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All these photographs were taken by myself between 10:00 and 12:00 local time at Brennero (Italian name) / Brenner (Austrian name). Brennero is just on the Italian side of the border with Austria and is at 1371 m (4498 ft) above sea level. The station runs approximately north (towards Austria) - south (Italy) and is approached by long gradients as steep as 2.5%. All freight and passenger trains are electrically operated. Due to the different overhead electric supply systems (15 kV 16.7 Hz in Austria, 3 kV dc in Italy) there is a dead section halfway along the platforms. Some locomotives are suitable for both systems (e.g. Siemens classes 1216 and 193, Bombardier class 186), others must be shunted back to their own end of the station. Most freight trains are hauled by two locomotives, or one at the head and one at the rear. Apologies, the lighting conditions were not ideal due to the strong sunlight and deep shadows.
Detailed descriptions against each photograph.