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Deutsche Bahn ICE599, InterCity Express 599, Berlin to Frankfurt,

Inside out: ICE599 from Berlin to Frankfurt

It’s only been thirty minutes since leaving the nation’s capital. I can’t sit still and chill for the four hours on the I-C-E (eee-sea-aay).

I’m on board Germany’s Inter City Express train 599, from Berlin to Frankfurt1. The information monitor is helpfully providing friendly reminders and relevant details, including the next station and the train’s present speed. The train glides at 200 kilometres per hour with the landscape whizzing by to say “look, you’re moving quickly!” But it feels like I’m standing still.

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“Wir bitten Sie um Ihr Verständnis …”

Over the loudspeakers, a calm, cool, soothing voice fills the tall, wide, spacious spaces of the Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Central Station).  A woman’s voice says:

Meine Damen und Herren, auf Gleis 12, I-C-E 540 nach Köln Hauptbahnhof, planmässige Abfahrt um 2106 Uhr.  Wegen der Schnee, Glatteis, und technischen Störungen, entschuldigen wir uns für die Verspätung, und wir bitten Sie um Ihr Verständnis.

Ladies and gentlemen, on platform 12, InterCityE xpress train 540 to Cologne Central Station, with scheduled departure at 2106.  Due to weather and technical problems, we apologize for the delay, and we ask for your understanding.

Throughout most of December, snow and ice continued to be a thorn in the daily and timely operations of the primary Germany rail operator, Deutsche Bahn.   According to the Deutsche Bahn website, the ICE train from Berlin to Cologne takes a little over 5 hours in good weather-conditions.  On this Boxing Day evening, this train left Berlin about 10 minutes late, and there was a lot of snow along the way between the capital to the Rhine-river region.  I’m sure this train arrived in Cologne at least an hour late at 3am.

Berlin Hauptbahnhof Central Station

I made the photo above on 26 December 2010 with the Canon EOS450D camera and EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens. Published initially on Posterous, this post now appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as

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