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First ČD Class 680 Pendolino with ETCS on test
First ČD Class 680 Pendolino with ETCS on test

On 22 January 2024, Pendolino 680.004 arrived at VUZ Velim, which was the first of its class to be equipped with the ETCS OBU.

CZ LOKO finished deliveries of the Class 743.2 locomotives for ČD
CZ LOKO finished deliveries of the Class 743.2 locomotives for ČD

On 1 February 2024, ČD announced that it has already got back all 14 locomotives of the Class 742, which were redesignated  to the Class 743.2 after modernisation to the Type EffiShunter 1000M.

Second ComfortJet driving trailer at VUZ
Second ComfortJet driving trailer at VUZ

On 22 December 2023, the car Afmpz 80-90 020, the second ComfortJet driving trailer, arrived for testing to Velim.

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Growing interest in ELL locomotives
Growing interest in ELL locomotives

Recently, there has been a growing interest in leasing of Siemens Vectron locomotives from European Locomotive Leasing in the Czech Republic: the number of enquiries from Czech operators continues to grow and the reasons for this are explained in the following paragraphs by Christian Kern, Managing Director of ELL Austria.

ComfortJet testing continues
ComfortJet testing continues

After the four cars from the first shortened, six-car ComfortJet test set were transported from VUZ Velim test circuit to Austria on 10 November 2023, they already started the tests on the ÖBB network.

More RegioFoxes for ČD
More RegioFoxes for ČD

On 7 November 2023, ČD ordered another 30 RegioFox DMUs, worth over 3 billion CZK (over 120 million EUR).

First ComfortJet driving trailer arrives in the Czech Republic
First ComfortJet driving trailer arrives in the Czech Republic

Less than two weeks after its presentation to ČD representatives at the Siemens Mobility plant in München, the first completed ComfortJet driving trailer was transferred to the VUZ Velim Test Centre.

First ComfortJet driving trailer
First ComfortJet driving trailer

The Siemens Mobility - Škoda Transportation consortium continues the work on the contract for twenty ComfortJet units.

First ComfortJet on test
First ComfortJet on test

On 11 September 2023, the first ComfortJet for ČD arrived at Velim.

RegioFoxes in test operation with passengers
RegioFoxes in test operation with passengers

On 15 August 2023, first two ČD's Class 847 DMUs started test operation with passengers.

Meeting of „bobina“ locomotives
Meeting of „bobina“ locomotives

On 12 August 2023, a meeting of Class E 499.0 (140) locomotives took place in the ČD Museum's Olomouc depot.

The first Class 242 electric for ČD Cargo
The first Class 242 electric for ČD Cargo

The Czech network will start to see Class 242 locomotives in a previously unusual blue paint.

ComfortJet production at Škoda Vagonka
ComfortJet production at Škoda Vagonka

The Škoda Group is finalizing the first non-traction multiple unit (NMU) ComfortJet at its Škoda Vagonka plant in Ostrava.

Modernization of ČD's Class 742 locomotives at CZ LOKO continues
Modernization of ČD's Class 742 locomotives at CZ LOKO continues

CZ LOKO, which won the contract for the complete modernization of 14 Class 742 locomotives to the EffiShunter 1000M type, handed over the first of them to ČD on 27 June 2023.

First EffiShunter for ČD
First EffiShunter for ČD

The first of the EffiShunter 1000M locomotives for ČD has completed a test run.