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.