So - it's official. On saturday a small impromptu festivity was held in Montzen yard to commemorate the end of most operations there.
A number of the engineers, switchmen, and tower personnel were on hand to pose in front of some of the engines that (used to) run there. Left to right a new class 28 Traxx, 40 of which are taking over most of the trains into Germany. Then a class 20 and class 23 3kV DC electrics which are the losers because of their BeNeLux-only equipment. Then a "passenger" and freight class 55 (the blue paint scheme denotes head-end power equipment instead of the original heating boiler). And on the far right an ex-GDR class 241.8 "super Ludmilla", reengined with a 4000 hp russian Kolomna diesel. The 55s will continue to operate about one third of the trains, while the 241.8s will be reassigned to southern Germany.
There are black flags on the 28 and 241.8, and the sign on the 23 reads: "DC Montzen - GMN - Derniers Trains 13-12-2008". Farewell, Montzen yard!
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