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Yellow Inspector by shenanigan87 Yellow Inspector by shenanigan87
Shot this while testing the new lens.

Didn't actually plan for railfanning, but my walk took me past the mainline, and when this MOW train approached, I just had to shoot it. Also learned the first lesson: The train comes too close quicker than you think, and if you're used to the ability of zooming way back, you're in for a surprise. But even without being able to get a wider shot, I kept it clicking, and the outcome wasn't so bad after all.

The train in question is an ultrasound track inspection DMU, consisting of two powered cab cars and an unpowered middle car. As the serial number 001 indicates, this is the first train of this type, built in 1975, retired in 1998, and reactivated in 2001. There is a second train that was built in 1996, but it had some problems and may no longer run under its own power, requiring locomotives to move it along. The interior of the cab cars consists mostly of crew compartments and washrooms, while the central car houses all the measuring equipment.

You may have noticed that the characteristic "crease" of the 110s/111s and 120s

seem to have been combined into a cross shape, giving these trains a pointy nose. They were of course based on the class 614 DMUs, which are almost identical in terms of appearance, apart from the measuring equipment and the livery.

And the 614s were based on the 624s.

Interesting, huh? :B
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Comboio-Bolt Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
Pretty interesting! :D These units have a really awesome look and the yellow color also fits them very well. :) Great shot!
shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :) They do look quite neat compared to most DMUs these days.
Comboio-Bolt Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
Old school rocks. :D
HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Lucky find. :)
shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed! :)
Wordworker Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional Writer
Nice capture and thanks for the "education" on this particular piece of rolling stock! :)
shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks very much, always a pleasure to share some railfan babble! :D
ZCochrane Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Student Photographer
Cool! Das dürfte ja mehr oder weniger der letzte 614 sein, der noch für die Bahn fährt. Auch wenn es eine andere Nummer und eine andere Inneneinrichtung ist und das Gerät einen Stromabnehmer hat…

Hatte der den Stromabnehmer eigentlich schon immer? Ich kenne den nur von Bildern, und da war er mir nicht aufgefallen, aber vielleicht haben die immer das andere Ende gezeigt.
shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Yep, das wird wohl stimmen. Zwar sind einige jetzt irgendwie nach Osteuropa gekommen, aber die fahren dann ja für andere Bahnen. Mit eigenen Augen hab ich nen 614er bis jetzt nur abgestellt in Hamm gesehen (619er ausgenommen).

Das wüsste ich selber nicht, hab den Ende 2009 zum ersten mal gesehen, da hatte er ihn auch schon.
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Canon EOS 1000D
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1/400 second
Focal Length
150 mm
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Date Taken
Nov 5, 2011, 3:30:55 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
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