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Classic Diesel by ZCochrane Classic Diesel by ZCochrane
I sometimes take great pains to bring you the best pictures, but only very rarely literally. Here, I realized a little too late that my view point in Oker (part of Goslar, Germany) was in the middle of a patch of nettles. So you better appreciate this picture of 218 474-5 pushing a train of "Silberling" (officially Type n) carriages from Bad Harzburg to Hanover. I do love the sky here, although I didn’t love the rain it brought about an hour later (luckily I was already back home then).

Every time I post a picture of a class 218 locomotive on this line, I include a comment along the lines of "nobody knows how long it will stay". And what do you know, we still have no idea. There is no adequate direct replacement for this class. Nevertheless, it has already made its final run in many other parts of the country. In most cases it has been replaced by DMUs. DB has published countless tenders for replacement locomotives for the few cases where this isn’t possible (mainly for double-decker trains on non-electrified lines), but most were cancelled again. The latest news for the last one was that no offer complied with the conditions, but to save time, instead of tendering again they’ll enter direct negotiations with the manufacturers. Sounds like they are more into it this time, but I will remain skeptical at least until the contract is signed.

This still leaves the question of what would replace these trains, though: The Silberling coaches aren’t up to modern transportation standards anymore either, and DB has shown absolutely no interest in new single-decker coaches. So if this line does not move to double-decker, I guess it will end up being operated with DMUs.
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BigMikeAtTt Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
Ein Traum *g*
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Comboio-Bolt Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
Excellent photo! :D :thumbsup:
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
218er sind toll, und das Foto hier auch, schön mit tiefem Winkel und gegen den Himmel abgesetzt. Zwar stört das bisschen Grünzeug im "Gesicht" der Lok, aber als ganzes ist es immer noch toll.

Ich hoffe einfach mal, dass die Sitze in den neuen Zügen besser sein werden (und dass DB sie nicht bis zum gehtnichtmehr kaputtspart).
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ZCochrane Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Student Photographer
Ja, das nächste mal nehme ich eine Gartenschere mit. Freut mich aber, dass es dir trotzdem gefällt (danke für das :+fav:!). Und bessere Sitze sind immer toll.
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Interessanterweise haben so einige Bahnknipser immer eine dabei... Ich glaub wir haben mangels Garten gar keine im Haushalt. :XD:
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
The DMUs wouldn't be half bad if their seats had decent cushions. All the class 42x DMUs are great for acceleration, deceleration, air conditioned interiours, and compete fairly well with Silberlings for interiour noise levels at speed. Their only weak spots are aesthetics and hard-as-rock seat cushions with excessively-vertical backs.
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ZCochrane Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Student Photographer
I could live with aesthetics, but the seats really break the trains for me. Of course, most DMUs used in the area are better, but they don’t have the same top speed, let alone capacity, that this train can provide. The ones that can, the class 612, have lots of other issues.

Thank you for the :+fav:! :)
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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GingaTokkyu Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just like in Trainz, right?
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ZCochrane Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Student Photographer
I don’t know. Is this train available in Trainz? It’s a long time since I last played with that.

Thank you for the :+fav:! :)
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