Early morning before the rush. This is the station beneath the huge Frankfurt Airport. In a few minutes this area was teeming with travellers. The trains arrived on the dot of the timetable, German efficiency at work. It is good to ride between major centres on this train. At over 220 km/hr, it is so smooth feels like a car at 100km/hr. The driver is shown in the workshop.
The InterCityExpress or ICE is a type of high-speed train operated mostly by DB Fernverkehr in Germany and neighboring countries, for example to Zürich, Switzerland or Vienna, Austria. ICE-trains also run at lower speeds to Amsterdam, Netherlands and to Liège and Brussels, Belgium on the Belgian highspeed way. The Spanish railway operator RENFE also employs trains based on ICE 3 trains (Siemens Velaro), and the Russian state also ordered 60 units based on ICE 3 for new high-speed routes between Saint Petersburg and Moscow. The new management of the Russian railways is reviewing the order and apparently plans to reduce it to six trains. Another 60 trains were ordered for the Chinese Beijing-Tianjin high-speed rail line.
Equipment and specifications
3rd Generation ICE "Frankfurt am Main"ICE trains require special high-speed tracks to run at high speeds, but can run on normal tracks at normal speeds.
The first generations were derived from the then-new class 120 electric locomotives. The powerheads of those units are in fact upgraded 120s with a more aerodynamic lining. Passenger cars can be coupled and uncoupled for maintenance, enabling the operator to run trains of different lengths. First-generation trains are currently undergoing a major redesign, including a standardization of train lengths.
The third generation ICE has a completely different concept: The entire traction equipment is fitted underfloor, with a larger number of less powerful motors. An ICE 3 unit consists of eight cars, four of which are powered, while the others carry other electrical equipment, including the pantographs. This design allow seats in all parts of the train, including "lounge" seats at both ends separated from the driver by a glass wall only.
The ICE 3M (class 406) is a multisystem variant of the ICE 3 that currently serves routes into the Netherland and Belgium. Licensing for French LGVs started in 2001 and has been described by engineers as a "clash of cultures". Problems included flying gravel and trackside equipment ripped loose by the ICE's eddy current brakes. Admission of the ICE 3M for regular service into France was granted in late 2005.
Some from Wikipedia.com
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pablominto (53746) 2006-05-31 4:52
Your POV gives a good impression of the train and the station...
Good details and interesting lines in your composition! And I agree... riding train is not only nostalgic nowadays!
elmec (12210) 2006-05-31 6:11
Very good photo!
So dynamic! I like the lines runnig in the back, into one point!
Very good work!
coco (30439) 2006-05-31 6:50
Good POV and perspective. The panoramic format also is good here, but there points overexposed in the photo.
Always is a bite tilt, but I don't think in it like a problem.
Also I would add that could be more interesting with people.
capthaddock (28790) 2006-05-31 15:24
Hi Murray - very sleek train and station, and a nice (but dangerous) edge of platform perspective. I agree it is a smooth ride, but everytime I'm in one without reservations I end up standing up for the duration of the journey.
ChristianS (2997) 2006-05-31 15:31
Nice diagonally composition and perspective showing the length of this modern train. I like all these lines present in the compsotion leading towards the light at the end of the station. Well done!
nwoehnl (122) 2006-05-31 15:34
Nice one, Murray - not only does the high-speed train provide an interesting subject in itself (well described in the notes), but also you get a strong effect of perspective with the train outline and the platform and ceiling architecture all converging towards the background.
Could you please click on "edit" and correct the geographical details: Frankfurt belongs into the state of Hessen, not Bayern. Thanks as this will allow future visitors to find your photo under the correctly categorized location :o)
PixelTerror (0) 2006-06-01 5:10
This one looks like a new generation one to me, I've been travelling ICE but do not remember such loks. This is a nice catch of this train in the perspective and as Norbert said the modern background to the right fits well to it. On the left side you have a bit of overexposure though.
Have a nice day,
chaity (1539) 2006-06-01 10:39
Hi Murray, I like the view of this train. The angle is good and the lighting was good to show a clear looking train.
pierrefonds (66372) 2006-06-02 19:38
From Cayo Coco Cuba, a good POV of this intercity express train, the photo has a good composition and nice colors.
plimrn (21344) 2006-06-07 10:52
I really like this whole compo; the way you've framed the the shot with the long sleek white train with its red strip disappearing intto the light screams speed. The note is very interesting. The inclusion of a shot of the 'engineer' at his laptop added a whole additional perspective to the compo....Pat
- Copyright: Murray Lines (MLINES) (12516)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-05-08
- Categories: Transportation
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Trains 'Old and New" [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-05-31 4:30