Skoda Transportation's 109E locomotives have been granted an unrestricted approval for revenue service in Germany. The 109E is now officially homlogated for the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary and Poland. The 109E also complies with TSI High Speed RST.
Railcolor: Skoda's press statement gives us some nice details about the approval process, which was challenging according to Skoda's CEO, Tom Ignačák. The authorization process, as done by the Eisenbahn Budnesamt from Germany is described as complete and uncompromising. EBA's technical assessment goes down to the smallest detail.
Skoda states it has invested approximately 36 million euro (950 million CZK) in the development and homologation of its 109E multi system high speed locomotive platform. At this moment twenty units have been built for the Czech railways (CD). ZSSK from Slovakia owns two machines. Soon, the German railways (DB Regio in this case) will get six machines for its Nürnberg-Ingolstadt-München (NIM) high speed express. The importance of the German homologation is therefore evident.
New in the fleet of the Belgian railways (NMBS/SNCB) is Railpool's 186 181. It has a Belgian service number now: 2862. The silver machine is the second machine (next to 186 183 / 2861) of its type used by NMBS/SNCB for Benelux passenger services Amsterdam - Brussels vv.
For now, PKP IC has to be creative to find enough haulage power, resulting in exotic combinatiosn. EU07-167 from Ecco Rail is being used for example. Two red Vectrons are being hired from DB Schenker Rail Polska (no. 5 170 049 and 052). And the movie below shows Macquarie Rail 186 136 pulling the EC train to Berlin:
Soon, two SZ 541 series locomotives will have a new promotional livery. SZ 541-016 get a while livery about the 100th anniversary of Einstein's relativity theory. The 'Mammut' livry of 541-104 is currently being removed. This machine will re-appear in yellow, in a Chiquita banana livery.
Rynek Kolejowy reports: Siemens is the only manufacturer that has made a complete offer for the latest tender for new locomotives for PKP Cargo. Newag offered only four machines for services in Germany and Poland.
PKP Cargo wants to purchase up till 20 new multi system electric locomotives (15+5 option) for freight services. There will be three sub series, with three different country specific packages: PL/DE/AT/CZ/SK/HU (8), PL/DE (4) and PL/DE/NL (3). In August 2016 the first two new machines should arrive.
Crossrail was not happy with the application of its logos on the hired 186 150. In April the light grey machine got red logos on its sides and front, but their position have been changed in the mean time. The smaller side logos were removed again, up front there is now a logo in the center. The green (Captrain colored) front bar and lamp houses still could use some red paint though. That would compliment the livery better.
During the past week, we got the first messages about a new Pesa Gama locomotive, being released from work: 111Db-002. The machine has the same livery as 111Db-001 which was presented last year in Berlin, during InnoTrans 2014.
The 002 is currently seen on the public railnetwork in Poland, together with PKP IC coaches. This image is from Poznan for example. the machine is now on its way to Rzeszów. From there it will be tested on the non-electrified track sections Rzeszów – Stalowa Wola – Zamość and Rzeszów – Jasło – Zagórz. We will closely follow the developments here, of course.
Up till now we have been a bit holding back on the big train accident in Philadelphia, USA, of last week. You may have heard about it. It is always difficult to write a good message about such a horrible event. Our condolences go out to all people that are suffering from this accident.
And there is always a lot of speculation in the beginning (too fast, hit by something etc). The FBI is investigating now. This article shows the locomotive (Amtrak no. 601) that has been pulling the train, of which many carriages have been destroyed.
Today, a new Traxx MS locomotive had its maiden run: the future Railpool 186 430-5. It is equipped for services in seven (!) different countries: Germany, Austria, Poland, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.
For the first time a Traxx MS locomotive can be used for non-stop services from the Netherlands to Poland v.v. When in Poland, the machine can cover all of its southern neighboring countries too. Railpool 186 430 is the second machine to appear with this package. Earlier we have seen Railpool 186 429-7 being equipped identically. No pictures of this machine though.