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Container Consignment From Praha To Yiwu

20 Jul 2017 12:18
  • Container Consignment From Praha To Yiwu
  • Container Consignment From Praha To Yiwu

On 19 July 2017 a consignment of 41 40-foot containers departed from the METRANS terminal at Praha-Uhříněves bound for Yiwu in Zhejiang province. This was a promotional, one-off pilot service, organised in association with a Chinese investment forum held in Praha the previous day. The payloads consisted of a mixture of Czech export products, including porcelain, crystal glass, cosmetic and automotive components. The train is routed via Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan, and is expected to take 16 days.

A westbound service from Yiwu to the Czech Republic is expected to run soon, and should there be sufficient demand a regular service might be established. Although this is not the first service to be operated from the Czech Republic to China, it is the first one to be provided following an initiative from China.

The first photo, taken at the METRANS terminal, shows METRANS’s 761.002 about to depart with the train. Eurorunner hauled it only to the Praha-Uhříněves station. METRANS was the organiser of the service as far as the border between Poland and Belarus, while haulage was provided by ČD Cargo and PKP Cargo. InterRail Holding is the main operator of the train. The other photo was taken near Česká Třebová, showing ČD Cargo’s 130.036 at the head of the train.


First Rhein-Ruhr-Express Desiro HC EMUs Presented

14 Jul 2017 21:18
  • First Rhein-Ruhr-Express Desiro HC EMUs Presented
  • First Rhein-Ruhr-Express Desiro HC EMUs Presented

On 12 July 2017 at the Wegberg-Wildenrath test centre, Siemens presented to the media the first three Desiro HC prototype EMUs destined for RRX services. While 462 002 and 003 were shown in one of the test halls, 001 made a series of demonstration runs round the test circuit. The trains are scheduled to enter service in late 2018.


NIM Express On The NIM HSL

06 Jul 2017 22:37
  • NIM Express On The NIM HSL

On 5 July 2017 the complete six-car Škoda-built NIM Express made its very first appearance on the Nürnberg - Ingolstadt - München (NIM) high speed line. This photo taken near Enkering that day shows it being powered by 102 001.


EURODual Visits Făurei

14 Jun 2017 07:38
  • EURODual Visits Făurei

In May 2017 the prototype EURODual locomotive was sent to the Romanian test circuit at Făurei, where it arrived on 25 May. The locomotive designated 98270006001-7 F-STAVA is shown there on the 29th of the month. It is scheduled to be tested there until mid-August.


First RRX EMU On Test

02 Jun 2017 00:36
  • First RRX EMU On Test
  • First RRX EMU On Test

On 29 May 2017 one of the new Rhein-Ruhr-Express EMUs made a test run over the T1 circuit at Wegberg-Wildenrath. The train was formed of end cars 94 80 0462 101-7 D-SDEHC and 94 80 0462 001-9 D-SDEHC and intermediate cars 94 80 0462 201 and 301-3 D-SDEHC.


New WESTbahn KISS EMU Presented

19 May 2017 10:43
  • New WESTbahn KISS EMU Presented

On 19 May 2017 the one of the batch of ten new KISS EMUs ordered by WESTbahn from Stadler, 4110 011, was presented, part of the event involving a run from Wien to St. Pölten and back. This photo shows the train arriving at Wien Westbahnhof.


Giruno Makes First Test Runs

18 May 2017 13:39
  • Giruno Makes First Test Runs
  • Giruno Makes First Test Runs

The first of SBB’s future Giruno EMUs recently started test runs on the SBB network, as shown in these photos, taken on 16 May 2017 between Sulgen and Erlen on the line from Sulgen to Romanshorn.


First New GYSEV Vectrons Delivered

16 May 2017 22:10
  • First New GYSEV Vectrons Delivered

This photo, taken on 16 May 2017, shows the first two of the five Vectrons recently ordered by GYSEV, 471 501 and 500, near Gramatneusiedl en route to their new home in Hungary.


EffiLiner 365.001 Reliveried

04 May 2017 12:14
  • EffiLiner 365.001 Reliveried

On 4 May 2017 EffiLiner 365.001 was presented in its new IDS Cargo livery. This photo shows it passing through Praha hl. n. en route from Praha-Smíchov to Praha-Libeň, from where it made a presentation run over the 27 km north from Praha to Kralupy nad Vltavou, hauling two of KDS’s carriages.

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Ivolgas In Regular Service

24 Apr 2017 22:52
  • Ivolgas In Regular Service

Starting on 17 April 2017 both prototype Class EGTv2 EMUs have been in regular service for TsPPK between Moskva-Kievskaya and Novoperedelkino, in the capital’s southwestern suburbs. This photo shows EG2Tv-002 at Moskva-Kievskaya on 17 April.