24.9.17

FAST TRAINS DON'T REQUIRE FANCY INFRASTRUCTURE.

A recent 10 things you never knew about train travel in Germany in The Local Germany includes this.
In 1933, "the Flying Hamburger" sped from Berlin to Hamburg in less than two hours. The sheer pace of the diesel-powered locomotive signaled the death knell for steam powered trains. Even today, the high-speed train between the two cities is not a huge amount quicker, taking 1 hour and 43 minutes.

In 1936, a Flying Hamburger broke the 200 km/h barrier, dashing between the two cities at a top speed of 205 km/h.
Regular readers know that this is how that's done.  But the Germans could excite those traction motors too:
Das Wunder der neuen Zeit ist 42 Meter lang, flüsterleise und unverschämt schnell. Tausende Berliner jubeln, als der violett-elfenbeinfarbene Dieseltriebzug am 15. Mai 1933 um 8.02 Uhr morgens rauchend und sonor brummend den Lehrter Bahnhof in Berlin zu seiner Jungfernfahrt verlässt. Auch auf der Fahrtstrecke säumen Zuschauer die Schienen, belagern Brücken und Bahnsteige. Nur zwei Stunden und 18 Minuten später erreicht der zweiteilige Zug den Hamburger Hauptbahnhof; beim Einlaufen begrüßt ihn auch hier eine große Menschenmenge.
That 42 meter, two-unit train set summons memories of the ACF Motorailer diesel cars that were overshadowed by Budd's Zephyrs and Flying Yankee.

Fortunately, at least one of the Fliegende Hamburger sets is in preservation.


Berlin, 23 July 2001, excursion from Leipzig Station to Spreewald and return.

And here's a set in motion.


I wonder if, on those mainline excursions, they're given free rein to what the motors will allow.  Like this.



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