Most beautiful train outside the UK

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  1. hexagon789

    hexagon789 Established Member

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    With having a thread dedicated to the most beautiful train in the UK, it felt appropriate to have one for non-British trains. There are many worthy designs of trains in other countries, so what are your favourites?

    Mine:

    Steam - NYC J3a Hudson
    Diesel - SNCF CC72000
    Electric - DB Class 103
    EMU - either the original TGV Sud-Est or the SBB RAe TEE II
     
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  3. TRAX

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    More of this ! I like it.

    Steam: still not into it, sorry.

    Diesel or bi-mode locomotive: GE Evolution Series (diesel) (North America).

    Electric locomotives: (not in any particular order) BB 26000 (France), 2ЭС7 (Russia), ЭП20 (Russia), Siemens EuroSprinter (Class 189) (Europe), Škoda E109 (Europe) - I must me forgetting some machines I really enjoy seeing.

    DMUs and BMUs: B 85000 (France) (BMU) - is that all ? I must be forgetting some.

    EMUs: (again, no particular order here) Siemens Desiro RUS (Russia), Stadler Kiss I (Europe), M7 (United States), MF 01 (Paris Metro), Newag Impuls I (Europe), MI 09 (France), Z 50000 (France), Siemens Desiro ML (Europe), Class 483/484 (Germany), MX3000 (Oslo Metro). Aaaand again I must’ve left some behind.
     
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    Siemens ES64U2 “Taurus” locomotives. Just a fabulous design.
     
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    I quite like the French Z55500 units and the B81500 units.
     
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    I suppose that would include the entire Bombardier Omneo and AGC families as the design of all variants is identical ?
     
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    I guess so.
     
  8. duesselmartin

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    Steam. German 38 class
    Diesel Irish 141 class
    Electric. Former Belgian Alsthom 16 Class
    EMU Italy'' FS 450 Pendolino
    DMU Danish IC3 DMU.
     
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    Electric : Amtrak ACS64 and Pennsylvania GG1
    Diesel : Alco PA and Via Rail LRC
    Gas Turbine : Union Pacific 4500hp
     
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    Not to mention the sound!
     
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    Really??? I’ve always thought they looked like giant sink plungers! Same goes for the Belgian units with rubber ring front ends.

    I find the German class 120 has a well proportioned angular look. The Swiss class 460 looks good too.
     
  12. MarcVD

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    You mean this one ?

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    In this case, nothing to do with Alsthom. Builders were ACEC and Brugeoise&Nivelles (now Bombardier).

    In my opinion :

    Steam : SNCF 232U1
    Electric : DB 103 or SNCF CC6500
    Diesel : DB V200 or all Nohab/AFB european locs
    EMU : SBB RAe
    DMU : SNCF turbotrains
     
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    Surely a mention for the Nankai 50000 Series?
     
  14. WideRanger

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    The Darth Vader trains? Please tell me you are joking...
     
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    Not at all! I love that kind of kitsch futurism. It's not just the nose either - the windows, the interiors...

    If we're going classic, though, what about the lovely old French X4500s now over in Romania?
     
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    There's something about these I just love.

    Shame they were all scrapped on dieselisation, and that they never really got to show their full potential speed-wise unlike the streamliners of the Milwaukee which most certainly did.
     
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    EMU: I think the new 250km/h Stadlers for SBB take some beating. I'd definitely FLIRT with that! :D

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    Stadler EC250
     
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    Ah yes, the Stadler SMILE, a good choice.
     
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    Beauty isn't always on the outside. I find the bar or restaurant car of most trains a thing of beauty. Special mention goes to any train on a scenic route, any train with local/national character/food and drink, any train with a happy hour, any train with glass glasses, metal cutlery and proper plates. Top marks to Thalys for Belgian beer, SBB for Swissness, DB ICEs and ICs for Weissbeir and draught Beck's, and pretty much everything Central European for affordability and interesting food and drink.
     
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    Steam - Norfolk & Western J-class passenger 4-8-4
    Diesel - a set of matching EMD F7 or F9 A+B units with the stainless steel side grilles and classy paint scheme e.g. the Santa Fe 'Warbonnet'
    Electric - SBB Re620 (Re6/6) in the red & grey paint scheme - just such an archetypal, powerful, Swiss electric loco, with spoked wheels and cast numbers/crests (and still going strong after nearly 40 years).
     
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    Agreed. I'd also put in a word for the general top-of-staircase arrangement on a TGV Duplex, with the little "sofa" area squeezed in between the toilet and luggage rack. In general the Duplex is a masterpiece of clever interior design and use of space.
     
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    Diesel loco: EMD E-units
    Electric loco: SNCF BB36300 or SNCF BB 16000

    DMU: ICE TD
    EMU: ETR1000 or Shinkansen 500 series.

    Don't know enough about steam abroad.
     
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    Most of the Shinkansen lot, or in Europe some of the French stuff. Don't know classes very well. Steam isn't generally very pretty in Europe compared to some of ours.
     
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    I agree in the ICE TD, but sadly short lived. Next best is the ICE-T. T EMU. The last ICE tilting version.
     
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    Always liked the Swiss Brünig (Interlaken - Lucerne) 2/3 width electric locos. Was this a previous "full width" loco that has been shaved down?
     
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    If you mean the Class 101 electric locos, no, they were built like that.
    :D
     
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    Sorry my bad English. I meant to say is the design based on an existing full width loco? It's the asymmetrical windscreens that make me wonder.
     
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    Steam locos - UP 4-8-4s (plenty of videos of UP 844 online)
    Diesels - Nohabs
    Electric - SNCF 6500 or Pennsy GG1
    Units - French turbotrains & TEE mus
     
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    Not directly that I’m aware of. At least not in the way that the Rhatische Bahn Ge4/4ii locos look like a scaled down version of SBB’s Re4/4ii.
     
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    Care to explain why you think that way ?
     

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