The white 193 289 for ELL - Photo: Tristan Zielinski
Today a white Vectron locomotive left Munich, and was taken to Passau. The image shows stock locomotive 22250, that has recently received its final designation: 91 80 6193 289-6. The multi system electric for central Europe will be delivered to lease company ELL.
The white 193 289 in Vienna - Photo: Herbert Pschill
China is coming. No, China has already arrived. The state-supported manufacturer CRRC is building many trains for foreign customers, now being a strong competitor to other manufacturers. They also publish nice product videos, for example this one about the 2nd generation locos for Belarus (type БКГ-2).
EU43-007 at Vado Ligure - 26.07.2017 - Photo: Giorgio D'Alessandro
The fleet of Lokomotion and RTC is getting more devirse by the day. Last week we reported about the 4 (!) different liveries applied on the eight new Vectron locomotives, now we have documented the third 'Zebra' color variation for a RTC EU43 series locomotive. The images in this post show the freshly overhauled EU43-007, the one machine is its type that had red painted cabs, in its new zebra livery that is both red and blue. The colors mix using a gradient, something we did not see before on a Lokmotion/RTC locomotive. So the 007 remains unique!
At this moment, Bombardier is delivering TRAXX AC3 locomotives to DB Cargo extra fast. Next to the locomotives part of the regular delivery schedule (now at no. 187 131 REV 26.07.2017) also five 'stock' machines are made ready for DB Cargo: 187 080-084. The first two are already in revenue service, 187 082 completed a test run today.
The arrival of 187 080-084 should not change the total number of TRAXX AC3s on order for DB Cargo. This number remains 110. (CK/EK 8/2017)
Italian railfreight operator InRail has decided to order three Vectron locomotives. They will be DC electrics only, so the family of 191 series locomotives in Italy will grow.
Further details have not been published yet. However, InRail did release a design sketch of its future machines, showing they will get the same blue/red/white livery as applied on the InRail ES64U4 series electrics.
Impression by Railcolor Design. There is no relation to Siemens or InRail.
InRail is the fourth customer for the DC version of the Siemens Vectron locomotive for the Italian market. At this moment 16 Vectron DC locomotives have been release from work:
Handelsblatt.com reports: "... Geplant seien zwei Gemeinschaftsunternehmen: eines für die Signaltechnik, an dem Siemens eine deutliche Mehrheit von etwa 80 Prozent halten werde, wie einer der Insider sagte. Im Geschäft mit Zügen sollen dagegen die Kanadier das Sagen haben; geplant sei eine Mehrheit von 51 Prozent für Bombardier..."
Rail Business reports: The Danish state railways (DSB) is currently tendering for new electric locomotives. With Siemens, Bombardier and Skoda the negotiations are ongoing. But after an intense dialogue with these manufacturers, DSB has decided to change the time path for the delivery of the new machines. Originally DSB expected to receive the first new machine within 14 (later 15) months after contract signing, but now it is decided to change this 'tight and challenging' deadline and extend it with at least nine months (thus 24 months). The first machines are now expected to arrive in Mai 2020.
DSB made this decision as it fears that some manufacturers will back out of the tender as they think it is too challenging and too risky. With less competition, the remaining bidders than may ask a too high price. As it is public money, DSB informed the ministry about its decision.
In January DSB pre-selected three manufacturers in the ongoing tender for 26+18 new electric locomotives. Siemens, Bombardier and Skoda are still in the running. Final bids are expected for the end of the year.