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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.

RJ’s First TRAXXes In The Czech Republic

17 Apr 2018 08:59
  • RJ’s First TRAXXes In The Czech Republic

On 13 April 2018 RegioJet’s first two yellow TRAXXes, 386.201 and 202, were moved from Germany via Děčín to Kolín, incorporated in a METRANS freight. They were then moved to the VUZ Velim test centre for a series of test runs on the circuits, the same day also making a test run between Kolín and Velim, as shown in the photo, taken at Velim station on 16 April.

RegioJet’s First TRAXXes

04 Mar 2018 22:43
  • RegioJet’s First TRAXXes
  • RegioJet’s First TRAXXes

Bombardier’s Kassel works is now completing the first two TRAXX electric locomotives for RegioJet. The latter now anticipates their arrival in the Czech Republic early in April. They will then be subjected to commissioning and acceptance tests, and should be ready for putting into commercial service either towards the end of April or early in May. The first photo shows 386.201 on 2 March, and the second shows 386.202 on 1 March 2018, both at Kassel.

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.

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.

RegioJet’s Ex-SBB Carriages Moved To Krnov

29 Sep 2016 17:13
  • RegioJet’s Ex-SBB Carriages Moved To Krnov
  • RegioJet’s Ex-SBB Carriages Moved To Krnov

On 28 September 2016 RJ moved 11 of its Class B carriages, acquired earlier in the year from SBB, from Hranice na Moravě to the KOS (Krnovské opravny a strojírny) works at Krnov. They were hauled by EŽ Praha’s 740.609 and 655 diesel locomotives. These photos were taken in the vicinity of Valšov and Milotice nad Opavou. The carriages will now be subjected to some adjustments in readiness for use starting in December 2016, when RJ plans to expand the range and number of its services.

Tags: RegioJet SBB

Železnice Desná Electrified

14 Jun 2016 08:04
  • Železnice Desná Electrified
  • Železnice Desná Electrified

This short (19.3 km) branch line from Šumperk to Kouty nad Desnou has experienced an extraordinary revival since it was all but destroyed by flooding in summer 1997. ČD then wanted to close it, the local authorities objected, and it was rescued by local authority. In 2013 it was decided to electrify the line, and the some of existing services, now with electric trains, were scheduled to start up with the introduction of the summer 2016 timetable, initially operated by ARRIVA Morava.

A novel expedient was used for the motive power and rolling stock, given the unavailability of suitable EMUs, as these photos show... The first photo shows RegioJet's 162.114, on hire with with ARRIVA vinyls applied, while the hired-in Class Bimdz carriages from Germany are in DB livery, at Kouty nad Desnou on 13 June 2016. The other photo was taken on 6 June, when 162.114 was still in RJ livery, on a driver training run hauling 810.221 forming train 13773 from Šumperk to Kouty nad Desnou in the passing loop at Velké Losiny.

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

More RegioJet Vectrons

07 Dec 2014 18:11
  • More RegioJet Vectrons

On 5 December 2014 RegioJet took over 193 205 and 206 from lessor ELL at Horní Dvořiště. The operator now has a complete fleet of Vectrons with which it can operate its new Bratislava - Žilina - Košice service. Here we see both machines that day waiting at Veselí nad Lužnicí.

Yellow Vectron In Commercial Service

26 Nov 2014 22:40
  • Yellow Vectron In Commercial Service

After 193 214 had run light engine from Bratislava to Košice on 25 November 2014, on the 26th it started hauling RegioJet’s trains IC 1003/1010 Praha - Košice between Košice and Žilina, starting with the westbound IC 1010. This is for driver training purposes and will continue until the start of the 2015 timetable on 14 December. After that RJ is to use ELL’s Vectrons on its new Bratislava to Košice services. Here we see 193 214 piloting 162.113 at the head of IC 1003, about to depart from Žilina bound for Košice on 26 November.