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May 4, 2012
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Canon EOS 1000D
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1/64 second
Focal Length
18 mm
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Date Taken
May 4, 2012, 6:27:20 PM
Aperture 3.2.3
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While this freight train was passing through Aachen Hbf station (Germany), I took this same picture over and over again (exactly 20 times in total), between every two cars, in the hope of catching the gap. Turns out most versions are okay, but this one (#7) is my favorite.

The main point of this picture are the layers, of course. You've got the freight train with the motion blur, the class 111 with the open doors, and behind it Aachen's assistance work car which is always stationed there. In the foreground, you see the buffer of another class 111. Sadly, I don't have a wide-angle lens, so I couldn't get that locomotive on the picture in a meaningful fashion.

Additionally, you also got the engineer in his cab. He later closed the left door, but when the train departed, the right one was still open. Well, if the locomotive has no air-conditioning.

Another fun thing is the sticker on the locomotive. It advertises the 3-Löwen-Takt, an integrated timetable in the state of Baden-Württemberg. Aachen is nowhere near Baden-Württemberg, but instead in Northrhine-Westphalia. But because new EMUs that were ordered for the region haven't been delivered yet (but they finally all got official approval! Wohoo!), other regions had to help out with some locomotives. I think we have several from BaWü here, but I don't know their running numbers.

Oh, and yet another thing: The colored buffers on the tank cars. Those are crash buffers, which means that on collisions, they act as miniature crumple zones. They don't save people, but they are neat, cheap ways of reducing the damage done to a rail car in a low-speed collision, and they are standard feature on basically all new locomotives and many rail cars. They are also being retrofitted to older rail cars and locomotives.
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acela Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
Nice motion capture! Lol, and you can see the differences between CLEAN wagons and dirty ones...
ZCochrane Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Student Photographer
Thanks! Yeah, freight cars aren't washed that often here…
acela Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
They're not washed all that often here either. In fact, I daresay they're NEVER washed...
ChatteDeLaMort Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Huii, muss schwierig gewesen sein!! Fies, genau den Moment abzupassen. Aber: good job! Hut ab!

Allerdings muss ich sagen, dass ich am fasziniertesten bin von dem gelangweilten RE-Lokführer. Gerade der Kontrast zwischen dem rasenden Zug und diesem bewegungslosen, relaxten Mann mag ich!
ZCochrane Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Student Photographer
Schwierig ist relativ. Zwanzig mal geschossen, zwischen jeden zwei Güterwagen, und daraus das beste ausgewählt. :D Aber klar, das hätte trotzdem auch recht einfach in die Hose gehen können.

Der Lokführer lief die ganze Zeit etwas unmotiviert durch den Führerstand. Ihm war wohl langweilig.
robertbeardwell Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Nice timing! :D
ZCochrane Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Student Photographer
That's what I want you to think. If you saw all the shots I took of that, you'd say "well, of course one would have to turn out right". :D

Thank you for all the favs!
robertbeardwell Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
EternalFlame1891 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
Perfect timing!
ZCochrane Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Student Photographer
Well, mostly luck. Of twenty shots, only two were good enough.
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