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railjet!


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Hello all!

 

On my way to the city this morning I was told that an ÖBB railjet formation is currently in Frankfurt for staff training as there will be weekendly railjet services from Frankfurt to Budapest via Stuttgart, Munich and Vienna from December onwards. I then proceeded to take a pair of snapshots across the fence...

 

 

 

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Zooming in, the locomotive turned out to be 1116 229, which is one of the 2nd batch of 1116s refitted for railjet service. This batch of twenty locos was not given the Swiss equipment package which mainly consists of a 3rd pantograph and the Swiss train protection systems, and is also lacking the aerodynamic shrouding around the transformer.

 

 

 

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The downside to this sighting is that I am now feeling tempted again to get one of these sets in H0 scale... :mellow: :unsure: ;)

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How long would the journey to Budapest take? My understanding was that the Railjet concept was launched to target the business traveller, so I guess the target market is for journeys between intermediate stops at various points between the two cities. Being generous and assuming a nine hour journey time, I doubt many business people would take that as an option!

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How long would the journey to Budapest take? My understanding was that the Railjet concept was launched to target the business traveller, so I guess the target market is for journeys between intermediate stops at various points between the two cities. Being generous and assuming a nine hour journey time, I doubt many business people would take that as an option!

 

Looking into the timetable, the Saturday morning railjet service from Wiesbaden Central Station is to depart at 4.45 am and calls at Mannheim at 6.11, Stuttgart at 6.52, Munich Central Station at 9.17, Vienna Western Station at 1.44 pm, then to arrive at Budapest at 4.49 pm. The stops I mentioned in between are only the most important ones, though.

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