ELL 193 270 with R 610 "Karlex" on 24.06.2017 at Praha. Photo: Dalibor Palko
Pictures are coming in of ELL Vectron locomotive 193 270 pulling passenger trains of České dráhy in the Czech Republic. First sources state that training of ČD train drivers has started. The operator will start international EC services on Prague - Berlin - Hamburg. This year, ČD will hire eight Vectron MS locomotives from ELL, two more will come later.
with R 606 Prague - Ústí nad Labem - (Cheb) at Lovosice. Photo: Mario Lippert
European Locomotive Leasing (ELL), a provider of full-service leasing of electric locomotives, has ordered an additional eight Vectron locomotives from Siemens. ELL is currently the biggest Vectron customer. The multisystem locomotives have a maximum output of 6.4 MW and a top speed of 200 km/h. ELL will lease the locomotives to the Czech railway České Dráhy for passenger service on the Prague-Berlin route. With this order, Siemens has passed the mark of 500 sold electric locomotives – and the counter now stands at 507 in total.
“This milestone highlights the success story and reliable service of our Vectron locomotives throughout Europe. We’ve already convinced 31 customers in 14 countries with our flexible platform and customer-tailored equipment packages,” said Jochen Eickholt, CEO of Siemens Mobility Division.
The locomotives are currently certified for operation in Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.
This is the third order Siemens has received from ELL. In total the lease company now has 108 units on order (50+50+8). We have registered 78 until now (201-230, 233-277, 279, 831, 832) that have been delivered. ELL has some more locomotives on hire from Siemens. This morning we already posted about České Dráhy performing the first driver training tests with ELL locomotive 193 270.
Fresh after overhaul and modernization: SBB 460 031. Remarkable, the locomotive has no front number. Photo Michael Krahenbuhl
Bahnonline.ch brings more background information: Locomotive no. 031 is the seventh locomotive of its type that went through the full modernization program of the SBB 460 series (except for installing the new IGBT convertors as these are still in the test phase).
This means SBB has put six locomotives into service that have been modernized: 460 016, 027, 031, 084, 108 and 118. Unit 460 010 is the seventh loco that has been modernized, and the only one with new IGBTs. As these are not fully approved yet, the machine has no REV date yet.
For all those who lost track of all the different TRAXX locomotive types, we made a new overview, visual, colorful; This is the new TRAXX family three. Click the image to visit the dedicated web page. We have also included an overview that will help to quickly find the features that let you identify the right TRAXX type.
Ferrovie.it reports: On 21.06.2017, the new 483 319 and 320 for lease company Akiem completed their maiden run around Genoa. That same day they were handed over by Bombardier to the customer and put into service of Mercitalia. The Italian operator now leases seven such elocos from Akiem: the designated 483 314-320.
This is the new livery of BLS 465 001, featuring the new BLS logo with mountainscape. It commemorates the 10th anniversary of the Lötschberg base tunnel (LBT) with the slogan "Mehr DurchZug". The locomotive was presented as such on 23.06.2017. Photo: Michael Krahenbuhl
Seen at Köln-West on 18.06.2017: Siemens 192 961 with two new RRX intermediate cars, now in full livery. Remarkable, they also sport Abellio logos, one of the the two operators of the network. Photos: Martin Morkowsky
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RheinCargo 187 072 on 14.06.2017 in Rheinbreitbach. Photo: Daniel Kempf
RheinCargo from Germany operates ten TRAXX AC3 locomotives since last year. Seven of these silver machine have a grey colored Flex Panel with RheinCargo logos. Three however still look different. Up until now, RheinCargo 187 071 and 073 have no Flex Panel, no logos. RheinCargo 187 072 has no Flex Panel either, but RheinCargo logos were applied on both sides.
Rynek Kolejowy reports: Newag is starting the construction of its first multi system electric locomotive with diesel engine, compliant with the European TSI 2014 norms: the designated E4MSUd-001.
It is stated it is the first multi system electric with combustion engine in Europe, but this will only be true if Newag finishes it before Bombardier will introduce the first TRAXX MS3, that may feature a diesel engine too.
Newag states it is searching for customers in countries such as Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Leasing company Akiem has awarded Alstom a € 20 million contract to undertake the mid-life overhaul of 23 BB 36000 series locomotives (Railcolor: 36007, 36009-36030) to ensure they can provide another 15 years of service.
Alstom has been chosen by Akiem to carry out the mid-life overhaul of 23 BB 36000 locomotives. The contract follows a first agreement signed at the end of April 2016 for the mid-life overhaul of 7 locomotives (Railcolor: 36001-36006, 36008) of the same type, operated in Morocco. The BB 36000 locomotives were designed and manufactured at the Belfort site and entered service in 1996. With this new contract Alstom accompanies its customer Akiem in extending the life and commercial operation of the locomotives by about 15 years. These operations are worth 20 million euros.
The maintenance work covers overhauls to be carried out after 20 years, including bogie overhauls, obsolescence monitoring, the repair of parts and modernization of driver's cabins. The operations will be carried out by the Services team at Alstom’s Belfort site with the contribution of Alstom’s service centers in le Creusot (for the bogies), Ornans (for the traction motors), Tarbes (for the traction drive) and Villeurbanne (for the electronics). As part of the first firm order, a first locomotive is currently in production in Belfort. This new contract will ensure continuity of production, with the last BB 36000 scheduled to be delivered to Akiem by 2024 at the latest.
According to Fabien Rochefort, President of Akiem group: "This technical and industrial collaboration with Alstom has allowed us to define a program of overhauls in line with our commercial ambitions for this fleet, which we intend to deploy in France as well as in the France-Italy and central European corridors".
"The mid-life overhaul of this fleet of 23 additional locomotives will allow us to pursue the development of the Services activity at Belfort, as well as our investment and skills development plan,” said Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud, President of Alstom in France.
Railcolor: Akiem owns thirty BB 36000 'Astride' multi system electric locomotives (1,5+3kV DC + 25kV AC). They all have red cabs. Thirty more units (with green cabs) are property of SNCF. Unlike the SNCF units, that can be used in France and Italy, the Akiem ones are currently approved for revenue service in France only (In the past they have been used in Belgium too).
Most interesting part of this press statement from Alstom is that Akiem states wants to re-deploy its BB 36000s abroad. Next to France-Italy one can think of services in countries such as Hungary, Poland, Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia, maybe even further eastbound..
At this moment, Trenitalia is hiring Akiem BB 36000s for pulling its Thello passenger trains in France. In 2017 we have seen Thello using 36007, 36010, 36011, 36012, 36013 and 36015.
Until 2016, seven units (36001-36006, 36008) were in use by ONCF to pull phosphate trains in Morocco. After four years the contract ended and the machines were send back to France. On 22.09.2016, the 36004, 36005 and 36006 landed in France again, then to be taken to Belfort for overhaul. The other four should have arrived in 2017, but we have no confirmation of this until now.
The German Bundesverkehrsministerium wants to change the German system for revisions of rolling stock, including locomotives, as it is non-compliant with the EU legislation. At this moment it is obligatory to subject every locomotive to a general main overhaul ("Hauptuntersuchung") every six year. However, if the condition of the locomotive allows it, this term ("frist") can be extended ("Verlängerung" oder Verl.) with one year, to a maximum of eight.
European law states that the entity responsible for the overhaul can decide on its own when a main overhaul is needed, taking the number of service hours and mileage into account. - Rail Business
Railcolor: Over the past decades, 'condition based maintenance' is becoming the new standard. New technologies and ongoing digitalization have considerably improved the way manufacturer, operator and owner monitor the condition of their trains. This is now possible in real-time if required. Also, it is now possible to predict failure of key components, so they can be replaced before they brake-down. And, parts that are not due for overhaul nor replacement can stay longer.
Portraits of both MRCE > SBB Cargo International > SBB Cargo ES 64 F4 locomotives that are now dedicatedly pulling aluminum trains between Sierre (CH) and Göttingen (DE). The 094 has the name of the first city mentioned, the 090 of the latter one. Photos: Romain Constantin
During the past days, both Lokomotion 193 770 and 771 were caught on camera looking slightly different than before. 193 770 no longer has the one blue stripe, a weird experiment. Its Lokomotion front logo is still off-center. 193 771 got a front number and logo, booh nicely in the middle, although the numbers are a little too big in our opinion. Photos: Ronny Bruns
SBB Cargo blogs: MRCE locomotives no. ES64F4-094 is now gray, and covered with images of large aluminum rolls. It sports the logos of SBB Cargo, Retrack (VTG Rail Logistics) and Novelis. It carries the name and shield of the city of Sierre in Switzerland.
The 094 (soon to be joined by the 090) will be used for hauling aluminum trains between Sierre (CH) and Göttingen (DE). The new livery promotes the close partnership between the three companies mentioned. SBB Cargo is responsible for the disposition of the trains and drives them through Switzerland, VTG Rail Logistics takes over in Germany and Noviles is the manufacturer of the aluminum products.