posted on 12th Aug 2021 09:08
On 16 May 2021, switching tests between the 15 kV 16.7 Hz and 3 kV DC voltages took place at the border crossing station Spielfeld-Strass with a railjet rake and Taurus and Vectron locomotives. To this purpose, on 15 May, Vectron 1293 038 brought railjet non-powered unit No. 053 (part of the batch of nine optional rakes 052 - 060, built for services to Italy) from the Wien-Matzleinsdorf depot to Graz, together with Taurus 1216 011 and Vectron 1293 064 on the rear end.
After this train had passed from Graz to Spielfeld-Strass during the following morning, tests were carried out in the latter station, consisting of repeated runs through the 15/3 kV contact point (near the station building) by the railjet with different combinations of locomotives. The tests were possible by the fact that they took place on a Sunday, when there is little traffic. After their completion, the entire train returned to Wien.
The line from the Spielfeld-Strass station continues towards the Slovenian border station Šentilj, which is about 4.5 km away (the national border is about halfway along this section), and then to Maribor. The catenary in the Spielfeld-Strass station is designed according to Austrian standards. It is the only station in Austria with a 3 kV DC overhead line (Brennero/Brenner, Tarvisio Boscoverde and Jesenice are all abroad).
In addition, it is even possible to switch the overhead line voltage from 15 kV 16.7 Hz to 3 kV DC in different parts of the station, although this is rarely used, e. g. when reducing train delays, where locomotives may run into „foreign“ voltage sections.