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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.

Tags: BCh RZD BKG2

A Lastochka Premium On Test

14 Apr 2016 23:03
  • A Lastochka Premium On Test

On 12 April the first Premium version Lastochka, designated Class ES2GP, left the UL works for the Shcherbinka test circuit. This photo shows it at Yekaterinburg passazhirsky station, hauled by a Class TEP70 BS diesel locomotive.

RZD’s New Double Deck Carriages Presented

29 Apr 2015 18:28
  • RZD’s New Double Deck Carriages Presented
  • RZD’s New Double Deck Carriages Presented
  • RZD’s New Double Deck Carriages Presented
  • RZD’s New Double Deck Carriages Presented

On 28 April 2015 Tverskoy vagonostroitelny zavod (TVZ, Tver Carriage Works, part of Transmashholding) presented examples of the batch of 15 double deck passenger carriages destined for RZD subsidiary FPK (Federalnaya passazhirskaya kompaniya, Federal Passenger Company). This contract for Model 61-4492 carriages with seating accommodation for daytime-only services was signed in August 2013. Their structural design is based on TVZ’s sleeping double deck carriages, however the bodyshells on the upper deck are slightly curved at the top of the sidewalls.


New Peresvet Version

17 Apr 2015 19:00
  • New Peresvet Version

On 17 April 2015 a new Class 2TE25KM Peresvet main line freight diesel was presented at BMZ (Bryansky mashinostroitelny zavod, Bryansk engineering works). The locomotive was developed jointly by specialists from RZD and BMZ. The event was attended by Vladimir Yakunin and other RZD and TMH managers.

RZD Talgo At Źmigród

16 Mar 2015 11:38
  • RZD Talgo At Źmigród
  • RZD Talgo At Źmigród
  • RZD Talgo At Źmigród

RZD’s variable-gauge Talgo rake, which has so far been tested in Germany and also at VUZ’s test circuit at Velim in the Czech Republic, arrived in Poland on 15 March 2015 for testing there. The first two photos of this series show it hauled by EU07-167 at Źmigród station and on the connecting line to the OETD IK test circuit, while the third view shows the train having reached its destination.

RZD Talgo In Görlitz

23 Jan 2015 22:33
  • RZD Talgo In Görlitz

Starting on 18 January 2015 one of RZD's Talgo variable-gauge rakes has been on test at the TÜV SÜD Rail complex in Görlitz. The rake was the same one that had been tested at Velim in autumn 2014. It spent Christmas and the first couple of weeks of January in Berlin, and was then moved south to Görlitz. Here it is seen on the 22nd of the month in the western part of the test complex, adjacent to Görlitz-Rauschwalde station. The train is scheduled to return to Berlin on 30 January.

Tags: RZD Talgo

RZD Talgo In Germany

01 Aug 2014 23:41
  • RZD Talgo In Germany
  • RZD Talgo In Germany

On 31 July 2014 the new Talgo carriages destined for RZD arrived on low-loaders at the Talgo Deutschland works in Berlin, direct from Rivabellosa. These photos show some of them being delivered. The purpose of this visit is for testing, in readiness for the start-up in 2015 of overnight services linking Berlin, Warszawa, Minsk and Moskva, using three 20-carriage rakes.

Tags: RZD Talgo

First UL-Built Lastochka Visits Shcherbinka

05 Jul 2014 05:24
  • First UL-Built Lastochka Visits Shcherbinka
  • First UL-Built Lastochka Visits Shcherbinka

In June ES2G-001, the first Lastochka EMU built at Uralskie lokomotivy, arrived at the VNIIZhT test centre for a series of acceptance and certification tests. The photo shows this train there on 16 June 2014. Also in June arrived at the Shcherbinka test circuit the second Talgo destined for RZD; its photo was taken on 23 June 2014.

Granit’s First Booster

25 Jun 2014 22:51
  • Granit’s First Booster

UL has recently completed the first booster section destined for a Class 2ES10 locomotive. Here it is seen at Uralskie lokomotivy works on 6 June 2014.

First UL-Built Lastochka

02 Jun 2014 16:30
  • First UL-Built Lastochka
  • First UL-Built Lastochka

On 30 May 2014 Uralskie lokomotivy (UL) presented ES2G-001, the first Lastochka EMU to be built at Verkhnaya Pyshma. The first photo shows (from left to right) Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Gruppa Sinara, Dmitry Pumpyansky, the Governor of Sverdlovskaya Oblast, Yevgeny Kuyvashev, RZD’s Senior Vice-President for Innovation Development, Valentin Gapanovich, and the CEO of Siemens’s Rail Systems Division, Jochen Eickholt. The train is scheduled to leave the works on 6 June to visit Shcherbinka for a series of acceptance and certification tests.