Preview of the Railvolution 4/2014

Desiro City - New Trains For Thameslink
On 27 June 2013 the Department for Transport (DfT) confirmed that Siemens, working in partnership with Cross London Trains (XLT) had been awarded a contract worth some 1.8 billion EUR to build 115 Desiro City EMUs (60 eight-car and 55 12-car trains, in all 1,140 cars), a key step in the development of the Thameslink Programme.
The first complete train started tests at the Wegberg-Wildenrath circuit in late spring 2014. This was a 12-car train, shown here on the T1 circuit on 3 June.
Photo: Bob Sweet
ŁKA’s FLIRTs In Regular Service
As we reported in R 2/14, p. 9, starting in early 2014 the new FLIRT3 EMUs for Łódzka Kolej Aglomeracyjna (ŁKA) were subjected to authorisation testing, in readiness for the start of commercial services on 15 June 2014.
The photo shows FLIRT3 EMU 2 140 353/354 at Łódź-Kaliska forming train 11597 to Sieradz on 29 June 2014.
Photo: Marek Graff
ČD’s Class 844 DMUs
In March 2011, as part of its policy for replacing ageing trains used on local services, ČD placed an order with PESA for a batch of 31 new DMUs, to be used on lines in five provinces. These trains were significant in two respects: they were the first LINK DMUs to be built by PESA, and moreover they were a substantial export order.
This photo, taken on 2 April 2014, shows 844.022, forming train Os 3905 from Kojetín to Rožnov pod Radhoštěm, near Valašské Meziříčí.
Photo: Tomáš Kuchta
Class KR250LA Kiruna Mining Locomotives
In March 2010 the Swedish Government-owned mining company LKAB placed an order with Schalker Eisenhütte Maschinenfabrik for three Class KR250LA mining locomotives. An option clause for two more was taken up in April 2012, followed by a second option clause for four on 25 January 2013.
KR250LA001 on the seventh level of the Kiruna iron ore mine, 590 m below sea level, during a three-month testing period in summer 2012.
Japan Shinkansen Kaleidoscope
As we reported in R 1/14, pp. 32 - 33, two of Japan’s Shinkansen operators, JR West and JR East have ordered 27 12-car Class E7 and W7 Shinkansen high speed EMUs destined for the new Hokuriku Shinkansen line, whose first section is nearing completion.
JR West’s first Class W7 Shinkansen EMU, numbered W1, during the presentation event at the new Hakusan depot on 22 June 2014.
Photo: Akihiro Nakamura
TCDD’s Class E 68000 Electrics’ Traction Equipment
In December 2010 TCDD placed an order with Hyundai-Rotem for 80 mixed-traffic 140 km/h Bo’Bo’ 25 kV 50 Hz electric locomotives. The first eight machines were built in South Korea over an eight-month period, between the fourth quarter of 2012 and May 2013, and began type testing in mid-2013. At around the same time construction of the remaining 72 of the batch started at the Tülomsas factory in Eskişehir, Turkey.
A view outside the Tülomsas factory on 25 July 2014 with E 68009, 011, 013 and another, unidentified locomotive.
Uraltransmash’s „Russia One“ Tram
At the Innoprom 2014 trade fair in Yekaterinburg, held between 9 and 12 July 2014, Uralvagonzavod subsidiary Uraltransmash (UTM) presented its futuristic prototype Russia One (R1) tram.
The R1 pototype at the Innoprom 2014 trade fair. It is noteworthy that the brand name of the new tram family is only used in English.
Photo: Yevgeni Kuznetsov
And much more!
Cover of 4/2014

Features: one of the first six FLIRT3 EMUs for Łódzka Kolej Aglomeracyjna, which entered commercial service between Łódź and Sieradz on 15 June 2014.