|294 840 catches a glimpse of light as it shunts at Mainz Bischofsheim|
|S8 services are worked by the attractive class 420 EMU's.|
420 849 pauses at Mainz Bischofsheim.
We stopped here only long enough to 'check out' the location for later. This is not a location I had visited before, but in line with observations sound barriers have been erected along the south side of the yard and along most of the line through the station. Only the central section of railway to the south of the station has escaped the sound barriers (so far).
|143 919 at Mainz Hbf|
At Mainz Hbf there was no sign of the 218 which should have arrived off 12049 from Worms at 14:08- though it is entirely possible that it could have arrived while we were upstairs buying bratwerst!
|218 408 pushes it's short set of DOSTO's away from |
Mainz Gonsenheim with the 14:17 Mainz - Alzey
Back at Mainz Hbf both 218411 and 218424 were observed shunting. Another RE was then boarded back through to Mainz Birshofsheim powered by 143181. Unlike most of the other RE's here this train was handled by a single loco, 143181. I can only presume DB have a shortage of DOSTO driving traiors?
|Plenty of Traxx action- 185 267, Mainz Birshofsheim|
It was back on an S8 train to Frankfurt Niederrad from where 111 108 was taken for the shot hop in to Hauptbahnhof.
The plan from here was simple- to cover the 17:15 Frankfurt- Nidda/Stockheim.
|They're not pretty, but they're not Traxx!|
155 125 at Mainz Birshofsheim
We boarded the front portion for Stockheim, with the plan to drop back when the train split at Bad Vibel. We were a couple of minutes late out of Frankfurt with 218429, and a few late into Bad Vibel. On leaving the trian we found to our surpise that the other portion was not attached! It followed in around 10 minutes later and we then scored 418417 onwards to Friedburg.
Time now running out we picked up 146122 back to Frankurt before taking 143289 tnt 143919 back to Flughaven. Then it was just a case of waiting for our 22:05 overnight flight to Shenyang.
|Various locomotive classes at Frankfurt Hbf|
|143 280 is our ride back to Flughaven- Next stop China!|
In just a few hours we had had a sucessful taster of the Frankfurt area and managed to travel behind 4 classes of loco, including three 218's. A very worthy stop off between our flights- and very cost effective with a Hessen Ticket.
|218 429 prepares to leave Frankfurt Hbf with the 17:15 to Stockheim. |
The Nidda portion of the train is further down the platform.