Preview of the Railvolution 3/2009

Railjet Spreads Wings ...
ÖBB's first railjet express passenger trains, designed for high quality domestic and international operations across central Europe, entered service in December 2008 on the München - Wien - Budapest corridor (see R 1/09, pp. 22 - 37).
Railjet rakes 80-90.007, 010, 005 and one more, unidentified, at Wien-Penzing carriage sidings while awaiting their next turn of duty. Towards the end of 2009 all railjet servicing and maintenance will be transferred to the new purpose-built depot at Wien-Matzleindorf, near the site of the capital’s future central station.
Photo: Raimund Wyhnal
New DMUs, Rejuvenated EMUs, For FEVE
Spanish metre gauge operator FEVE is currently realising a 120 million EUR fleet modernisation programme, involving the acquisition of new EMUs and DMUs, and the refurbishment of older stock. 120 multi-purpose 20-tonne axle-weight platform wagons are also being acquired, the main line between Oviedo, Santander and Bilbao is being electrified throughout, and the San Esteban de Pravia to Collanzo line is to be extended from its current terminus in the latter village to Felechosa.
FEVE's new 2701+2702 outside the Sunsundegui works in Altsasu on 28 April 2009.
Photo: FEVE
Class 719.7 - Development Of CZ LOKO’s Diesel-Electric Locomotives
Most rail-served industrial complexes depend on two-axle diesel shunters for moving wagons around their sidings, and so do operators on national networks, mainly in marshalling yards and in station sidings. The first such diesel shunters took to the rails during the inter-war period, and huge numbers were built from the 1950s onwards. However, most of these early two-axle designs were low-powered machines, suitable only for shunting rakes of wagons at slow speeds and hauling trip freights on lines where there was little other traffic. Nowadays the role of the two-axle diesel shunter is expanding considerably ...
719.701 at the Velim test circuit on 19 August 2008. The locomotive at the other end of the twin platform wagon is diesel shunter 797.806, destined for Praha metro.
Photo: Jan Kopal
Transport Logistic
The twelfth edition of transport logistic, the world’s largest logistics, telematics and freight transport trade fair, took place at premises of Messe München International between 12 and 15 May 2009. Attracting around 48,000 trade visitors from 112 countries and 1,760 exhibitors from 55 countries, it surpassed all expectations, because in spite of the recession, the number of visitors was roughly the same as in 2007, which was when logistics was enjoying a boom year.
France Wagons, which is an SNCF subsidiary, exhibited four wagons of types which it offers for hire. Three of these vehicles were older types subjected to modernisation, while the fourth was a Class Fas (seen in the title photo), previously displayed at InnoTrans 2008 (see R 1/09, p. 63) as part of the SNCF Rolling Stock Division range of exhibits, the latter realising some of the work for France Wagons.
Photo: Petr Kadeřávek
Pandrol Takes The Stres Out Tracklaying
Pandrol has been manufacturing resilient rail fastenings since 1937, and is the global market leader in terms of both world-wide sales and product innovation. Over a number of years the company has developed an unrivalled range of products suitable for every type of track and traffic condition.
Using Vortok Stressing Rollers on a stretch of freshly laid Network Rail track in Britain.
Photo: Pandrol
Praha - New Access Complete
12 July 2004 saw the official start of construction of the new rail access to Praha hlavní nádraží, the Czech capital’s principal station, from the northeastern suburbs. Although most of the work was concluded on 12 December 2008, trains were able to start using the new route from 1 September that year.
Looking east from Vítkov Hill over the flyovers and dive-unders of the new rail access to the centre of Praha, on 12 February 2009. The lines emerging from under the viaduct on the left come from Praha-Masarykovo terminus, while the four tracks on the higher level, on the left and on the right, come from Praha hlavní nádraží. The lines heading off the upper left-hand side of the photo go to Praha-Libeň, while those a bit further over to the right serve both Praha-Vysočany and Praha-Holešovice.
Photo: Bohuslav Kotál
And much more!
Cover of 3/2009

Features: CRH3-001 (Velaro CN) leaving the Ying Ding Men outskirts of Beijing on 12 December 2008