Captrain / ITL 193 781 and 782 ready to leave Munich. Photo: Michael Raucheisen
On 27.04.2017, two new Vectron locomotives left the Siemens plant in Munich; the designated 193 781 and 782 were delivered to Captrain-company ITL, that already operates six such machines. Like these 193 891-896, the two newbies are configured for services in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania (DE/AT/HU/PL/CZ/SK/RO).
Rail Business brings the new that Captrain/ITL will again get six new machines, so its Vectron fleet will double. One more will come later this year, no. 10, 11 and 12 will be handed over in 2018. The latter three will also get an homologation for the Netherlands too.
On 24.04.2017, Siemens officially handed over the fourth Vectron locomotive to Lokomotion: the designated 193 773. Like the previously delivered 193 770-772, the machine has no Lokomotion logos/numbers (yet). But this machine also has no striping! Photos: Michael Raucheisen / Frank Weimer
On 27.04.2017, B Logistics has officially presented its new brand identity and name: Lineas it is. Next week, the first rebranded locomotive will be presented, we will keep you posted. Read more on Railcolornews.com.
In December 2017, RegioJet plans to introduce new long-distance intercity trains connecting Prague, Brno with Vienna. The open-access operator wants to make Austria its third home-market, next the Czech Republic and Slovakia. RegioJet will do this with its new partner for Austria, the Graz-Köﬂacher Bahn und Busbetrieb. Read more on Railcolornews.com.
Two weeks ago, RegioJet announced the acquisition of new locomotives and coaches. The first units will arrive this year, so they will sure come in handy for the companies' expansion plans.
A 'Lastprobefahrt' last week with Siemens 247 905 gave us the opportunity to have a little peak into the future of the Siemens Vectron production. Siemens decided to use a batch of new Vectron electric units to serve as 'ballast weight' during the test runs. All machines are new and did not yet leave the factory gates.
- three new 'stock' locomotives with works number 22163, 22215 and 22251
- new MRCE multisystem locos no. 193 655 and 193 656, so the production of the two batches of these locomotives is well on its way (the designated 193 640-650 and 651-660).
- Alpha Trains 193 556 and 557 are finished. This means that the optional locomotives have been built right away after the first order was completed. First batch is Alpha Trains 193 550-555, four more will come.
- The three Vectron for Polish PKP Cargo that were still missing are ready-to-go too. Unlike the twelve first machines, now in service, the designated 193 513 / 514 / 515 (or 5370 025-027) are additionally equipped for the Netherlands.
Update: 247 905 has been handed over to InfraLeuna as a temporary replacement of 247 907, because Siemens will perform some finishing touches on the latter.
DB 245 026-0 outside Bombardier's Kassel plant on 10 February 2017. Picture by Christian Klotz.
Between September 2015 and June 2016, Bombardier delivered seven Class 245 TRAXX Multi Engine locomotives to DB Fernverkehr for use on its Sylt Shuttle services to and from Westerland (Sylt). All seven locos were equipped with a standard 2,720 liter fuel tank, similar to other locos of the class as delivered to DB Regio. Meanwhile, it has been decided to upgrade the seven locos with larger tanks, increasing the fuel capacity to 4,230 liter. One by one, the locos are being modified by Bombardier in Kassel.
Today a silver TRAXX DC locomotive entered Germany on RailAdventure's Loco Buggies. The image and video show Akiem 5170 061 (a.k.a 483 222) with Pol-Miedź-Trans logos, most likely on its way to Kassel (?) where Bombardier will repair the damaged locomotive. The 061/222 was involved in an accident with freight cars in Lubin in December 2016.
In Poland, diesel locomotive SM42-2058 pulled the train. In Germany RailAdventure's 103 222 took over. Images / info: Adam Nowaczyk / Nicolas Biały / Norman Gottberg
They have arrived in Finland, the all-new VR 3306, 3307 and 3308. The image above shows the brand new Vectrons for Finnish State Railways (VR) at the Ilmala main depot in Helsinki. The locos were pulled from Hanko harbour to Helsinki by Sr3 3302, that is in test service. Photo/info: Tuukka Varjoranta
Small changes have been made to the stickers on MRCE > RTB Cargo ES64F4-209. Its 'European Gateway' stickers now features the new RTB Cargo logos. The old orange ECT logos have been replaced by 'Hutchison Ports ECT Rotterdam', in line with the renaming of the mother company of ECT. Photo: Wilco Trumpie
Bombardier is currently building a new batch of Multi Engine diesel locomotives for Deutsche Bahn. On 30.03.2017 the designated 245 035 made a first test run, on 20.04.2017 the 245 036 had its turn. Both locomotives will be dispatched to Ulm, as they carry the allocation markings "DB ZugBus Regionalverkehr Alb-Bodensee GmbH (RAB) Werk Ulm". We expect Ulm will get three new machines.
Currently, Deutsche Bahn has nine TRAXX DE ME locomotives on order, which will raise the fleet to 36:
- 3x for DB Regio to expand the fleet in South Germany
- 5x for DB Fernverkehr as ICE rescue locomotives
- 1x for DB Fernverkehr for the IC service Erfurt - Gera