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Repaired ČD Pendolino Cars Come Home

03 Apr 2018 09:26
  • Repaired ČD Pendolino Cars Come Home

Alstom’s Savigliano works has now completed repairing Class 680 Pendolino cars 682.003 and 082.003, which were heavily damaged during the level crossing accident in July 2015 in Studénka. The damage was such that repairs had to be realised at their birthplace. They started their journey back to the Czech Republic on 28 March, and this photo shows them that day between Savigliano and Torino.


First Indian Prima Complete

13 Mar 2018 12:36
  • First Indian Prima Complete
  • First Indian Prima Complete
  • First Indian Prima Complete
  • First Indian Prima Complete

On 10 March 2018 Alstom announced the completion of its first two-section Class WAG12 electric locomotive, 60001, at its new works in Madhepura (in Bihar State). These photos show 60001 at the final assembly stage, being moved out of the final assembly hall, and then making a trial run on the factory’s test track. In 2015 Indian Railways placed a 3.5 billion EUR order with Alstom for 800 two-section locomotives, of which 60001 is the first.

Tags: Alstom Prima

First Italo „Pendolino“ Car Presented

15 Dec 2016 15:34
  • First Italo „Pendolino“ Car Presented
  • First Italo „Pendolino“ Car Presented

On 15 December 2016 at Savigliano Alstom and NTV jointly presented the first end car of the Italo "Pendolino", around a year after NTV signed the contract. All 12 non-tilting trains (eight ordered in October 2015, four ordered in September 2016) are scheduled for delivery by December 2017, and it is planned to put them in commercial service in March 2018.


Oberpfalzbahn LINTs Enter Service

02 Apr 2016 22:20
  • Oberpfalzbahn LINTs Enter Service
  • Oberpfalzbahn LINTs Enter Service

On 2 March 2016 the first of the LINT DMUs acquired by Oberpfalzbahn instead of the batch of LINK DMUs was presented at Schwandorf depot (see photos). On 9 March the first train entered regular service between Marktredwitz and Regensburg. It is planned that during April all 12 trains on order, numbered 1648 201 to 212, will be in service.


First X60B On Test

27 Jan 2015 16:16
  • First X60B On Test

In 2012 Storstockholms Lanstrafik ordered 46 Class X60B EMUs, to increase the size of its X60 EMU fleet. Four trains are to be used for testing. The photo shows 6084, which arrived during the second half of January 2015 at VUZ test centre Velim, on the large circuit on the 26th of the month.

Tags: Alstom ŽZO SL X60

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.


First TramRus Tram In Service

05 May 2014 00:05
  • First TramRus Tram In Service
  • First TramRus Tram In Service

On 31 March 2014 was granted permission for test commercial operation of the first TramRus tram. It is shown in the first photo at Metro Sokol stop on 25 February 2014. This is a 100% low-floor three-section tram, a joint product of Alstom and TMH, based on the Citadis family. It was built at Alstom’s Barcelona works and arrived in Moskva in November 2013, as shown in the second photo.


Erixx With New LINT DMU

08 Apr 2014 22:13
  • Erixx With New LINT DMU

On 7 April 2014 erixx received for training purposes the first LINT 54 from the November 2011 order for 28. Here we see 622 207/707 near Uelzen on 24 March 2014 en route to Uelzen depot.


KZ4AT-0001 In Kazakhstan

23 Mar 2014 20:10
  • KZ4AT-0001 In Kazakhstan
  • KZ4AT-0001 In Kazakhstan
  • KZ4AT-0001 In Kazakhstan

At present KZ4AT-0001, the first of KTZ’s new generation electric locomotives, is being tested in Kazakhstan. This machine was built at the Alstom works in Belfort, and the accompanying photos show it inside the EKZ works in Astana, which is where at present a batch of two-section Class KZ8A freight electrics is being built for KTZ. The third photo shows the interior of one of the cabs of KZ4AT-0001, the console equipment still protected against possible damage.


New Coradia Continental

11 Jan 2014 16:56
  • New Coradia Continental

Under the contract signed with DB Regio in April 2012, Alstom is now starting to outshop the 28 Coradia Continental three-car EMUs. The trains are to be used on Lines S5 and S8 of the Rhein-Ruhr S-Bahn in Nordrhein-Westfalen since December 2014. Because their design complies with latest European crash norms, they differ slightly from previous Coradia Continentals and have a restyled front end design. Here we see 440 303/803 on 8 January 2014 at Wien Floridsdorf marshalling yard, en route to the RTA Rail Tec Arsenal climatic test centre.