Iran Develops Locomotive-Building Industry

The MAPNA Group is an Iranian enterprise with 44 affiliated companies. The Rail Transport Division was established in 2007 to develop the railway industry in Iran and export equipment and engineering services to international and regional markets.


The photo, taken on 10 July 2017, shows MAP24, 5001, close to the main entrance to the MAPNA Locomotive Engineering and Manufacturing Company factory in Karaj.

A Slovakian Miscellany

On 9 June ZSSK incorporated a couple of interesting changes in its new summer timetable. One involves the introduction of a railjet service, rj 284/285 „Metropolitan Slovenská strela“, linking Bratislava and Praha. The second change involved the two new international regional express train pairs from Košice to Mukachevo in Ukraine. 


The new direct regional express trains (RR) from Košice terminate in Mukachevo on a newly established platform. Shown in this photo, taken on 20 June 2019, is ZSSK’s DMU 813.036, having arrived as RR 960 from Košice.

Czech Raildays 2019

The 20th edition of Czech Railways was held in Ostrava between 11 and 13 June 2019. In R 4/19 we review some of the most interesting exhibits.


On the photo is CZ LOKO's completely new product, which it describes as the HybridShunter 400, the locomotive equipped with diesel genset and battery hybrid driveline. The locomotive made its public debut on the first day of the trade fair.

Pro//Motion.Expo, Part 1

The seventh EXPO 1520 was held at the VNIIZhT’s test centre in Shcherbinka between 28 and 30 August 2019, under the new name of the event, Pro//Motion.Expo.


The photo shows DMU RA3-005, built by Metrovagonmash of Mytishchi, and the new Class TEM5Kh two-axle hybrid shunter.

Transport Logistic, Part 2

In R 4/19 we continue with the second part of the report covering rail vehicles exhibited at transport logistic 2019.


Feldbinder Spezialfahrzeugwerke's exhibit, Zacens 37 80 7834 197, designated Type BTAN 57.4-1 RID is tank wagon made of titanium, a material which has never been used before for batch-built tank wagons built by FFB.

Wiener Linien’s First Painted X-Wagen Bodyshell Presented

The Austrian capital’s public transport operator, Wiener Linien, selected Siemens in late 2017 to build 34 six-car X-Wagen EMUs for its metro network and all to be designed for eventual semi-automated operation as well as conventional operation with a driver.


On 22 August 2019 the first completed and painted end car bodyshell of Wiener Linien’s first X-Wagen metro train was presented to the media at Siemens’s Wien works in the final assembly hall.

New Rolling Stock For Vall de Núria

On 18 May 2017 Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC) invited tenders for a new electro-diesel Abt rack locomotive and two carriages for its line to Vall de Núria, and on 17 August 2017 it was announced that the  contract had been awarded to Stadler Bussnang. Deliveries took place in 2019.


H12 about to be lifted onto a low-loader at Wil for its journey to Ribes de Freser on 30 July.

And much more!

Cover of 4/2019

Features: This photo shows the FLIRT EMU Airport-Express in London Liverpool Street station.