Preview of the Railvolution 4/2011

ELFs And TRAXXes Enliven Warszawa Suburban Services
Late August 2011 saw two of the three suburban operators in the Polish capital receiving batches of new EMUs and locomotives, which are now in service.
27WE-002 at Warszawa-Zachodnia during the presentation run on 9 August 2011.
Photo: Marek Graff
RegioJet On The Start
The first Czech open access passenger operator, RegioJet, is counting the days to when it can launch its first services, initially linking Praha and Ostrava (and its surrounding).
The first RegioJet train in the new colours, composed of 162.114 and four cars, shortly after leaving Zábřeh na Moravě on 25 August 2011.
Photo: Jan Lachnit
Czech Raildays 2011
The twelfth edition of Czech Raildays was held between 14 and 16 June, the main venue, as usual, being the freight yard adjacent to Ostrava hl. n. station. The event, directed not only at the rail industry and at operators of trains, trams, trolleybuses and urban buses, but also intended to fuel interest among members of the general public, attracted no fewer than 167 exhibitors.
Driving trailer 951.002 and intermediate trailer 051.004, built at Škoda Vagonka’s works in Ostrava, were on display, representing the batch of push-pull stock ordered by ZSSK.
Photo: Tomáš Kuchta
FLIRT EMUs For Belarus
In March 2010, following an international invitation to tender, state operator Belarusskaya Chygunka (BCh) awarded Stadler a contract for ten four-car FLIRT EMUs, to replace older electric stock. Six are being fitted out for suburban services, four for middle distance operations. They will be used in connection with the 2014 IIHF World Championship ice hockey event, to be held in Minsk, and the first three are now in commercial service.
On 30 July 2011 EPG-003 is seen at Belarus station serving the satellite town of Zaslavl, some 20 km northwest of Minsk, on the shore of the Lake Zaslauskae.
Photo: Ivan Voiteshonok
Kraków Express Tramway Extends
Płaszów, a suburb to the southwest of Kraków city centre, is now served by trams, following the inauguration on 18 November 2010 of 4.2 km of new double track route with seven stops. This extension is served by the 10 km Line 20 from Bronowice, operated using GT8S trams, and the 9.1 km Line 11 from Lagiewniki, operated using GT6 and Konstal 105Na trams, and future substantial network expansion is in progress and planned.
On 25 August 2010 Duewag GT8S tram 3047 calls at Zabłocie stop in the Herlinga-Grudzińskiego street.
Photo: Tomasz Bielecki
And much more!
Cover of 4/2011

Features: ŠKODA’s 380.019 locomotive hauling IC 690 from Salzburg to Villach, tackling unassisted the steep north ramp of the Tauernbahn, where it seen here crossing Hundsdorfer viaduct on 30 June