Preview of the Railvolution 5/2012

175 Years Of Russian Railways - And A Look At The RZD Modernisation Process
Between 7 and 9 September 2012 RZD celebrated the 175th anniversary of railways in Russia. The main venue was the VNIIZhT’s Experimental Rail Circuit at Shcherbinka, where there was an exhibition of rail vehicles and equipment past and present, not just static, but some of it in action.
Here are two current RZD flagship trains at Metallostroy depot on 26 October 2012: the Lastochka EMU and Sapsan.
Photo: Konstantin Emelyanov
The Five Seasons In Berlin 2012, Part 1
After a two-year break, in September 2012 the railway industry experienced another brief „fifth season“ between summer and autumn, at the great get-together in Berlin.
One of the several vehicle comparisons in the open air exhibition area at InnoTrans. On the left is an SBB LION trainset, in the middle the LEO Express FLIRT 480.003 and on the right ČD’s RegioPanter 640.002.
Photo: Tomáš Kuchta
RegioPanter EMUs
On 14 February 2011 České dráhy and ŠKODA VAGONKA signed a contract worth 2.5 billion CZK (100 million EUR) for a batch of single deck EMUs. These have the works designation 7 Ev. The order comprises 15 three-car and four two-car trains. 12 of the three-car ones will be 3 kV DC only, the remainder, including all the two-car trains, will be dual voltage (3 kV DC and 25 kV AC 50 Hz).
RegioPanter 440.001 making a trial run on the large test circuit at Cerhenice on 18 May 2012.
Photo: Tomáš Kuchta
And much more!
Cover of 5/2012

Features: one of the PESA’s InnoTrans 2012 exhibits, the first Gama locomotive.