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Replacements by ZCochrane
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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. 
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Top of the Train by ZCochrane
Top of the Train
Eventful day today. Well,not really, just a lot of sitting in trains, but still, quite a lot of ground to cover. So let's start here: A train of the "Bayerische Zugspitzbahn". The Zugspitzbahn is one of several different ways of reaching Germany's highest mountain, the Zugspitze; there are also two cable cars (one austrian, one German). This meter gauge line consists of two parts: A normal line runs the first half, before it changes to a cog railway. Passengers have to change trains in Grainau (some of the newer trains can also run the full extent of the line, but this isn't always done). This is an adhesion train, if I recall correctly bought used from swiss BOB, standing in Garmisch-Partenkirchen station at the start of the line, next to the town's main railway station. 
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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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I know it took me way too long (but for a good reason: I'm incredibly lazy), but now GLLara is updated to work with OS X 10.10. I haven't done a lot of testing, so please tell me whether it works for you!

No new features at the moment. I have some ideas, but not a lot of time to spend on them, sorry.

Download the new version at:

github.com/cochrane/GLLara/rel…

(Edit: Fixed wrong version link)

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p3rsh1ng Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
Years ago I found a photo of a douledecker car that was meant to be a cab car for a steam locomotive. It was in my faves but it disapperared. It was probably deleted. The worse is I cannot remember if it was yours, Shenanigan's or Kotbaum's. Or someone else's? Could you please help me?
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JSH50 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015
Hello Torsten, Thank you for faving Snowplough! :)
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JSH50 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
Cheers for today's fave Torsten!
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Hello Torsten, Thank you for the faves! :)
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nagamei Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most models "fade out" with distance in the 10.10 version of GLLara. It's like they're covered in smoke as you pull away from them. Is this something with my computer, or some setting? It's not all models, and some of them did work properly in the last release.
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WeylandYutaniCorp Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
Is GLLara going to be fixed soon?
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A Very Happy Birthday to You!! :hug::cake::party:
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Herzlichen Glückwunsch und so! :)
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Happy Birthday!
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:party: :party: :party: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! :cake: :cake: :cake:
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JSH50 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
Happy Birthday Torsten! Airborne 
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I know it's a bit early, but...
Woohooooo!Dance!PartyHave your cake and eat it tooParty HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!! PartyHave your cake and eat it tooPartyDance!Woohooooo!
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JSH50 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
Many thanks for the faves Torsten! :)
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GDupons Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
Interessante Gallerie hast Du da!

Eine Frage hätte ich noch: Bezieht sich das Cochrane auf den real existierende Erfinder des Luftkissenbootes oder den fikitiven Erfinder des Warpantriebes?
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