In September 2017 I made a business trip to Germany. This album covers a few rail related occasions during those two days
1 The first interesting encounter was this former Deutsche Bundesbahn V200.1, a subclass of the V200. 50 of this iconic class were built between 1962-1965.
2 A photo of a class member restored to its near original condition (Original file by Master-davinci is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Germany license.
3 Me caught out by my colleagues when I was taking my picture ;-)
4 Well this needs some explanation. On an earlier business trip I joked to my colleagues that "next time we should arrange a hotel in Wernigerode, because that was the place to be if you liked steam locomotives." My colleagues found that a weird idea as it was over 70 km away from the place where our meeting was held. When our management assistent had booked this particular trip she apologized that our hotel was so far away from the place of our meeting because all other hotels had been fully booked so she only had an alternative in....Wernigerode! Conspiracy theories abounded!
5 And this is why I preferred Wernigerode. It is one of the very few places in Europe where a daily steam operation is kept upright and to the best of my knowledge the only one on the continent where a fully operational revenue earning stud of steam locomotives can be seen in a depot. Before searching a restaurant and moving into our hotel we had half an hour to spare and have a look at the depot in Wernigerode.
20 Good. The next day we had our business meeting and returned home with IC140 Berlin-Amsterdam. At the German-Dutch border there is a good old fashioned change of locomotives. The Geman 101 uncouples and a Dutch 1700 class is coupled up to do the last stretch to Amsterdam
25 "Ready?" The 1700 is already waiting in the distance.
38 This the only remaning loco change that I know of on an international train to the Netherlands.