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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.


Container Consignment From Praha Arrives In Yiwu

04 Aug 2017 23:53
  • Container Consignment From Praha Arrives In Yiwu

The consignment of containers which departed from Praha-Uhříněves by rail on the afternoon of 19 July arrived in Yiwu at 11.18, local time, on 4 August. The run traversing Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan, thus took just under 16 full days. The working was a standard block train of 41 containers, some from Germany, the others from the Czech Republic, with payloads including Czech automotive components and crystal glass.


More BCh’s Class BKG2s

30 Jul 2017 19:22
  • More BCh’s Class BKG2s
  • More BCh’s Class BKG2s

Following a lengthy testing period on 21 June 2017 BCh’s first two Class BKG2 electrics were put into test commercial service. Meanwhile, BKG2-003 to 006 arrived in Belarus from CRRC Datong on 4 June 2017, followed by BKG-007 to 010 in late July. The photo shows them at Dubasovsky station (north-west of Saratov) on 29 July 2017, being hauled by RZD’s 2TE116-1006 diesel. The second photo shows BKG2-007.

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RailRunner Starts Up Services In Europe

27 Jul 2017 19:14
  • RailRunner Starts Up Services In Europe
  • RailRunner Starts Up Services In Europe

Over several years Massachusetts-based RailRunner has been developing plans to implement its bi-modal technology in Europe. At present it is envisaged that the first such trains may run in 2019. In the meantime the company’s subsidiary RailRunner Europe is poised to start up services using a conventional system - semitrailers carried on pocket wagons. The first services are to start on 31 July 2017.

On the 26th a couple of runs were made, between Braunschweig and Bratislava. The northbound train ran empty, the southbound one with empty semitrailers, to make them available for loading in Slovakia. This photo was taken on 27 July near Přelouč in the Czech Republic, showing the southbound train, hauled by ČD Cargo’s Vectron 383.002.


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.