Bahn Extra 6/2011: Die Ara Blau-Beige

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This A4 sized “bookazine” type publication takes a nostalgic look back at the then West German Deutsche Bundesbahn network of the 1970s and 1980s when many of the DB’s locos and coaches sported a blue/beige colour scheme – hence the title. Most vehicles that carried this livery were blue below and beige above, but the opposite was true on some coaches and on Hamburg S-Bahn EMUs, for example.

As well as the liveries of that era, other topics covered include:

  • The end of steam traction
  • New loco and unit classes introduced in the 1970s and 1980s
  • Line closures
  • New train categories: Intercity (initially as a first class only service in 1971, then two-class from 1979), Eurocity, Fern-Express (FD), InterRegio
  • Routes upgraded for higher speeds (Ausbaustrecken) and the first high speed lines (Neubaustrecken)
  • The 150 years of German railways celebrations in 1985

Published 2011. Over 200 photos, mostly colour. 98 pages. German text. Softback.

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