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First ČD-Liveried Vectron On Passenger Service

21 Nov 2017 11:57
  • First ČD-Liveried Vectron On Passenger Service

During the afternoon of 20 November 2017 193 295, one of the Vectrons hired by ČD from ELL, hauled its first regular passenger train, this being Ex 537 “Budvar” Praha-Holešovice - České Budějovice. This photo shows it prior to departure from Praha hl. n.


First Vectron For ZSSK

16 Nov 2017 22:32
  • First Vectron For ZSSK

On 4 October 2017 the results of ZSSK’s invitation to tender for the hire of ten multi-system electrics was made known, when Bratislava based S Rail Lease was nominated preferred bidder. Under the terms of the contract three of the locomotives are to be delivered by 10 December 2017. The first one, 383 101, arrived at Bratislava-Petržalka on 16 November 2017.


Dalian To Bratislava Freight

30 Oct 2017 23:04
  • Dalian To Bratislava Freight

On 27 October 2017 the first pilot service bound for Bratislava left Dalian (where the photo was taken), loaded to 41 containers carrying mostly products from manufacturers in Shandong and Liaoning provinces. The train is to be routed via the 1,520/1,435 mm break of gauge at the TKD Dobrá terminal in Slovakia, and is scheduled for arrival at the SPaP container terminal in Bratislava-Pálenisko on 13 November. According to Guizhou Panjiang Logistics, the aim is to develop a weekly service between China and Slovakia, and to start up an eastbound service in three months’ time. TKD Dobrá has been used as a transhipment location for containers from/to China for around a decade or so, however most of them have continued to or have originated in countries other than Slovakia.

Tags: China

New Motive Power For Unipetrol Doprava

26 Oct 2017 22:08
  • New Motive Power For Unipetrol Doprava

Czech operator Unipetrol Doprava recently placed an order with Siemens for three Vectron MSs and with CZ LOKO for two EffiLiner 1600 modernised diesels. The first locomotives from both these batches are now ready. The Vectron is 383.050, while the EffiLiner is 753.606. This photo shows the Vectron on 26 October, when it was handed over to Unipetrol Doprava at VUZ Velim test centre. The other two Vectrons are to follow in spring 2018, while the other EffiLiner will be ready by the end of 2017.


Akiem Hires TRAXX MS to PSŽ

26 Oct 2017 22:06
  • Akiem Hires TRAXX MS to PSŽ
  • Akiem Hires TRAXX MS to PSŽ

Electric TRAXXes from Akiem’s June 2016 order include five MS machines equipped for use in central and eastern European countries. The first to be handed over and put into service was 186 352, shown in the first one photo, taken in Krippen, between Bad Schandau and the Czech border, on 21 October 2017. It is coupled behind CZ Logistics’ 741.516 and forms part of a convoy also incorporating Israeli Railways’ 3001 (a TRAXX P160 AC3) and Unipetrol Doprava’s Vectron 383.050 (see next Hors report). All apart from the TRAXX MS, bound for Hungary, were destined for the VUZ Velim test base. Following a commissioning run on 24 October, 186 352 was put in service in Hungary by its lessor, PSŽ.
The second photo, taken on 27 October 2017 in Kassel, shows 186 351, therefore the other one from the batch of five.


A TRAKO Snapshot

29 Sep 2017 08:54
  • A TRAKO Snapshot

Between 26 and 29 September 2017 the 12th TRAKO trade fair was held in Gdańsk. One of the biggest surprises was Rail Polska’s exhibit, a Class 207E electric locomotive (207E-001) . . . rebuilt from a Type M62 (Class ST44) heavy freight "Gagarin" diesel.


First Refurbished Czech Pendolino Back In Service

26 Sep 2017 16:20
  • First Refurbished Czech Pendolino Back In Service
  • First Refurbished Czech Pendolino Back In Service
  • First Refurbished Czech Pendolino Back In Service

The whole Class 680 Czech Pendolino EMU fleet is being subjected to complete interior refurbishment. The first to be returned to service following this was 680.005 on train SC 241 “Pendolino Košičan” from Praha to Košice on 25 September 2017. This one is now used on this and the return eastbound service SC 240.

The refurbishment involved the replacement of most interior fittings - seats, wall panelling, carpeting, power sockets, lighting, luggage racks, visual information system. WC cubicles and the bistro area were rejuvenated too. A children’s cinema has also been created. These photos show the refurbished first and second class saloons, and also the bistro area.

Tags: ČD Pendolino

And Now Yiwu To Praha Container Services

26 Sep 2017 16:15
  • And Now Yiwu To Praha Container Services
  • And Now Yiwu To Praha Container Services

At the time when the Praha to Yiwu service departed, in late July (see Hors d’Oeuvres reports on 20 July and 4 August 2017), it was announced that there would soon be a complementary westbound service. This departed from Yiwu on 9 September (see photo) and reached the METRANS terminal in Praha-Uhříněves on the 24th. InterRail Holding, the operator of this service, plans now to realise four westbound runs in total. The second one followed just a week after and reached the destination on 2 October 2017. In the second photo it is seen passing through Praha-Malešice, hauled by ČD Cargo's 163.217.


First New-Generation GYSEV FLIRT Heads For TRAKO

22 Sep 2017 15:49
  • First New-Generation GYSEV FLIRT Heads For TRAKO

Just a year after the signing of the contract, the first of GYSEV’s new generation FLIRT EMUs left Stadler Polska’s Siedlce works, bound for Gdańsk in readiness for its debut at the TRAKO trade fair.


RegioJet Runs Special Train To Romania

16 Aug 2017 13:19
  • RegioJet Runs Special Train To Romania
  • RegioJet Runs Special Train To Romania

On the evening of 15 August 2017 a special train departed from Praha-Smíchov bound for Orșova in Romania, a run of 1,085 km. Not only was this a run of exceptional length, crossing four countries, but the train, formed of 18 carriages, was also exceptionally long. It was provided for around 1,100 passengers visiting the Banát music festival, and stops were provided to pick up passengers at Brno and Bratislava.

RegioJet, the organiser of the train, used not only its own carriages, but also incorporated some from KDS, ČD and ČD Cargo. The Banát festival is a major cultural event, focused on creating a wider awareness of the communities of Czech origins who live in this part of the Balkans. These photos show the train, hauled by RegioJet’s Vectron 193 226, crossing the bridge over the Vltava river near Praha-Smíchov.