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Honestly! I’m not a trainspotter!

Posted in Photo diary, services and facilities, Technology by 노강호 on September 26, 2011

In December 2010, I took some photos for a post I intended writing on the KTX (KTX – Gold Standard. Jan 2011). After downloading them on to my UK computer, a glitch erased them. Then this week, I discover that I hadn’t erased the file but transfered it to my palm-reader which as a white elephant, rarely gets used.

The older type KTX, the sleek design inspired by the snout of a shark

The KTX San Ch'eon class engine

The San Ch'eon class was launched in March 2010

carriage entrances where there are usually free bottles of water, computer re-charging booths

one of the most impressive features: the on-board cinema

usually there are around 12 carriages not including two engines and a cinema.

I’m not in the least interested in trains in general and didn’t make a special trip to take these photos. I took them on my way to London back in December 2010. In the UK, train spotting is a hobby, uniquely British and which has a long tradition. Trainspotters have their own fashion’ frequently derided and spend weekends standing on the ends of platforms equipped with cameras and notebooks. I imagine, though it might be a falsehood, that they get extremely excited exchanging chassis numbers or discussing changes in livery.  They are the butt of  numerous jokes and to be called a ‘trainspotter’  is not complimentary.

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  1. brandi said, on September 26, 2011 at 8:18 am

    hello
    I have more of a question than anything
    I see photo’s of the train stations and I wonder are they usually as clean as they look?
    I’m from New York and our stations are just gross and usually smell like there’s a hobo perched on your back. I amazed that either the photos are well angled or my city is so gross that clean train station amazes me

    • 林東哲 said, on September 28, 2011 at 1:43 am

      I almost made a comment about the clean station but as I am always berating the UK, decided not to. You can’t look at a Korean station and not compare it with the grotty ones back home. In my last UK school you could follow a trail of chewing gum which was embedded and baked into the pavement which led all the way from the school to the station. Indeed, as I took these photos a man was busy mopping the platform floor. How amazing is that!


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