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Akiem Hires TRAXX MS to PSŽ

26 Oct 2017 22:06
  • Akiem Hires TRAXX MS to PSŽ
  • Akiem Hires TRAXX MS to PSŽ

Electric TRAXXes from Akiem’s June 2016 order include five MS machines equipped for use in central and eastern European countries. The first to be handed over and put into service was 186 352, shown in the first one photo, taken in Krippen, between Bad Schandau and the Czech border, on 21 October 2017. It is coupled behind CZ Logistics’ 741.516 and forms part of a convoy also incorporating Israeli Railways’ 3001 (a TRAXX P160 AC3) and Unipetrol Doprava’s Vectron 383.050 (see next Hors report). All apart from the TRAXX MS, bound for Hungary, were destined for the VUZ Velim test base. Following a commissioning run on 24 October, 186 352 was put in service in Hungary by its lessor, PSŽ.
The second photo, taken on 27 October 2017 in Kassel, shows 186 351, therefore the other one from the batch of five.

PSŽ Vectron Arrives In Slovakia

31 Jan 2016 09:32
  • PSŽ Vectron Arrives In Slovakia

Following tests and initial use in Hungary, Vectron 193 820, belonging to Slovakian operator PSŽ, arrived in its new home country on 29 January 2016. This photo shows it at Štúrovo border station in Slovakia.

PSŽ Acquires Vectron

13 Jan 2016 09:51
  • PSŽ Acquires Vectron

Slovakian operator Prvá slovenská železničná (PSŽ) has acquired 193 820 Vectron MS. The locomotive was formally handed over in München-Allach on 22 December 2015, but did not leave the works until 12 January 2016, when it travelled to Hungary. This photo shows it en route near Gramatneusiedl, on the line from Wien to Hegyeshalom. On 13 January the locomotive was scheduled to make a commissioning run between Györszentiván and Bicske, this being necessary for authorisation and registration with the Hungarian transport authority, NKH.

First Freight Uses A Pre-Arranged Path On RFC7

11 Jan 2014 19:04
  • First Freight Uses A Pre-Arranged Path On RFC7
  • First Freight Uses A Pre-Arranged Path On RFC7

On 10 November 2013 six of the nine European Rail Freight Corridors (RFCs) became officially operational. On 10/11 January 2014 a freight service for the first time used a pre-arranged path on the RFC7, named Orient/East Med, which runs from Praha via Slovakia/Austria, Hungary and Romania, with one branch to Constanta and another via Bulgaria to Thessaloníki and Athína. This inaugural train ran under the licence of Slovakian operator PSŽ using the RFC7 train paths provided between Praha and Szajól, though it arrived from Germany, and ran under other operators’ licences as far as Praha. Both photos were taken on 10 January 2014. The first shows the train passing through Havlíčkův Brod, hauled by 189 153, on hire from PKP Cargo and PSŽ’s own 240.039. The other shows it in Zohor, Slovakia, headed by PSŽ's 240.039 on its own, but awaiting arrival of a a banker.

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