Preview of the Railvolution 6/2009

Sapsans Enter Commercial Service
Friday 18 December 2009 saw the start of regular passenger-carrying services bet-ween Moskva and St. Petersburg using RZD’s fleet of new Velaro RUS trains.
The first commercial service out of Moskva on 18 December 2009, train number 152, was taken by EVS2-02, one of the dual-voltage Sapsans, seen in the upper photo following arrival in St. Petersburg.
Photo: Petr Kadeřávek
Hexie Hao Overview
In 2004 the Ministry of Railways (MOR) of the People’s Republic of China announced that the existing 75,000 km railway network was by 2020 to be extended by around one third to more than 100,000 km. Most of the new railways are designated Passenger Dedicated Lines (PDLs) and are to be built for high speed operations.
On 29 May 2009 CRH3-005C crosses the Yongdingmen bridge on the Beijing - Tianjin high speed line, heading for Beijing South station.
Photo: Ming Yu
Zilele Feroviare 2009 - Romanian Railway Days
6 to 8 October 2009 saw the fourth edition of Zilele Feroviare being held at the Gara de Nord in Bucuresti, the regular venue for this national railway exhibition. On the pages that follow we offer you a visit to the event, covering most of the newly introduced exhibits (with the exception of one of the two ES64F4 locomotives, we described on p. 15 of R 4/09, which had been acquired by Cargo Trans Vagon). Report was compiled by Petr Kadeřávek and Silviu Darlea, who is also author of unsigned photos.
478 001 (on the left of the photo, formerly 40 2001) is used by private operators for banking heavy freights on the steeply-graded main line between Predeal and Campina. 40 2002 (to be renumbered to 478 002) was bought by Hungarian open access railfreight operator MMV. 40 2003, which will probably be renumbered as a sub-Class 47x, too, has a different gear ratio, which raises its top speed from 160 km/h to 200 km/h - it is in fact the very first new built Romanian locomotive capable of reaching this speed.
Photo: Mircea Dorobantu
TRAKO 2009
TRAKO is the acronym for Transport Kolejowy, the railway trade fair held in Gdańsk every other year and organised by Międzynarodowe Targi Gdańskie. The eighth TRAKO took place between 14 and 16 October 2009, attracted 420 exhibitors (350 in 2007) from 17 countries (the same as in 2007) and around 9,200 visitors, from 30 countries. Let us take a walk around the outdoor exhibition area, to see what both Polish and foreign manufacturers had on display. (You can find a report on TRAKO 2007 in R 6/07, pp. 38 - 43.)
The LOTOS oil refinery group’s rail transport subsidiary, LOTOS Kolej, has had Voith Maxima 40 CC 264 002 on test since summer 2009 (see R 4/09, p. 40) while the locomotive is undergoing its authorisation procedure for use in Poland.
Photo: Jaromír Pernička
A Visit To ZNLE Gliwice
The Zakłady Naprawcze Lokomotyw Elektrycznych (ZNLE) establishment in Gliwice in the Śląsk conurbation in southern Poland is one of the country’s leading repair and modernisation works dealing with locomotives belonging to PKP Cargo. Although electric locomotives are the main focus of activities, diesel locomotives and components for the latter are also repaired. In 2008 ZNLE ventured into a completely new field - the design and construction of a brand new electric locomotive for main line freight duties. Designated type E6ACT, it is also brand-named Dragon.
The prototype E6ACT stands next to ET22-2011. The Class ET22 traction motors are modernised by ZNLE. The wheelsets are subjected to ultrasonic testing and are re-tyred; if they fail the ultrasonic test, then new wheelsets are provided.
Photo: Tomáš Kuchta
Siemens and the Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Company (ZELC) of China are working together to build Class HXD1 heavy freight locomotives. This type was developed by Siemens and is equipped with the latest three-phase propulsion technology. It is so powerful that just two of them can haul rakes of coal wagons of over two kilometres in length - a trailing load of 20,000 tonnes!
HXD10001 heading one of the 10,000-tonne test trains to Qinhuangdao on 31 March 2007, crossing the Shan Cheng Dong viaduct. On the rear of the train is HXD10002. „
Photo: Siemens
New Rail Connection To Helsinki-Vantaa Airport
From the city centre terminus in Helsinki frequent suburban services, under the brand name City Rail, are operated over three routes - west to Leppävaara Alberga on the coastal main line to Turku, north to the branch line terminus at Vantaankoski Vandaforsen, and northeast to Kerava Kervo on the main line to Riihimäki. Work is now under way to extend the second of these routes eastwards, under the Finnish capital’s airport, to Tikkurila on the Riihimäki line, thus creating a great out-and-back loop.
Artist’s impression of the future Leinelä station.
Photo: Ring Rail Line
And much more!
Cover of 6/2009

Features: CRH2-086C (with CRH2-088C as the front one) forming train G1001 from Wuhan to Guangzhou North, before departure. This was the inaugural southbound Wuguang Express Rail service