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The dome car is something that's almost exclusive to the US and Canada. In all the history of railroading, only five dome cars were ever built for non-american railroads. This is one of them.

All five were built by the west german state railway DB (which then stood for Deutsche Bundesbahn, german federal railway), for use in the high-profile Rheingold and Rheinpfeil luxury express trains. When the rail market moved away from luxury express trains to general high-speed intercity connections, they were sold to different companies for use in special trains, then were used in Sweden for a while. Now four of them are back in Germany, owned by different companies and all used for special trains.

This one is wearing the classic Rheingold color scheme. This later became a standard for all german long-distance trains except the most expensive ones, which is all sorts of confusing, but it doesn't look bad. It arrived in Aachen central station with a special train from Braunschweig.
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Autodidacta Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Exactly the kind of material Spanish habitual squandering is taking to the junkyard for no reason.
decophoto32 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very cool.
ZCochrane Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Photographer
Thank you for the :+fav:! :)
Raakone Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
This is amazing! Didn't know there were any German domes!
ZCochrane Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Photographer
They're relatively famous around here, but since there are only so few of them, you don't see them very often.
HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The Swiss have quite a few dome cars now, but loading gauge restrictions mean the experience is still nothing compared to an American vista dome. I'm rather surprised that DB and others haven't built modern dome cars now that loading gauges have been increased to allow double deck equipment on some, but not all routes.
ZCochrane Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Photographer
Those are not real dome cars, though, just normal cars with higher windows. I think that's actually a more useful design, but the dome car has a certain style of its own.

As for DB, I get the impression that they want to de-emphasize the touristic nature of train travel, especially at the expensive end of the market. First class is marketed almost exclusively at business travelers, for example. And the top of the line trains like ICE and the new ICx have actually very tiny windows (which I'm sure is cheaper, at least for the desired structural integrity). I'd certainly be interested in dome cars or other panoramic cars, but it doesn't seem to me as if DB was.
HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Dome cars would be the perfect addition to ICs to boost ridership on them and differentiate them from ICE trains. Trying to engineer a dome car into a high speed train would result in such thick ribbing for crash safety, the view would be ruined. The only practical way I could see a dome car type of experience in high speed rail would be to fit half domes on the first and last cars of double deck high speed trains. The windows of the dome would simply serve as the aerodynamic fairing between the power car's roof height and the roof height of the double deck carriages. On the trailing end of the train, the same space would be the equivalent of the Skytop observation cars on the Milwaukee Road.
engineerJR Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012   Photographer
Hab ihn früher erwischt =)

*oink oink*
ZCochrane Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student Photographer
Gratuliere, da scheinen auch die restlichen Wagen interessanter zu sein!

Danke für das :+fav: hier! :)
engineerJR Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012   Photographer
Danke war aber ein reiner Zufallstreffer =)

Ich habe dir zu danken =)
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November 30, 2012
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Canon EOS 1000D
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18 mm
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Nov 30, 2012, 7:11:10 PM
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