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First RegioJet Train Visits Wien

30 Nov 2017 21:34
  • First RegioJet Train Visits Wien

On 30 November 2017, a RegioJet train, hauled by Vectron 193 205, entered Wien Hbf. This was part of the preparations prior to the start of regular Praha - Wien services on 10 December. RegioJet owner, Radim Jančura, says that when the service starts the trains will be formed of rakes of five or six yellow-liveried carriages. During 2018 it is expected the trains will have up to nine cars.


First ČD-Liveried Vectron On Passenger Service

21 Nov 2017 11:57
  • First ČD-Liveried Vectron On Passenger Service

During the afternoon of 20 November 2017 193 295, one of the Vectrons hired by ČD from ELL, hauled its first regular passenger train, this being Ex 537 “Budvar” Praha-Holešovice - České Budějovice. This photo shows it prior to departure from Praha hl. n.


First Vectron With Hungarian Operator

09 Jul 2015 21:44
  • First Vectron With Hungarian Operator

On 9 June 2015 MMV Magyar Magánvasút received 193 228 on hire from ELL. This is the first of three Vectron AC locomotives which MMV is to receive. This photo shows it on 6 July 2015 at Budapest-Kelenföld. It is the first Vectron to be used by a Hungarian operator, but operators from other countries have in the recent past used Vectrons on services within Hungary.


More RegioJet Vectrons

07 Dec 2014 18:11
  • More RegioJet Vectrons

On 5 December 2014 RegioJet took over 193 205 and 206 from lessor ELL at Horní Dvořiště. The operator now has a complete fleet of Vectrons with which it can operate its new Bratislava - Žilina - Košice service. Here we see both machines that day waiting at Veselí nad Lužnicí.


Yellow Vectron In Commercial Service

26 Nov 2014 22:40
  • Yellow Vectron In Commercial Service

After 193 214 had run light engine from Bratislava to Košice on 25 November 2014, on the 26th it started hauling RegioJet’s trains IC 1003/1010 Praha - Košice between Košice and Žilina, starting with the westbound IC 1010. This is for driver training purposes and will continue until the start of the 2015 timetable on 14 December. After that RJ is to use ELL’s Vectrons on its new Bratislava to Košice services. Here we see 193 214 piloting 162.113 at the head of IC 1003, about to depart from Žilina bound for Košice on 26 November.


First Yellow Vectron

21 Nov 2014 14:32
  • First Yellow Vectron
  • First Yellow Vectron
  • First Yellow Vectron
  • First Yellow Vectron
  • First Yellow Vectron
  • First Yellow Vectron

On 21 November 2014 at Praha hl. n. (main station) RegioJet and Siemens presented 193 214, the first of three machines RegioJet is to hire for its Bratislava - Košice services in Slovakia. The second photo shows Student Agency/RegioJet owner, Radim Jančura (on the right), and Czech Siemens’s Rail Systems Division and Mobility and Logistics Division Director, Roman Kokšal.
Since this type of Vectron had been granted approval for test commercial operation in Slovakia on 14 November 2014, it was then possible to move 193 214 there for further preparations to be made. It left Praha on 21 November piloting 162 116 hauling train IC 1011 Praha -Žilina, and is shown in the final photo of this series at Česká Třebová. It came off the train at Hranice na Moravě and ran light engine southwards to Bratislava. Here it was used for staff training over the weekend of 22/23 November. Afterwards it was to be used on RegioJet’s trains IC 1003/1010 between Žilina and Košice until the end of the 2014 timetable in mid-December.


Vectron MS Locomotives In The Czech Republic

18 Nov 2014 11:18
  • Vectron MS Locomotives In The Czech Republic

The approval for test commercial service of the six Vectron MS electrics was validated on 11 November 2014. Overnight on 14/15 November ELL’s 193 214 was the first locomotive to use this, being moved from Linz to Horní Dvořiště and then travelling light engine to Praha. This is one of three machines RegioJet is to hire for its Bratislava - Košice services. On the 15th, 16th and 17th, it hauled RJ’s domestic Czech services, train IC 1007 from Praha to Havířov on 15 November being the very first of them - this photo shows it in Ostrava hl. n.
On 10 November 2014 sixteen Vectron DC locomotives were also granted approval for test commercial service on the Czech network, but only between three border stations (Petrovice u Karviné, Bohumín, Lichkov) and adjacent points of border, in service of DB Schenker Rail Polska.
On 14 November 2014 Vectron MS was granted approval for test commercial service in Slovakia.


Vectron MS Approved For Czech Test Operation

10 Nov 2014 15:30
  • Vectron MS Approved For Czech Test Operation

On 7 November 2014 Drážní úřad granted six specific Vectron MS locomotives approval for test operation on the Czech network. The sextet includes those to be delivered to European Locomotive Leasing (ELL) over the coming weeks or months and to be hired to RegioJet for operation in Slovakia and to LTE. There is a 15-day period for appeals to be lodged by those involved following the announcement of the approval. Should there be none, the approval will be deemed valid.
The same day, by coincidence, the 50th Siemens built locomotive for a private operator in Austria was handed over at a ceremony held in CargoServ’s WESTbox in Linz, and it was Vectron AC 193 203 for ELL, now hired to LTE.