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...which I find annoying, like the layout change before that, and the one before that. Good thing that dA doesn't build cars, the steering wheel would keep changing places with every new model! It's not that I don't like change per se. But dA keeps on shuffling things around, seemingly without sense or sanity. Like putting the indicator stalk where the gear shift is, while the light switch is now under your seat, to help you interact with the candy wrapper you wouldn't otherwise even know about! My messages always used to be at the center of the screen. Now they are all the way on the right (quite far if you have a big widescreen display). With a big empty green bar at the center. Why? How does that improve anything? Why does my userpage have to be full of seemingly random stuff that I didn't put there? Status updates? What? Is this facebook? I'm sorry, but being grumpy about random changes to things I'm used to is all I can bring myself to do right now...

Quite funny, I sometimes found myself thinking "Huh, it's been a while since dA hasn't been messed with..." but I guess it was inevitable.

Oh well, at least I'm not as pissed as I was last time, back in 2010.

RANT RANT RANT RANT RANT RANT RANT RANTI tried to stay quiet about this until all the bug fixes have been applied (what is beta testing for?), as I'm usually rather conservative with site appearance and structure, just like I'm conservative when it comes to trains and cars. But now, I've read this news article that adresses the changes and the problems, and of course how they are going to set about fixing them.
Before I get to that, here are my issues with the site, namely three in total.
1.) Images aren't displayed in full view but are reduced in size. Great, but why does DA reduce everything to 1024 pixel width when I have a 1920 pixel wide screen? Also, it just makes no sense with pics that are very long vertically, such as comic strips. It is obvious that they don't fit onto your screen as a whole, but it is even more obvious that they're not intended to be displayed that way. So what I'd love is an option, like before, to have images displayed in full size
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So much work, so little time, you probably all know the drill. Still, I wanted to share a railroad-related story here that I may have mentioned a few times in picture descriptions. I'm talking of course about the ET 403, an experimental high speed EMU from the 1970s that was built around the same time as the legendary 103. It was basically a proof of concept, to see whether a high speed train could be realized in the form of a multiple unit rather than a classic locomotive + car train. It was based on the ET 420, a rapid transit EMU that is still around today, but with an entirely different carbody, interior, and a top speed of 200kph (125mph) rather than 120kph (75mph). Other features included air suspension, air conditioning, saloon rather than compartment coaches, and tilting technology that would have allowed higher speeds through tight curves using asymmetric pressure in the airbags of the suspension.

The trains weren't too successful for a number of reasons. Only three were built, with each train consisting of four cars, two cab cars and two middle cars, with all of them being powered. Seating was first class only, so capacity problems quickly arose. The tilting mechanism made people feel seasick and was switched off, while the locomotive building industry preferred to build locomotives instead of newfangled high speed EMUs. In the 1980s, the trains were retired from regular InterCity duties and leased to Lufthansa, who had them painted in their own livery and ran them as the Lufthansa Airport Express. This was probably the most well known point in the trains' careers, as they raced back and forth between major airports as an alternative to short domestic flights. This went very well for a decade, but when costly repairs were needed, neither DB, nor Lufthansa were willing to pay, so the trains were pushed onto forlorn sidings and forgotten.

Over the years, vandalism and corrosion took their toll. In 2001, a private railroad operator bough the units and hauled them to their own railyard, where even more vandals and metal thieves could get at them. It was a sorry sight to see these former showpieces as derelict wrecks, waiting for the scrap dealer to cut them up. Perhaps you've all seen the photos that Eisenmann87 posted when he visited one of the units.

And always the bloody graffiti by Eisenmann87The price for being special by Eisenmann87And so the curtain falls by Eisenmann87Donald Duck is dead by Eisenmann87

It was a real shame, and whenever there was a discussion about these trains on forums, all experts came around to proclaim that they were utterly unsalvagable and would probably disintegrate into a pile of rust if you even looked at them, let alone trying to tow them! It really seemed like Germany would loose this piece of railroad history to neglect, vandals and the elements.

Why am I telling you all this? Well, if you looked at the photos above, then feast your eyes on this! It was a while ago that the units were bought up and towed from their resting spots, with all-knowing experts on forums proclaiming that they're being hauled off to be scrapped. Turns out that UK-based National Express won a tender for a regional line and is going to lease one of these trains from 2015 onwards. Thanks to funding from them, and from donations, almost all of the vehicles could be saved. Two cars were too far gone, one having sustained crash damage before being retired, so they were parted out and then scrapped. Top priority for the moment is a functional four-car train to run in revenue service, with the potential of more cars being refurbished.

If you're interested, here are some more photos, starting with the still sorry looking cars arriving at the depot prior to their refurbishment. What I found quite cool is the fact that they conducted a poll about which livery to use on the renovated trains. On the one hand, it should be somewhat historic, on the other hand, it should also satisfy National Express in terms of branding. I'm happy to report that the livery they went for is quite close to the original paint scheme that these trains carried, and that it's also the one I had voted for.

:lol:

Just thought I'd share some good news from the railroading front. :)
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Gone now... by shenanigan87
Gone now...
...the tram line 17 in Budapest, which ceased to operate in April this year. It is supposed to be rebuilt and linked with two other tram lines, which will require new tracks to be laid along the Danube up to the Margaret Bridge we can see in the background. Once this rebuild is complete, line 17 will disappear from the maps, replaced by an extended line 19 and 41. This terminus as such is quite interesting, as it used to be a reversing loop. These days, there's a switch where I'm standing, with the two rails merging and the tram reversing where it stands on this photo. Back in the day, the righthand track (now covered in tarmac) would take a sharp turn to the right after crossing the street, followed by a very tight circle. Here are some views of how it used to look, when the line was still serviced by classic UV and MUV type motorcars. You can see the tram traversing the loop, and then stopping at the exact same spot as the present day tramcar. When these articulated motorcars took over, the loop was no longer used, either because the newer vehicles couldn't negotiate the tight turns per se, or because they would have hit the wall of the bridge head, as the rails were quite close to that. If you look closely, at 7:56, the mirror is almost touching the wall! For many years, the unused portion of the loop lay dormant, until most of it was covered in soil and concrete, creating a small park.

The renewed line is scheduled to be operable in 2015, which is Hungarian for sometime after 2017 usually. According to Wikipedia, the line will be serviced by Spanish-built CAF Urbos 3 type trams, which don't only have a weird name, but are also very boring, like most modern trams. However, this new line would be awesomely long, crossing through Budapest from North to South, ending in the scenic Kamaraerdö, where I used to go with my grandmother quite often, riding the tram just for the joy of it. That used to be my most favourite line of them all...
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Soma (pronounced sho-mah)
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Physics student, railfan and hobby photographer. Also a bit of a planespotter and petrolhead.

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...which I find annoying, like the layout change before that, and the one before that. Good thing that dA doesn't build cars, the steering wheel would keep changing places with every new model! It's not that I don't like change per se. But dA keeps on shuffling things around, seemingly without sense or sanity. Like putting the indicator stalk where the gear shift is, while the light switch is now under your seat, to help you interact with the candy wrapper you wouldn't otherwise even know about! My messages always used to be at the center of the screen. Now they are all the way on the right (quite far if you have a big widescreen display). With a big empty green bar at the center. Why? How does that improve anything? Why does my userpage have to be full of seemingly random stuff that I didn't put there? Status updates? What? Is this facebook? I'm sorry, but being grumpy about random changes to things I'm used to is all I can bring myself to do right now...

Quite funny, I sometimes found myself thinking "Huh, it's been a while since dA hasn't been messed with..." but I guess it was inevitable.

Oh well, at least I'm not as pissed as I was last time, back in 2010.

RANT RANT RANT RANT RANT RANT RANT RANTI tried to stay quiet about this until all the bug fixes have been applied (what is beta testing for?), as I'm usually rather conservative with site appearance and structure, just like I'm conservative when it comes to trains and cars. But now, I've read this news article that adresses the changes and the problems, and of course how they are going to set about fixing them.
Before I get to that, here are my issues with the site, namely three in total.
1.) Images aren't displayed in full view but are reduced in size. Great, but why does DA reduce everything to 1024 pixel width when I have a 1920 pixel wide screen? Also, it just makes no sense with pics that are very long vertically, such as comic strips. It is obvious that they don't fit onto your screen as a whole, but it is even more obvious that they're not intended to be displayed that way. So what I'd love is an option, like before, to have images displayed in full size
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  • Eating: Crunchips Western Style
  • Drinking: Green Tea

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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I figured you'd like "My Swiss Turntable."  herrdrayer.deviantart.com/art/… :)  Thanks for faving it.
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Demidism Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
Thanks for the +fav andAdded to my devWatch! !Hi! 
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JSH50 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Hello mate, Thank you for the comment and fave!
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JSH50 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
Thanks Soma for the faves and comments.
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JSH50 Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
Thanks for the fave Soma!
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EgonDaLatz Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the favs and the watch! I hope I can post more pictures soon! (I have tons of them)
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Nincs mit! :)
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EgonDaLatz Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Én meg itten töröm magam a fancy angoltudásommal... :XD:
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:lol:
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holzernes-herz Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
Many thanks Soma, for adding "Lady" to your collection :salute:
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JSH50 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
Cheers for the fave Soma!
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JSH50 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Thanks for the fave mate!
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Nine-of-the-best Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Danke für den +Watch! Du hast eine tolle Galerie! :)
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Gerne, hast ebenfalls interessante Sachen bei dir! :)
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Pollux-Pictures Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Vielen Dank fürs Fav!
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JSH50 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Cheers for the fave mate!
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kraviec Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Thanks for faving.
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JSH50 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Thanks for the faves Soma!
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kraviec Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Thanks for the fav.
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JSH50 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
Cheers for the fave Soma! :) (Smile) 
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JSH50 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
Hello Mate, Thanks for the fave on 103 184 at Hamburg,   ( Why did I think of you when I posted it ? ) :) (Smile) 
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Probably because I'm the biggest hater of 103s on the planet! :lol:
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JSH50 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
I thought so! =P (Razz) 
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JSH50 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
Thanks for the faves Soma!
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Plenty of thanks for the :+devwatch:!! ^_^
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