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Slang and Nicknames

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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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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

(okay so I made these up!!)

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