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Old 17-11-2017, 11:12 AM   #1
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Default Dortmund “fiddle yard”

Apologies for the terrible quality pictures. I noticed this on the way into Dortmund airport. I quickly got my phone out and took a picture through the plane window. I’ll try and be more ready for it next time!

I’ve never seen so many wagons and carriages in my life! Really interesting as it was a busy little place. Good luck to whoever is in charge of the planning here!

No doubt these places are quite common to those who know where to find them but it’s the first time I’d seen such a place so I was very impressed. Seeing it from above was good to see the scale of the place.
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Old 17-11-2017, 12:32 PM   #2
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Temple Mill back in the 80's the running roads are on the left with the hump sidings in the distance and trains go in that direction went to Copper Mill Jnc, behind the camera Stratford Station, or turn right and go passed the Freight Liner terminal and end up at Victoria Park....
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It would be an interesting one to model - if you could. Dortmund track plan.

https://rail.cc/en/dortmund/dortmund...y-station/l551

You can probably get a good view on Google Earth

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Old 17-11-2017, 01:12 PM   #4
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I read about a Lancaster returning from a raid on Germany that got lost and ended up flying over the Dortmund marshalling yard. The navigator said they were so low that the Germans didn't need to shoot them down but to just change the points and put them into a siding.
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This is one reason why I like German trains!
Their railways are very busy because they have reasonably priced tickets, fast, comfortable and regular trains, less prone to overcrowding.
The freight variety is amazing, they have plenty of block trains but there is still a lot of 'general' freight containing amazing mixtures of wagons AND they still have a large variety of loco hauled trains and loco types.
In May I spent 4 hours at Hamburg Harburg and spotted 123 loco hauled trains, freight and passenger - intense or what?
Compare that with 4 hours at Acton Bridge with just 20 freights and some units, ugh!
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The are many locations in Germany which impress by sheer size or numbers of movements. Some of these look really dramatic as Deutsche Bahn seems to prefer flyover to points, which can extend the length of crossovers.

Cologne Eifeltor is another large yard housing freights and locos. Traffic at the north end can be best viewed/photographed at Cologne south station. Both banks of the Rhine from Duesseldorf south through the Rhine gorge carries intense traffic.
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Looking at the pictures, I think it is a case of needing to use N gauge and even then, it will take up a lot of room!
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Looking at the pictures, I think it is a case of needing to use N gauge and even then, it will take up a lot of room!
Even in N it would take a huge amount of space, and track!
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