Preview of the Railvolution 6/2016

InnoTrans 4.0, Part 2
On the R 6/16 pages we offer you the continuation of our huge InnoTrans 2016 report, dealing here with locomotives, freight wagons and a diversity of miscellaneous components.
The photo shows VR’s Vectron Sr3 3305.
Photo: Tomáš Kuchta
„Minority Report“: Renfe Chooses Avrils
Details of the proposed tender for 15 high speed trains were first announced during InnoTrans 2014, and this was the very first time that Renfe opted for a public opening of the bids, the definitive adjudication of the contract being announced in Madrid by the Minister for Public Works on 28 November 2016.
An image showing Renfe’s future Avril high speed train, which will be a non-tilting, fixed-gauge EMU designated Class 106 or 122.
Photo: Talgo
GBT In Full Commercial Use
On 14 November and 1 December 2016, in readiness for the introduction of full services with the 2017 timetable, SBB held what it described as two "Focus Days“, running trains to the latter timetable on the Gotthard Base Tunnel line. These were the first times the tunnel had been used so intensively, and demonstrated that the GBT line is even more reliable than the rest of the SBB network - all trains ran to schedule.
On 1 December 2016 BLS’s TRAXX 187 008, on hire from Railpool, leaves the southern portal of the GBT.
Photo: Peider Trippi
RegioJet In The 2017 Timetable
As we described in R 5/16, RegioJet started up new services - from Praha to Bratislava and from Praha via Brno and Břeclav to Staré Město u Uherského Hradiště with the introduction of the 2017 timetable on 11 December 2016.
The photo, taken on 16 December 2016 at Bratislava Nové Mesto, shows RJ 1035 following arrival from Praha.
Photo: Miloš Chomjak
And much more!
Cover of 6/2016

Features: a Class 102 locomotive ordered in 2013 by DB Regio for its „NIM Express“. The design of the locomotives is based on the manufacturer’s Type 109 E, which was named Emil Zátopek after the famous Czech long distance runner, and they are now being tested.