At least three different Vectron locomotives will be present at InnoTrans 2014. Siemens will exhibit a Vectron AC locomotive and the diesel electric Vectron DE. Lease company MRCE will present the X4 E - 875.
In two days, on 19.09.2014, Bombardier will hand over the first Traxx MS locomotive to Metrans. The operator, founded in the Czech Republic, has established a rather extensive freight network in Europe during the past couple of years. The majority of its fleet is leased or hired from various other companies. This will change now, with the first multi system electrics to be delivered.
Metrans has twenty Traxx MS machines on order, with a option for ten more. Around 15 units should be in service by the end of this year. Metrans has ordered them with a new country specific package: DE-AT-PL-CZ-SK-HU. Test with Alpha Trains 186 133 have been conducted already (in Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Austria) to make this possible. - Railvolution/JP/MG/zelpage/urzd.sk/spz.logout.cz/PS/TO
Germany's newest 'Werbelok': we present DB Regio's 146 246 -Bahnland Bayern, Zeit für Dich-. This Traxx locomotive was presented today, having the exact same livery as DB Regio's 111 017. The image on the left shows both locomotives together in Nürnberg today. - ML/BW
Next ones up for the InnoTrans fair: the entries of Polish manufacturer Newag. For the second time, the company sends to Dragon six axle locomotive to Berlin. In 2010 the E6ACT-001 was presented, in blue and orange, this year the E6ACT-008 will come. This blue and silver locomotive, the livery of Polish freight operator Lotos Kolej, is one out of a series of 5 for this customer. So farm Newag has built nine Dragon locomotives.
In the picture you see the locomotive hauling a brightly colored 2-car train set, the designated 222M-001. Experts know that green, yellow and white are the colours of operator Koleje Mazowieckie. The 222M is, until now, a one of kind diesel train, constructed in 2013. - AK
Bombardier will present the Omneo articulated train next week in Berlin. During the past days, an 8-car (!) train set (no.009L) was prepared for presentation at the Bombardier factory in Crespin (FR). It got a complete new livery in the colors of SNCF Ter Région Centre, the French region south of Paris.
The Omneo has an interesting hybrid configuration, incorporating both single deck (multi functional) and double deck coaches. Various French regions have ordered such trains, to be operated by the SNCF as Regio2N Z 55500 series.
Update: Bombardier just published a video of the inauguration of the Omneo in the Aquitaine region in France. Trains of this Région have a silver livery with subtle illustrations.
You are great. With your help another two Traxx liveries were added to our newest poster project. Only a few weeks ago GreenCargo > IGE 185 406-6 got new IGE stickers. Thanks to a fan we could quickly make a visual and make the poster more complete. Also the Railpool > CargoNet 185.2 is now part of the colorful project. Don't how we could miss that one! Thanks for your help.
Every edition of InnoTrans we see a unique locomotive (re)building project from Romania. At InnoTrans 2014 Electroputere VFU / Reloc Craiova will present the Terra Nova. A diesel-hydraulic dual engine shunting locomotive.
A demonstrator (Check its profile) Terra Nova locomotive is now on its way to Berlin. It got some extra white striping recently. - MF
Yesterday, Siemens did a big announcement. For the first time it will be building passenger train coaches for the US-market. For operator All Aboard Florida (AAF) the manufacturer will built diesel trains with a topspeed of 125 mph (!).
AAF starts with the procurement of five sets of four single deck coaches and a locomotive at each end. Later on, they want to extend these trains to seven coaches. Five additional trains are also planned.
The locomotives used for these trains are the new Siemens Charger machines. 32 units were ordered previously by the Illinois Department of Transportation.
The order comes with various press images and videos. They give us a nice peak into the Siemens factory in Sacramento, where currently the CitiesSprinter locomotives for Amtrak are being built.
Special stickers for DB Schenker 145 007-1. The locomotives was used to pull a freight train with final destination China. For a press event about this very long haul freight transport it got special stickers upfront. The press statement about the event in Hamburg:
For the first time ever, DB Schenker together with the City and Port Authority of Zhengzhou (Province Henan) has started a first freight train ride from Hamburg to the central Chinese city.
(...) The train to Zhengzhou takes around 17 days for the 10,214 km distance through Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan to China. Hence, it is about 20 days faster than ocean freight. DB Schenker has been running regular weekly block-train services between China and Germany since 2011. Most of DB Schenker's customers are from the automotive and electronics industries.
On 11.09.2014, two new Pesa Link trainsets arrived in Germany. Transported by RailAdventure, the yellow 632 004 and 005 were seen at Berlin-Schönefeld Flughafen. The transport arrived via Frankfurt a/d Oder and Schwandorf. Both trains are being delivered to German operator Oberpfalzbahn (FS Netinera). - AW
In Germany the Pesa Link trains will be the 632 (2-car) and 633 (3-car) series.
More Akiem Traxx MS locomotives, hired to Fret SNCF get the green Fret markings on their sides. This images shows unit 186 184 and 186 190. Where they are placed is apparently not so important, nor is their visibility on silver. - CA
Less than two weeks left: InnoTrans 2014 in Berlin. Softronic is ready. Meet this red six-axle electric locomotive with number 91 53 0480 017-9. It is painted in the livery of DB Schenker, Softronic's biggest customer at this moment.
This machine is no. 017 in Softronic's Trans Montana production line. It is a dual frequency AC electric (15kV 16,7Hz+ 25kV 50Hz) and it is the first of its series to meet the European Technical Specification of Interoperability for crash-worthiness. That is why this locomotive looks different, the cab design is modified quite extensively. - Softronic
Within two week we will be able to pay this machine a visit in Berlin. We'll keep you posted.
The French railways are increasing the number of BB 27000 series in their fleet that have the Midi-package. The image shows unit no. 427016 'M'. Also locomotive 427017M and 427019M were seen already. - TM
SNCF already operates 427001-015 with M-package, Akiem has 'M-ed' more than 50% of its BB 27000 locomotives.
All seven Alpha Trains Traxx AC2 locomotives, that are currently in Norway, have gotten a new livery during the past months. The locomotives, previously in service of CargoNet as 119 004-010, are now all in Oslo.
They have the livery that resembles that of locomotives such as 145-CL 031 and 185 534, also property of Alpha Trains, and i service in Germany. However, the 119 004-010 have no logos (yet?). Their NVR numbers are still in the 119 series range. Curious is that unit 009 now sports NVR number 91 76 0119 009-8 N-Rpool, indicating that Railpool is now the vehicle keeper.
It is rumored that Railpool will provide CargoNet with several 185 series locomotives. - KRH/MO/PT/Jernbane.net
The first six cars of the first AeroExpress are floating now. The 'Miranda' has left Muttenz and is going to Amsterdam now. Stadler Rail will built 4 complete trains in Switzerland, that will be shipped like this.