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First Of Latest Batch Of METRANS Rail TRAXXes For Delivery Soon

13 Apr 2018 17:48
  • First Of Latest Batch Of METRANS Rail TRAXXes For Delivery Soon

On 13 April 2018 the first two TRAXXes destined for use by RegioJet were scheduled to depart from Kassel bound for the Czech Republic. Ten more TRAXXes are currently under construction for METRANs Rail. This photo shows the first of this batch, 386.031, at Kassel. It is poised to start commissioning and testing, and is scheduled to be moved to the Czech Republic by the end of May.


Container Consignment From Praha To Yiwu

20 Jul 2017 12:18
  • Container Consignment From Praha To Yiwu
  • Container Consignment From Praha To Yiwu

On 19 July 2017 a consignment of 41 40-foot containers departed from the METRANS terminal at Praha-Uhříněves bound for Yiwu in Zhejiang province. This was a promotional, one-off pilot service, organised in association with a Chinese investment forum held in Praha the previous day. The payloads consisted of a mixture of Czech export products, including porcelain, crystal glass, cosmetic and automotive components. The train is routed via Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan, and is expected to take 16 days.

A westbound service from Yiwu to the Czech Republic is expected to run soon, and should there be sufficient demand a regular service might be established. Although this is not the first service to be operated from the Czech Republic to China, it is the first one to be provided following an initiative from China.

The first photo, taken at the METRANS terminal, shows METRANS’s 761.002 about to depart with the train. Eurorunner hauled it only to the Praha-Uhříněves station. METRANS was the organiser of the service as far as the border between Poland and Belarus, while haulage was provided by ČD Cargo and PKP Cargo. InterRail Holding is the main operator of the train. The other photo was taken near Česká Třebová, showing ČD Cargo’s 130.036 at the head of the train.


METRANS TRAXX Deliveries Continue

12 Nov 2014 18:10
  • METRANS TRAXX Deliveries Continue
  • METRANS TRAXX Deliveries Continue

The very first of these, 386.001, reached the Czech Republic on 24 October 2014 and realised its commissioning runs on the 30th, on the main line between Praha and Velim and on the VUZ test circuit. 386.002 and 003 followed on 8 November, reaching the country in the same manner as did 386.001, incorporated in METRANS Rail's train 43305 Rotterdam - Praha. The first photo shows the delivery of 386.002 and 003, near Řež, haulage being provided by 186 181, on hire from Railpool. This will now be the standard practice for the deliveries of the remainder of the batch.
386.002 and 003 realised their commissioning runs on 12 November 2014, the second photo being taken that day, showing 386.003 on the large test ring at Velim. 386.004 and 005 are now planned to reach the Czech Republic on 22 November, and 006 and 007 on the 27th. They will initially be used on METRANS Rail's services between the Czech Republic and Germany, once commissioning formalities have been completed.


METRANS TRAXX On Test Run

16 Oct 2014 17:30
  • METRANS TRAXX On Test Run

386.001, the first of the 20 TRAXX F140 MS locomotives which METRANS has on order, and is soon to take over, made a test run on 16 October, prior to being handed over. In the accompanying photo, it is shown at Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe. It is to be moved to the Czech Republic, where it is to be commissioned, on 22 October 2014.


First METRANS-Owned TRAXX

19 Sep 2014 16:30
  • First METRANS-Owned TRAXX

Although METRANS Rail has a lot of TRAXX F140 MS electrics in its fleet, to date these have only been on hire. Things are about to change significantly, since the Czech intermodal operator METRANS, its mother concern, has ordered 20, with an option of ten more. The machines are registered in the Czech Republic as Class 386. On 19 September 2014 deliveries started, and here we see photomontage including 386 001 and fictive further machines up to 005.
Deliveries are set to continue at a rate of one per week.


More RegioJet Carriages

13 Jan 2014 22:12
  • More RegioJet Carriages

On 12 January 2013 the Czech open access passenger operator announced that it had acquired a batch of 45 more secondhand carriages from ÖBB. The first 16 vehicles were delivered to the Czech Republic from Austria the previous day, and were dispersed to three locations – two works which are not connected with RegioJet, and the latter’s base in Praha. This photo, taken between Pardubice and Přelouč, shows the stock heading for Praha, hauled by Metrans Rail’s 186 291, on hire from Railpool. Three of these carriages are to be put into service as soon as possible.


TRAXX Hauls RegioJet Train!

26 Sep 2012 22:14
  • TRAXX Hauls RegioJet Train!
  • TRAXX Hauls RegioJet Train!

On 26 September 2012 IC 1003 service was hauled by 186 187 instead of by the customary Class 162 electric. The TRAXX is normally used by METRANS Rail on freights, and is on hire from Railpool. Unfortunate circumstances led to it being pressed into use by RJ. The latter’s 162.117 derailed that morning while shunting at Praha-Smíchov, and it was no possible to manouevre another locomotive at that time. Here we see the TRAXX at work on IC 1003 eastbound at Pardubice and returning at the head of the IC 1010, near Ostrava-Mariánské Hory (more photos can be seen on the Czech version of the news).