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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.


First Yellow Vectron

21 Nov 2014 14:32
  • First Yellow Vectron
  • First Yellow Vectron
  • First Yellow Vectron
  • First Yellow Vectron
  • First Yellow Vectron
  • First Yellow Vectron

On 21 November 2014 at Praha hl. n. (main station) RegioJet and Siemens presented 193 214, the first of three machines RegioJet is to hire for its Bratislava - Košice services in Slovakia. The second photo shows Student Agency/RegioJet owner, Radim Jančura (on the right), and Czech Siemens’s Rail Systems Division and Mobility and Logistics Division Director, Roman Kokšal.
Since this type of Vectron had been granted approval for test commercial operation in Slovakia on 14 November 2014, it was then possible to move 193 214 there for further preparations to be made. It left Praha on 21 November piloting 162 116 hauling train IC 1011 Praha -Žilina, and is shown in the final photo of this series at Česká Třebová. It came off the train at Hranice na Moravě and ran light engine southwards to Bratislava. Here it was used for staff training over the weekend of 22/23 November. Afterwards it was to be used on RegioJet’s trains IC 1003/1010 between Žilina and Košice until the end of the 2014 timetable in mid-December.


Vectron MS Locomotives In The Czech Republic

18 Nov 2014 11:18
  • Vectron MS Locomotives In The Czech Republic

The approval for test commercial service of the six Vectron MS electrics was validated on 11 November 2014. Overnight on 14/15 November ELL’s 193 214 was the first locomotive to use this, being moved from Linz to Horní Dvořiště and then travelling light engine to Praha. This is one of three machines RegioJet is to hire for its Bratislava - Košice services. On the 15th, 16th and 17th, it hauled RJ’s domestic Czech services, train IC 1007 from Praha to Havířov on 15 November being the very first of them - this photo shows it in Ostrava hl. n.
On 10 November 2014 sixteen Vectron DC locomotives were also granted approval for test commercial service on the Czech network, but only between three border stations (Petrovice u Karviné, Bohumín, Lichkov) and adjacent points of border, in service of DB Schenker Rail Polska.
On 14 November 2014 Vectron MS was granted approval for test commercial service in Slovakia.


Vectron On Test In Slovakia

06 Nov 2014 12:46
  • Vectron On Test In Slovakia

On 5 November 2014 European Locomotive Leasing’s Vectron MS, 193 214, started test runs in Slovakia, in connection with RegioJet’s plans to start up Bratislava to Košice express services, for which it is planned to hire ELL’s Vectrons. This photo was taken on 5 November between Šenkvice and Pezinok during the testing of communication between the on-board and wayside ETCS installations. Time is tight, with barely a month left now before the start of the service, with the introduction of the 2015 timetable on 14 December.