This one is personal. It’s for my brother Nick, who passed away from lymphoma at the start of this year. Nick was all about trains. I mean, seriously, ALL about trains.
As kids, holidays always featured a trip to a steam railway, a rail museum or, if all else failed, a chilly platform of a major station. As he grew older, his holidays became these epic voyages around Europe, all by train. He travelled through Eastern and Central Europe on a railcard, a wing, a prayer and some rudimentary German and Russian phrases. When he got sick and could no longer work, he spent hours building a model railway based in the US and filled with pop culture references.
Today would have been Nick’s 51st birthday. So this humble commuter train from mid-1970s German is for him.
No Wikipedia link today (if you’re interested in German commuter trains, I’m sure you can find something to slake your curiosity). Instead a link to Tenovus Cancer Care, who were and remain an epic source of support to families dealing with cancer. If you’ve got a spare quid, please donate.