Sat Apr 2nd, 2011 at 08:05:39 AM EST
This morning I went on a photo tour along the railway line to Budapest, taking pictures of old and new trains, renewed bridges and desolate stations in early spring morning lights and shadows.
EN 477 METROPOL from Berlin, a night train consisting of a mix of Czech, Hungarian and (although not crossing Poland) Polish carriages behind a Slovakian class 350 "Gorila", nears its destination.
Here is something older: a BDVmot series electric multiple unit (EMU), produced by the onetime major domestic manufacturer Ganz-MÁVAG (now completely gone) for suburban service. Built in the eighties, with on-going quality problems, the series is still much needed in off-peak service, and is about to receive another general overhaul.
Here is something newer: a 5341 series suburban EMU, a member of Swiss maker Stadler's FLIRT family. They run on my line only on weekends.
Two more FLIRTs run across a cutting.
Here is some brave new rail liberalisation world: Rail Cargo Hungaria 116 047, a locomotive of the Austrian State Railways leased to its wholly owned subsidiary in Hungary which used to be the freight branch of the Hungarian State Railways, on an empty run. The lots of power line and catenary poles are for asdf's enjoyment. The yellow-white-striped signals are so-called caution signals, 'repeating' the signal of 'real' signals beyond them when the 'real' signals have an obstructed view (here due to the tight curve).
A desolate station, with decrepit intercity carriages in the background. The carriages however belong to Trenitalia (the wholly owned passenger subsidiary of the Italian State Railways), and are here for a reconstruction; gk might remember the old liveries that came to the fore as the latest peeled off.
Finally, another series BDVmot EMU at a crossing in my town, where nothing vertical is truly vertical:
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An extra: MÁV-TRAKCIÓ, the wholly owned subsidiary of the Hungarian State Railways that became the owner of its locomotives, is receiving 25 modern electric locomotives of the 460 series (a member of Bombardier's TRAXX family, also see From Universal to Modular (2/2)). A few weeks ago, the first one started regular services (pulling trains of MÁV-START, the wholly owned subsidiary of Hungarian State Railways for passenger service...), here in Budapest's Nyugati pályaudvar (West terminal station):
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