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    Default Mediterranean Cruise VII: Port-la-Nouvelle (50 p.)

    Mediterranean Rail Cruise 2008
    from Milano Centrale to Barcelona Sants by local train

    Part 7:
    Evening at the lagoon of Port-la-Nouvelle, August 21


    Now we have arrived at Languedoc-Roussillon in southwestern France, TER Inter-Cité 76305 took us on a two hour ride from Avignon to Narbonne and was continuing on towards Toulouse pulled by BB 7269.

    The standard station shed design of the area

    With TER 76119 pushed by a FRET 25500 we went to Port-la-Nouvelle, the first station into direction Perpignan. However, the distance is not short as our destination was situated at the seaside of a lagoon. The railroad line leads on an embankment across the sea passing several salt evaporation ponds along the way.
    Right next to the station we found this nice spot with rustic small fishing harbour. Once again many more trains came by than shown in the timetable, like this TGV Duplex double traction.

    TER Inter-Cité 76428 Cerbère - Avignon pulled by a BB 9300

    Across the lagoon you can follow the trains for miles

    Someone need a boat? ;-)

    With this Veolia-loco the only private freight of the trip passed by

    Speaking of freight trains: finally we had plenty, in five minute intervals! :-)

    BB 26195 "Sybic" with a freight towards the Spanish border

    The old man, the lagoon and the freight train... obviously you get rid of old people here by sending them fishing out in the lagoon! ;-D

    The next Sybic hauling the next freight

    TER Inter-Cité 76435, which we originally wanted to take here directly from Avignon

    The train was pulled by BB 9324 (the leading "1" of the loco number stands for the express service "Voyages France Europe" (previously "Grandes Lignes"))

    Now we moved on to a road bridge across the spot, first RE 76432 Perpignan - Nimes came by

    Again the double TGV Duplex from before

    In the center of the lagoon lies a small fishing village

    Meeting on land and in the air

    The main object of desire approaches

    "Catalan Talgo" 70 Montpellier - Barcelona

    In the wide angle photo you can see that our previous spots were located on an abandoned industrial track.

    Now we followed a canal, where house boats could pass through, and found this spot next to the salt evaporation ponds, which were passed by BB 9300 with a TER towards Toulouse.

    A Sybic with Téoz to Cerbère

    And the next one pulling Corail 4240 Metz - Port Bou

    It's Duplex-time again!

    Finally the rake that brought us here returned as RE 76110 from Cerbère. Yo, ho, ho and a bottle of rum! ;-D

    We walked back to the bridge to catch the sunset.

    Talgo 460 "Mare Nostrum" Barcelona - Montpellier pulled by a BB 9300

    Because of humidity and high amounts of salt in the air, constant sparks are flying from the DC-electrified overhead wire.

    The next TGV closes in out of the darkness

    What little birds can we see back there? Flamingos!

    Evening silence covers the lagoon

    The next train approaches

    Pantograph sparks of a Sybic

    Two light stripes in the night

    In the station a Sybic stopped with its seasonal night train next to a sister loco pulling a freight. At 10:32 p.m. we continued to Perpignan for a short night, more about that next time! :-)

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    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Papillion NE


    Great series of shots Roni, very scenic views, with and without trains. Thanks for sharing!
    Ed Schopperth

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    Thanks a lot!

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    Sep 2004
    Where the Sun Never Shines



    Will you be doing any photography this winter?
    I'm a man, I can change, If I have to, I guess

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    Thanks again!

    Of course!

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