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At some point in the late 70's/early 80's SBB changed their corporate colours from green to red and subsequently various loco series on order where delivered in red instead of the originally planned green. IIRC that goes for the Re 4/4, Ae 6/6 and Re 6/6 series, but I don't know the particulars by heart  :no:

 

The changeover from green to red was in the early 1980's and I believe the first locos to appear in a "red livery" were the 4 members of class Re 4/4 IV in 1982, each one having the livery applied differently. The Ae 6/6 was built in the early 60's, the Re 6/6 in the late 70's, so both all had green livery. It was only a few members of class Re 4/4 III which remained to be built up to 1985, so some of these may have come out in red livery.

 

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Some photos at Pfaffikon SZ today, on the line from Zürich to Chur.  It is also the junction for the Südostbahn lines to Arth Goldau and Rapperswil and beyond.

 

 

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Pfaffikon SZ RABDe12/12 1115 Pfaffikon SZ to Zurich 31st July 88 C9871

 

 

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Pfaffikon SOB BDe4/4 86 ArthGoldau to Romanshorn 1st August 88 C9898

 

 

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Pfaffikon RE4/4ii 11114 Zurich to Ziegelbrucke 1st August 88 C9899

 

 

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Pfaffikon SOB ABDe4/4 12 Rapperswil to Pfaffikon SZ 1st August 88 C9900

 

 

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Pfaffikon Ae6/6 11419 westbound 1st August 88 C9903

 

 

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All these wonderful old electrics make me weak at the knees, so please allow me to add another shot at Pfaffikon, an Ae4/7 in June 1984. Even the parcels vans behind the Sputnik brake van look old.

 

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There is a causeway carrying the railway and road across the Zürichsee from Pfaffikon SZ to Rapperswil which is the location for today's photos.

 

 

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Rapperswil SOB ABe4/4 14 Pfaffikon to Rapperswil 31st July 88 C9812

 

 

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Rapperswil SOB BDe4/4 Rapperswil to ArthGoldau 31st July 88 C9818

 

 

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Rapperswil BT Re4/4 94, Dt, RBDe12/12 1104 31st July 88 C9823

 

 

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Rapperswil RBe4/4 1449 Rapperswil to Zürich 31st July 88 C9828

 

 

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Rapperswil RABDe8/16 2002 Zürich to Rapperswil 31st July 88 C9831

 

 

David

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We are at Ziegelbrücke today on the line from Zürich to Chur.

 

 

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Ziegelbrucke 31st July 88 C9835

 

 

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Ziegelbrucke Re4/4ii 11206 Basel to Chur 31st July 88 C9856

 

 

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Ziegelbrucke Re4/4ii 11276 Zurich to Wien Maria Theresa 31st July 88 C9862.

 

 

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ZiegelbruckeRe4/4ii 11229 Zurich to Chur 31st July 88 C9865

 

 

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Ziegelbrucke Re4/4ii 11133 31st July 88 C9868

 

 

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C9856 and C9865: I know these loco's are green, but that's almost blue!

 

Nice pic's Dave, keep 'em comin' please!

 

 

Some of the blue is fading of the film, I don't always get the colour correction quite right - and sometimes different bits of the slide have changed colour in different ways.

 

The locos were green, honest, but some were badly faded.

 

David

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Nothing wrong with the colour in the last pic!  The orange and grey 'Swiss Express' livery is my favourite livery on my favourite type of SBB electric. 

 

Thanks for sharing.

 

Here's another, 11303 at Interlaken 1990

 

 

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From Ziegelbrücke there is a branch to Linthal, we'll start a journey along it today.

 

 

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Ziegelbrucke Re4/4ii 11395 Chur to Basel 31st July 88 C9857

 

 

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Ziegelbrucke Teiii 171 31st July 88 C9860

 

 

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Glarus 31st July 88 C9850

 

 

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Schwanden 31st July 88 C9849

 

 

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Luchsingen Hatzingen RBe4/4 1434 Rapperswil to Linthal 31st July 88 C9848

 

 

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Today we reach Linthal, have a quick look round (there are more photos earlier in this thread) and then head to back towards Rapperswil, passing Uznach.

 

 

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Luchsingen Hatzingen Re4/4 11116 Linthal to Rapperswil 31st July 88 C9837.

 

 

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Linthal Re4/4 11115 31st July 88 C9842

 

 

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Linthal Re4/4ii 11115 Linthal to Rapperswil 31st July 88 C9845

 

 

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Linthal 31st July 88 C9846

 

 

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Uznach Teii 89 31st July 88 C9833

 

Edited to correct the number of one of the Re44iis.  Anyone who knows the line would realise that you cannot see a loco going away from Linthal at Luchsingen Hatzingen and then aparently see the same loco at Linthal 10 minutes later.

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If we consider that your pictures are made in a pre- digital time I have to say that the quality is amazing. Your father must have used a very expensive photo paper. Also - as you send pictures almost every day I wonder how many you have. Must be thousands...

 

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If we consider that your pictures are made in a pre- digital time I have to say that the quality is amazing. Your father must have used a very expensive photo paper. Also - as you send pictures almost every day I wonder how many you have. Must be thousands...

 

Vecchio

 

Hi Vecchio,

 

Many thanks for the comment.

 

The photos are a mix of Dad's and mine - his have a "J" at the start of the file number, mine have a "C".

 

All of the colour ones were scanned from slide film - mainly Agfachrome or early Fujichrome.

 

In all, including my British ones, I have around 40,000 railway photo scans, plus a few of my Mum's, as she also took (and at 92 still takes) some railway photos - she likes railways and other mechanical things having worked as a turbine designer at the end of the war after doing a maths degree.

 

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A few photos from Denmark today just for a change.  As usual they were taken during my holidays.  

 

Esbjerg Hafn is the harbour station. They don't come any simpler.

 

 

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Esbjerg DSB IC3dmu 5207 and 5251 25th July 92 C17016

 

 

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Esbjerg DSB dmu 4045 13th Aug 92 C17844

 

 

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Esbjerg Hafn harbour station 13th Aug 92 C17899c

 

 

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Esbjerg Hafn harbour 13th Aug 92 C17899h

 

 

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olding view west 13th Aug 92 C17823

 

 

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Back to Switzerland with some photos taken on the Südostbahn between Pffaffikon and Arth Goldau.

 

The gradient on much of the line is 1 in 20.

 

 

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Samstagern SOB BDe4/4 80 31st July 88 C9876

 

 

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Samstagern SOB BDe4/4 83 31st July 88 C9877

 

 

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Schindellegi Feusisberg SOB Re4/4iii 43 special Einsiedeln to Zurich 31st July 88 C9878

 

 

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Sattel Aegeri 31st July 88 C9887

 

 

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south of Arth Goldau Gotthardbahn from SOB 31st July 88 C9894

Arth Goldau station is about one third in from the left in the upper part of the photo, 

 

 

David

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Hi Vecchio,

 

Many thanks for the comment.

 

 

 

All of the colour ones were scanned from slide film - mainly Agfachrome or early Fujichrome.

 

David.

Do you find the Agfachrome to have a bluish tint that needs correcting?

Many of mine do (unfortunately I have very few railway shots!)

I also used Ferrania (?) (very red cast) or Ektachrome which I originally processed myself.

 

Keith

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Do you find the Agfachrome to have a bluish tint that needs correcting?

Many of mine do (unfortunately I have very few railway shots!)

I also used Ferrania (?) (very red cast) or Ektachrome which I originally processed myself.

 

Keith

 

 

Depending on the age of the film Agfa can have either a blue or green cast (the latter usually on very old slides).

 

I find early Fujichrome (1970s) goes brown with age and loses a lot of the green - which is almost impossible to put back without spending a long time on each image.

 

I've only scanned a few Ferrania colour slides, it can have various colour casts.  Ektachrome I find often has a distinct blue green tinge.

 

The other issues involve grain, contrast and "sharpness".  Kodachrome gives very sharp results, other films less so.  But Kodachrome was only 25ASA, too slow for my purposes.  Agfa and Fuji did not give such sharp results (grain structure etc).  When I look at books of colour photos I can very often tell what film was used for each image.  For a time in the 80s I used Supasnaps slide film (made by 3M I believe), newly processed it was good but it didn't keep well, there was a significant colour shift and apparent loss of sharpness.

 

All color film, slide and negative, fades on exposure to light.  About 20? years ago I read an article, I think in Amateur Photographer, about some experiments done with slides.  There was apparently a measurable shift in the colours of the dyes in the film after about 30 seconds in a projector - and remember once the colour changes it never goes back to what it was originally.

 

When I scanned mine I usually saved the scan without much correction.  As I prepare them for the web (or whatever) I work on them in Photoshop (usually CS3).  Sometimes Autolevels will be enough, at other times I make manual adjustments to colour balance.

 

If all else fails I open the image "As Raw" and then correct each colour independently.

 

Edit to add:

In my first job, between school and University I did a lot of photomicrography of slides of animal tissues, we processed all our own slide film and found that the processing of the film, both temperature and times in each bath was critical in getting repeatable colours.  

 

David

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 Some more photos from Switzerland, still on the Südostbahn on the way to Arth Goldau from Pfaffikon.

 

 

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Biberbrugg BT BDe4/4 52 to Einsiedeln 31st July 88 C9880

 

 

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Biberbrugg SOB ABt 203 Rapperswil to ArthGoldau 31st July 88 C9885

 

 

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Altmatt SOB BDe4/4 and SOB ABt 1st August 88 C9895

 

 

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Arth Goldau Re4/4ii 11357 Luzern to Chiasso 29th July 88 C9648

 

 

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Arth Goldau SOB Re4/4iii 42 in middle of train Luzern to Romanshorn 31st July 88 C9893  

 

 

David

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Some more from Rapperswil today.

 

 

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Rapperswil RABDe12/12 1118 Zurich to Rapperswil 31st July 88 C9813

 

 

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Rapperswil left to right SOB BDe4/4 SOB ABe4/4 14 RABDe12/12 BDt RABDe12/12 31st July 88 C9814

 

 

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Rapperswil RABDe12/12 and BDt 31st July 88 C9815

 

 

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Rapperswil RABDe8/16 Zurich to Rapperswil 31st July 88 C9827

 

 

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Rapperswil Re4/4ii 11115 Rapperwil to Linthal 31st July 88 C9829

 

 

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I thought it was time we had a few Belgian photos.

 

Today's are from Drongen, near Ghent.

 

 

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Drongen Class 62 6222 l e eastbound 14th Aug 90 C15246

 

 

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Drongen Class 75 804 and 811 eastbound 14th Aug 90 C15247

 

 

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Drongen Class 27 2741westbound 14th Aug 90 C15249

 

 

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Drongen Class 27 2702 westbound 14th Aug 90 C15251

 

 

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Drongen Class 16 1603 EC Ostend to Frankfurt 14th Aug 90 C15254

 

 

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Back in Switzerland today, heading north back towards Arth Goldau on the Gotthard line.

 

 

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Wassen Re6/6 northbound Tiziano 29th July 88 C9690

 

 

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Wassen Re6/6 southbound freight 29th July 88 C9692

 

 

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Amsteg Silenen 29th July 88 C9679

 

 

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Erstfeld Re6/6 11683 southbound ballast 29th July 88 C9658.

 

 

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Erstfeld Re4/4ii 11367 and Re6/6 l e for northbound goods 29th July 88 C9666

 

 

David

 

 

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A short visit to Lugano today.  It was a very hot day,  I spent most of my time trying to find some shade.

 

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Lugano Re6/6 11633 southbound freight 30th July 88 C9735

 

 

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Lugano Funicular 30th July 88 C9739

 

 

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Lugano FLP Be4/8 24 30th July 88 C9743  The FLP is the Ferrovia Lugano- Ponte Tresa.

 

 

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Lugano FLP Be4/8 24 30th July 88 C9745

 

 

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Lugano Re6/6 11656 EC Carlo Magno    Sestri Levante to Dortmund 30th July 88 C9756

 

 

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That funicular looks like it's just come up out of the ground and crashed into the station at a random angle.

And Sestri Levante to Dortmund - that's a nice scenic journey, with the Mediterranean, the Alps and the section along the Rhine. Carlo Magno = Charlemagne if anyone hadn't realised. He ruled over much of the territory of the route of that train.

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A bit further south today to Chiasso on the border between Switzerlnd Italy, where the two different electrification systems meet.  

 

Today we just have photos of Swiss locos.

 

 

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Chiasso Re6/6 11629 Calais and Oostende to Milano 30th July 88 C9722

 

 

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Chiasso looking north 30th July 88 C9724

 

 

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Chiasso Re6/6 11606 Zurich to Ancona 30th July 88 C9725

 

 

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Chiasso Re6/6 11685 30th July 88 C9727

 

 

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Chiasso Bm4/4 18405 30th July 88 C9728

 

 

David

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Some wonderful destinations on these international trains, which are sadly no longer served except by domestic services.

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Some wonderful destinations on these international trains, which are sadly no longer served except by domestic services.

The thing I remember were the trains consisting of coaches from several different countries.

Mostly the standard "European" profile with (IIRC) some OBB ones lower in height.

 

Keith

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