Preview of the Railvolution 5/2005

Czech Pendolino Countdown To Start-Up
The manufacturers of the compensation filters installed on the Czech Pendolino has announced that these do indeed solve the problem of the train’s asynchronous traction equipment causing track circuit interference. Now this difficulty has - it is hoped - been surmounted, ČD is anticipating drafting the Class 680 tilting trains into commercial service with the start of the 2006 timetable. In summer 2005 the 680.004 was fitted with the devices developed by AŽD Praha and ELCOM in the hope of fulfilling the strict Czech requirements regarding EMC. In the same time, the DÚ discovered that there were small, but nevertheless excessive differences between the technical diagrams of the air reservoirs and the real things.
After earlier tests in Austria (see R 5/04, p. 8; R 4/04, p. 29) 680.002 returned there between 30 August and 1 September 2005, for the measurement of current interference levels. The tests were realised at Hohenau. The Pendolino then made three return trips, towed by ÖBB’s 1063 033, across the border between Hohenau and B½eclav, to ensure that the 15/25 kV AC voltage switching devices were working satisfactorily. 680.002 then ran under its own power from Hohenau to Wien Ost-bahnhhof and back. Unfortunately this Austrian visit will not the last one for trials, since the electromagnetic current interference tests under 15 kV 16.7 Hz did not produce satisfactory results.
Photo: Kurt Feuerfeil
Pano 2005 - The New Glacier Express Panorama Cars
Early in 2004 Stadler won a 60 million CHF contract to build 24 new panorama cars for the Glacier Express, the order comprising four of each types Api, Ap and WR, and twelve type Bp. The vehicles will enable the creation of trains of uniform appearance, and will enable many more passengers to enjoy the scenic splendours of this route to the full, and in even greater comfort than hitherto.
The first Pano 2005 Api carriage at RhB’s Landquart depot early September 2005.
Photo: Dolores Rupa, RhB
Trials And Tribulations Of MÁV's Russian DMUs
Our last report on developments concerning the Metrowagonmash Class 63-41 DMUs appeared in R 4/04, p. 9. The 40th and final member of the batch arrived in Hungary in January 2005, to join the ranks of those then stored at Budapest-Nyugati and Szentes.
Following a successful commissioning run, 63-41 035 and 039 return to Szentes on 6 May 2005. They are seen here near the Bagimajor stop. The following working day they had their buffers removed, as a precaution against their becoming locked together.
Photo: Ákos Grátzer
Cargo Changer
On 1 September 2005 RaiLogistics of Switzerland launched a new road/rail service to convey timber chips from Les Verriéres in the French Jura to the Borregaard pulp mill at Riedholz. The chips are carried in Cargo-Changer swap-body containers supplied by rexwal services s. a., and the operation runs under the name "Le Bostriche" - "The Bark Beetle".
The very first "Le Bostriche" near Noiraigue, 25 km from Les Verriéres, en route to Luterbach. Haulage is provided by Regionalverkehr Mittelland.
Photo: rexwal services
Õlektrovoz 2ES5K RZD - Yermak
RZD’s locomotive fleet is sadly ageing. However, over the next few years rejuvenation is on the cards, with new machines in all power categories entering service. Freight is RZD’s mainstay - in particular the movement of fuel from oilfields to refinaries, and onwards from there to indigenous users and to ports for export.
2ES5K-001 at Shcherbinka test centre on 20 April 2005.
Photo: Oleg Kotov
EURO 4000
In 2007 Vossloh Motive Power will launch the EURO 4000, a Co'Co' diesel-electric locomotive powered by a 3,178 kW engine supplied by EMD. With a top operating speed of 120 km/h, a fuel tank capacity of 7,000 l and a range of 2,000 km, this powerful machine will offer a way forward for the operation of heavy freight trains over long distances on a European network which is becoming increasingly congested and increasingly dominated by fast and frequent passenger trains.
There are reincarnated 333.333 and 334 in the new RENFE Mercancías livery. The photo was taken during test runs on non-electrified lines in the mountains west of Valencia in the summer of 2005.
Photo: Mike Bent
Greenbrier Europe's Swidnica Wagon Factory
American involvement and investment within the European rail industry has produced mixed results. This is often because of the quite differing technologies, requirements and market demands that exist on opposite sides of the Atlantic. Some American-controlled concerns in Europe have migrated eastwards in a drive to slash production costs. One company which has resisted this temptation is Greenbrier Europe, and its policies are now bearing fruit. In this feature we take a look inside the long-established wagon works at Swidnica in southwest Poland.
In the photo we see HHA wagon bodies on the assembly line.
Photo: Tomáš Kuchta
rail # tec - Summit Of European Transport Ministers
Mobility is a prerequisite of efficiency in the global economy. However the importance of a well functioning public transport system as a location factor for regional and national economy is often underestimated. From 7 to 9 November rail # tec 2005 will give the necessary impetus to rethink at the Messe Westfalenhallen in Dortmund.
Transport policy as an industrial and economic policy and the need for investments in its growth and stability will be only one of the main messages of the 5th International Rail Summit.
Photo: rail # tec
Track Construction On Lyon's T1 Tramway Extension
The demise of Lyon's urban tramway network came about shortly after the Second World War. However, in 1990 the first line of a new network was inaugurated, and in October 2005 line T1 will be extended by four stops. Among the construction subcontractors are several of Czech companies, who became involved in a race against the clock to build a rather unique tramway/ road crossing.
The new extension to line T1 starts at the current tramway terminal situated in the subway beneath SNCF's Lyon-Perrache station.
Photo: Pavol Ondovčák
And much more!
Cover of 5/2005

Features: VT 002 on the "Moselweinbahn", which links Traben- Trarbach and Bullay. The location is between Reil and Kovenig stations, and the date is 6 September 2005, with the grapes ripening all around.