||18509|
|114003||Berlin Sudkreuz||Potsdamer Platz||1026 Elsterwerda – Stralsund HB||18312|
|112102||Potsdamer Platz||Berlin HB||1127 Lutherst-Wittenberg – Rostock HB||4358|
|112117||Berlin HB||Friedrichstrasse||1108 Magdeburg – Eisenhuttenstadt||18115|
|143848||Friedrichstrasse||Berlin HB||1133 Frankfurt Oder – Brandenburg||18174|
|143065||Berlin HB||Friedrichstrasse||1254 Berlin Zoo – Berlin Ost||18027|
|182012||Friedrichstrasse||Berlin HB||1200 Frankfurt Oder – Magdeburg||18120|
|112101||Berlin HB||Potsdamer Platz||1034 Rostock HB – Lutherst-Wittenberg||4359|
|112110||Potsdamer Platz||Berlin Sudkreuz||1014 Stralsund HB – Elsterwerda||18311|
|120101||Berlin Sudkreuz||Berlin Gesundbrunnen||0711 Munich HB – Berlin Gesundbrunnen||IC2208|
|101060||Berlin Gesundbrunnen||Berlin HB||1043 Osteebad Binz – Praha Hlavni Nadrazi||EC379|
|112184||Berlin HB||Berlin Gesundbrunnen||1224 Elsterwerda – Stralsund HB||18314|
|EMU||Berlin Gesundbrunnen||Beusselstrasse||1411 Berlin Sudkreuz – Berlin Sudkreuz||42141||EMU on S42 anti-clockwise ring-bahn|
|G-EUXK||Berlin Tegel||Heathrow Terminal 5||1710 Berlin Tegel – Heathrow||BA985|
|390134||Euston||Milton Keynes Central||1943 Euston – Preston||9P42|
Gen for Monday 18th August 2014
Diagrams by Day as per Summer 2014 diagrams
112102 – Day 1, 114040 – Day 2, 112101 – Day 3, 112114 – Day 5
112105 – BA1, 112185 – BA2, 112133 – BA3, 112190 – BA6, 112116 – BA7, 112184 – BA8, 112110 – BB1, 114003 – BB2, 112122 – BB4, 112109 – BD1 (pm), 112109 – BD2 (am), 112119 – BD3, 112118 – BD4, 112123 – BD5
Magdeburg – Frankfurt circuit
182004, 006, 012, 013 plus 112117 & 143848
143065 & 143210 out on Berlin Ost – Berlin Zoo shuttles
143931 18912 1027 Berlin Flughafen – Nauen vice EMU