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Practical Experience With Open Access In The Czech Republic

Practical Experience With Open Access In The Czech Republic

Early in September 2011 the first Czech open access passenger service started, provided by RegioJet between Praha, Ostrava and Bohumín. This long distance service was not subsidised, RegioJet operating it on a commercial basis, at its own financial risk. Then, in December 2012 ČD found itself with another competitor offering services between Praha and the Ostrava district, this being LEO Express. The route has subsequently become a battleground between all three operators, as they vie with one other to win passengers.

Photo: Crowds waiting at Praha hl. n. to board a RJ service. At peak periods RJ services are now formed of up to eight cars, and thanks to this progress has been made on one front: it is now possible for some passengers to travel without making a seat reservation in advance.

Photo: Tomáš Kuchta

WESTbahn Operation And KISS EMU Maintenance

WESTbahn Operation And KISS EMU Maintenance

Since December 2011 WESTbahn has been operating services on the 317 km Westbahn between Wien and Salzburg, competing for passenger traffic with ÖBB, and now using the new high speed section of the Westbahn as far west as St. Pölten.

Photo: In the evening of 11 June 2014 KISSes 4010 003 and 004 visited the WESTbox. Here 003 is entering the building at 21.30 on track 4414 (light maintenance) using power from the overhead wire.

Photo: Tomáš Kuchta

First UL-Built Lastochka

First UL-Built Lastochka

On 30 May 2014 Uralskie lokomotivy (UL) presented ES2G-001, the first Lastochka EMU to be built at Verkhnaya Pyshma, the event coinciding with the celebrations marking the tenth anniversary
of the start of construction of rail vehicles at the works.

Photo: ES2G-001 in the commissioning hall at the UL works on 6 June 2014 being prepared for its journey Shcherbinka.

Photo: Irina Ivanov

New Activities At KVSZ

New Activities At KVSZ

Ukrzaliznitsya’s long-awaited programme of updating its fleet of passenger rolling stock is (once again) beginning to take shape. To finance this programme the Ukrainian government has decided to resort to international loans, and to provide guarantees for these. The investors are the major European and US commercial banks.

Photo: A prototype three-car DPKr2-001 has now been built, shown in the photo taken on 16 April 2014.

Photo: KVSZ

ISU - An Alternative For Non-Craneable Semi-Trailers

ISU - An Alternative For Non-Craneable Semi-Trailers

The Rail Cargo Group has reintroduced its patented ISU system which enables the vertical loading of non-craneable trailers onto ordinary pocket wagons. On 26 November 2013 a twice-weekly service linking Wels and Trieste and using this system started up.

Photo: AdriaFer’s shunter 510 leaving Molo 5 in Trieste on 31 March 2014 with the first half of the train (partly loaded with craneable trailers too) bound for Wels.

Photo: Petr Kadeřávek

Edinburgh Tramway Inaugurated

Edinburgh Tramway Inaugurated

Following over a decade of planning, project development and construction, the Scottish capital’s second-generation tramway was inaugurated on 31 May 2014, nearly 58 years after the closure of the Edinburgh Corporation Tramways network, which existed from 1871 until 16 November 1956.

Photo: The photo shows 266 arriving at Haymarket on a York Place to Edinburgh Airport service on 5 June 2014.

Photo: Bob Sweet

And much more!