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Still In Our Midst by shenanigan87 Still In Our Midst by shenanigan87
Had an appointment in Cologne today, and as you may know, driving into Cologne at rush hour is about as much fun as eating pure cinnamon. Thankfully, my destination is just next to a tram station, so I only had to catch a train to Cologne Deutz (to get to the tram). But when I looked at the timetable, I saw that instead of taking the appropriate train to get there on time, I could also pick a slightly earlier one, simply because it was the 110 hauled booster train!

:D

Took this shot after getting off in Cologne, and before making my way to the underground tram station. The locomotive was pushing, which is usually annoying for photos, but in this case, it meant that I had all the sunlight I wanted! And a nice view of the pantograph too, which seems to be somewhat taller than one would expect... Guess the wire in Deutz hangs higher than average for some reason.

And yes, it was great fun to ride these old n-type carriages, also known as "Silberlings". I get the feeling that I'm one of the last people on earth who actually prefer these over modern rolling stock. I just love everything about them, the proper train noises they make, the windows that you can open properly, and most of all the doors! The good old manual doors that you have to open with pure muscle power! Now I admit that I spend quite some time working on my physical fitness, but nothing makes me feel quite as manly as pulling the door open with one swift move, while the guy next to me keeps struggling like the wimp he must be!

Yes, I'm terrible...

As for the locomotive, 110 438 was built in 1966, in continued service for 45 years now, and her current inspection is valid until February 2013! It's also interesting to note that all overhauls from the 1960s all the way to the end of the 1990s were carried out at the locomotive workshop in Leverkusen Opladen, which DB decided to close down in 2003. Babbled some more about it here, in case you're interested.
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EternalFlame1891 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Amazing shot, buddy!
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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JSH50 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Great catch Mate! I'm 6 foot and eighteen stone and I struggle with those doors!
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!

Perhaps they should adopt door-opening as a new Olympic sport! :lol: Didn't you have some old slam-door stock or something like that in the UK? Or was that years ago?
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JSH50 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Hello Mate, We had slam doors, but its now only seen on charter stock. It wasn't as awkward as the German doors with the floor panel that lifts, I guess your doors had to cater for the lower platforms
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CJSutcliffe Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
A word of correction slightly. You seem to forget that the HST also has slam doors on it's Mk3 stock, and those are very much in public service all over the country still. :P

I do admit though, the classic image of manually operated slam doors has been on a steep decline of late, with the entire southern region switching to modern plug style automatic sliding doors at the turn of the millenium. Even the Lymington Town branch line from Brockenhurst to Lymington is now operated by modern rolling stock after seeing 4CIG units operating a heritage service until mid 2011.

And of course, the onset of the IEP looms ever larger, meaning that one day, we will see a complete switchover to automatic doors from slam doors.
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JSH50 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Yes of course my mistake, not only HST but other operators with Mk III's Anglia, Wrexham & Shropshire ( or what ever they are called this week! ) and sleeper services, Sorry for my mistake my brain is scrambled this week!....... But the HST is unforgivable!
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CJSutcliffe Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
After 1.8 million miles with them, I'd have expected you to know that no matter how badly scrambled your head happens to be at any given moment to be honest. :P

W&S don't exist as a company, they were wound up by DB and the rolling stock transferred to Chiltern and Arriva, and Arriva also operate the WAG service from Holyhead to Cardiff utilising Mk2 coaches and a 57 or two, so there's another to add to the list. Sleeper trains too, the Night Riviera and the Caledonian Sleeper also use Mk2 and Mk3 stock in their rakes.

I have to go and find these services that still have slam door carriages someday. And I need to take the Caledonian up to Fort William too, maybe save up for a weekend in London then the sleeper up to Fort William for the Jacobites. Holy cow that sounds good... :D
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pearwood Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad to see you were able to combine business and pleasure. :)

Yes, you are terrible. :nod:
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That's what got me into railfanning to begin with, taking the train, and also taking my camera. You never know what might turn up!

Yes. Yes I am. :B
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