I'm really happy with this photo... Got up at 6 in the morning, on a Sunday, just for this train!
What we have here is the absolutely immaculate E10 1239 of the Lokomotiv-Club 103 e.V.
hauling a similarly immaculate rake of Rheingold carriages. This is a special train to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Rheingold, which was originally just one of many Fernzug (long distance train) lines. However, in the 1960s, DB decided to increase comfort and speed in order to make the train more desirable and representative. The locomotives for this train were regular 110s with an increased maximum speed of 100mph, as well as a special blue-beige livery, with a black frame and a silver roof to match the carriages. Those had also been newly built and developed, including saloon coaches and even a dome car, which was (and is) a rarity in Germany. These Rheingold trains were put in service by the end of May 1962.
Soon, in December 1962, DB started to replace the locomotives with the new and more streamlined "Bügelfalte" 110s, so that E10 1239 didn't even spend a full year in Rheingold service, soon receiving the dark blue livery that all other express train locos carried. I think that shows why this locomotive is so special, all thanks to the owners having decided to return her to this state, commemorating the short high point in her career. Since she was built in 1962 as well, this commemoration could also be considered as her 50th birthday. Quite amazing how long these machines last, considering that there are older 110s that are still in regular service! Another interesting feature of this train is the dining car directly behind the locomotive, known as "Buckelspeisewagen", due to the characteristic hump at one end. The preservation club had just finished the exterior renovation, with the interior still being empty. So while the car was of no use for passengers, they could at least show it off to the public.
Needless to say, the train attracted quite a few railfans, many of whom got up early like me, standing around in fields
next to the tracks, waiting for the one short moment that would give them the perfect view. Thankfully though, I tend to use my own "private" photo spots that nobody knows or uses, and I think the result is rather good.
Also, this was the first time that I got to see this loco in action. All my previous encounters took place at museums,
which was also nice, but not quite as satisfying as an open track shot.
As promised yesterday, I also took a lot more shots of the Ju 52 that's currently flying round trips from our local airfield. Thankfully, I was there quite early, so in exchange for a small donation, photographers were allowed to go near the plane and even into the cockpit! Photos of that will follow soon.