Preview of the Railvolution 2/2012

Ukrzaliznitsya’s Very First Double Deck EMUs
UZ’s new Class 675 EMUs are designed for inter-regional long distance services on the 1,520 mm gauge Ukrainian network, parts of which are electrified at 3 kV DC and parts at 25 kV AC 50 Hz. Each train consists of six cars (two powered end cars and four intermediate non-powered cars), has a maximum service speed of 160 km/h, and is designed for operation in an ambient temperature range of -40 to +40 0C.
675 001 negotiating the small test circuit on 9 March 2012.
Photo: Vladimír Fišar
Stadler Works News Round-Up
At Stadler’s Bussnang, Altenrhein, Siedlce and Pankow factories several new types of vehicles are now taking shape, some already being outshopped and taking to the rails. On the following pages we offer you a closer look at them.
The photo, taken on 16 March 2012 near Staad, shows RABe 515 001 being moved from Altenrhein to IBS Erlen, where on 20 March a presentation event was arranged.
Photo: Sven Klein
Le Panoramique Des Dômes
On 26 May 2012, 105 years after the first long-closed railway was inaugurated, visitors to the famous Puy-de-Dôme near Clermont-Ferrand will once again be able to ascend this extinct volcano by train. A new, electrified rack railway has been built in just over two years from near La-Font-de-l’Arbre to the summit, and trains supplied by Stadler.
This photo was taken on 3 February 2012 at the lower end the line, which curves clockwise round the extinct volcano.
Photo: Gérard Fayet for SNC-Lavalin/TC Dôme
LION: S-Bahn Zürich Double-Deck Trains Reshuffled
As we reported in R 4/08 (p. 6), and R 4/11 (p. 7), in 2008 SBB announced a project for the refurbishment of the four-car Class Re 450 trainsets, SBB’s first-generation double deck shuttle service stock, known as Doppelstock-Pendelzug (DPZ), of which 115 were built between 1989 and 1997.
SZU’s first new NDW double deck carriage was incorporated in SBB’s Re 450 051 trainset, seen here running on line S9 as train 18973 Zug - Zürich HB - Uster, at Mettmenstetten on 19 August 2011.
Photo: David Gubler
RegioJet Starts Slovak Operations
Early in the morning of 4 March 2012 RegioJet (RJ) made railway history in Slovakia starting up passenger services over the 100 km non-electrified single track line between Bratislava and Komárno, using a fleet of three-car Talent DMUs hired from Alpha Trains and liveried in yellow vinyls.
The changing face of local passenger services on the Slovakian rail network, epitomised by this scene at Bratislava hl. st. on 21 March 2012. 951.001, a ZSSK push-pull train, powered by 263.003, has just arrived at Platform 4. At Platform 5, RegioJet’s Talent DMU 643.374, waits ready for passengers to board.
Photo: Tomáš Kuchta
High Speed Two Takes Shape
On 10 January 2012 The Secretary of State for Transport Justine Greening took the decision to proceed with plans for a high speed rail line between London and the West Midlands and on to Manchester and Leeds.
They say the camera never lies! This photomontage, created in 2000, shows a group of Virgin Grand Vitesse trains at Edinburgh Waverley station.
Photo: Virgin
And much more!
Cover of 2/2012

Features: the first LEO Express FLIRT, 480.001 during its initial test run to Luków, on 27 April 2012