Preview of the Railvolution 1/2001

New Duplex delivered
On 25 September 2001 the TGV Duplex trainset number 231 left the ALSTOM Belfort facilities for the first time for trials, the following week on the 2 October it went away to Paris for acceptance by SNCF.
The first Duplex of second series (power cars Nos 29061 + 062) shortly before it left the Belfort facilities. In background, there is seen the diesel loco LDE 3200 627, one of the last from 30 engines ordered by CFS (Chemins de Fer Syriens).
Photo: Petr Kadeřávek
News from Taurus family
The Taurus family of locomotives built by Siemens Transportation Systems has been considerably extended since it was unveiled.
The hot news - ES 64 U2 - 001 in the livery of Lokomotion company, photographed at München-Allach. Together with ES 64 U2 - 002, they work München Verona intermodal trains on the München - Brenner route from middle of October 2001.
Photo: SKML
In May 2000 the former company DaimlerChrysler Rail Systems (Adtranz), now part of Bombardier Transportation, has received the first order for 11 ITINO train sets from the Swedish customers Jönköpings Länstrafik AB (JLT) and Tag i Bergslagen AB (TiB) both of which are offering regional passenger services in the southern and central part of Sweden. The order was extended in November 2000 and comprises 6 two-car and 6 three-car diesel multiple units (DMU) as well as a maintenance contract for the initial operating period of 9 years. After delivery of the ITINO trains the existing more than 20 years old Class Y1 and YF1 DMUs of JLT and TiB will be subsequently withdrawn. The new ITINO fleet under the current project title "MOTORVAGN 2002" will become the class designation Y31 and Y32
Final assembly of first ITINO in Hennigsdorf.
Photo: Rüdiger Lüders
ALP 46 - New Locomotives for New Jersey
On 18 October 2001 rollout of locomotive ALP 4600 took place in Bombardier Transportation facilities at Kassel/Germany. It is the first unit from batch of total 29 locos, ordered by U. S. rail operator New Jersey Transit (NJT) from Adtranz (todays Bombardier Transportation) in January 2000. New three-voltage locos worth about USD 150 million (spare parts included) will be operated on NJT and Amtrak networks. Thanks to their sufficient power higher train weight and thus also length and load will be enabled, which will meet increasing passenger demand in NJT's regional traffic.
Immediately after its rollout the ALP 4600 underwent the water-proof tests.
Photo: Tomáš Kuchta
News from Kassel
Over the period 1997 - 2000 eighty locomotives of Class 145 designed for freight and light passenger service appeared on Deutsche Bahn lines. Because their conception and reliability have fully satisfied the requirements of the supply contract, further locomotive classes based on the above mentioned type, have been leaving the Bombardier Transportation-owned plant (formerly Adtranz) in Kassel, not only for the DB but for other operators.
A new livery - the NetLog locomotive 145-CL 031 at 28 September 2001 on plant Kassel. The loco was handed over to the company at one day before.
Photo: Alexander Rudeloff
This is the name of the new and long awaited tram for Verkehrsbetriebe Zürich (VBZ). Its has been long awaited because the christening ceremony took place seven years after the tender was issued. The new tram was not only affected by technical problems but also by troubles caused by company mergers.
The name "COBRA" characterizes a new type of tram, which silently, but dynamically runs on Zurich's bendy tracks.
Photo: VBZ
Central Rivers Voyager Depot
Bombardier Transportation opened its new, state-of-the-art maintenance facility on 18 September 2001. Called Central Rivers, it is situated near Burton-on-Trent in Staffordshire, UK.
Virgin Voyagers Nos 220002 + 017 are revealed as curtains part to officially open the depot. It is the main maintenance hall.
Photo: Brian Morrison
NBS Köln - Rhein/Main
The new line between Köln and the Rhein/Main area will provide permanent relief to the existing traffic routes in this heavily utilised corridor between the industrial centres in the Rhein/Main and the Rhein/Ruhr areas. Passengers will benefit from attractive journey times of less than an hour between Köln and Frankfurt/M, a high degree of comfort and additional connections; for Deutsche Bahn, the service will provide excellent market opportunities.
Together six kilometres of the line are situated on bridges. Here the longest one - Hallerbachtalbrücke (992 m) - is seen, with Wiedtalbrücke (390 m) in background.
Photo: Petr Kadeřávek
And much more!
Cover of 1/2001