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ASTRA Builds Sleepers For Own Use

11 Nov 2016 22:20
  • ASTRA Builds Sleepers For Own Use
  • ASTRA Builds Sleepers For Own Use

ASTRA Vagoane Călători is currently building batches of new carriages for use on overnight services operated by its own licensed rail operating subsidiary. These photos were taken at Arad station on 4 November 2016 between test runs. The vehicle closest to the camera is sleeping car WLABmz 61 81 70-90 001 together with couchette car Bcmz 61 81 50-90 002. The other photo shows the interior of the staff compartment in the sleeper.


RegioJet’s First ASTRA-Built Carriage On Test In Făurei

25 Aug 2014 21:47
  • RegioJet’s First ASTRA-Built Carriage On Test In Făurei
  • RegioJet’s First ASTRA-Built Carriage On Test In Făurei
  • RegioJet’s First ASTRA-Built Carriage On Test In Făurei
  • RegioJet’s First ASTRA-Built Carriage On Test In Făurei

On 25 August 2014 a Class Bpmz 61 81 20-90 001 carriage, the first of the batch ordered by RegioJet from ASTRA Vagoane Călători, was moved from Bucuresti to AFER’s test circuit in Făurei (about 140 km northeast from Bucuresti) for dynamic tests. The first photos in this selection show the vehicle during its morning arrival at Făurei. Haulage was provided by CFR’s 200 km/h electric 473 004, which is to be used in conjunction with testing the carriage. The other two photos show AFER’s test circuit base in August 2014.


RegioJet’s First ASTRA-Built Carriage

08 Aug 2014 17:00
  • RegioJet’s First ASTRA-Built Carriage
  • RegioJet’s First ASTRA-Built Carriage

On 7 August 2014 a Class Bpmz carriage, the first of the batch ordered by RegioJet, left the ASTRA Vagoane Călători factory in Arad, bound for Bucuresti. It will initially be subjected to tests by AFER, the Romanian rail authority. This photo shows the carriage, incorporated in the rake of stock forming train IR 1822, about to depart from Arad.