It was raining non-stop, but I still visited the nearest photo spot, hoping to catch the mighty 103. As you can see, that plan failed. I guess 103 235
is busy with some special train this weekend, while 103 113
suffered some substantial defects after pulling this train two weeks ago. She was able to get to the workshop in Dessau under her own power, but nobody knows how long the repairs might take.
The locomotive we have here isn't a regular 120, as shown by her high serial number (only 65 locomotives of this class were built, so the serial number 501 wouldn't make sense). She's owned by DB Systemtechnik, along with 120 502, who use them for high speed test runs throughout the country. They also happen to own 103 222,
the fastest locomotive in Germany, with a top speed of 280kph (174mph). Why couldn't they borrow us that one instead?
Technically speaking, 120 501 isn't different from other locomotives of her class, so the only interesting part of this picture (to me at least) is the comet trail left behind by the pantograph. And yes, there are two unfitting cars in the train that have regular InterCity livery.
EDIT: Here's a closeup.