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LE Starts Praha to Kraków Service

21 Jul 2018 15:45
  • LE Starts Praha to Kraków Service
  • LE Starts Praha to Kraków Service
  • LE Starts Praha to Kraków Service

On 20 July 2018 LEO Express started up its first regular international service between the Czech Republic and Poland. The first photo shows FLIRT 480.001 en route to Kraków, between Petrovice u Karviné (the station is visible in the background) and the border between the Czech Republic and Poland. The second photo was taken at Praha hl. n. prior to inaugural departure of 480.001 (scheduled departure at 16.10 ) forming train LE 1361 to Kraków Główny (scheduled arrival at 23.19). The third photo shows, from right to left, Peter Köhler, LEO Express CEO, Petr Prokop Siostrzonek, the Archbishop of Břevnov Monastery, Peter Jančovič, LEO Express Polska Directors’ Board Member, and Emil Sedlařík, LEO Express’s spokesman.

Tags: LEO FLIRT 480

Ostrava’s Tango NF2 Testing Progress

16 Jul 2018 17:43
  • Ostrava’s Tango NF2 Testing Progress
  • Ostrava’s Tango NF2 Testing Progress

On 15 July 2018 the first nOVA tram, 1701, ended the first stage of trial operation without passengers (20,000 km), and now this will be followed by test commercial running, carrying passengers (for a further 20,000 km). In this photo taken at Poruba depot on 13 July 1701 is seen together with 1702 and 1704.


UK FLIRTs in Romania

03 Jul 2018 23:28
  • UK FLIRTs in Romania
  • UK FLIRTs in Romania

In early July Abellio East Anglia’s first four-car Class 755/4 FLIRT EDMU was moved from Bussnang to Romania, to the test circuit in Făurei. The photos show 755 401 at Curtici on 2 July 2018. Subsequently two more 755/4s will be sent to Făurei, to be tested there.


Class 102 Testing At „S“-Curves

28 Jun 2018 08:31
  • Class 102 Testing At „S“-Curves

On 19 June 2018, as one of the last DB Regio Class 102's authorisation tests, 102 004 made a test run over the reverse curves in the Heřmanův Městec station, on the line between Přelouč and Prachovice. The latter is not electrified, so 102 004 was hauled „dead“ by ČD’s „bardotka“ 749.121.


Dragons At Źmigród

28 Jun 2018 08:11
  • Dragons At Źmigród
  • Dragons At Źmigród
  • Dragons At Źmigród

In early June 2018 E6ACTa-001, the first of the new Dragon 2 family, was completed at Newag’s Nowy Sącz works. It was then moved to the OETD IK circuit in Źmigród, where between 18 June and 16 July it is being subjected to tests. The first photo, taken on 21 June, shows it together with PKP Cargo’s ET22-2024, 2023, 2021, 2007 and 1087.

At Źmigród the Dragon 2 met the original Dragon prototype built in 2009, E6ACT-001, which was recently modified to standardise it with the subsequent batch-built machines, and which had arrived there to start tests on 6 June. The second photo, taken that day, shows E6ACT-001 together with Koleje Dolnośląskie’s Newag-built Impuls’ EMU 45WE-021, while the third photo, taken on 17 June, shows both generations of prototype Dragons together.


ADY‘s First Prima On Test In Azerbaijan

21 Jun 2018 10:51
  • ADY‘s First Prima On Test In Azerbaijan

In mid-June AZ4A 0001 is still being subjected to validation tests on the ADY network, as shown in the photo taken in May 2018. It arrived in Baku from Belfort in February 2018, and since then has also been used for driver training. The next Prima, AZ4A 0002 is expected to be despatched from Belfort to Azerbaijan during summer 2018.


First Tango In Ostrava Streets

30 May 2018 22:15
  • First Tango In Ostrava Streets
  • First Tango In Ostrava Streets

On 30 May 2018 first Tango tram for DPO, 1701, made its first powered run through the streets of Ostrava. These photos show it between Poruba tram depot and Vřesinská, at Fakultní nemocnice (Faculty hospital) stop and on the return loop at Vřesinská. Test running will subsequently continue, with the Tango covering several hundred kilometres each day on the Ostrava network.


PKP Intercity Signs Griffin Contract

30 May 2018 11:31
  • PKP Intercity Signs Griffin Contract

On 29 May 2018 PKP Intercity signed the definitive 367 million PLN (around 85 million EUR) contract for 20 Griffin electrics from Newag. The contract also covers maintenance up to the P4 heavy intermediate level, and incorporates an option clause for ten more locomotives. Deliveries are to take place over the coming 30 months.

This photo was taken at Warszawa Wschodnia on 8 March 2018 and shows E4DCUd-004, one of the two Griffins hired by PKP Intercity from Newag Lease in early March (see R 1/18, p. 10), at the head of EIC "Lajkonik" to Kraków.


ČD Vectrons In Berlin And Hamburg

09 May 2018 17:22
  • ČD Vectrons In Berlin And Hamburg

Starting on 8 May 2018, ČD’s Class 193s have been venturing much deeper into Germany than in the recent past, when since December 2017 they only reached as far as Dresden or Leipzig hauling EC expresses from Praha. Now, they have daily diagrams, one to Berlin, the other to Berlin and Hamburg. This photo was taken on 8 May showing 193 290 heading EC 175 "Robert Schumann" to Praha hl. n. upon departure from the low level in Berlin Hbf. Starting on 10 June 2018 it is envisaged that the Class 193s will be used on all EC diagrams between Praha, Berlin and Hamburg, as originally intended.


Second EffiLiner 3000 Put Into Service

02 May 2018 11:48
  • Second EffiLiner 3000 Put Into Service

The second of the ex-SNCB Class 12s rebuilt by CZ LOKO, now 365.002, was put into service by CER Slovakia on 30 April 2018. This photo, taken that day, shows it at Petrovice u Karviné, on the border between the Czech Republic and Poland.