Preview of the Railvolution 2/2013

Railjet: Return Visit To Czech Republic
As we reported in R 1/13, p. 6, the visit of an ÖBB Class 1216 Taurus with railjet to the Czech Republic in February 2013 enabled the verification of certain operational and interactive parameters between the locomotive and a railjet rake and on the SŽDC network, and was deemed satisfactory.
On 17 April 2013 the rake 80-90.716 ran as train SC 513 Praha - Ostrava instead of the regular Pendolino EMU, and is seen here leaving Praha hl. n.
Photo: Bohuslav Kotál
Modernising Of The Arlanda Express
In 2010/11 the seven Class X3 EMUs used on the service linking Stockholm with Arlanda airport were subjected to a major refurbishment, which also resulted in a 20 % increase in seating capacity. The operator is endeavouring to win more passengers and thus to ease local road congestion and resultant contamination.
Arlanda Express X3 EMUs at Stockholm Central, at that time wearing their older livery.
Photo: Arlanda Express
More New Locomotive Types On Test In Ostrava
As we reported in R 5/12, p. 16, ArcelorMittal Ostrava is contemplating the partial modernisation of the fleet of locomotives which it uses on its own network serving the Ostrava-Kunčice steelworks.
650 300 met with 729.608, which have just delivered a rake of torpedo wagons, carrying molten steel (one can be seen on the left-hand side of the photo taken on 19 March 2013).
Photo: Jaromír Pernička
China To Europe Railfreight Developments
In 2012 there were many media reports of direct railfreight services linking China and Europe. Such long haul freights are nowadays no novelty, and their number is steadily increasing. Regular, frequent services are being established, and the number of origins and destinations is growing.
For a couple of months during the first half of 2012 some of the CKD BMW car kits destined for the BMW assembly works in Shenyang started their rail journey to China from the logistics hub near Leipzig via the Elbe valley line, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, en route to Ukraine. Here is DB Schenker’s 180.020 at the head of one of these trains, behind Kurort Rathen on 6 March 2012.
Photo: Philipp Schäfer
CZ LOKO Expands Its 1,520 mm Gauge Product Range
CZ LOKO has recently been venturing eastwards from its base in the Czech Republic into the 1,520 mm gauge market in Russia and the CIS member countries. And here it has been enjoying growing success.
The upper photo, taken on 1 March 2013 shows a small exhibition at VLRD. In the foreground is LG’s TEM TMH-034, behind it is the hybrid TEM35-001, and on the right is RZD’s ТЭМ ТМХ-002, behind which is hiding LG’s TEM LTH-001.
Photo: Robertas Šalčiūnas
And much more!
Cover of 2/2013

Features: the first KVSZ-built dual-voltage, 160 km/h EMU, taken near Novomoskovsk, running under the 3 kV DC on UZ’s Pridniprovska zaliznitsya division in August 2012.