Deutsche Bahn

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Some reading and editing on my way from Berlin to Köln, riding the Deutsche Bahn for the first time. Having recently ridden the bullet train in Japan it’s a tough act to follow, but so far it’s been a pleasant ride.

The pencil in the photo is an A.W. Faber Polygrade pencil (grade B), from the late 1800s or early 1900s. Yes, I sharpened it, and it writes very nicely. Not as smooth as you might expect from today’s pencils, but not scratchy in a way that you’d think it was a low-quality lead. A poor analogy in today’s parlance might sound like this: It’s lead is made from free-range, corn-fed, organic graphite all the way from Siberia.


Greetings from, the moment I push “publish”, Wuppertal Hbf.

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3 Responses to Deutsche Bahn

  1. Gunther says:

    What a beautiful snapshot! I hope that the rest of your ride will be pleasant too.


  2. memm says:

    Beautiful pencil and photos!
    Is there so much space on the train or did you take the photos beforehand?
    I hope you’re having a great time.


  3. Sean says:

    Thanks Memm and Gunther. Yes, the photos were taken while on the train. In Köln now, much to see but much more to do unfortunately. Hopefully I’ll have some time tomorrow afternoon for a little cathedral-watching.


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