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New Škoda Trams For rnv

09 Oct 2018 15:40
  • New Škoda Trams For rnv
  • New Škoda Trams For rnv
  • New Škoda Trams For rnv

In Mannheim on 8 October 2018 Škoda and rnv (Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr) presented a full-size mock-up of one of the new ForCity Smart trams, of which rnv has ordered at least eighty: 31 three-section, 37 four-section and 12 six-section vehicles. There is also an option clause in the contract for 37 more trams. The first of these 1,000 m vehicles is scheduled to enter service in early 2021.

The mock-up is fitted with two designs of seat unit, grab-rails and handles, entrance door and door control buttons. This will enable users of the Mannheim tram network to evaluate and pass comment on various aspects of the design of their future means of transport.

Tags: Škoda rnv

First CalTrain Bodyshells

18 Sep 2018 08:26
  • First CalTrain Bodyshells

On 5 September 2018 the first bodyshells for the first CalTrain KISS EMU arrived from Switzerland (Altenrhein) at Stadler’s new Salt Lake City works for a final assembly.


Pop at Velim

13 Sep 2018 10:01
  • Pop at Velim

In late June 2018, Alstom presented the first new Coradia Stream EMU, manufactured in its Savigliano factory. The same trainset, ETR 104, arrived at the VUZ Velim test base in early September and is seen here on 8 September 2018 on the large test ring. Trenitalia will put these trains in service gradually from 2019 in several regions, branded Pop, in line with the musically motivated names of the newly acquired types of units.


EURODUALs At PCW

12 Sep 2018 21:09
  • EURODUALs At PCW
  • EURODUALs At PCW
  • EURODUALs At PCW

In summer 2018 the first two new EURODUAL locomotives being built for HVLE were completed at Stadler’s València works. In late August they were moved to the Wegberg-Wildenrath circuit where they are being subjected to tests. The photos show 159 001 and 002 there on 10 and 11 September 2018.


Gmunden Restores Missing Link

03 Sep 2018 17:56
  • Gmunden Restores Missing Link
  • Gmunden Restores Missing Link
  • Gmunden Restores Missing Link
  • Gmunden Restores Missing Link
  • Gmunden Restores Missing Link

At midday on an overcast, and rather damp 1 September 2018, on which a multi-coloured display of unfurled umbrellas dominated the scene, the inaugural tram ran over the new stretch of line linking the Traunseebahn and the Gmundner Tram urban line. Stern&Hafferl then operated a special passenger-carrying service from 13.00 onwards in connection with the festivities in the town centre, which continued until late in the evening.


All RegioJet TRAXXes Delivered

10 Aug 2018 21:16
  • All RegioJet TRAXXes Delivered

During the past few weeks RegioJet took delivery of TRAXXes 386.203 and 204. This completes the deliveries of all four machines ordered so far by the operator. Both locomotives have now made commissioning runs, these taking place, as is usual, at the VUZ Velim test circuits and on the adjacent SŽDC line. This photo, taken on 9 August, shows 386 204 at Pečky, a station on the latter line, during one of the commissioning runs.


Transmontana News

26 Jul 2018 22:58
  • Transmontana News
  • Transmontana News
  • Transmontana News

On 6 July 2018 Transmontanas 480 032 and 033 arrived in Borlänge, in Sweden. These two were built by Softronic for tests with Green Cargo. The first photo shows both Transmontanas at Borlänge on 11 July 2018 during the first test run. Subsequently the locomotives were re-designated Mb 4001 and Mb 4002 (see the second photo) and were handed over to Green Cargo at the latter’s Eskilstuna works on 24 July 2018 (see the third photo).


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.