Preview of the Railvolution 1/2007

DB Regio Goes High Speed: The München - Nürnberg Express
With the 10 December 2006 timetable change, DB Regio launched its fastest ever service - the München - Nürnberg Express, which reaches 200 km/h between stations on the recently-inaugurated Nürnberg to Ingolstadt high speed line and on the upgraded route south from Ingolstadt to München.
RE 4044 from München to Nürnberg, propelled by 101 068, near Dachau (on the northern outskirts of München) on 15 December 2006. The train has just been passed by 111 176 (on the right) which is propelling a rake of double-deck stock on a service from Treuchtlingen to München. The two tracks in the foreground are used by S2 S-Bahn services between München and Petershausen.
Photo: Tomas Kuchta
Carriages For The Railway Over The Roof Of The World
After just over four years of construction through some of the most inhospitable terrain on this planet, on 15 October 2005 the final piece of rail on the 1,142 km Golmud to Lhasa line was lowered into position on the banks of the Lhasa River. The Age of the Train in Tibet dawned on 1 July 2006, when the railway, which reaches a literally breath-taking altitude of 5,072 m at Tanggula on the Tibetan plateau, was inaugurated.
A view of a generator car.
Photo: Bombardier
"United Colours" Of Belfort
On 14 December 2006 ALSTOM organised a press visit to its Belfort works, where several new types of rail vehicles are currently under construction. Of the workforce of 2,500 at the Belfort factory, around 700 are directly involved in rail-based activities. In this report we take a look at the progress being made with the various projects.
TGV POS 4405 on the Belfort test track on 14 December 2006, with TGV Duplex 701 on the right and the Vosges in the background.
Photo: Tomas Kuchta
EURO 4000 Debut
The Co'Co' prototype EURO 4000 made its public debut at InnoTrans 2006, where it scored a remarkable early success with orders being placed by Angel Trains and Comsa. Now that the locomotive - the most powerful diesel-electric currently available in Europe - is a reality, we can offer readers a more in-depth study, as a follow-up to the feature in R 5/05, pp. 61 - 63.
The EURO 4000 being craned onto a low-loader at Vossloh España's Albuixech works (Valencia) for the short run up the coast to Sagunt, whence it started its journey by sea to Germany in readiness for Inno-Trans 2006.
Photo: Vossloh
709.702 - A New Horse From A "New" Stable
On 19 December 2006, nearly twelve years after the âKD works was revived by CMKS, a brand new locomotive was once again outshopped for a Czech client. 709.702 was built for MUS of Komorany. The very next day CMKS - which at present is the only builder of new diesel locomotives in the Czech Republic - changed its name to CZ LOKO.
709.702 made its public debut at InnoTrans 2006.
Photo: Bohumil Skála
InnoTrans 2006
This feature, covering a wide range of infrastructure, maintenance and road/rail vehicles, together with an overview of new bogie technologies, brings to a close our exhaustive report of novelties appearing at InnoTrans 2006. Section on exhibits related to urban transport systems can be found in number 1/07 of our new sister magazine, TransUrban, published in January this year.
The sidings adjacent to Hall 26 housed a large number of road/rail infrastructure vehicles, mostly Uni-mogs on DaimlerChrysler chassis. The exhibition of these was arranged by DaimlerChrysler working together with Zwiehoff and Zweiweg.
Photo: Petr Kaderavek
Oil And Transport (Part 3)
Mankind have lived for centuries in unchanging conditions. They learnt to take advantage of their long-time experience, acquiring thus permanency in thinking and decision-making as their principal characteristics. And the result? We neither think nor determine as we should to comply with topical and incoming situations but as we are used to do from the past.
So that electrified railways took over the everyday transport of some thousands of containers between Asia and Europe from ships, which during their journeys cover even longer distances and consume more liquid fuels than railway, there is still much to do. It will be necessary to cross the technical, investment and political barriers. But to explain why thousands of trucks run everyday among EU member states if there is a dense electrified rail network of a unified gauge offering energy saving vehicles suitable for international operation, the tenable arguments are hardly found.
Photo: Tomas Kuchta
And much more!
Cover of 1/2007

Features: Maxima® 40 CC, built by Voith Turbo Lokomotivtechnik, with LS 640 reU2 Turbosplit® Transmission + KBD 385, TracSys® Vehicle Control, Pinionset with SK-720 Final Drive, Cooling System with SilentVent, Cardan Shaft and Highly Flexible Coupling.