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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. 


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.


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.


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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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.


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.