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Green Cargo’s Transmontana Takes Shape

13 Feb 2018 22:07
  • Green Cargo’s Transmontana Takes Shape
  • Green Cargo’s Transmontana Takes Shape

Softronic’s Craiova works recently completed the assembly of the bodyshell of Green Cargo’s first Transmontana, 480 032. These photos, taken on 12 February 2018, show it before being mounted on its bogies, and afterwards, being moved on the factory’s own test track. It has yet to be fully fitted out, and then it will be sent to Sweden, together with 480 033, for an initial year of test commercial service.


Arriva Trains Northern’s First Civity UK EMU Presented

03 Feb 2018 09:29
  • Arriva Trains Northern’s First Civity UK EMU Presented

In January 2016 Arriva Trains Northern awarded CAF a 492 million GBP contract for 31 three-car and 12 four-car Class 331 EMUs and 25 two-car and 30 three-car Class 195 DMUs, in all 98 new trains. The EMUs are now taking shape at CAF’s Zaragoza works, where on 31 January 2018 four-car 331 101 was presented to the media. Arriva Trains Northern is to to put these EMUs on its busiest routes, in particular those from Manchester to Preston, Blackpool and Manchester Airport, from early 2019. In March 2018 331 101 is to be sent to the VUZ Velim test centre, and will then be sent to Britain for testing on Network Rail, starting in August.

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New Route For LKW Walter’s Semitrailers

11 Jan 2018 22:10
  • New Route For LKW Walter’s Semitrailers

On 8 January 2018 LKW Walter started up a new rail service for moving its semitrailers. This is its second service linking the Czech Republic and Germany. While the first service links Brno and Rostock, this one links Herne in the Ruhrgebiet with AWT’s terminal at Paskov near Ostrava. AWT and ITL Eisenbahn provide through haulage using their locomotives, AWT using the TRAXXes which it recently hired from Akiem (see here). The first westbound train left Paskov on 8 January, and the first eastbound left Herne on the 10th. This photo was taken on the 11th showing the latter service near Hladké Životice, hauled by 186 351. Four train pair per week will be provided, AWT using Type T3000e articulated wagons hired from NACCO and formed into rakes of 19, resulting in trains with an overall length of 669 m, including the locomotive.


AWT Hires Two TRAXXes

04 Jan 2018 22:29
  • AWT Hires Two TRAXXes

Following PSŽ (see here), AWT is another lessor of Akiem’s new TRAXX MS locomotives, which are fitted for possible use in Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. AWT has hired for three years 186 351 and 353, which have now been authorised for use in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Germany and Austria. They entered the Czech Republic on 28 December 2017, reaching Ostrava, which is AWT’s base, that day.

On 4 January 2018 they were formally handed over to AWT. This photo shows them at Ostrava hl. n. One of the duties envisaged for these new TRAXXes is a new semi-trailer service for LKW Walter. This is to start up on 8 January, with four train pairs per week between Ostrava and Herne, operated in Germany by ITL Eisenbahn. Another of Akiem’s TRAXX MSes fitted for the same combination of countries is to be hired later in January for a two-year period by LTE.


First TRAXX DC3 and MS3 Born

22 Dec 2017 12:24
  • First TRAXX DC3 and MS3 Born
  • First TRAXX DC3 and MS3 Born

The family of new generation TRAXXes is expanding. There are now new MS and DC versions too. The first TRAXX DC3 was built at Bombardier’s Vado Ligure factory, and was presented on 14 December 2017 (see the first photo). It will probably be designated Class E494. Meanwhile final assembly at Kassel is taking place of one of the pre-series TRAXX MS3 locomotives, in the second photo, it is seen on 13 December, while now it is ready for first activating tests.

The first orders are now coming in for these new-generation TRAXXes. These are from the Italian State-owned railfreight operator. Mercitalia Rail has ordered 40 TRAXX DC3s with an option for 20 more. TX Logistik, German subsidiary of the Mercitalia Logistics, ordered 40 TRAXX MS3s, with an option for 25 more. 


New Vectrons For ČD Cargo And For Others

22 Dec 2017 09:08
  • New Vectrons For ČD Cargo And For Others
  • New Vectrons For ČD Cargo And For Others
  • New Vectrons For ČD Cargo And For Others

On 21 December 2017 the last two Vectron MS locomotives so far ordered by ČD Cargo, 383.007 and 008, crossed Germany en route to the VUZ Velim test centre. This photo shows them near Schkortleben, south of Halle. They arrived at Velim on the 22nd. It is planned to hand them over to ČD Cargo early in the New Year.

There have also been other recent deliveries of Vectrons, both instances involving the first locomotives of batches on order. The next photo in this sequence shows 193 461 and 462. These are the first of 18 Vectron MSes on order for LokRoll, which is to hire them to SBB Cargo International. This photo was taken in München-Allach works. The two locomotives departed from there on 11 December, bound for Switzerland. They are now being used for staff training purposes, both on light engine runs, and hauling commercial freights.

The third photo was taken on 1 December 2017. It shows 476 451, the first of seven Vectron AC LM locomotives ordered by Coop subsidiary railCare. The photo was taken at Schafisheim, where 476 451 started service that day. Since then it has been employed regularly on freights between there and Felsberg in Graubünden canton. Here, on track shared with RhB, it uses catenary energised at 11 kV AC.


First RegioJet Train Visits Wien

30 Nov 2017 21:34
  • First RegioJet Train Visits Wien

On 30 November 2017, a RegioJet train, hauled by Vectron 193 205, entered Wien Hbf. This was part of the preparations prior to the start of regular Praha - Wien services on 10 December. RegioJet owner, Radim Jančura, says that when the service starts the trains will be formed of rakes of five or six yellow-liveried carriages. During 2018 it is expected the trains will have up to nine cars.


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