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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 For ZSSK

16 Nov 2017 22:32
  • First Vectron For ZSSK

On 4 October 2017 the results of ZSSK’s invitation to tender for the hire of ten multi-system electrics was made known, when Bratislava based S Rail Lease was nominated preferred bidder. Under the terms of the contract three of the locomotives are to be delivered by 10 December 2017. The first one, 383 101, arrived at Bratislava-Petržalka on 16 November 2017.


New Motive Power For Unipetrol Doprava

26 Oct 2017 22:08
  • New Motive Power For Unipetrol Doprava

Czech operator Unipetrol Doprava recently placed an order with Siemens for three Vectron MSs and with CZ LOKO for two EffiLiner 1600 modernised diesels. The first locomotives from both these batches are now ready. The Vectron is 383.050, while the EffiLiner is 753.606. This photo shows the Vectron on 26 October, when it was handed over to Unipetrol Doprava at VUZ Velim test centre. The other two Vectrons are to follow in spring 2018, while the other EffiLiner will be ready by the end of 2017.


First Rhein-Ruhr-Express Desiro HC EMUs Presented

14 Jul 2017 21:18
  • First Rhein-Ruhr-Express Desiro HC EMUs Presented
  • First Rhein-Ruhr-Express Desiro HC EMUs Presented

On 12 July 2017 at the Wegberg-Wildenrath test centre, Siemens presented to the media the first three Desiro HC prototype EMUs destined for RRX services. While 462 002 and 003 were shown in one of the test halls, 001 made a series of demonstration runs round the test circuit. The trains are scheduled to enter service in late 2018.


First RRX EMU On Test

02 Jun 2017 00:36
  • First RRX EMU On Test
  • First RRX EMU On Test

On 29 May 2017 one of the new Rhein-Ruhr-Express EMUs made a test run over the T1 circuit at Wegberg-Wildenrath. The train was formed of end cars 94 80 0462 101-7 D-SDEHC and 94 80 0462 001-9 D-SDEHC and intermediate cars 94 80 0462 201 and 301-3 D-SDEHC.


First New GYSEV Vectrons Delivered

16 May 2017 22:10
  • First New GYSEV Vectrons Delivered

This photo, taken on 16 May 2017, shows the first two of the five Vectrons recently ordered by GYSEV, 471 501 and 500, near Gramatneusiedl en route to their new home in Hungary.


ČD Cargo Vectron Fleet Complete

12 Oct 2016 17:19
  • ČD Cargo Vectron Fleet Complete

On 6 October 2016 the last of the five Vectrons ordered by ČD Cargo, 383.004, arrived in the Czech Republic, en route first to Ústí nad Labem depot and then to the VUZ’s test centre at Velim. Commissioning runs were made there on the large test circuit and on the SŽDC line from Velim to Poříčany, these being the usual choices for commissioning runs. This photo was taken prior to the run to Poříčany.


A GYSEV Ventus In Bratislava

05 Sep 2016 19:59
  • A GYSEV Ventus In Bratislava

Following a presentation run to the Burgenland district of Austria on 4 September 2016, on the morning of the 5th GYSEV/Raaberbahn put its new Desiro ML EMUs into regular service. These trains have been brand-named Ventus (Latin for Wind). One of the first commercial services diagrammed for these trains was REX 7605 from Deutschkreutz to Bratislava-Petržalka. This photo shows 4744 304, the last of the GYSEV batch, at the latter station on 5 September 2016.


Vectron Of ČD Cargo Prepares For Hungary

21 Jul 2016 00:14
  • Vectron Of ČD Cargo Prepares For Hungary

On 19 July 2016 ČD Cargo’s first Vectron, 383.001, underwent the usual commissioning run required for operation approval in Hungary. As is customary, this run was made between Hegyeshalom and Öttevény. This photo shows the locomotive at the border station of Rajka on the 18th. So far 383.001 has been used on regular freights taking it to Falkenberg in Germany and as far as to Kutná Hora in the Czech Republic. It has thus been used on 15 kV AC lines in Germany and on the Czech 3 kV DC network only.