• Vote for the World's Ugliest Train - Just for Fun

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  by bostontrainguy
 
I know. You all want the new Talgo to be number 1, but it may have been beat here.
UGLY - 1l-Image-Class-385-EMU.jpg
And while we are at it. This is my vote for the most beautiful:
Italian.jpg
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  by MACTRAXX
 
BTG: Yes-this Scotrail Class 385 EMU...I will nickname these the "Jimmy Durante" fleet...
For anyone who may not know the name Jimmy Durante he was an Italian-American
actor (born February 10, 1893; died January 29, 1980 at age 86) known for his large
nose (the old "schnozzola") as he was described back in the day...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Durante

I have also learned from reading about these cars that the sightlines are a problem
of the windshield design on either side of the door diaphragm for crew members
specifically the train operator/driver.

I like the Scotrail color scheme incorporating a variation of Scotland's blue and white
colors and their flag striping into their color scheme but in this case the yellow on the
front end makes this look even uglier (yellow in the UK on the front ends of D/EMUs or
locomotives once was mandatory-it is now optional provided adequate headlights are used) and should have reflectorized white striping instead.

Yes - the Scotrail Class 385 is in one word *UGLY* with a face only a mother could love...
MACTRAXX
  by Pensyfan19
 
This is what I was trying to do with the topic renamed "Unique Locomotives Worldwide". (sorry). ;)
I have a few entries from that topic for this contest which are found below.

https://trainspo.com/photo/99124/
https://railpictures.net/photo/703845/
http://www.trainweb.org/greengoats/rprx/2001.html
https://www.railpictures.net/photo/489164/
http://www.trainweb.org/galt-stn/cprost ... cp1152.htm
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... x?id=74438
AND LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST: https://railpictures.net/photo/663598/
Plus one from outside of that topic: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sooliner/ ... /lightbox/
  by NH2060
 
Oh I’ve got a few contenders *stretches fingers*:

-UTDC/H-S/Bombardier Bilevels
-Rotem CEM cab cars
-NJT/AMT/MARC multilevels
-MARC/VRE Kawasaki bilevels
-SEPTA Silverliner V
-Anything in the new Altamont Corridor Express livery (the old one was perfectly fine!)
-The Caltrans livery on the new CALIDOT coaches
-The WSDOT SC-44s. Too much white and not a proper balance of white, brown, and dark green.
-Stadler FLIRT.
-Stadler NJT RiverLINE DMU
-Anything in LNER colors
-BR Class 745
-The original Midland Mainline livery (not the later livery)
  by SouthernRailway
 
Some Talgos (the locomotives are ugly)
Acela IIs, definitely
A lot of post-WWII streamlined cars were pretty beaten down by Amtrak's inception, so they looked pretty rough (at least in photos).
  by bostontrainguy
 
I got lots of mixed feelings on this one. It's spectacularly ugly on the outside but spectacularly beautiful inside?

Japanese luxury hotel train.jpg
Japanese Luxury Hotel Train int.jpg
http://www.cirpac.com/travel-on-japans- ... per-train/

If you're not familiar with this thing you got to check it out:

https://www.dogonews.com/2017/5/23/japa ... none-other
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  by Pensyfan19
 
Yeah but the interior of the Shiki Shima/JR E001 series is beautiful though. This is an example of interior beauty being MUCH greater than exterior beauty. Not to mention the tickets range from $2,000 to $10,000, but this is a very beautiful train (based on the interior) and I hope to be on it some day in the distant future (since I can't afford to go on it now or plan on since I have other things to do first.)

Also while we're on the topic of ugly trains, especially since the first entry was British, I have two more entries:

British Rail class 196: https://railcolornews.com/2020/03/16/uk ... -in-spain/
British Rail class 730: https://www.globalrailwayreview.com/new ... r-aventra/
  by SouthernRailway
 
The Japanese sleeper train looks like the Star Wars ship Millennium Falcon with a TV strapped to the front.

The Scotrail one in the first post and the Henschel one in one of the photos above are the worst.

I don't find most of the others ugly; freight locomotives are just utilitarian to me.
  by SouthernRailway
 
And aren't all railway trucks (the wheels and the metal contraptions around the wheels) ugly?

And all of the stuff sticking out below passenger railcars?

And a lot of diaphragms?

Even beautiful trains have this kind of stuff, which is ugly.
  by Gilbert B Norman
 
How say the "job" that Seaboard did with three of their round end Obs when those cars were assigned as a "mid-train" lounge on the Silver Star, and fitted with diaphragms getting them down in the league with those Talgo MU cars that originated this topic.

This occurred during the later '50's when even pro-passenger SAL recognized that demand was starting to slip and they could no longer support a Star with an identical consist to the Meteor. This change killed the Sleeper-Lounge (ACF "--Mountain") and enabled car lines, such as Norfolk-Miami to be added/cut.

One such car is on display at the Boca Raton Historical Society; funny, but that display is along the FEC and not the SAL!!!
  by DutchRailnut
 
pst car is not train.
  by Gilbert B Norman
 
Noted, Mr. Railnut.

But lest we forget, a train, according to the Book of Rules - at least on my road, is comprised of cars and motive power.

Somewhere there are photos of these Lounges in consist of a train. They were simply out of place on a road kmown for its "class".

But can we do without a rerun of "Engineer v. Motorman" over this?
  by typesix
 
SouthernRailway wrote: Mon Apr 20, 2020 7:37 pm And aren't all railway trucks (the wheels and the metal contraptions around the wheels) ugly?
No, because it reminds me a just little bit about steam locomotive running gear.
  by Pensyfan19
 
In that case... :wink:

https://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=444115
https://donsdepot.donrossgroup.net/dr1105/upp403.jpg

And if you don't agree with these entries being trains, then here's one more:
https://railpictures.net/photo/680102/