Preview of the Railvolution 2/2017

Coradia iLint On Test
On 14 March 2017, having completed its initial static tests, Alstom’s second fuel cell Coradia iLint multiple unit, 654 102, made its first test runs on the test track within Salzgitter works, progressively being worked up to a speed of 80 km/h.
654 102 at Alstom’s Salzgitter works test track on 14 March 2017.
Photo: Alstom
Siemens In The New World
Siemens is steadily expanding its presence in the North American rail vehicle market. In R2 we visit the manufacturer’s Sacramento factory and also look at some of its other activities in California.
This is the first WSDOT Charger, 1400, at Sacramento on 6 March 2017 prior to handing over to the transport authority.
Photo: Petr Kadeřávek
The Italian Open Access Success Story
On 1 January 2001 the railfreight market in Italy was opened up to private operators. Between the start of the very first open access international freight service in 2006 and 2015 these operators captured close on 39 % of the market share in Italy.
DB Cargo Italia’s E191 014 at Cucciago (about 30 km north of Milano) on 26 January 2017.
Photo: Peider Trippi
ADY’s Sleeping Cars Under Construction
On 12 June 2014 Stadler was awarded a contract by Azerbaijan state operator ADY (Azərbaycan Dəmir Yolları) for a batch of 30 new 160 km/h carriages to be used on international services linking Baku, Tbilisi, Kars, Ankara and Istanbul.
A WLB sleeper at Stadler’s Altenrhein works, shortly after completion of final assembly.
Photo: Peider Trippi
The Belfort Saga, And French High Speed News
On 17 February 2017 in Paris Christophe Sirugue, Minister of State for Industry, and Henri Poupart-Lafarge, Alstom’s Chairman and CEO, revealed what progress had been made on the rescue programme for the Belfort factory, this being a joint strategy by the Government and manufacturer.
TGV 4505 forming train 9245 Paris - Lyon - Torino - Milano near Les Chavannes-en-Maurienne on 11 February 2017.
Photo: Sergio Evangelio Araujo

And much more!
Cover of 2/2017

Features: Desiro ML for ÖBB, which called up 165 regional type EMUs from a master agreement with Siemens.