Today's tour was just awesome, and somewhat crazy! I wanted to visit a never before used photo spot, namely the railway station of Dinslaken, in order to catch me some 110s. Surprising, eh? But I won't submit any of those right now, even though I caught four of them in less than an hour! The reason for that simply being that my last three deviations are basically standard 110 shots, and each of the three locomotives from each deviation was among the ones I saw today.
If you are a crazy 110-fanatic though, here's my DSO post
And the crazy part? Well, a WW2 bomb was found near Duisburg Central Station, so all traffic had to be halted or re-routed. I heard it on the radio while driving home, so I boarded the train for Dinslaken and took a free sightseeing tour! Whenever a WW2 bomb is found in that area, which happens every once in a while, all traffic is either halted, or re-routed via the nearby freight line. Not only do you get to ride a passenger train on rails that normally only see freight trains, but you also get to see all the good stuff! Huge railyard, derelict industrial buildings, old water towers, mechanical semaphores, the lot! Now the other passengers were less happy, and those who wanted to catch a flight from Düsseldorf probably performed ritual suicide, as the train didn't stop there either. But I was having a ball! And there were so many railfans taking photos of my train! Normally, it's just a dull double decker, hauled by a dull class 146 electric. But re-routed onto the freight line, it's the most interesting thing ever! Sadly, nobody has uploaded photos of that yet, so I can't go "Hey, see that? That's the train I was riding! Third window of the second car!".
Anyways, this is the photo I chose to upload, as it's uber rare, in contrast to all the 110s. What we have here is a privately owned class 139 electric, which was created by taking an early series class 110 passenger locomotive and putting it onto the bogies of a class 140 freight locomotive. This was made possible by the fact that both belonged to a family of standardized electric locomotives, which shared many components. The only difference between a 110 and a 140 was the lower gearing of the freight, and the presence of electric brakes on the passenger loco. As a result, a 139 is basically a 140 with added electric brakes, which proved very useful when descending long gradients. This particular unit was built in 1963, so it has been in service for almost half a century! And since it's not owned by DB any more, it's actually being used, rather than scrapped.
If you're wondering about the title: Due to their peculiar livery, these locos are referred to as Zebras by the railfan community.
Same loco, different place: