Preview of the Railvolution 2/2011

Turkish HSL Network Expands
Turkey is following in the footsteps of China and Spain in endeavouring to develop an integrated high speed rail network in order to prompt a step-change in passenger train patronage. The first section of the HSL linking Ankara with Istanbul was inaugurated on 13 March 2009, and on 17 December 2010 test running on the Polatli to Konya line began, with a view to inauguration in spring 2011. Encouraged by the prospect of a massive loan from China, the Ministry for Transport’s current goal is to have 1,500 km of HSLs operational by 2013 and possibly even 6,800 km by 2023, together with some 4,000 km of new conventional railways, to boost freight traffic as well.
The flyover near Yenidogan station, about 13 km northeast of Polatli, with an HT 65002 on the new line, and sixth of the 12 Class DM 15000 DMUs, built by Hyundai Rotem, on a stopping service on the original Ankara - Polatli - Eskisehir main line. The old and new lines criss-cross each other in this manner on several occasions.
Photo: TCDD
Kiruna Electric Locomotives
In 1997 the Swedish iron ore mining company LKAB decided to acquire a fleet of powerful new electric locomotives to replace the ageing Classes Dm3 and EI 15 which hauled its heavy trains originating from the mines near Kiruna and Gällivare to the ports of Luleå on the Gulf of Bothnia and Narvik in Norway. With the railway being upgraded to raise the maximum permitted axle-load from 25 to 30 tonnes, plans were also drawn up for a new wagon fleet, to increase train capacity.
IORE 111/112 with a empty rake of new wagons on 11 June 2010, near Kaisepakte, on the shore of Torneträsk lake, en route from Narvik to Kiruna.
Photo: Jürgen Hörstel
ELF - PESA’s Second EMU Generation
Bydgoszcz-based train builder PESA continues to expand its range of DMU and EMU types, for both domestic and foreign operators. The company’s latest EMU offering is the type 22WE (Class EN76) ELF (Electric Low Floor) train, the first example of which, destined for service in the Śląsk conurbation in southern Poland, made its debut in September 2010 at InnoTrans in Berlin.
EN76-003 leaving Toruń on its way back to Bydgoszcz on 3 March 2011 following a Bydgoszcz - Ciechocinek presentation run for the municipalities.
Photo: Krzysztof Sosnowski
RZD’s Suburban Passenger Service Sector Restructuring
Under the Railway Structural Reform Programme, sanctioned by Governmental Decree of 18 May 2001, Russian state rail operator RZD has been creating subsidiaries responsible for different activity areas. The three to emerge covered freight traffic, Transkontainer and Pervaya Gruzovaya Kompaniya (PGK, Freight One), with Vtoraya Gruzovaya Kompaniya (VGK, Freight Two) being established more recently, in 2010. Passenger services were then addressed, with the creation of the Federalnaya Passazhirskaya Kompaniya (FPK, Federal Passenger Company), responsible for long distance services, and the Prigorodnaya Passazhirskaya Kompaniya (PPK, Suburban Passenger Company).
If the level of service subsidisation falls substantially, the future for the Russian suburban trains will not be bright... ER2T-7132, seen here at Belorussky vokzal in Moskva on 15 September 2007, is typical of the sort of EMU used on suburban and local services. This photo also shows another problem endemic on Russian suburban trains - fare dodgers. The group of youths in the centre foreground had just entered the station avoiding the ticket barriers, crossed the tracks and scrambled onto the island platform.
Photo: Tomáš Kuchta
A Spanish Miscellany
Spring 2011 saw a number of new trains, tram-trains and trams delivered to networks of both metre and 1,435 mm gauges in Spain. This round-up of news takes us from Euskadi via Mallorca and Valencia to the deep south - Sevilla and Granada, with a brief visit en route to the city of Nuestra Señora de El Pilar - Zaragoza.
ACR-equipped Urbos 2 tram 105 on a warm night in Sevilla on 22 March 2011 in the vicinity of the cathedral (visible right background), cruising with pantograph lowered.
Photo: Trainelec
And much more!
Cover of 2/2011

Features: EPG-002, Stadler’s FLIRT EMU for Belarus state operator Belarusskaya Chygunka on 20 March 2011 at Kurasovshchina, not far from the capital’s principal station, Minsk-Passazhirskiy