Class 103 electric locomotives of Deutsche Bundesbahn were designed for high speed InterCity and Trans Europ Express trains. They were built between 1970 and 1973. Until late 1980s class 103 had a near monopoly for high speed trains in Germany, with speeds up to 200 km/h on regular services.
With the first InterCityExpress commencing service in 1991, Class 103 was no longer was DB's flagship, and received less important duties. Remaining Class 103 units were retired from normal service by 2003. Nowadays three class 103 members belong to DB historic locomotives, and apparently can still be seen on some regular trains.
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macondo (18663) 2013-10-26 21:50
I always associate your gallery with photos of trains. Here is another one captured sharply and from a great viewpoint, giving a sense of motion as the loco rounds the curve. I remember travelling on quite a few trains pulled by locos like this one when I was travelling in West Germany as a young man in the mid to late 1970s. Well taken shot, benefiting from fast shutter. And thanks for the good note and map view - this looks like a small place on the Rhine.
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-10-27 5:33
ohh,I can good remember this one(when I visited my mum in Germany in the 90´s,they were still used then)
In your perspective it looks really mighty and strong-just like it is in reality.Makes definitely impression,I think not only on railway fans.
Superb and detailed presentation!
Have a nice sunday
saxo042 (37724) 2013-10-27 7:56
A very powerful picture of this engine, so close up. Good colours. I have travelled by train on the east side of the river and I assume this side is just as beautiful.
Energysavingelk (1525) 2013-10-27 10:43
this looks like taken somewhere in the Middle Rhine Valley (Bacharach?), any obviously with a phtographer who was caught by surprise. Good reaction, and an informative text.
Regards from Lower Middle Rhine
serp2000 (42212) 2013-10-28 12:26
This photo reminds me trips to Swiss or North Italy. Why not? If this old loco could helps us, we must to use this opportunity. I have often see the steam locomotives on the roads of Europa. TFS!
macjake (62280) 2013-10-28 23:59
gotta say I really enjoy the previous posted photo too, the city shot at night....well done with that one.
but i choose this photo because I love old trains, trams and old style of transportation.
there's a true gritty feel here, and history, charm, and rustic elegance.
it really comes through well.
claudeD (35907) 2013-10-30 8:47
yes the old ladystill runs on the tracks of our neighbour Germany. I like your contribution to TE here very much. Remembers me my first foto safaris to spot trains ... long time ago!
With regards from Luxembourg
EstudioChispa (2148) 2013-11-07 12:21
A fine shot (the tall green hill makes such a nice background!) and a very informative note. The History of Machinery fascinates me, and I know very little of trains, especially European trains!
mcmtanyel (17179) 2013-11-17 19:49
I am surprised they were built for only three years. You captured this antique from an excellent POV, what a beautiful moving museum! Thanks for bringing history right into my living room.
- Copyright: Kari Tanskanen (ktanska) (26061)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-07-15
- Categories: Transportation
- Camera: Canon 7D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
- Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-26 8:27