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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 VelocitÓ, High Speed Train) or Alta VelocitÓ (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 Ŕ 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 Ŕ 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  Professional Photographer
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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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you kindly. :)
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hunter1828 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome!
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009  Professional Photographer
Man, that train just screams "fast!". That, and the right-of-way looks like crap. ;P
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, it's interesting how disparate the quality of the track structure is just between the two tracks visible in this picture. Roma Termini is a stub-end station, so there's not much need to have the bumper-post end of the tracks in pristine condition...:)
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robertbeardwell Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Great train :D
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks. :) Now, if only I had ridden it. We waited too long to make our reservations. If we had booked two weeks earlier, it would have been cheaper to take the night train down there, then taken the Eurostar Italia to Milan, a Cisalpino to Basel, and an ICE to Mannheim.
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robertbeardwell Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
I can't get to see, least you have that privilege :D
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Man, a taste of honey's worse than none at all.
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robertbeardwell Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
True :)
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CJSutcliffe Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice shot, though if the open access operator that that guy from Ferrari and stuff has set up goes ahead, they will have Alstom AGV sets to run...
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Mr-Uhrig Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Yes, you mean the company NTV (Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori), isn't it?
They named the AGV train "Italo". :)
Operations will begin around 2011.
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, that'll make railfanning in Italy even more interesting.
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CJSutcliffe Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
It will, as said open access operator will be the AGVs launch customer, showing SNCF how it's done no doubt... :)
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Sounds good to me. :)
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009  Professional Photographer
Wonderful perspective and movement (even if the train is standing still :) )!
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you kindly! (^_^)
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EricForFriends Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009  Professional Photographer
You're welcome! :)
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SinisterSandman Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009
This shot is amazingly focuse... everything is coming from a specific point in the photo and surging forward, which is a great effect.

There's nearly always something to take away from that, but you nailed it.
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HerrDrayer Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! Thank you kindly! (^_^) I'll try not to let your comment get to my head...:)
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SinisterSandman Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009
No worries ^^
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