Preview of the Railvolution 4/2015

Eurotunnel And Eurostar Developments
2015 will be a momentous year for Channel Tunnel operations, with the prospect of the entry into service of the new Siemens-built Class 374 EMUs in December, and the imminent appearance of the first refurbished Class 373 EMUs. Passenger and freight traffic is on the increase, but spring and summer 2015 will be memorable for other reasons...
The latest Class 374 delivery was on 4 August 2015, the train formed of power cars 17 and 18. Haulage was provided by Eurotunnel’s rescue locomotives 0003, 0007 and 0002.
Photo: Alan Crotty
OUIGO And Thello: Mixed Fortunes
While OUIGO is maintaining its position on long distance budget-priced daytime high speed services in France, Thello is demonstrating that the market for conventional international overnight trains is generally on the wane, and is now seeking to develop new daytime international routes as a panacea.
OUIGO 6257 from Marne-La-Vallée-Chessy arriving at Marseille Saint-Charles at 15.35 on 23 July 2015.
Photo: Gérard Lecleire
transport logistics 2015, part 2
We offer you the second and final part of our review of transport logistic 2015, held in München in early May. Part One dealt with the locomotives and some of the wagons, while here in Part Two we focus mainly on developments in intermodal technologies and the tank wagon exhibits.
Wagon Service Ostróda, part of the GATX Corporation, built this pressurised Class Zags tank wagon, 37 84 7814 171.
Photo: Petr Kadeřávek
Czech Raildays 2015
The 16th edition of Czech Raildays, the leading rail technology trade fair in the Czech Republic, was held in Ostrava between 16 and 18 June 2015. The number of exhibiting companies was a record 192, thus exceeding the 2013 number of 187. The exhibition grounds have around 800 m of sidings, and these were almost fully occupied by exhibits.
This was only the second Czech Raildays during which Alstom exhibited a train which the company had built. The 2015 exhibit was Coradia Lint 41 DMU, 1648 101, built for Hessische Landesbahn.
Photo: Tomáš Kuchta
Chemnitz Prepares For Tram-Trains
From the city of Chemnitz radiate a number of non-electrified secondary lines. Under a project known as the Chemnitzer Modell, some of these railways are now being integrated in a tram-train network, for which 12 electro-diesel tram-trains are currently being built by a consortium formed of Vossloh España and Vossloh Kiepe.
Variobahn tram-train 413 awaits departure for Stollberg from Chemnitz Hbf. on 22 February 2015.
Photo: Falk2 (Wikimedia Commons)
And much more!
Cover of 4/2015

Features: ED160-001, a FLIRT 3 EMU built by the Stadler Polska - Newag consortium, shown at the Źmigród circuit on 10 June 2015.