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In Győr, on 2011 july 31st.
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On 2011 may 3rd.
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80-90 718 between Győr and Abda on 2011 april 13rd.
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A Uerdinger Schienenbus (railbus) near the Rotenburg train station. The EVB still uses them for regular service.
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A east german BR228 (ex DR V180) diesel locomotive in Putlitz. It still has the original east german colors. The lettering on the side were also still saying "Deutsche Reichsbahn".

*Update* It's planned to restore this locomotive and put it on display in front of the Eisenbahnromantik-Hotel in Ganzlin.
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A 1953 NW "SchiStra" (rail/road) Bus, at the Bochum-Dahlhausen Railroad Museum.

Over 50 of these were built back in the 1950s, but only 15 of those saw action on the rails, the rest was used as regular street buses. The idea behind concept was simply to make a vehicle that could be used on the roads, as well as the rails. For this purpose, the bus would stop on a tarmac-lined section of trackage, using hydraulics to lift itself, thus allowing the bogies at either end to be attached. This procedure took about ten minutes, with passengers remaining on board.

In addition to the hydraulic lifting mechanism, the bus also had two sets of brakes, regular ones for road use, and an air brake system that acted on the train wheels. Other extras included emergency brake handles in the passenger compartment, a dead man's switch in the cab, as well as the light setup required for trains, with the extra light visible near the destination indicator. Power was transmitted via the rear wheels, while the front ones didn't touch the rails.

While popular on a few routes, the concept didn't really work out, with rail service ending in 1967. The specimen you see here is the only surviving example, complete with bogies and preserved in working order.
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WPZ-015 at Gara de Nord, Bucuresti, Romania, 16.02.2012.
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At Prahova rail stop, Prahova County, Romania, 28.01.2012.
Trainspotting video from that day available here - [link]

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Interregio on Mainline 300 at Breaza Nord, Prahova County, Romania, 18.02.2012.

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Bucuresti Nord station, July 2011
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Dej Calatori station
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IR 1824
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1250HP, hydraulic transmission
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somewhere near Razboieni, Romania
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Express train arriving in Petrosani station
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Dirt and old trains...
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Edited by :iconinsideherself: :tighthug: :flowerpot:
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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 :D

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.
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Main signal at Duisburg Central, displaying Hp 0 - Halt!

Another shot taken during my commute today. Kinda liked the unusual lighting, as well as the signal being in the dead center. Not to mention the snow that was falling at this point, and the DMU's red taillights to the left.

The weather was kinda extreme today... It was snowing all morning, then it turned cloudless while we were performing our experiment (thermoemission of electrons), and finally, amidst an almost epic sunset, another load of snow came down. It was snowing so much that I had to take shelter under the station roof, in order to avoid my camera getting too wet. It was very fascinating to say the least, all those different colours, the warmth of the sun, and how it disappeared all of a sudden, the severe snowfall that followed... I think the most memorable scene was going past the runway at Düsseldorf International. There was a large hole in the cloud cover, allowing a clear view of the red horizon, with millions of snowflakes whirling about. The runway was brightly illuminated, populated by bustling snow-clearing equipment with their flashing amber lights...

Simply magnificent! :nod:
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This is the Hamburg-Köln-Express or HKX for short, a new non-DB train that first ran on the 23rd of July this year. As the name suggests, it travels between Cologne and Hamburg every day, for five cents per Kilometer, which comes down to 20€ per trip. If you book a return ticket, you get 10% off that, so it's 36€ for an 800 kilometer round trip. Quite cheap! The trains are operated by Veolia, with HKX providing the rest of the staff.

As you can see, the rolling stock is also quite interesting, with this train consisting of married-pair carriages that belong to the Nord-Ostsee-Bahn. Since those are usually found near the coast, it's quite an interesting sight in my part of the country. The name married-pair stems from the fact that two cars are permanently coupled, with the technical features dictating a minium train lenght of four cars. The locomotive is of course the well known Taurus, with the ones used by HKX having been leased from MRCE Dispolok. There is another train consisting of four refurbished 1960s Rheingold cars, sandwiched between two Tauri! Talk about overpowered trains...

This then is HKX 1802, heading from Hamburg to Cologne, less than ten minutes from its final destination. Photo taken today in Langenfeld.


My thoughts: Apart from offering a properly cheap way of getting to Hamburg for people like me who don't own a BahnCard, this train also provides a speck of colour in the red-white world of DB trains. Especially now, with the 103s out of commission and 110s getting rare, trains like these are what keep me from giving up on railfanning.
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Locomotiva 91-53-0-473 003-8
Bucuresti - Romania
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Locomotiva 60 - 0793 - 4
București - România

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Locomotiva 91-53-0-477-690-8
București - România



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Caught it while pushing it's IC out of Haus/Ennstal station towards Salzburg.


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On it's Intercity towards Graz, this loco passes the peaceful village Aich/Ennstal. The background is dominated by the Dachstein Massiv, pretty famous and impressive mountains!

Ennstal, Styria, Austria.

Funny, but 2 yeatrs ago I visited the same spot around the same time. Both on january 1st. Just like the shot from 2011 this was my first railpic of 2013! (Somehow funny, isn't it?)

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1144-286 pulls a commuter train on the Westbahn, shot taken at Purkersdorf, lower austria.

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