Today, RTC EU43-004 presents itself in its new livery. Bombardier has compelted the R2 revision on the locomotive in Vado Ligure, and now the machine has the white/red 'zebra design. Photo: Giorgio D'Alessandro
An overview of the eight machines of this type being operated by RTC:
EU43-001: RTC livery
EU43-002: RTC livery
EU43-003: First seen 09.2016, blue striping
EU43-004: First seen 01.2017, red striping
EU43-005: First seen 03.2016, red striping
EU43-006: First seen 01.2016, red striping
EU43-007: still in its PKP livery
EU43-008: First seen 06.2016: blue striping
The blue striped EU43-004 is featured in this video by Alexander Schmitt:
Future DRS dual-mode locomotive no. 88002 has arrived in the United Kingdom. On board of a vessel named 'Autostar', it came from Spain and to the harbour of Southhampton, where it was disembarked. Here you can see a first image of the locomotive, named 'Prometheus', on its way to Carlisle Kingmoor (by road transport). - BG/BH
Bombardier Transportation and the Captrain Deutschland Group have signed a contract for six TRAXX multi-system locomotives. The new locomotives will be used to freight transport, mainly in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. Delivery is scheduled for early 2018.
Henrik Würdemann, Managing Director of Captrain Deutschland GmbH, said, "The Bombardier TRAXX multi-system locomotives' proven technology and reliability were crucial in our decision. This investment will enable us to further strengthen our cross-border freight transport on the East-West axis and let us offer our customers additional, continuous logistics solutions across country borders."
Mike Niebling, Director of Sales, Locomotives, Bombardier Transportation, said, "We are delighted that Captrain Deutschland has chosen our locomotives. We believe that they will be a great benefit because these new locomotives will enable the company to enhance the performance on the logistic corridors to the busy ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam."
Railcolor: Captrain Deutschland is currently using many different types of electric locomotives. The majority of the fleet however is being hired from different leasing companies, such as Alstom Prima machines and virtually all generations of TRAXX locomotives: AC, AC1, AC2, AC3 and DE. Many of these machines, contracts were inherited from operators that merged into Captrain during the past decade.
For international services to the Netherlands, Captrain is now hiring TRAXX MS2e locomotives from Railpool (186 294, 295, 296), similar to the new ones now being ordered. It is not the first time Captrain Deutschland decides to purchase locomotives, instead of hiring them. In 2014, TRAXX DE machines were bought, and in 2015-2016 Siemens Vectron locomotives were added for cross-border services to Central-Europe.
Rynek-kolejowy.pl reports: A new six-axle Dragon locomotive is under construction by Newag. It has a Newag livery and a body design that is similar to the Dragon's built for Freightliner PL. This indicates we are looking at another electric locomotive with (shunting) diesel engine.
Montenegro wants to privatize its railfreight company 'Montecargo' and it has now made public that OT Logistics from Poland is the only bidder. Montenegro has published a public tender for privatisation through the sale of 51% of the shares of Montecargo, with the possibility to subscribe new shares through capital increase and the right to purchase the remaining shares owned by the State of Montenegro and state institutions in accordance with the tender terms. According to binding offer, the total price offered by OT Logistics for 51% of shares amounts to 2,500,000 EUR.
OT Logistics has also offered the implementation of an investment program, which includes the purchase of two multi-system locomotives Siemens Vectron, locomotives and related IT solutions, in total amount of 2,55 million euro.
Business Plan envisages a significant strengthening of the company's position in the sector of international transport and logistics by achieving the leading position in the Baltic - Adriatic corridor by increasing its market share up to 50% on the market of reloading agricultural cargo in sea ports as well as by doubling freight of Montecargo.
The bidder has made the commitment to comply with the General, Branch and the Collective Agreement for a period of at least 3 years.
The company OT Logistics was also the only bidder on the tender for sale of 30% shares of "Luka Bar" AD Bar.
In cooperation with the elected Adviser and in accordance with the defined procedure, the Commission will assess the legal validity, bidder’s eligibility and the fulfillment of required conditions set forth in the public invitation and tender rules.
Yesterday we had 186 195, today we have 186 260. Two new TRAXX MS locomotives for Akiem on maiden run. Together wit 186 192-194 they form a batch of five DE/BE/FR configured locomotives, to be hired to Fret SNCF. - AL/CK
Different Austrian media are bringing the news that Siemens' has placed the best bid for the new generation of electric locomotives for the Austrian federal railways (ÖBB). In 2015 the ÖBB published a tender for various types of electric and hybrid locomotives to be used all across Europe.
According to Austrian media, the final selection took place on 11 January, on 16 January the bidders were informed. The contract volume at the end of 2015 was € 570 million. According to competition law, further details of the contract have not been disclosed yet. Now a 10-day period follows during which competitors have to decide to accept or object to the selection of Siemens as winner.
The moment is there, DB Regio has started to use its newest locomotive series in revenue service. Last week, the first 147s were seen with passenger trains in the Stuttgart region, being used for pulling/pushing 'N-Wagen' rakes, always with a 111 series locomotive as a back-up. Marco Eberbach was able to portrait such a train on the first day of service in Ludwigsburg. DB Regio 147 013 and 111 025 pushing train RB 39915 from Heilbronn to Stuttgart.
The lines mentioned where the 147s can be introduced (source DSO):
RE Stuttgart - Würzburg
IRE Stuttgart - Karlsruhe
RE Stuttgart - Heidelberg
RE Stuttgart - Singen
Update: Tobias Brüggemann took an image on 13.01.2017 in Nellmersbach.
Update 2: The 147s start to pull double deck trains too, as seen on 13.01.2017. 147 013 again pushing a RE Stuttgart-Heidelberg in Bruchsal. Photo: Jan Bläsi.