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New Route For LKW Walter’s Semitrailers

11 Jan 2018 22:10
  • New Route For LKW Walter’s Semitrailers

On 8 January 2018 LKW Walter started up a new rail service for moving its semitrailers. This is its second service linking the Czech Republic and Germany. While the first service links Brno and Rostock, this one links Herne in the Ruhrgebiet with AWT’s terminal at Paskov near Ostrava. AWT and ITL Eisenbahn provide through haulage using their locomotives, AWT using the TRAXXes which it recently hired from Akiem (see here). The first westbound train left Paskov on 8 January, and the first eastbound left Herne on the 10th. This photo was taken on the 11th showing the latter service near Hladké Životice, hauled by 186 351. Four train pair per week will be provided, AWT using Type T3000e articulated wagons hired from NACCO and formed into rakes of 19, resulting in trains with an overall length of 669 m, including the locomotive.


AWT Hires Two TRAXXes

04 Jan 2018 22:29
  • AWT Hires Two TRAXXes

Following PSŽ (see here), AWT is another lessor of Akiem’s new TRAXX MS locomotives, which are fitted for possible use in Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. AWT has hired for three years 186 351 and 353, which have now been authorised for use in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Germany and Austria. They entered the Czech Republic on 28 December 2017, reaching Ostrava, which is AWT’s base, that day.

On 4 January 2018 they were formally handed over to AWT. This photo shows them at Ostrava hl. n. One of the duties envisaged for these new TRAXXes is a new semi-trailer service for LKW Walter. This is to start up on 8 January, with four train pairs per week between Ostrava and Herne, operated in Germany by ITL Eisenbahn. Another of Akiem’s TRAXX MSes fitted for the same combination of countries is to be hired later in January for a two-year period by LTE.


First AWT Taurus Handed Over

25 Nov 2013 22:19
  • First AWT Taurus Handed Over
  • First AWT Taurus Handed Over
  • First AWT Taurus Handed Over
  • First AWT Taurus Handed Over

On 22 November 2013 AWT took delivery of 183 714, the first of the three ES64U4s which it has on order. The first photo shows Edin Sose, AWT's chief commercial officer, holding the keys to the locomotive, at VUZ’s test centre in Velim. On his right is Roman Kokšal, Director of the Siemens Mobility and Logistics Division in the Czech Republic.
The following day the Eurosprinter hauled its first freight en route to Ostrava. This consisted of two locomotives hauled ‘dead’, together with a rake of seven empty wagons collected at Řečany nad Labem. On the 24th it hauled AWT's regular Paskov - Hamburg container train from Ostrava to Lovosice, as shown in the second photo, taken at Řečany nad Labem. AWT’s other two Eurosprinters are currently still at Velim - the third photo shows 183 718 there on 23 November 2013, while in the final one can be seen a meeting of 183 714 and 718 on the 22nd of the month.


AWT’s Tauruses Readied For Delivery

22 Oct 2013 16:16
  • AWT’s Tauruses Readied For Delivery
  • AWT’s Tauruses Readied For Delivery

At the end of August 2013 AWT ordered three of the last four ES64U4s which Siemens still had in store. Prior to being handed over, these locomotives had to be fitted with Mirel VZ ATP, thus transforming them into ES64U4-C versions. This modification means that they have to realise test runs at the VUZ test circuits at Velim and commissioning runs in the end. The first to be ready for this was 183 714, photographed at the test base on 21 October – the first photo shows it in the company of VUZ’s own 740.420 and ČD’s 380.011 (the latter locomotive had recently returned from a session of test runs in Hungary and Slovakia). The second photo shows 183 714 with SNCB Eurosprinters 1861 and 1877. The other two AWT Tauruses, 183.718 and 719, are to be ready for testing soon.


First Modern Electric For AWT

03 Oct 2012 19:05
  • First Modern Electric For AWT

AWT, the largest Czech railfreight open access operator, has already for a few years Eurorunner diesels on hire from MRCE. The company recently hired from the latter Eurosprinter 189 150, a Version M machine, which means that it is equipped for operation over a vast area of central and southeast Europe. 189 150 was delivered to the Czech Republic on 28 September 2012, and entered regular service the same day. Here we see it on the 29th at the Polish border station of Chałupki.