As the philosopher Jagger once said: You can’t always get what you want. I, for example, would have wanted another train on track 8 (to the left, behind the columns) to complement this picture, but no chance. Why was I even on track 7 to begin with? Because I had forgotten what track the 103 would arrive on and it took me a while to realize that heading for Dortmund, the train would appear in the eastbound half of the station instead.

Now, you may be wondering why this Transregio/Mittelrheinbahn Siemens Desiro ML has its headlights turned off. It’s engineer certainly was wondering about that, asking random people on the platform whether it was working now. With a delay of at least half an hour due to this (if I gathered correctly), this fits in nicely with the recent german railroading tradition of things breaking in various ways on launch day.


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