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May 27, 2012, 6:59:58 AM
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Perfection by shenanigan87 Perfection by shenanigan87
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.
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TomRedlion Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I wonder what a 103 would look like wearing this livery...
shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hm, interesting thought!
Comboio-Bolt Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
No doubtly it was worth to wake up soon for that! :D Great shot and wonderful consist and locomotive, of course! :D
shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Worth every minute of not sleeping! :lol:
p3rsh1ng Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Dont u just love the vintage paint?

BTW is that a russian diesel 220 i see back there?
shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Vintage paint is the best! :)

I had to look closely to see what you meant, but that's actually an x-type cab car. [link]
BWBerlin Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Zum ersten Satz kann man nur sagen: Wer 'ne Fotoassel/Pufferküsser ist, ist selber schuld :-) Aber ansonsten ein Komplment dafür den r(h)einen Rheingold abzulichten.
shenanigan87 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Was soll das denn jetzt heißen? :P
BWBerlin Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Na seid Ihr nicht die komischen Typen, die, auf dem Strommastfuß sitzend, immer vor Freude fast runterfallen, wenn ich mit meinem Sonderzug vorbeikomme? (So ähnlich geschehen letztes WE, als ein paar Fotografen, im Gebüsch versteckt, den Fahrer unserer Ludmilla erfreuten).
pearwood Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
On an immaculate day. Well positioned and well spotted.
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