RailPictures.Net Photo: Renfe RENFE 253 at Busdongo, Spain by David Gubler
  Login Sign Up 

Photo Location Map Locomotive Details Location/Date of Photo

Renfe (more..)
RENFE 253 (more..)
Pajares pass (more..)
Busdongo, Spain (more..)
June 01, 2017
Locomotive No./Train ID Photographer
David Gubler (more..)
Contact Photographer Photographer Profile 
Remarks & Notes 
The Pajares pass line is due to be replaced by a new base tunnel since many years now, but technical and financial difficulties have halted progress on the new line, and thus we can still enjoy heavy freight traffic on the 3.5% grades!

Perhaps the heaviest trains are steel coil trains, like this one, which are typically hauled by two class 253 TRAXX. But even these pairs are not able to pull the trains on the way up, thus the trains get split into two parts, one is hauled by the two 253s and the other one by a single japanese Bo-Bo-Bo electric (class 251). The two parts get united at Busdongo (first station after the summit tunnel), and continue their journey with just the two TRAXX, as pictured.

This was a very lucky shot, btw, because both 253s are pretty clean - usually even a single clean 253 is rare!
Community Response Photo Comments (0) 
Views: 1,106     Favorited: 9
Since added on June 13, 2017

+ Add to Favorites

+ Nominate for People's Choice

+ Subscribe

+ Add to Photo Album

+ Post a Photo Comment
* Views on this page updated in real-time.

 User Photo Albums Containing this Photo (1)+ Add to Album

Album created by member coco13cos
Album Views: 2,067,890
Over 35.000 of RP's most appreciated and beautiful photos.
Add to Photo Album or Get Your Own Photo Album

EXIF Data for this photo: [What's this?]

This image contains EXIF headers - Click Here to show the data.

Photo Copyright 2017 David Gubler. All Rights Reserved. Photo Usage Policy
This website Copyright © 2002-2020. All Rights Reserved.
Do Not Sell My Personal Information