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The Ruhr is Europes largest industrial conurbation, it's also called the '50km stadt'. In TTR25 we explore its railways, light rail, and tramways from Duisburg in the west to Altenbeken in the east. Of course you will see ICE, IC, EC and IR trains in this industrial environment, but also the Metropolitan - the business train that links the Niederrhein and the Ruhr with Hamburg -at speed and with style. In Duisburg we visit Europes, perhaps the world?s, largest inland port, spend some time with some major players in European logistics and see how they are developing their rail business. You will see steel being unloaded from rail and onto north sea vessels for the trip to Boston -UK not US!- steel wire bound for deep-sea markets and containers destined for markets deep into Europe. At Essen we ride on a Dockland light rail vehicle! Dortmund is the Ruhrs major InterCity hub, you will see how the IC perform their intricate ritual of connections every day every hour whatever the weather!. Hamm is a great railway junction, it?s the point where the Ruhr-Rhine orbital freight route starts. This double track electrified line carries huge volumes of freight clear of the dense network of passenger trains. See 'Beetles' from VW , tanks on their way to exercise at Lüneburg and coal trains from Poland-freight paradise! South of Altenbeken we pay a visit to the Bahn?s least known Ausbau Strecke. It?s on the line to Kessel and is in operation and is nearly complete. Didn't know it existed? then see for yourself! We return via the Ruhr valley and suddenly you could be in the English Lake District! Finally, we couldn?t help ourselves, we visit Wuppertal and have a ride on the 13km long Schwebebahn. The Ruhr was filmed with the active assistance of some of Europe?s most professional transport and logistics companies including: Haeger und Schmidt, DeCeTe, Duisport Rail and naturally 'Die Bahn'. Filmed from the ground, loco cabs and from the air, this fully researched documentary gives a unique insight into the Railways of the Ruhr.
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