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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.


VR Vectron At Velim

27 Feb 2016 23:09
  • VR Vectron At Velim

On 20 February 2016 the Finnish Vectron 3301 arrived at the VUZ test centre. It was moved there from Siemens’s München works, and is shown on the small circuit on 27 February, together with 193 930.


Another TWINDEXX Visits Velim

30 Jan 2016 08:55
  • Another TWINDEXX Visits Velim

This time the visitor is the Class DBpzfa powered end car 445 008, part of one of the DB Regio TWINDEXX Vario EMUs. This photo, taken on 29 January 2016, shows it in Kolín. It had just arrived there from Germany, travelling via Děčín and Nymburk. It then continued to Velim and to the VUZ test centre, hauled by 130.008, which belongs to ČD Cargo.


ICx Circuits At Velim

28 May 2015 17:43
  • ICx Circuits At Velim

Shortly after its arrival at the VUZ’s test base, ICx 9001 started making its first test runs, and is shown here on the large circuit on 22 May 2015.


ICx Visits Velim

15 May 2015 12:26
  • ICx Visits Velim
  • ICx Visits Velim

On 14 May 2015 ICx 9001 arrived at the VUZ’s test circuits in Velim. It was moved there from Germany together with Last Mile TRAXX AC3 187 001. The photos show the composition at Kolín, where reversal took place. CZ Logistics was operator for the Czech part of the run, using 753.197 hired from KDS.


First X60B On Test

27 Jan 2015 16:16
  • First X60B On Test

In 2012 Storstockholms Lanstrafik ordered 46 Class X60B EMUs, to increase the size of its X60 EMU fleet. Four trains are to be used for testing. The photo shows 6084, which arrived during the second half of January 2015 at VUZ test centre Velim, on the large circuit on the 26th of the month.

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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.


Ferrotramviaria Civity at Velim

30 Apr 2014 09:05
  • Ferrotramviaria Civity at Velim

On 15 April 2014 one of the two four-car EMUs which Ferrotramviaria of Bari has on order from CAF reached the VUZ’s test centre at Velim, and is shown there on the 24th of the month. 


New Sardinian DMU Visits Velim

17 Mar 2014 00:42
  • New Sardinian DMU Visits Velim

On 10 March 2014 ATR 365 001, the first of seven three-car tilting DMUs ordered from CAF, arrived at the VUZ test centre. The photo shows this train, hauled by ČD Cargo’s 363.509, the same day, prior to departing from Horní Dvořiště.