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Old March 12th, 2009, 05:24 AM   #1
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MISC | Photos of Rolling Stock

I have been to many countries around the world, and use the trains in most, and seen the trains in them all...

I ALWAYS think that they either look weird due to the unusual designs (square windows, flat or very high roofs, slip level coaches etc)

I don't know if this is just because I am used to English trains or if they are actually weird...

What do you think? Do you like the APPEARANCE of English trains and think other countries trains are strange???

Here are my favourite trains in England that I think look good...


Class 180 DMU...



Class 332 EMU...



Class 158 Sprinter DMU...



HST with Mk3 coaches...



Class 170 DMU...

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Old March 12th, 2009, 06:09 AM   #2
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all in the eyes of the beholder. I personally really like Toronto's old streetcars.
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Old March 12th, 2009, 07:22 AM   #3
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Those trains look OK at best.
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Old March 12th, 2009, 07:43 AM   #4
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Not particularly the best selection of English trains, though I do agree that our rolling stock (as it is quite new compared to other countries) is definitely not bad at all.

Some of the best rolling stock I have seen with my own eyes, however, has been the Swiss and German. The ICE series in particular is far superior to anything the UK has to offer in terms of comfort, aesthetics and functionality.
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Old March 12th, 2009, 09:54 AM   #5
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I'm sorry... but in general I find UK trains bland and ugly. They're stuck in a quagmire between ugly and dated.
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They are certainly nothing to write home about. Not that they are ugly or anything, but other countries in Europe have a far more impressive rolling stock. British trains tends to be older than in other European countries on average.
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Old March 12th, 2009, 03:39 PM   #8
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Foreign trains are 'scary' looking because they are slightly bigger and platforms are lower, making them look like giants.

The designs of our trains are seriously contrained by the fact that below platform level they cant extend much beyond the track.
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Old March 12th, 2009, 04:42 PM   #9
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so you really think a Velaro is worse than these..
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Old March 12th, 2009, 04:45 PM   #10
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What do you think? Do you like the APPEARANCE of English trains and think other countries trains are strange???
I have to say that I'm somewhat like you, but I really like the looks of most Japanese trains, but the rest of what I have seen in the world look pretty bland.
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I have to say that I'm somewhat like you, but I really like the looks of most Japanese trains, but the rest of what I have seen in the world look pretty bland.
Yeah, I always tend to find that trains in other countries always have some weird feature. If its lots of very narrow windows, for a strangely high roof, or some odd cab design at the front or something else...

I always think English trains have the best proportions and the best overall appearance...

Here are some examples of what I think look weird...









And just to compare those last few EMUs with this, a Class 323 English EMU, which I think looks much better...

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Old March 12th, 2009, 06:08 PM   #12
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It's a matter of taste. I like some of the English trains I've seen, but I also think some of them look dated.

Perhaps it wasn't intentional and you were just looking for non-English trains with special cab designs, but there are high-speed intercity, suburban, and urban rolling stock in your pictures. I would at least compare rolling stock which performs the same functions since after all, form follows function.
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I agree with PoshBakerloo in principle. British trains look better. But only the newer ones. Those trainsets with a proper driver's cab and wide windscreen. Older trainsets look rather like a cut sausage. Anyway, the absence of a locomotive gives British trains a more flashy appearance.

Still, there are exceptions. No train looks better and feels better than the ICE3/ICE-T. Apart from that there is nothing worth mentioning on continental tracks. Well, they are OK at least.

Outside of Europe trains tend to look rather like cattle trains. Even those which are mean for passengers. Especially trains in north America are downright ugly.
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Old March 12th, 2009, 07:41 PM   #14
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That subject is really a matter of taste.

My own experience that all the trains I used in and around London looked shockingly bad in their interior left me with a not too impressed memory of the British rail system.

I hope those trains I used are rather sooner than later subject of replacement or serious updating of the interior.
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Outside of Europe trains tend to look rather like cattle trains. Even those which are mean for passengers. Especially trains in north America are downright ugly.
what an ethnocentric way of thinking. or might I say alittle blind?
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How could you find british trains nicer than that?? (especially the second)
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The second is ugly.

This one on the other hand

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/lazytom/853582431/

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/lastarial/2379927467/

or

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/thijmen189/2752443855/

This one also looks much better then the British ones.

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/lastarial/2785728307/
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How could you find british trains nicer than that?? (especially the second)


I don't like any of those trains, I just think they look like over designed trams...

I think this looks better...

Class 333

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The second is ugly.


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I'm not too keen on the train...but I like the livery on the coaches!


Oh, and just for the record...This French train I think is one of the worst in terms of the way it looks...

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first of all, stating that ONLY british trains look good is rather stupid and probably nationalistic, but okay, its aesthetics, whatever, grain of salt right?


second, IMHO (you see..) british trains are one of the ugliest, right after american and australian ones. they are bulky, a great deal are diesel to begin with, not at all aerodynamic and theres absolutely no emphasys on the color


so lets take it step by step

1. high speed trains: MY favourite is the Siemens Velaro, right after that is the new AGV then the old TGVs, starting with the double decker then the older one

2. regular trainsets: Siemens Desiro, Bomb. Talent and Stadler Flirt. There are probably others, but these are MY favs

3. locomotives: Siemens 'Taurus' and the swiss 2000whatever model i dont know the name of

these are aerodynamic, well proportioned, well painted etc.


various velaros:









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