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Italy's Fastest by HerrDrayer Italy's Fastest by HerrDrayer
Chompin' at the bit, one of Italy's ETR 500 trainsets sits at Roma Termini. Thankfully, the Italians have the sense to give their high speed trains an interesting name, even if it's a ripoff of another well-named high speed train...Eurostar (Italia).

Incidentally, the Italians also gave their high speed lines a good name. Instead of LGV (Line of Grand Velocity), SFS (SchnellFahrStrecke), or High Speed Line, the Italians call the fastest routes "Diretissima." Great marketing!
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Kronosaurus82 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Professional Artist
"Direttissima" is actually the name of three old lines (Roma-Napoli and Bologna-Firenze built in 1920s and 1930s, and Firenze-Roma built in late 1970s).
Of these three, only the latter was a "high speed" line, built for speeds up to 200km/h.
The new and true italian high speed lines are simply called "TAV" (Treno ad Alta Velocità, High Speed Train) or Alta Velocità (High Speed)... not a very interesting name indeed. XD :P
The ETR 500 trainsets are changing their colorscheme and name (this grey colorscheme by Giugiaro is actually pretty depressing...), and they're now called Frecciarossa (Red Arrow). ^_^
I'm not a high speed trains fan, but the Frecciarossa looks pretty good, especially because the main Trenitalia coloscheme is the XMPR, which is VERY depressing!
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Mr-Uhrig Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Sono d'accordo... la livrea XMPR è davvero noiosa.
Prima i treni delle FS avevano tutti una livrea propria. :)
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Kronosaurus82 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Professional Artist
Non solo abbiamo una sola livrea unificata (che alla lunga stanca), ma è pure un accostamento di colori veramente poco felice... personalmente mi ricorda la muffa. :/
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the information. :)
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Kronosaurus82 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Artist
You're welcome. :)
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TGVart Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
It looks so much like acela amtrak. A bit critique : The train station need some extra cleaning service. :D
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, most everything in Italy looks like it would be a whole lot more beautiful if it just were to have more janitors on staff.
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particle-fountain Featured By Owner May 9, 2009
Love it!, love your composition. I wish I had this much access to such a variety of motives!
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner May 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome to visit us...:)
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hunter1828 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured! :D

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Fave the news article and spread the word about great train and rail photography!
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