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ÖBB Presents First Vectron

07 Mar 2018 08:47
  • ÖBB Presents First Vectron
  • ÖBB Presents First Vectron

On 5 March 2018 at Wien-Praterstern ÖBB organised the presentation of the first of the 30 Vectron MS locomotives it ordered in January 2017. It is numbered 1293 001, and is to be formally be handed over in late May. These photos were taken not only during the event, but also afterwards, with 1293 001 running between Wien Rennweg and Wien Hauptbahnhof.

ÖBB Class1014s Sold For Scrap(?)

11 Nov 2016 22:16
  • ÖBB Class1014s Sold For Scrap(?)
  • ÖBB Class1014s Sold For Scrap(?)

On 7 November 2016 a convoy formed of 16 long-withdrawn Class 1014 electrics departed from Austria, the machines bound for their last resting place in Romania. This photo was taken en route on 10 November in Curtici. The condemned electrics are 1014 002 to 005, and 007 to 018. Also forming part of this working were three ex-ÖBB Class 1142s, which were bound for a second lease of life in the hands of the Grampet Group, which already has some machines of this class in readiness for operation in Austria under the licence of its Austrian subsidiary.

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First Taurus Ready For Italian Railjet Services

23 Feb 2016 09:19
  • First Taurus Ready For Italian Railjet Services

ÖBB is preparing for railjet services to Italy, with the first built rake of concerning stock making test runs on the Austrian network. The first of the Tauruses to haul them, 1216 018, has been modified for powering railjets and repainted in railjet livery and is now back in service. This photo shows it on 21 February 2016 at Wien Hbf., having come off the rake of stock which has just terminated from Venezia Santa Lucia on EC 30.

ÖBB’s cityjet Enters Service

17 Dec 2015 20:36
  • ÖBB’s cityjet Enters Service

At the start of the 2016 timetable, ÖBB put its first two cityjet EMUs into service on S80 Unter Purkersdorf - Hütteldorf - Wien Hbf. - Hirschstetten. 4746 001 was put into service here early on the morning of 13 December 2015, while 4746 002 spent that day on other services, taking it from Wien to Linz. From Linz it travelled to three other stations, to be presented there. The train’s first duty was on REX 1606 from Wien Westbf. to Sankt Pölten. This photo was taken at Wien Westbf. This was an exceptional itinerary undertaken by the train, since the Class 4746s are not envisaged to use Wien Westbahnhof on their regular diagrams.

RegioJet’s ÖBB Couchette Cars Arrive

28 Nov 2015 19:26
  • RegioJet’s ÖBB Couchette Cars Arrive
  • RegioJet’s ÖBB Couchette Cars Arrive

On 25 November 2015 twelve ex-ÖBB couchette cars arrived in Praha, destined for use on RegioJet’s Praha - Košice overnight trains. These photos were taken at the operator’s base at Praha-Smíchov station.

Tags: RegioJet ÖBB

An ÖBB Herkules On Test In Bulgaria

01 Oct 2015 14:54
  • An ÖBB Herkules On Test In Bulgaria

In late September 2015 ÖBB’s Herkules 2016 090 was moved to Bulgaria, for authorisation testing. This photo shows it on 27 September 2015 at Sofia Iliyantsi station, together with BDZ Cargo’s 43 517. The latter hauled the freight in which 2016 090 was incorporated for its move to Sofia. On 1 October 2016 090 was expected to start test runs coupled to ÖBB Taurus 1116 254, not involving the haulage of any freights.

First Cityjet In Wien

07 Jan 2015 16:52
  • First Cityjet In Wien
  • First Cityjet In Wien

On 4 January 2015 first ÖBB’s Desiro ML EMU arrived in Austria. The following day it was transferred to the Rail Tec Arsenal climatic test centre. These photos show the train on 5 January 2015.

Refurbishment Of The Ex-ÖBB Cars

01 Mar 2014 12:11
  • Refurbishment Of The Ex-ÖBB Cars
  • Refurbishment Of The Ex-ÖBB Cars
  • Refurbishment Of The Ex-ÖBB Cars
  • Refurbishment Of The Ex-ÖBB Cars
  • Refurbishment Of The Ex-ÖBB Cars

In early 2011 ČD negotiated the purchase from ÖBB of 32 carriages. 16 of these were put into service at once, while the remainder is to be thoroughly refurbished. Following the contract awarded in March 2013 to Janoza CZ, whose works is situated at Praha-Zličín, „revitalisation“ (a kind of ČD’s refurbishing manner) is now progressing, as shown in these photos, taken on 21 February 2014, involving six of the Bmz carriages.

Tags: ČD ÖBB Janoza

More ex-ÖBB Carriages For ČD

05 Feb 2014 08:38
  • More ex-ÖBB Carriages For ČD

In late January 2014, as part of its plan to acquire up to 80 carriages of various types from ÖBB, České dráhy received six secondhand Class Bmz vehicles. This photo, taken on 1 February 2014, shows three of these new arrivals at Bohumín depot, where the stock was subjected to initial inspection.

Tags: ČD ÖBB Bmz

A Railjet In Praha

18 Apr 2013 11:34
  • A Railjet In Praha
  • A Railjet In Praha
  • A Railjet In Praha
  • A Railjet In Praha
  • A Railjet In Praha

On 17 April 2013 an ÖBB railjet reached Praha for the first time ever. It formed a special working from Wien, being routed via Brno. Shortly after its arrival in the Czech capital the locomotive 1216 229 was baptised "Spirit of Praha" by Birgit Wagner, one of the members of the ÖBB Personenverkehr board, Petr Žaluda, the chairman of the ČD board, and Roman Kokšal, the CEO of Siemens Mobility Czech. The event was realised to promote the proposed joint ÖBB/ČD railjet service which will link Praha, Wien and Graz and which is scheduled to start in December 2014. The final photo shows ÖBB’s visiting railjet, 80-90.716, departing from Praha hl. n. as train SC 513, bound for Ostrava, a service regularly operated by one of ČD’s Class 680 Pendolinos.