Preview of the Railvolution 2/2014

Khasan - Rajin: Rail Access Between Russia And North Korea
This number of Railvolution is dedicated to Strategic partnership 1520 conference in Sochi, held between 18 and 20 June. Thence much of the features cover news from the 1, 520 mm gauge network. Reconstruction of the railway for export freight traffic started in October 2008, with a track panel being formally laid at Tumangang.
On 13 October 2011 the inaugural freight traversed the rebuilt Khasan - Tumangang - Rajin line. It was hauled by TEM2AK-1422, with TEM2AK-1210 pushing at the rear.
Photo: RZD
Kazakhstan's Evolving Evolutions
Certification of the Class TE33A Evolution diesels in Russia is a prerequisite for the sale of this type to most countries with 1,520 mm gauge networks.
The photo shows TE33AS-0001 on 10 March 2014 near Zhetygen (north of Almaty).
Photo: Michail Utkin
KTZ’s New Electric Locomotives
On 10 January 2014 twelve of KTZ’s Class KZ8A locomotives started test commercial freight operation. These were the machines KTZ received in November and December 2013, namely KZ8A 0001, 003, 005 - 010 and 013 - 016.
KZ4AT 0001 and KZ8A 0002 inside the EKZ works on 20 March 2014.
Photo: Sergey Astrelin
DRS’s UKLight Diesel Locomotives
In January 2012 Beacon Rail Leasing placed an order worth around 49 million EUR with Vossloh Espaňa for 15 diesels with electric transmission. Apart from the two prototypes, these are among the first members of the EuroLight family to be built, and are to be branded UKLight. Designated Class 68, they are to be leased by open access operator DRS.
68002 at the press launch at Crewe on 11 March 2014.
Photo: Robert Pritchard
RhB’s New Class Gmf 4/4 287 Diesel Locomotives
Schalker Eisenhütte Maschinenfabrik GmbH (Schalke) is delivering four diesel-electric Bo’Bo’ locomotives to Rhätische Bahn’s infrastructure department.
28701 during a test run between Samedan and Pontresina on 6 January 2014.
Photo: Christoph Benz
Budapest Metro Progress
On 28 March 2014 the first 7.4 km ten-station section of Budapest’s M4 metro line was inaugurated linking Kelenföld and Keleti stations, the former in Buda, the latter in Pest. Services are operated by BKV using a fleet of 15 Metropolis trains built by Alstom.
On 27 March 2014 two five-car Metropolis trains met at Pillagó utca on Line M2.
Photo: Bohuslav Kotál
And much more!
Cover of 2/2014

Features: the first ČD Railjet arrived in the Czech Republic from Wien, with ÖBB’s Taurus 1216 233 and driving trailer 73 54 80-91 001 on 24 April 2014.