Monday, June 09, 2014

Der Feurige Elias: E94 088

As mentioned in the first part, T3 Nr. 930 didn't accompany us all the way to Backnang. I'm not sure if that was because of schedule timing with the S-Bahn, or fire danger from the steam engine. One little boy on the platform was very, very sad when we left the steam engine behind in Marbach and could only be calmed down when we assured him that we'd pick it back up on the return trip.

Either way, we got to enjoy E94 088, a heavy six-axle freight locomotive built in 1943. While the original reason for their existence in large numbers is less enjoyable, it's an experience when an E94 rolls by. Even at switching speeds the ground is shaking under your feet, and while these locomotives are well known among the personnel for their ability to pull even the heaviest freight trains, the track maintenance department wasn't nearly as fond of them.

I even got the opportunity to pose with my favorite electric locomotive in Backnang before we headed back to Ludwigsburg.

As you can see, I'm not the only one who was enthralled by that much raw power built over 70 years ago.

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