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Scans of my German Railway life

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This lockdown malarkey has caused so many problems for families trying to make ends meet but for someone like me, now 70, the only change is not being able to go down the pub and not having to leave my house to attend meetings (goodness how i have come to detest Zoom). I know how lucky I am especially when I read how many poor souls have lost their lives.

You know where I am going with this because you've read the title of this post. I am spending some of this enforced time at home scanning my slides and negatives, something I have been threatening to do for years. I have already posted two or three scans on other topics but i thought that it would be nice to upload the odd photo in one place as I progress through my back catalogue ..... as it were. No chronological order because as I unearth yet another slide magazine from boxes stored in the garage I am putting a selection through the scanner so it's a bit pot luck.

I will start with this:

Stuttgart Hbf - 02/08/1986 at 07:21 110 184-9 hauling empty stock into the station.

It was early on a Saturday morning and we had arrived on the overnight train from Ostende. We (being my wife and daughter plus me) lived in Cambridge at that time and had travelled down to London Victoria to catch the midday boat train connecting with the Dover - Ostende ferry service. Dover marine station was still in use and it was a short walk from the train onto the boat (or should that be ship). I was enjoying my early morning photographic opportunity as we waited for the 08:11 departure for Tubingen where we would spend a fortnight with my wife's parents.

For the technically minded the camera I was using at that time was a Contax 159MM and in this instance the film was AgfaChrome 100. As can be seen with the photo of 110 184-9 I had set the hyperfocal distance about 20' behind the front of the loco so the number is a bit blurred. Zeiss lenses were good but in use they were only as good as the idiot holding the camera.

The scanner is an Epson V600 using Epson scanning software and I'm adjusting the images where necessary with the basic image editing tools that come with Windows 10. Perhaps I could get a better result with more advanced software but to be honest, I'm not really a very advanced sort of chap so this will have to do.

So .......... onwards and upwards.

Best regards ................ Greyvoices (alias John)
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QUOTE (Bear 1923 @ 26 Jul 2020, 11:06) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>faded and even a bit out of focus doesn't matter at all when it is historical evidence.

It would be great if you could explain the signals a bit... like the stripy thing in the latest shot... Would I be right in thinking it's a position light ground/shunt signal?

One thing that occurs to me as interesting - is that what I take to be the "Signalbox"/tower has a clock on it - which our signalboxes didn't do... Which goes with the fact that our footplate crew didn't carry company watches. In fact they resisted their introduction (ASLEF initially refused the Timex watches IIRC). The argument was that the guards were in charge of trains and they had company pocket watches.
Then my brain trundles on and thinks... "so how did light engine crews know when to set off - e.g. to collect an ECS... ?

Perhaps the Signaller, had a clock in his Box??

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HI john, What an interesting and varied collection and history you have been showing us, most enjoyable.

I have a question, which you could possibly be able to answer and may even have some relevant pictures, too.

I used to send packs of Canon Palmer School kids down Vicarage Lane, Ilford, which had a set of railway offices, near to the School end. I seem to remember that you may have worked from those premises at one time? Previously I had an RAF posting to Berlin and have just seen this new pack, from Arnold. { HN4297 Arnold The Berliner Royal Corps of Transport 4 Coach Pack ( } Clearly those are a clear "must!" Travelled on it, was Train Duty Officer several times, on it and escorted the first ever WRAF Train Duty Officer, on it - not that the young lady needed any escorting, in the slightest, but someone upstairs thought - "just in case there was an adverse reaction from the Russians", how wrong they were.

My question is about the likely motive power for the Berliner Train 1980 - 83, for the Berlin end and the journey through East Germany. Some information about the train is there, but a little sparse and even less about the locos. Conveniently, I have a spare bit of Ply / insulation foam board, which it seems might make a suitable place for a poor replica of the Marienborn pantomime and maybe an excuse for loads of dannert wire. It would be nice to have the loco exchange as well as the document check, on scene. Would you have any information which may be of assistance to the general plot idea?

Best wishes and thank you for anything you may be able to reveal.
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