Stealthy

So my latest update is going to ask you the question.  Am I the only one who thinks the Voith Maxima 40 CC locomotive looks like a product of the Lockheed Skunkworks?  In my opinion it’s all angles reminiscent of the F-117A Nighthawk, which is pretty impressive as the Maxima 40 CC is a hulking slab of Diesel-Hydraulic powered metal producing 3,600 Kw (4825 bhp) of power.  To put that into perspective the Class 66 in use in the United Kingdom produces 3000 bhp.

Voith Maxima 40 CC number 264 003-5 heads East through Fürth (Bay) station on the 8th of October 2013

Voith Maxima 40 CC number 264 003-5 heads East through Fürth (Bay) station on the 8th of October 2013

Not the best shot, nor was the following but you take what you can get sometimes.  If I had been on the station I would have been shooting across a lot of furniture.  As it was we were stood in the signal box car park.

Voith Maxima 40 CC, number 264 003-5 passes Fürth (Bay) station on the 8th of October 2013

Voith Maxima 40 CC, number 264 003-5 passes Fürth (Bay) station on the 8th of October 2013

Another Voith product to be seen in Germany is the Gravita 10 BB, known as the DBAG Class 261.

Three Voith Gravita 10 BB locomotives, numbers 261 077-2, 261099-6 & 261037-6 sit in Itzehoe Yard, Germany on the 19th of May 2013.

Three Voith Gravita 10 BB locomotives, numbers 261 077-2, 261099-6 & 261037-6 sit in Itzehoe Yard, Germany on the 19th of May 2013.

The above shot highlights something I used to do as a child but now wouldn’t even consider doing in the UK.  25 + years (showing my age now) I would not have been worried to walk into a yard/depot, see if I could ask to walk around, or failing that just walk around anyway, taking numbers and photographing locomotives.  On this particular day in Itzehoe we walked around the perimeter of the yard and found ourselves stood by these locomotives.  No fences were crossed, no gates were walked through, and no signs were passed saying “Do not go this way”.  There was no one around, and I probably walked all of 20 feet to get this shot but it still felt odd to be in a yard, “bunking” it.  My railway employee brain was telling me it was wrong, and yet it’s mainland Europe, where a lot of places they truly do not mind.  I can’t remember if I have mentioned about the lack of fencing compared to the UK but this next shot highlights it well.

HGKs 272 014-8, also numbered as DE 91 approaches Köln Gremburg Yard with a mixed freight on the 10th of October 2013.

HGKs 272 014-8, also numbered as DE 91 approaches Köln Gremburg Yard with a mixed freight on the 10th of October 2013.

So what’s special about the above shot? Apart from me being once again detonated from getting a decent shot of the new Vectron.  Notice the total lack of fencing? I am not trespassing, I am stood on the side of a road/path that gives access to peoples gardens/allotments.   No requirement to wear High-Vis, wave at the drivers, just to be polite to say yes, I have seen you (though me holding up my camera is a pretty good indication that I know you are approaching).  Yes, I love mainland Europe for photography.

So what was updated recently?

Class 202, Class 203, Class 209, Class 211, Class 217, Class 218, Class 223, Class 227 (Nohab), Class 232, Class 233, Class 240, Class 246, Class 251, Class 261, Class 264, Class 266, Class 271, Class 272, Class 294, Class 295, Class 296

Class 335, Class 360, Class 362, Class 363.

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~ by gingespotting on February 21, 2014.

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