Not a super awesome picture, but a lot of more or less interesting hardware on display here in Regensburg central station. Let's do this by color.
In all yellow: A class 203 locomotive. The first version of this post said that this was a class 711 overhead revision car, which it's obviously not. Regensburg does have a class 711 overhead revision car, which is yellow, too, and usually parked where that 203 is parked, but it's not on this picture. Guess I should actually look at my pictures before writing comments about them. Sorry about that.
In white and green, even though it was supposed to be yellow: A Siemens Desiro, class 642, owned by Trilex (a trading name of Vogtlandbahn; they deliberately use almost the same paint scheme). These or similar ones ran for years on the service from Regensburg to Marktredwitz. This year, that was supposed to change: That line and a couple of others in the region got transferred to Oberpfalzbahn (another company in the Vogtlandbahn/Netinera family), who already operated some of the lines. They were planning to run with new Pesa Link DMUs. But these didn't get approval in time, so now the old Desiros have gone wherever they were meant to go, replaced by new Desiros that look almost the same except they say Trilex instead of Vogtlandbahn. Back home in Trilex territory (mostly Saxony), they are replaced by whatever has wheels, with some services reduced or cut entirely because the necessary DMUs are in Bavaria. Apparently Bavaria's contractual penalties for running a bad service are more scary than the ones in Saxony.
The latest development, announced on friday: The operator has actually cancelled the order for the Pesa Link's, and instead ordered Alstom LINT DMUs which should be delivered by Mid-2016. Nobody who actually knows anything says anything, of course, but the rumor mill (meaning the forum at DSO
) keeps whispering that the trains were too large and got stuck on one of Regensburg's platforms. What is known is that they're already produced and are standing around in Poland, though some of them not yet fully assembled. That's a lot of fun, especially considering that DB also has a major order for the same type of train, and another company in Brandenburg has a few on order as well. Having the entire order cancelled and something else ordered instead before entering service is honestly the most extreme reaction to bad new trains I've seen so far (and there have been a lot of delayed and/or problematic new trains in the past few years. Anyone still remember Fyra?), and the most extreme that I believe is realistically possible. I don't think we've heard the last of that one yet.
Finally, in red, on the right an old accident assistance car, and on the left a new one. I was really lucky to capture them together; by now the old one is gone, probably scrapped. These, too, are placed all over the German rail network at regular intervals, and contain the equipment to deal with rail accidents and trouble of all kind. Historically, there were two types of them: The west German one, seen here, constructed out of two two-axle freight cars in the 1950s, and the East German one, a whole train consisting of three different cars with different purposes. Both had reached their useful end of live long ago, and finally DB has replaced them - as well as parts of their firefighting trains and the cars that travel with the emergency assistance rail cranes. All of these vehicles now follow a similar and compatible concept: The undercarriage is a standardized flat car (with a depressed center), which comes in two lengths. All the mission-specific equipment resides in the red box put on top, which can be exchanged for another one when a reconfiguration becomes necessary. The resulting car is arguably not quite as stylish, but probably a whole lot more practical.