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Talent 2 at railway station Halle (Saale)

Talent 2 at the railway station of Halle (Saale), Germany

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.

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Myths Railways

Seehas Railway in Constance

Seehas Railway in Constance, GermanyThe ‘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.

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Rail snowplow in Wörgl

Rail snowplow in Wörgl, Austria

Rail snowplow 9981 9592 506-5 seen at railway station Wörgl in the Austrian state Tyrol.

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Mostviertler Schienenradl in Mostviertel

Mostviertler Schienenradl in Mostviertel, Austria

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.

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Torpedo car in Duisburg

A torpedo car in Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord, Germay

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.

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Infobox about Koralm Railway in Klagenfurt

Infobox about Koralm Railway in Klagenfurt, Austria

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.

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High speed trains versus local trains

At the tunnel between Vienna and Sankt Pölten

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…

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Locomotives Railways

Locomotive Mh.3 of Pinzgau Railway, Austria

Steam locomotive Mh3 in Krimml, Austria

A steam locomotive known as Mh.3 seen in Krimml. The locomotive was built in 1906 and is still used for classic train trips organized by Club 399 along the railroad of the Pinzgauer Lokalbahn.

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Steam train in Pinzgau, Austria

Steam train in Pinzgau, Austria

While heading to Gerlos by car I came across this steam train using the railroad of the Pinzgauer Lokalbahn. The train maintained by Club 399 was drawn by a steam locomotive named Mh.3 built in 1906.

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An Austrian train named after Chris Lohner

An Austrian train named after Chris Lohner

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?

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Diesel railcar GySEV 247 509 in Vienna, Austria

Diesel railcar GySEV 247 509 in Vienna, Austria

A diesel railcar owned by the Hungarian-Austrian railway company Raaberbahn AG. This railcar was produced in the Austrian place Jenbach as part of the ÖBB 5047 series and sold later to the Raaberbahn AG.

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Passenger train at the Breitenauerbahn, Austria

Vintage railway in Breitenau, Austria

The Breitenauerbahn (Breitenau Railway) connecting the Styrian places Mixnitz and Breitenau is generally used for cargo transports only but on special days the vintage train depicted above is in use for public transport too.

The view from the open car is fascinating. I love especially the combination of watching at trees in blossom and the smell of spring while travelling with this train.