Not a great picture, just something of interest: This ICE train is ever so slightly damaged from a recent mishap. The last time I saw an ICE train damaged from a recent mishap was when the wheel of an ICE 3 train broke in Cologne station in 2008, which led to new wheel check intervals and as a result massive problems everywhere that DB is only now starting to slowly recover from. This one was far less severe, but at least this time I had a camera with me.
The ICE trains from Hamburg to Copenhagen are diesel ICEs of class 605, and unique among all high speed rail connections, they travel by boat for part of their journey. The train runs normally to Puttgarden, then drives onto a combined car/train ferry (the train space is used for more cars whenever no train is scheduled), lets itself get carried to Rødby (DK), leaves the boat and continues the rest of the journey. The special dock for the train is maybe a hundred meters away from the station, and is separated from the station via a metal gate. The train has to wait until that gate is opened. This one didn't. According to www.spiegel.de/panorama/puttga…
the train driver said his brakes didn't work in time. I have no idea whether that is true, but I will note that they did work well enough for the entire two-hour trip from Hamburg up here.
The train doesn't look all that damaged to me, but it did get some scratches and loose one of its coupler coverings on the front (note that this is the front end; the train reversed to go back to Puttgarden station). So it was decided that the passengers, including my father and me, had to just walk on the ship (there is a pedestrian terminal as well, though rarely used) and board the next train once we were in Denmark. In the end that worked out, but we missed the chance to try out this very rare form of train travel as it was intended. Maybe some other time.
Oh, and we passengers did not notice the collision at all, only that the train stopped and then refused to continue for a long time while the ship left, then the next came and left and so on (one ship every 30 minutes). I do hope that this will forever remain the most severe train accident I'm vaguely involved in.