Going Static

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After almost 10 years, I have decided to ditch Wordpress for Jekyll, a static blog engine. As opposed to Wordpress, Jekyll is not dependent on MySQL and PHP, but simply generates static HTML files from sources in Markdown, so you can create your blog posts comfortably using your favourite text editor, let Jekyll generate the HTML and put it on an arbitrary web server. As the server only needs to serve the HTML pages, the attack surface is greatly reduced.

Like Wordpress, Jekyll boasts a huge number of themes, of which I have chosen the excellent Minimal Mistakes theme in order to create a fresh but familiar look for this blog.

Since many image links in older posts were broken due to an outdated Gallery installation, I have decided to only convert posts from 2014 or later. Moreover, while I was able to copy the comments from these posts, I have not yet decided how to let people submit new comments since this requires at least some dynamic server code. Hence, at the moment it is not possible to post comments on this blog.

After restoring comment support, I am planning to move the blog over to GitHub Pages and CloudFlare GitLab Pages, so I can finally serve this site over HTTPS. For now you can already browse the complete source code on GitHub GitLab.

Tramino Braunschweig

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After some delays due to certification, the new Tramino trams for Braunschweig have finally entered into service last Monday. The first two pictures show unit 1451 running on line M5.

Tramino Braunschweig Hauptbahnhof

Tramino Braunschweig Ägidienkirche

As can be seen on the next picture, the interior looks quite modern as well.

Tramino Braunschweig Interior

Green lights above the doors indicate that the vehicle may be entered.

Tramino Braunschweig Heinrich-Büssing-Ring

The next picture shows unit 1451 standing next to one of its ancestors built in 1995.

Tramino Braunschweig Heinrich-Büssing-Ring 2

Finally, a bonus picture of a tram from the 2007 series coupled to a trailer built in 1974! These trailers will probably be retired as soon as enough new trams have entered into service.

Braunschweig Hauptbahnhof

Taking the Slow Train Through the Harz Mountains

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Not far away from Braunschweig in the Eastern part of the Harz Mountains lies a large narrow-gauge railway network where steam engines still operate on most services. In order to tour almost the entire network, my colleague and I started our tour in Quedlinburg, which is easily reached by a regional train from Magdeburg. From there, a steam train took us on the Selke Valley Railway to Alexisbad.

Selketalbahn

After switching to a diesel car in Alexisbad, we arrived at Eisfelder Talmühle where another steam train took us on the Trans-Harz Railway all the way to Drei Annen Hohne, where we changed to the famous Brocken Railway.

Eisfelder Talmühle

Harzquerbahn

Unfortunately, soon after starting the ascent to the Brocken mountain, we entered the clouds so that I could not enjoy the superb view from the mountain over Northern Germany.

Brockenbahn

Brockenbahnhof

After a water stop in Drei Annen Hohne, our steam train took us on the remaining part of the Trans-Harz Railway to its terminal at Wernigerode, another interchange point with Deutsche Bahn’s regional network.

Drei Annen Hohne