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Giulietta
:iconshenanigan87: new new car picture reminded me that I still haven't posted a good picture of my new car. And I won't for some time to come because weather's far from optimal. So instead have this one, from a few months ago, which really didn't turn out as well as I thought.

The car is an Alfa Romeo Giulietta, with the 150 HP gasoline engine, with 2000 km on the clock when I bought it (previously owned by the dealer). It has a sport package (only visually), big tires, extra big brakes, and the best entertainment system Alfa has ever installed, not that that's saying much. I really love it. It's fun to drive, a bit more economical than my previous car (but not that much - but maybe that's because I have too much fun driving it…), and good on long distances as well. And it looks good. The Giulietta still remains one of the few cars that looks better from behind than from the front, but with the latest facelift, I think they really improved it a lot.

I did also consider some other cars, such as an Audi A3 (didn't like the value for money, plus a suspension setup that seemed to be aimed at keeping old folks sensible rather than having fun going around corners) or Ford Focus (all around pretty good, but nothing interesting about it - the only advantage would have been the Sync 3 system with Apple CarPlay, and that wasn't available for the Focus yet at the time). In the end, though… I don't know, there's something special about Alfa Romeo that you just don't get elsewhere. 
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Goeschenen station
My camera has an issue with its autofocus. I thought I had found a way to manage it, but looking at the pictures from my Switzerland trip, an awful lot of them are unusable. Real pity, too, because a lot of them are quite nice unless you look closely. So I'm not yet sure what I'll do about them, or about the camera for that matter - try to fix it or buy a new one, as I've been pondering for quite a while now. Decisions, decisions…

Anyway, this one came out okay, even if the lighting is bad. Don't blame me; this is on the north side of the Gotthard pass, I.e. by definition mostly in the shade cast by a giant mountain range that separates Central Europe from the Mediterranean area.

Göschenen is, of course, a stop along the old Gotthard railway line, which travels up the increasingly narrow valley before disappearing into the summit tunnel here. (Don't confuse this old Gotthard tunnel with the new Gotthard base tunnel, which is way longer, way further down the valleys on either side, and allows crossing this continental divide much quicker and without major grades). The valley actually continues beyond Göschenen, but from here it becomes a mountain gorge, full of sheer cliff faces. Still, for millennia, this was the quickest way to cross the alps - and there is a railway line.

The Schöllenentalbahn, as it's known, used to be its own company but is nowadays a short appendix on the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn Network (one half of the Glacier Express line, though that train doesn't pass through here). It runs with short shuttle trains, consisting of three cars and a locomotive - anything more is not allowed. It's Meter gauge and cog wheel all the way, and the steepest part on the entire network. The end is on top of the mountain range in Andermatt (there is no corresponding railroad to get back down on the south. Someone should really build that). The line is really short; trains take ten minutes up and fifteen down (the speed limit is lower downhill for safety reasons). Still, it's definitely worth a visit.

This here is a typical train that arrived from Visp. It left several of its cars behind in Andermatt, taking only the bare necessities: A cab car (always on the uphill side for safety reasons) with first class section; a new low-floor car for accessibility; and an old normal second class car, the best choice for railway fans because you can lower the windows there to take pictures. If your autofocus works, that is.
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New Life Down South
Hey, look at that! It's a class 644! Haven't seen one of those in ages! What's it doing in Ulm?

The class 644 is a diesel-electric version of the Bombardier TALENT with more doors and about 1000 HP power, originally ordered for fast regional services in and around Cologne. It lost this job recently to new Alstom Coradia LINT trains, and apparently it's now cascaded down here. They seem to have refreshed the paint, which is a nice touch and was urgently needed. Believe it or not, compared to the other stuff around Ulm, a 16 year old train that isn't good enough for Cologne anymore is still an upgrade.

For the british among you, enjoy two sheds (class 66), both in service with RheinCargo. The green one is wearing the colour of the leasing company, while the red one is showing the colours of HGK. HGK, the harbour and cargo company of Cologne, recently merged with its counterpart from Düsseldorf to form RheinCargo, but it will be a long time until all machines are repainted, if they ever are at all. Both of these are machines from Cologne. So it's actually quite fitting to see them next to this 644.
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Torsten Kammer
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I am a railroad enthusiast. I'm also a computer enthusiast, but my products there don't make pictures anywhere near as nice. My photography is generally amateur level. I hope to get good enough to be a "Pro-sumer" one day.

Oh, and I write way too much in image descriptions. So if you want to know more, and particularly if not, that's the place.

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Every once in a while I get questions about whether someone can use an image of mine. And the answer is always yes; I'll allow pretty much anything as long as people ask nicely and promise to give me credit.

But you don't actually have to ask in most cases. I've put all my photography work under a Creative Commons license. This is detailed in a block somewhere down on the right-hand side of the deviation page (if it's not there for one picture, I've probably forgotten to click the checkboxes. Please notify me so I can add it).

This is a link that will lead you to a really, really simple page explaining what you can do (anything) and under which conditions (give me credit; allow others to do the same). It's this page here: creativecommons.org/licenses/b… Please give it a quick read. It's shorter than this journal. There are also translations to other languages if english isn't the one you speak best.

If these conditions are okay for you, then there is no need to ask me - though I'm always happy if you tell me. Of course, if these conditions won't work for you (for example because you want to use my picture as part of something big and complex that you can't or don't want to put under such a license), or you're simply not sure, then asking for permission is always an option. But in the general case, I do want to make it easy for you to use my stuff. Feel free to take advantage of that.

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kanyiko Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Many thanks for the :+fav:!! :hug:

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A very Happy Birthday to you!! ^_^
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Happy Birthday Torsten Airborne 
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Alles Gute, wünsch ich Dir. Lass kräftig krachen!
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Danke für's +fav!
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Thanks for all the faves!
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Thanks for the :+fav: for
Scottish Lochs and Glens 2016 Alfa Romeo Giulietta
it's very much appreciated. :floating:
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Danke für +fav!
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Will you be updating GLLara?
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Hi Torsten, Thank you for today's fave!
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