As usual, I tried to get away from standard sunrise pics by getting something else in the shot, yet again, it's the Cologne-Duisburg line crossing through Leverkusen.
What I liked about this one is that the sun is partially concealed behind the smoke from a chimney. It is actually a waste-to-energy plant, in case you're wondering. I think the partially concealed sun makes the gleaming railheads and of course the train much more prominent, and I also liked the colour and composition. Makes one feel good to be where civilisation is, where the trains go by, high voltage in the sky
Typical scene, a five car double decker is pushed towards Leverkusen through the snowy fields, with one small oddity: Instead of a class 146 (built starting 1997) the train is pushed by a class 111 (built between 1974 and 84). While it's a standard configuration on many lines with double deckers, the two lines that come by here always use the 146. I pass this spot twice every day in such a train, going to and coming from university, about 50 kilometers behind my back in Duisburg.
I thought I'd post a pic where the entire scrap train is visible, seven class 140 locos and one class 139, parked on one of Opladen's now redundant tracks.
Why the title? Well, almost all of these locomotives had the reporting mark KOPLX printed on their sides. K stands for Köln, the Cologne area, X tells you that it's an "Ausbesserungswerk", a repair workshop, and OPL? Why it's Leverkusen-Opladen! Just behind all those trees on the right side of the tracks lays one of Germany's largest locomotive repair facilities, the Ausbesserungswerk Opladen, closed down in 2003, amids great protests and hunger strikes.
It was a highly controversial topic, as the workshop was rather profitable, and private investors showed interest in keeping it open. Even Bombardier offered to buy it, but the DB remained stubborn. Some say that they were scared of independent workshops that also offer services to private railroads that compete with them. Interestingly, one can see DB repairing locos of private railroads nowadays, showing that their actions were not just harmful, but also unlogical.
Back in the day, such a line of locos was obviously waiting to be towed into the workshop for general overhauls, repairs and inspections. These here may have returned home, but they'll leave the mainline towards the other side, towards the scrapyard everyone now knows as the Bender. This is quite a sad place for a railfan, but nowhere else can you get closer to the locos than here, nowhere else can you see so many of them together, to conserve the sight just before it's gone...
A class 120 electric tilting through an elevated curve while thundering through Leverkusen-Rheindorf, pulling an InterCity train at 125mph. I only had this rather bad quality photo of such an engine in my gallery, so I thought it would be interesting. Built between 1987 and 1989, this was the first mass produced engine ever to use 3-phase asynchronous drive motors and regenerative brakes, so pretty much all newer engines like the 101 or the ICE trains took advantage of the knowledge gathered from this one here. For more technical babble, see that other photo.
I really liked this pic due to the close crop and the dynamic look of the tilting train. And you know I love close crops with a large portion of the pic being taken up by the engine, even more so if it's tilted. I must admit that my last submissions weren't very creative, but even if I'm not that willing to experiment with lighting or composition at the moment, I can still supply good quality train photos. And I believe that shots like the last few, or this one for that matter, still set themselves apart from the standard roster shot, don't you think?
A picture I took while standing on a bridge just before the European soccer championship 2008 started in Austria. The ÖBB (Austrian Railways) painted one Taurus each in the colours of the participants.
I tweaked the picture a bit to get a tilt shift effect because the original was a bit boring.
Notice the small red speck in the background? One of the engines got derailed just before they could line all of them up.