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First China To Spain Freight

16 Dec 2014 09:43
  • First China To Spain Freight
  • First China To Spain Freight

The first through train service carrying containers between China and Spain departed from Yiwu in central-eastern China on 18 November 2014 (see first photo). It was routed via the breaks of gauge at Alashankou/Dostyk, Brest/Małaszewicze and Hendaye/Irún, and reloaded three times between rakes of wagons during its 13,052 km journey, traversing six countries, before finally reaching the Madrid-Abroñigal logistics complex on 9 December.
The payload consisted of 30 40-foot containers, but moved in the same train as other consignments during transit through CIS to meet minimum requirement for a block train, 41 40-foot containers. The service was arranged by IRS InterRail Services jointly with Kedentransservice and CRIMT, while DB Schenker and its subsidiaries provided haulage across the entire stretch of the 1,435 mm network from Małaszewicze to Irún. Transfesa Rail’s 335 010, on hire from Alpha Trains Iberia, shown in the other photo arriving at Madrid-Aboñigal, hauled the train from the French border onwards.


InnoTrans 2014 Preparations Under Way (2)

20 Sep 2014 20:02
  • InnoTrans 2014 Preparations Under Way (2)
  • InnoTrans 2014 Preparations Under Way (2)
  • InnoTrans 2014 Preparations Under Way (2)
  • InnoTrans 2014 Preparations Under Way (2)
  • InnoTrans 2014 Preparations Under Way (2)
  • InnoTrans 2014 Preparations Under Way (2)
  • InnoTrans 2014 Preparations Under Way (2)
  • InnoTrans 2014 Preparations Under Way (2)

Over the weekend heralding in InnoTrans week the outdoor exhibition area at Messe Berlin was steadily filling up with exhibits. The accompanying series of photos taken on 18 September shows first a Class TME3 and Class 794 shunters built by CZ LOKO as well as a Class Eans-z Self prop wagon of Radionica željezničkih vozila Čakovec (Croatia). Other photos show a Bombardier’s INNOVIA Monorail together with a Stadler’s Metelitsa tram, an Alstom’s Citadis Compact tram, a Tw 3000 tram built by a consortium formed of Vossloh-Kiepe and Alstom Transport Deutschland for üstra Hannoversche Verkehrsbetriebe, a meeting of a Tramino built by Solaris for Braunschweiger Verkehrs-Gmbh with a Transtech’s Artic tram, and finally a Copenhagen Metro EMU built by Ansaldobreda.


InnoTrans 2014 Preparations Under Way

16 Sep 2014 17:38
  • InnoTrans 2014 Preparations Under Way
  • InnoTrans 2014 Preparations Under Way
  • InnoTrans 2014 Preparations Under Way

The first vehicles are now arriving in the sidings at Messe Berlin. The first photo in this series from 15 September 2014 shows a seven-section Bombardier FLEXITY 2 tram, destined for Belgian operator De Lijn. The second view shows one of the Type 6N2 Tramlinks built by Vossloh España for RSAG (Rostocker Straßenbahn). The third view is of a Type B80C tram, modernised by Vossloh Kiepe for Stadtwerke Bonn, together with a full-size mock-up of part of a EURODual electro-diesel locomotive.


Vossloh’s Yuletide Spirit

24 Dec 2013 11:07
  • Vossloh’s Yuletide Spirit

Just in time for Christmas, a train consisting of four G 6 and two DE 12 locomotives left Vossloh works at Kiel on 20 December 2013, bound for BASF freight yard in Ludwigshafen.


DRS UKLight Visits Velim

06 Dec 2013 10:50
  • DRS UKLight Visits Velim

The first of Direct Rail Service’s UKLight diesels, 68001, recently arrived at VUZ’s Velim test centre. This photo was taken on 4 December 2013, when a test run was realised on the Large circuit. The 15 DRS UKLights are the first batch of EuroLights to be built by Vossloh España, and are to be owned by Beacon Rail and hired to DRS.


New Locomotives For BASF

15 Aug 2013 14:45
  • New Locomotives For BASF

In December 2011 the BASF chemicals group placed an order with Vossloh Locomotives for 22 modular center-cab locomotives with different power ratings. By the end of June 2013 the first DE 12 and G 6 were complete. The photo shows the latter at the BASF works in Ludwigshafen on 26 June 2013.


A EURO 3200 In The Czech Republic

22 Mar 2013 11:37
  • A EURO 3200 In The Czech Republic

1301, the first of Vossloh’s new EURO 3200s destined for Israeli State Railways is another new visitor to the VUZ test centre in the Czech Republic recently. Here we see it running together with Vectron 193 902 on the large test circuit on 11 March 2013.


G 6 Continues On Test In The Czech Republic

20 Mar 2013 19:39
  • G 6 Continues On Test In The Czech Republic
  • G 6 Continues On Test In The Czech Republic
  • G 6 Continues On Test In The Czech Republic
  • G 6 Continues On Test In The Czech Republic

In early February 2013 Vossloh Locomotives and ArcelorMittal Ostrava signed a contract for lease of G 6, which was tested at the latter steelworks in summer 2012. Since mid-February 650 300 is once again active, and the photos, taken on 19 March 2013, show it on the ArcelorMittal Ostrava network. One of the photos offers a comparison with the domestic 729.608 of a ČKD origin.


A G 6 In The Czech Republic

12 Sep 2012 12:12
  • A G 6 In The Czech Republic
  • A G 6 In The Czech Republic
  • A G 6 In The Czech Republic
  • A G 6 In The Czech Republic
  • A G 6 In The Czech Republic

ArcelorMittal Ostrava is planning to modernise its ageing fleet of diesels. The first step was taken when a Vossloh Locomotives-built Type G 6, 650 300, arrived at the steelworks in August for testing. These photos show it on the steelworks network and at Ostrava-Kunčice station, on the SŽDC public network. Another G 6, 650 109, recently paid a visit to Poland for trials, initially on the Żmigród test circuit in April. It is now in the livery of Wrocław-based STK, and in early September was being prepared for exhibition at InnoTrans 2012.