Preview of the Railvolution 3/2019

Leo Express - Ambitions And Achievements

On 3 June 2019 LE released the first photos of its new EMUs from CRRC. Peter Köhler commented: „Leo Express together with CRRC have developed a new type of EMU, while the design and concept is owned by our company."

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One of the three Leo Express EMUs at the CRRC Zhuzhou works on 4 May 2019.

Hyperloop - The Train-In-A-Vacuum-Tube Fantasy

Since 2012 the global media have been intrigued by Hyperloop, a revolutionary concept enabling passenger- and freight-carrying vehicles to move through hermetically-sealed vacuum tubes, at speeds of between 1,100 and 1,200 km/h.

The fascination in what Hyperloop has to offer is growing, as more and more countries, politicians, institutions and transport providers come under its spell. It is worthwhile, therefore, for us to undertake a critical examination of some of the technical characteristics of the Hyperloop idea.

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The 500 m long test section of Hyperloop vacuum tube, known as DevLoop, was built roughly 50 km north of Las Vegas in Nevada.

Transport Logistic, Part 1

The 17th International Trade Fair for Logistics, Mobility, IT and Supply Chain Management took place at the München Messe between 4 and 7 June 2019. Compared with 2017 there were again increases in the numbers of both exhibitors and visitors and therefore once again record participation was achieved.

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No fewer than three different Siemens Mobility locomotives were presented. Siemens had Smartron 192 002 and Vectron Dual Mode 248 002 on display. DB Cargo exhibited Vectron MS 193 362, shown in the photo.

ČD Cargo - Niederlassung Wien

For ČD Cargo, neighbouring Austria represents one very encouraging market. The first outward journey of one of ČD Cargo’s Vectrons to Austria took place on 20 December 2016, when shortly before midnight 383.003 crossed the Czech/Austrian border with a freight loaded with Innofreight containers.

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On 1 April 2019 ČD Cargo took over the transport of bituminous coal from Louky nad Olší to Werndorf. During the first week of these services, up to three of ČD Cargo’s Vectrons were used for the ascent of the Semmering pass. This photo, taken on 7 April 2019, shows 383.005, 002 and 009 at Bruck an der Mur, bound for the Czech Republic.

Baku Metro’s New Trains Arrive

On 30 January 2019 Baku Metropolitan placed an order with Metrovagonmash for six five-car trains. 

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The first two trains were scheduled for delivery during the second quarter of 2019, and on 4 June these were formally handed over to officials from Baku and Azerbaijan at the Metrovagonmash works.

Tramwaje Warszawskie Orders Hyundai Rotem Trams

On 3 February 2017, Tramwaje Warszawskie decided to invite tenders for up to 213 new trams. The framework contract was valued at around 532 million EUR, with the first order to consist of 85 bi-directional and 18 uni-directional trams. Following appeals the existing tender was annulled at the end of August 2018, and a new one invited.

This envisaged a budget of 440 million EUR, a framework agreement for 213 new low floor trams, and a first option for 123. On 8 February 2019 Tramwaje Warszawskie then announced that it had decided on Hyundai Rotem to build the trams.

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Deliveries of the first batch are to be completed by the end of 2022, while the trams in the option are to be delivered by the end of 2023.

And much more!

Cover of 3/2019
Poster

Features: The photo shows RA-3, a new DMU engineered by TMH, on test at the Shcherbinka test centre on 12 May 2019.

Features: This poster photo shows LEGIOS LOCO’s prototype Eamnos wagon.

Features: This photo shows UWC's Model 15-9541-01 articulated tank wagon, for the transport of LPG at TikhvinChemMash works on 8 May 2019.