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Hi guys

I've just been thinking, which I know is dangerous at my age, but I have noticed over the months that a number of trains, locomotives equipment and locations have nicknames. An example of this is one I posted the other day the "Gobby" van, now I know what one is (a mobile office/workshop) but don't know where the name came from, but would be interested to know.

So come on dig deep for those odd names old and new as well as international.

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When I were a lad it was all Spaceship, Big Met, Bed Iron, Tango, Swedey Met, Ragtimer, Jazzer, Arrow, Racehorse, Cement Mixer, Ally Sloper, Bongo, STREAK!
 

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QUOTE (BRITHO @ 20 Jun 2007, 16:44) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>So come on dig deep for those odd names old and new as well as international.
Down our way in the Alps there are several:

Brenda = Brenner Pass
Rigi = Re 460 (actually the name of SBB Re 460 045-8, pronouced as Reegee)
Rigis = Re 465 (is an Re 460 + 5 = Rigi + 5 = Rigi5 = Rigis)
Rigiobahn = route with many Re 460 headed trains (as opposed to the DB Regiobahn)
Tonal Taurus = Atonal Taurus (listener chooses)= Siemens ES 64 U2 etc. whose inverters play a scale when moving off
'come out of her shell' = ÖBB locomotive with the 'Pflatsch' symbol in a crash with innards spread out
'to do a Lötschberg' = nasty gravity-shunting accident, preferably at very high speed, because sometimes runaway coaches/wagons/driverless Tauri etc. on steep lines get routed into occupied sidings for damage limitation! It makes a very big mess...
Rolala = empty ROLA train, which makes a lot of noise rattling through station

Goedel
(okay so I made these up!!)

However, one genuine one is:
DOSTO = a contraction of doppelstockwagen (bi-level coach)
 

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"Spam Cans" of course for the Bulleid pacifics in their original steamlined form.
"Ugly Ducklings" for the Q1s, also by Bulleid.

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QUOTE (John Webb @ 21 Jun 2007, 10:44) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>"Ugly Ducklings" for the Q1s, also by Bulleid.

I've not heard that one before.

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Well, I think it derives from the story of the 'Ugly Duckling' who turned out to be a smart swan - as in Hans Christian Anderson. They are ugly looking but do the job very well - I think they had the highest TE of any 0-6-0 in the country. I cannot recall where I first heard the term, but I was train-spotting on the SR of BR from around 1956/7 onwards.
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East Germany:

Ceaucescu´s revenge -> class 219
(Kraftcontainer) Power container -> class 155
Ludmilla, Breshnev´s revenge, (Kremlwanze) Kremlin cockroach -> class 232
(Taigatrommel) Taiga drum, Chrushtchev´s revenge -> class 220 (former East German class 120)
(Knödelpresse) dumpling mould -> class 180

West Germany:

(Knallfrosch) firecracker -> class 141 (the transformer makes noises that are reminiscent of firecrackers)
Donald Duck -> class 403
(Weißwurst) white sausage, world´s longest tampax -> ICE trains
(Eierkopf) egghead -> class VT08
(Staubsauger) vacuum cleaner -> class 145
(Coladose) Coca-Cola can -> class 103 in red livery
(Bügeleisen) electric iron -> class E71
(Quietschi) squeaky -> class 423/424/425
Tupperware -> class 644 ("Talent")
 

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Who can forget the Ivatts,

'Flying Pig'

'Mickey Mouse'

I am sure that this could become a very interesting thread!

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QUOTE (ME 26-06 @ 21 Jun 2007, 20:00) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>(Staubsauger) vacuum cleaner -> class 145
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It's interesting how similar names develop in different countries, after all we had the "Hoovers" (EE class50) so named, I understand because of their distinctive sound.

I wonder what the class 66 "shed" is known as in Europe?

Reagrds

John
 
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