ICE Train, Germany

OCTOBER 2007 – The end of a German ICE Train, Series 3, with its backlights switched on, ready for boarding and departure from Munich Central Station in Germany. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

On 5th October 2007, German train drivers went on strike for 30 hours and brought massive turbulences and delays for millions of travelers across Germany.

I was shooting some documentary photos of the strikers but also went into the main hall of the central station in Munich to look for attractive images. Usually you will experience a constant activity, with trains approaching and leaving and masses of passengers populating the platforms, the hall and the shops. Now it was really quiet there, with just very few trains and people at the station.

This ICE Train – a stylish Series 3 model, the most modern back then – had been ready for boarding and departure but would not leave the station due to the strikes.

I like this photo because it is not a shiny, clean PR photo. Instead, it shows that the ICE trains are true working horses in the portfolio of Deutsche Bahn. Dust and dirt covers the front (now end) of the train as they transport passengers to all the major cities in Germany. At least someone had taken the time to clean the DB logo at a previous station. The large aperture puts the focus on the front section and blurs the background.


P.S.: This Wikipedia article (in German) has possibly more information on the ICE Train, Series 3, than you would ever want to know.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time05-OCT-2010, 09:49
LocationMunich, Germany
CameraCanon EOS-1D Mark II N
LensCanon EF 70-200 mm 2.8 L USM
Exposure1/200 sec at f/2.8
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera RAW (CR2)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3370 x 2336 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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