I needed to go Sinsheim Germany in April 2014 for business. By train of course. Some shots from a most agreeable journey.
1 I spent the morning in the office. When I took to the platform, just minutes away from my workplace, I was in for unpleasant surprise. The pre-announcement of my train, lower line on the screen, spelled doom over my journey. Twenty minutes delay for starters is a lot. I needed to change trains in Düsseldorf with still time to spare. And armed with a German railplanner app, I would not be at a loss if I would miss a train connection. So I did not worry about it.
4 The ICE is not a cosy train but rather a sleek, high perfomance luxury travel lounge.
5 Ahot through the galss pane, the only one I could make as the driver blinded it only seconds after I took my first photo
6 On arrival in Düsseldorf most of the twenty minutes delay had evaporated.
9 Mirroring myself in a departing ICE
10 My next ICe also started with a substantial delay
11 All heads up!
Having ample time before the arrival of my connection to Mannheim I grabbed my camera to make an impression of Düsseldorf as far as my luggage allowed my.
13 Everybody staring in his cellphone, our latest modern day addiction.
14 A maintenance of way vehicle, built for catenary inspection. Its still has its old DB red colours. Most MoW have by now been converted to yellow.
16 An ex DDR locomotive
19 No, not my ICE but impressive nonetheless.
20 Very old stock from the fifties, still in operational condition. Laugh at it if you like, but €19 for a single trip from Hamburg to Frankfurt is a bargain.
21 Well, at last there's my ICE to Mannheim
22 Despite the renewed delay I got to Mannheim in time. I hurried to platform 7 wheer my connection to Heidelberg should sit. I saw a train, but the platform signs indicated another destination. And while puzzling about that I saw the train split and one half leave the station. My half! There were two trains on the platform and as they stood almost coupler to coupler I failed to see that. Well, no harm doen. The miracle of today's communication devices, my mobile phone, told me a next train would be due in no time.
23 So twenty minutes later I was off to Heidelberg
24 An old diesel from the fifties, once the steam killer, now wasting its last days as a MoW power soruce
26 A coach body from the thirties spending its pension as a crew shed.
27 From Heidelberg to Sinsheim the railway meanders through very scenic Neckar valley.
29 The first trees are blooming
36 At dusk I arrived in good spirits in Sinsheim. Temperature: 18C in the evening. At April 1st! No joke!
37 Sinsheim is a nice town with some historic buildings.
38 Before long I arrives at my hotel, this photo was taken later that night. When I arrived it was still light