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Legend by shenanigan87 Legend by shenanigan87
103 184 rushes through Leverkusen with InterCity 2417 in tow, heading for Cologne on this sunny Sunday evening.

I don't think I have to mention how much I adore this magnificent locomotive class. With a continuous maximum power output of almost 10.000hp, a top speed of 125mph, and a beautiful appearance, there isn't really anything one could criticise about this beast of a machine. No other German locmotive class racked up as many miles as the 103, and no other locomotive class has earned its place in the history books as much as this one, pulling the high class TEE (Trans Europ Express) trains, as well as the (then) brand new and trendsetting InterCity. I even dedicated a folder just for 103 photos, in case you wish to see more of these. Sadly though, you'll only find three locomotives in there, as most of the 17 preserved units are static exhibits. But four are still in use, and will soon be joined by 103 113, which has been removed from the DB Museum Koblenz. She's currently receiving a full overhaul and will return to mainline service by the end of the year.



If you're still not convinced, here's a short video, beginning with one of the most impeccably restored locomotives of them all, namely 103 226. The short bit at 0:33 was actually filmed here in Leverkusen, with the camera man standing on the platform you can see on my photo as well, to the right of the train. It was even the same locomotive as on my photo, easy to distinguish by the "wrong" pantograph being raised. 184 has a Swiss and a German panto, which means that only one can be used in each country.

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p3rsh1ng Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Vintage cars :dummy: well except the second one I guess ^^;
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, they usually run it 100% vintage these days, though sometimes, a "wrong" car does still make its way into this train.
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p3rsh1ng Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012
Then its a photobomb :XD:

Railfans nightmare :fear:
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Raakone Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Nice picture there. Cool locomotive!
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, glad you like both the pic and the loco! :D
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Tigrar Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
+fav, natürlich.
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wer könnte da widerstehen? :D
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Tigrar Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Es kam diesen Frühsommer ja eine in meine Gegend - doch wann? Genau an dem Tag an dem ich schriftliches Abi hatte.......
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acela Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
Nice use of bent-stretch perspective on the trainset.
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! Though I'm wondering, what exactly does bent-stretch perspective mean? Don't think I've ever heard that term before.
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