The Talent 2 is a multiple unit railcar manufactured by Bombardier Transportation. The first trains were produced in 2008. The design of the cab ends made German people to call this type of train Hamsterbacke (hamster cheek). The depicted train is run by the S-Bahn Mitteldeutschland.
The ‘Seehas’ is a rail link between Constance (Konstanz) and Engen. The name doesn’t derive from the existing fish ‘Seehase‘ (lumpsucker), but from a fabulous creature supposed to live in the western part of Lake Constance. People there believe the ‘Seehas’ is a hybrid of a rabbit and a fish.
On the tracks of a former narrow-gauge railway between Ruprechtshofen and Wieselburg one have the chance to drive a draisine now. On a line of about 11 km one drive through a small area of swamp and after overcoming a little hill and having a break there one can dashing down to Wieselburg.
On my night stroll through the Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord, an industrial heritage park in Ruhr area, I came across this torpedo car. These cars are used for hauling molten pig iron from the blast furnace to the next processing unit.
Inside Hauptbahnhof Klagenfurt (Klagenfurt Central Station) there are two small rooms showing information about a railway line project between Graz and Klagenfurt generally known as Koralmbahn (Koralm Railway). The focus is on the Carinthian part of the line between Lavanttal and Klagenfurt.
Today I took the high speed train from Zurich to Budapest passing the new 13 km long tunnel (Wienerwaldtunnel) between Sankt Pölten and Vienna which had been opened the day before. So what was my first impression? Ok, the train was fast but as you can imagine there is nothing to see in such a tunnel. Which brought an interesting question to me…
In Austria, many trains are named. Today I came across a very special name: Chris Lohner. This is that lady whose voice one can hear at the recorded announcements of the railway stations and on the Railjets. Isn’t it lovely to honour her work by naming a train after her?