Preview of the Railvolution 3/2012

Presenting The LEO FLIRT
May 2012 will go down in the annals of Czech railway history as the date when entrepreneur Leoš Novotný’s new FLIRT Class 480 EMUs, built specifically for quality open access express services, took to the Czech tracks - just 20 months after he announced his proposals for the new trains at InnoTrans 2010.
The VUZ test circuits at Velim are packed to capacity with new trains at present. Here we see two of Stadler’s latest products, LEO Express’s FLIRT EMU 480.001 rubbing shoulders with ODEG’s double deck KISS EMU 445 100 on 24 May 2012.
Photo: Tomáš Kuchta
Heathrow Express Launches First Refurbished EMU
With a 15 million GBP investment directed at the upgrading of the fleet, the rolling stock is the pride of the Heathrow Express re-launch. The first refurbished EMU re-entered service on Monday 28 May 2012, after which more modernised trains will be introduced regularly up to April 2013, when the project is expected to be completed.
The first refurbished Heathrow Express EMU, 332 002, at London Paddington on 28 May 2012.
Photo: Heathrow Express
Sochi Black Sea Region Revival
Investment to the tune of several billion Euros is being poured into preparations for the 22nd Winter Olympics, scheduled for 7 to 23 February 2014 in the Sochi districts on the Black Sea coast and at resorts in the adjacent Caucasus mountains. The following report takes our readers on a tour of the various rail infrastructure projects that are being realised in the Sochi district, to relieve road congestion and to cope with the invasion of visitors. We also look at the new trains that will be used there.
The photo shows the rebuilt third platform at Sochi station, while a fourth platform for local services has also been built recently (in the background) on 30 May 2012. On the left is the new Lastochka EMU, ES1-002.
Photo: Tomáš Kuchta
Moldavian D1 DMU Transformed
On 3 June 2012, the first of Calea Ferată din Moldova’s (CFM’s) thoroughly refurbished Class D1 DMUs, was outshopped from the Remar works in Paşcani, and was presented at the Moldovan Railway Summit, which was held on the 7th and 8th of the month in the capital city of Chişinău.
The rejuvenated D1M 001 DMU is in a sharp contrast to the original D1 737.
Photo: Mircea Dorobantu
And much more!
Cover of 3/2012

Features: the prototype of RegioPanter 650.001, a two-car 3 kV DC/25 kV AC 50 Hz EMU, at the VUZ test centre at Velim on 10 May 2012