The KBS480 between Aachen and Cologne is out of service as a through route this week due to bridge work going on in Düren. As usual that means eastward freight traffic takes the northerly route via the KBS485 to Mönchengladbach, turning east towards Neuss, and then heads south to Cologne. Westbounds do the same in reverse.
The upshot for us local foamers is a good flow of freight on the 485; a welcome possibility to shoot something more than the usual window trains. With this in mind I climbed atop the sound barrier south of Kohlscheid after work to partake in the pre-easterly festivities. The light was hit and miss but I lucked out with this "stealth" DB Schenker Traxx and her charge of steel carriers. I quite like the utilitarian look, devoid of any fancy graphics and other niceties.185 318 on a steel train in Kohlscheid.pointduvue, from