Sunday, May 25, 2008

Munich Hauptbahnhof

The second week of May, I had the opportunity to attend an IEEE working group meeting in Munich for work. On my second night there, I took the time to ride the subway over to the main train station, known as the Hauptbahnhof.

The main streetside entrance is impressive, if modern.

Walking toward the concourse, DB (Das Bahn) has their version of 'Mr. Soo Line' offering information and greetings to travelers.
The Hauptbahnhof is a stub-end station, with tracks entering from the west. (A smaller station is on the east side of town, and is known as the Ostbahnhof.)
The northernmost tracks receive local and regional trains, including the one shown below.
Germany's version of bilevel commuter coaches was used on this regional train.
A couple of the high-speed InterCity Express (ICE) trains were also present. This one is of the highest-performing model, as shown by its more dramatic aerodynamic profile.

An older style of ICE train was also there, with more of a shovel-nose profile.

Typical of DB's trainsets, the ICE equipment is built by a consortium of German companies, as shown by the decal on the older one.
An interesting collection of equipment was there that evening, as seen in the similarities to that used in North America.

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