Tue Jan 3rd, 2006 at 04:27:11 PM EST
Today I was in Vienna (my hyper-short holiday...). I shall buy a digital camera, always only borrowing one gets bothersome... thus I'm sorry I don't have any photographs of Vienna (my lender had the camera there), only of two of my obsessions: wind power plants and trains... (and sorry for the weather-related low picture quality.)
This is 58% of the Hungarian wind power capacity – five giant and brand-new Enercon E-70s (2 MW each, 113 m towers, 70 m rotor diameter) and two older E-40s in the background (0.6 MW each) at Mosonmagyaróvár, near the Austrian border. With this little and a few lone rotors elsewhere, Hungarian wind capacity increased sixfold in 2005... while beyond the border in Austria, there are whole forests of wind power plants...
BTW, I found no rest for a longer exposure photo, so motion is not visible, but the blades were spinning like hell in strong wind. However I can confirm again that the machines of this manufacturer are absolutely silent. I really mean it: from 300 m away, not even a woosh could be heard.
Three photos in Wien Westbahnhof (Vienna West station):
There is a new trend for turning remaining locomotive-pulled express trains into push-pull trains. An EC from Dortmund/Germany just arrived with a nice (but dirty) German driving trailer.
Another train with a driving trailer: this time a leaving Austrian semi-fast train with bi-level cars. (Left the German loco of the train on the previous picture – there is some truly deep cross-border traffic here.)
The most modern rapid transit trains of the Austrian railways (series 4024, from the Bombardier Talbot "TALENT" product family). They are surprisingly silent.
There must have been terrible snows to the West – I saw the Orient Express, which arrived from Paris with a delay of 5¾ hours!...
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