A very handsome machine indeed, a Siemens ES64F4, also known as the DB class 189, operated by the Westfälische Landes-Eisenbahn. Seen here after it pulled one of the infamous boozer trains to Cologne West, about to be uncoupled in order to change direction. If you want to know what a boozer train is, I explained it here.
And if you're more interested in the class 189, wrote a little bit about them right here.
In other news, our chemist has moved to the US, which means that his office space was up for grabs. Or in plain English, I now have my very own office space!
Until now, I was sitting at a desk that belongs to a retired professor who'd come in once every two weeks or so. But now, I'm the king of my desk! First order of business: Cleaning up the many layers of dust that said chemist left behind, moving the computer to a different spot (including re-routing the cables through the desk), going through all the drawers, and most importantly, giving the PC a good service. Deleting mountains of junk files, cleaning the registry, defragmenting the drives, uninstalling unimportant software, installing important software, and last but not least, setting up a motivational wallpaper.
I'm sharing said office with two other guys, one of whom could be considered as my main tutor who will show me how to perform sample preparations and measurements with our Mössbauer
apparatus. Sadly though, this also means even less railfanning in the future, as my master thesis is going to be much more interesting (read: complicated) than I first anticipated. And I also need to prepare for my last exam in the meantime, so even less spare time!
But I'm not gonna complain.
Wanted to be a scientist for as long as I can remember, so I knew what I signed up for.