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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.

NIM Express On The NIM HSL

06 Jul 2017 22:37
  • NIM Express On The NIM HSL

On 5 July 2017 the complete six-car Škoda-built NIM Express made its very first appearance on the Nürnberg - Ingolstadt - München (NIM) high speed line. This photo taken near Enkering that day shows it being powered by 102 001.

NIM Express Carriage Testing At Velim Starts

30 Jan 2017 17:51
  • NIM Express Carriage Testing At Velim Starts

On 21 January 2017 NIM Express’s shortened rake of four cars arrived at the VUZ Velim test circuit, and almost immediately started making a series of test runs. This photo shows the stock, pushed by 102 001 and 002, on the large circuit.

NIM Express Carriages Bound For Velim

20 Jan 2017 15:45
  • NIM Express Carriages Bound For Velim
  • NIM Express Carriages Bound For Velim

On 20 January 2017 the first, shortened rake of NIM Express carriages left the Škoda Transportation Plzeň factory bound for VUZ Velim test centre. The photos, the first taken on the AWT siding and the second at the freight yard adjacent to Plzeň hl. n., show this rake, formed of four double deck carriages, 70 80 86-94 002-8, 70 80 26-94 002-1, 70 80 26-94 001-3 and 70 80 26-94 026-0, en route to Velim, where a series of tests using DB Regio’s future Class 102 electrics will take place.

Yiwu to Barking Container Service Nears London

17 Jan 2017 19:22
  • Yiwu to Barking Container Service Nears London

On 1 January 2017 a test consignment of containers left Yiwu, bound for the Barking container terminal in the East End of London, where arrival is scheduled for early on the 18th. This is the first ever China to Britain railfreight service, even though these services have been evolving now for a decade between China and towns and cities in mainland Europe. Transhipment took place on the borders of China and Kazakhstan, between Belarus and Poland, and finally at the Duisburg terminal, since thence to Barking a rake of wagons certified for use through the Channel Tunnel had to be used.

The train was loaded with 44 40-foot containers, of which 34 continued from Duisburg to Barking. The consignments consisted mainly of household items, bags, textiles and suitcases. The service represents the latest development towards an effort to make China to Europe railfreight attractive for conveying cheap consumer goods.

The organisers of the service are Yiwu Timex Industrial Investment and InterRail Holding, with Brunel Project Cargo being the forwarding partner in Britain. PKP Cargo was responsible for haulage from Malaszewice to Duisburg and DB Cargo for the rest of German portion of the journey and between Calais and Barking, with B Logistics taking over for the run through Belgium and France. This photo shows the train on the evening of 16 January in Hasselt, Belgium, hauled by B Logistics’ 186 217, which is on hire from Alpha Trains Europe.

NIM Express Stock Undergoing Climatic Testing

10 Oct 2016 07:57
  • NIM Express Stock Undergoing Climatic Testing
  • NIM Express Stock Undergoing Climatic Testing

On 24 September 2016 the NIM Express DABpbzf driving trailer 001 was despatched from Plzeň bound for Rail Tech Arsenal, Wien, where it is shown in the first photo, taken on the 27th. It was then prepared for tests. The second photo, taken on 7 October, shows it fitted with measuring devices in the large climatic chamber during the calibration of the heating lamps used there. Also on the RTA premises is the NIM Express end car DBpz 001.

First NIM Express Carriages Emerge From Škoda Vagonka Works

15 Sep 2016 20:17
  • First NIM Express Carriages Emerge From Škoda Vagonka Works
  • First NIM Express Carriages Emerge From Škoda Vagonka Works

On 12 September 2016 the first carriages, one inner end car and one intermediate car, for DB Regio’s NIM Express push-pull rakes left Škoda Vagonka’s Ostrava works bound for the manufacturer’s Plzeň works. This photo of the two carriages was taken en route the following day, in Beroun, southwest of Praha. Haulage was provided by VÍTKOVICE Doprava, using its diesel, 740.631.

On 14 September Škoda dispatched 102 003 locomotive from Plzeň to Berlin for exhibition at InnoTrans. The second photo shows it being hauled by ČD Cargo’s 363.014, crossing the bridge over the Úslava on the outskirts of Plzeň. It was originally planned to exhibit also an intermediate car, an end car and a driving trailer at InnoTrans, but in the end this was not possible "on account of assembly and the test schedule", as Škoda explained. On 15 September a second inner end car left Ostrava works bound for the RTA Rail Tec Arsenal climatic testing chambers in Wien.

Third Emil Zátopek at Velim

26 Jul 2016 12:51
  • Third Emil Zátopek at Velim

Three of the electrics which Škoda Transportation is building for NIM Express are now in the VUZ’s test centre in Velim. This photo, taken on 25 July 2016 at the large circuit, shows a line-up formed of 102 004 (nearest the camera), then 102 001 and 002.

NIM Express Class 102 Presented

27 Jun 2016 23:31
  • NIM Express Class 102 Presented
  • NIM Express Class 102 Presented
  • NIM Express Class 102 Presented
  • NIM Express Class 102 Presented

On 27 June 2016 at the VUZ test centre Velim, Škoda Transportation officially presented DB Regio's future Emil Zátopek electric locomotive, destined for NIM Express push-pull services. There are now two Class 102s at Velim, and for the presentation 102 002 was used, this machine having been covered in vinyls previously to hide its livery. The vinyls were removed on the 26th. The first photo shows 102 002 making one of the presentation runs for the media invited to the event, speeds of 200 km/h being reached on the large test circuit.

Once the event was over 102 002 was moved to a storage track while 102 001 ventured onto the large test circuit, to continue a series of braking tests. The second photo shows this machine passing 102 001, at a speed of 200 km/h (in the background ICE4 9003 is visible). The third and fourth photos also show 102 001 during the braking tests: in the row of DB locomotives in the background TRAXX 187 104 is closest to the camera, the non-electrified track on the right is a branch line to the Velim station.

DB Regio’s First Class 102 Heads For Velim

28 Apr 2016 17:26
  • DB Regio’s First Class 102 Heads For Velim

On 28 April 2016 DB Regio’s future 102 001 left its Plzeň birthplace bound for the VUZ test centre Velim. This photo was taken at Plzeň hl. n., where it was waiting to continue its journey to Praha. Note that both front ends have protective coverings.