Posted: 24 September 2009

Taken:2009-09-23 17:09:22
Camera:Canon EOS 1000D
Exposure: -2/3
Exposure Time:1/25
Focal Length:23 mm


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The Zentralbahn (formerly Brünigbahn and Luzern-Stans-Engelberg-Bahn) is a meter gauge railway connecting Lucerne, Engelberg and Interlaken. Apart from tourist trains via the amazing Brünigline, it also operates regional trains near Interlaken and parts of the S-Bahn system of Lucerne. For those services, it needed a new EMU, and bought this, the Stadler Spatz, which translates to Sparrow and is, as far as I can tell, no abbreviation. With low floor, large doors, high acceleration and speed (top speed 100 kph, 60 mph), it makes for a perfect commuter train.

However, it also goes through some very beautiful landscape. To make this stand out as it should, it differs from the normal [Stadler GTW 2/6][gtw] (on which it is based) by having the powered middle part be rather long and with a raised panorama seating area. MGB has bought some rather similar units as well. Here, two of them are standing as S-Bahn trains to Giswil and Stans in Lucerne central station.


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