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New Trains For Vysoké Tatry

17 Oct 2018 14:10
  • New Trains For Vysoké Tatry
  • New Trains For Vysoké Tatry

On 17 October 2018 Stadler announced that it is to deliver five rack-and-pinion/adhesion low-floor GTW EMUs and one multifunctional rack-and-pinion/adhesion multipurpose dual-power (electro/diesel) locomotive for ZSSK. The vehicles, shown in Štrbské Pleso, are destined for the TEŽ and OŽ metre-gauge networks and will start service in 2022.


LE Starts Praha to Kraków Service

21 Jul 2018 15:45
  • LE Starts Praha to Kraków Service
  • LE Starts Praha to Kraków Service
  • LE Starts Praha to Kraków Service

On 20 July 2018 LEO Express started up its first regular international service between the Czech Republic and Poland. The first photo shows FLIRT 480.001 en route to Kraków, between Petrovice u Karviné (the station is visible in the background) and the border between the Czech Republic and Poland. The second photo was taken at Praha hl. n. prior to inaugural departure of 480.001 (scheduled departure at 16.10 ) forming train LE 1361 to Kraków Główny (scheduled arrival at 23.19). The third photo shows, from right to left, Peter Köhler, LEO Express CEO, Petr Prokop Siostrzonek, the Archbishop of Břevnov Monastery, Peter Jančovič, LEO Express Polska Directors’ Board Member, and Emil Sedlařík, LEO Express’s spokesman.

Tags: LEO FLIRT 480

UK FLIRTs in Romania

03 Jul 2018 23:28
  • UK FLIRTs in Romania
  • UK FLIRTs in Romania

In early July Abellio East Anglia’s first four-car Class 755/4 FLIRT EDMU was moved from Bussnang to Romania, to the test circuit in Făurei. The photos show 755 401 at Curtici on 2 July 2018. Subsequently two more 755/4s will be sent to Făurei, to be tested there.


Class 102 Testing At „S“-Curves

28 Jun 2018 08:31
  • Class 102 Testing At „S“-Curves

On 19 June 2018, as one of the last DB Regio Class 102's authorisation tests, 102 004 made a test run over the reverse curves in the Heřmanův Městec station, on the line between Přelouč and Prachovice. The latter is not electrified, so 102 004 was hauled „dead“ by ČD’s „bardotka“ 749.121.


Dragons At Źmigród

28 Jun 2018 08:11
  • Dragons At Źmigród
  • Dragons At Źmigród
  • Dragons At Źmigród

In early June 2018 E6ACTa-001, the first of the new Dragon 2 family, was completed at Newag’s Nowy Sącz works. It was then moved to the OETD IK circuit in Źmigród, where between 18 June and 16 July it is being subjected to tests. The first photo, taken on 21 June, shows it together with PKP Cargo’s ET22-2024, 2023, 2021, 2007 and 1087.

At Źmigród the Dragon 2 met the original Dragon prototype built in 2009, E6ACT-001, which was recently modified to standardise it with the subsequent batch-built machines, and which had arrived there to start tests on 6 June. The second photo, taken that day, shows E6ACT-001 together with Koleje Dolnośląskie’s Newag-built Impuls’ EMU 45WE-021, while the third photo, taken on 17 June, shows both generations of prototype Dragons together.


First Tango In Ostrava Streets

30 May 2018 22:15
  • First Tango In Ostrava Streets
  • First Tango In Ostrava Streets

On 30 May 2018 first Tango tram for DPO, 1701, made its first powered run through the streets of Ostrava. These photos show it between Poruba tram depot and Vřesinská, at Fakultní nemocnice (Faculty hospital) stop and on the return loop at Vřesinská. Test running will subsequently continue, with the Tango covering several hundred kilometres each day on the Ostrava network.


First TPE Nova 1

25 Apr 2018 17:51
  • First TPE Nova 1
  • First TPE Nova 1

On 20 April 2018 Hitachi confirmed that the first of the 19 five-car type AT300 EDMUs ordered by Angel Trains for TransPennine Express services had departed from the Kasado factory in Japan, the voyage to England expected to take around two months. The first part of the voyage involved a short journey by barge on the sheltered Seto Naikai, the Seto Inland Sea, which lies between Honshū, Shikoku, and Kyūshū, to join an ocean-going vessel. TPE has now branded these new trains Nova 1. These photos show the first train being loaded onto the barge on 10 April.

Tags: Hitachi IEP TPE

First nOVA Tram Arrives In Ostrava

23 Apr 2018 13:01
  • First nOVA Tram Arrives In Ostrava
  • First nOVA Tram Arrives In Ostrava
  • First nOVA Tram Arrives In Ostrava

On the night of 22/ 23 April 2018 DP Ostrava’s first Tango NF2 tram, 1701, arrived at the operator’s Martinov works, having travelled from Siedlce on board a low-loader. The first two photos in this sequence were taken on the morning of the 23rd while it was being prepared for unloading. The third view shows 1701 together with ČD Cargo’s 731.049, which had arrived at the Martinov works with four wagons loaded with rails for track relaying on the Ostrava tramway network. During the night of 23/24 April nOVA is to be moved to Poruba tram depot, in readiness for tests, scheduled to start on the 24th.


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.


FlixTrain Launched Its First Service

24 Mar 2018 16:57
  • FlixTrain Launched Its First Service

At 08.36 on 23 March 2018 FlixTrain’s inaugural service, hauled by Taurus ES64U2-005, departed from Hamburg-Altona bound for Köln Hbf. This service runs on only certain days of the week, with one train pair on each of these days.

Tags: FlixTrain