This image shows Adria Transport liveried 1216 920 pulling a freight train from Budapest to Ústí nad Labem station. The locomotive is in service of LTE. Siemens ES64U4's being allowed to run on the Slovakian (ŽSR) network is a fairly new development. Next to LTE, also AWT is using its U4s for services to Slovakia now. Interoperability in Europe is improving continuously. (Peter Melicher)
Two recent additions to the fleet of DB Regio: MRCE ES 64 U2-098 and -099, the latter one still sporting its TX Logistik-logos. Both machines are now pulling RB20 passenger services around Erfurt until Abellio will take over in December.
Surprise (to us too!): DSO mentions two Vectron locomotives being assigned to ITL (Captrain) now. Numbers: 193 891 and 892. REV 05.08.2015. Any information on works numbers very welcome! (firstname.lastname@example.org) For the moment the machines are still white.
193 891 and 892 are multi system locomotives. Their country package: DE/AT/PL/CZ/SK/HU/RO
Based on the information of Eisenbahn Kurier 7/2015 we wrote that 146 257-264 would replace the hired MRCE ES 64 U2 electrics on the RB20 (Eisenach - Halle). However we think this will not happen anymore. The 146s mentioned are being delivered to Dortmund in stead of Erfurt. Around Erfurt, Abellio will take over many regional services from DB Regio in just a few months, so introducing a new series of locomotives (training etc) would not serve much purpose anymore.
BTW. The introduction of the DB Regio locomotives will result in various re-allocations of older DB Regio 146.0/1 series locomotives.
A few years ago, Bombardier and Russian investors setup a new joint venture to built locomotives for the Russian/CIS market (1520 mm track gauge). In this, Bombardier followed Alstom and Siemens, that already deliver several types of electric locomotives to the Russian railways (RZD) and other customers in the region.
The joint venture was originally named ELZ (Engelssky lokomotivny zavod), but has changed its name into PLK now (Pervaya lokomotivnaya kompagniya). PLK is currently building its first prototype locomotive: a two section, two system (25kV AC + 3kV DC) electric, the designated 2EV120-001. It is painted in the livery of the Russian railways, although PLK has no orders yet.
The current issue of Railvolution brings an interesting fact: the 2EV120 (also referred to Traxx RU or Traxx F120MS) can have 'Last Mile' diesel engines if the customer desires this. PLK is able to install a 500 kW diesel engine in each section, so the locomotive can be used for shunting, a first for the Russian/CIS market.
Other parameters for a two section 2EV120 locomotive: 120 kph max / 8.8MW duration power / 9.6 MW max power / 600 kN traction effort / 700 kN starting traction effort / 760 kN max starting traction effort in booster mode / weight varies around 200 tonnes.
Update: Meanwhile the official presentation took place in the PLK factory. A first order is likely to be placed, when PLK succeeds in getting the prototypes certified for services in Russia.
Railpool 187 004 arrives in Bulgaria (we think for homologation). On picture the locomotive awaits departure from Ilientsi to Konchar (Poduene). The machine also ran in Last Mile diesel mode in Ilientsi station. (Krassen Panev)
Later it was photographed at the Končar workshops in Sofia. (Konstantin Planinski)
Until now, we only know of Traxx AC3 electrics (on order) to be homologated for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary and Romania. Bulgary is new.
New stickers for MRCE > TX Logistik ES 64 F4-287 now promoting the -Rotterdam Bayern Express-. (Thomas Girstenbrei)
The design of the stickers is similar to the vynils applied to MRCE > RTB Cargo ES 64 F4-209, -285 and -103. Anyone can tell us of the 103 (that was last seen in Italy by ISC) still has these stickers?
This video shows Railpool 187 004 in Curtici Romania in diesel mode. Soon, Bombardier will start delivery of a new batch of Traxx Ac3 locomotives to Railpool: 187 300-316. It is planned to have (some of these machines) approved for Romania too.
Today, SBB Cargo International presented the first locomotive with -Alpäzähmer- markings. SBB 482 026 now has new logos and slogans promoting the opening of the new Gotthard Base Tunnel (GBT) that will take place in 2016. In total, nine locomotives used by SBB Cargo International (both 482 and ES64F4 series) will get similar logos.
What does it mean, Alpäzähmer? Well, Alpä = alps and zähmer = tamer, also these locomotives will overcome the Alps, using the new 57 km long tunnel.
(SBB / Henk Zwoferink / Peider Trippi / Maxime Bonnier)
Bombardier Traxx AC3 Last Mile locomotive no. 187 009 now refers also in written form to its presence in Austria: „At home in Austria, operating throughout Europe“ is written on its Flexx panel, its side cover. Its presence in and beyond Austria is also accentuated by photos: The Vienna Ferris Wheel of the Prater amusement park signifies performance in motion, the mountain scenery stands for the power of the locomotive, also when it comes to overcoming changes in altitude – and flags from many European countries are a symbol for the Europe-wide presence and cross-border operation of Traxx locomotives.
187 009 has been tested for the Wiener Lokalbahnen Cargo (WLC) in the last weeks. Since the beginning of July and until the end of calendar week 32 it will operate from Port Linz to Port Enns. It will transport various goods such as cereals up to a weight of 1,600 tons. The train is operated with a workload of 60 percent in the Last Mile mode, i.e. operation in non-electrified ports without catenary. (Bombardier)
Hector Rail has not only evaluated the performance of Traxx Multi Engine locomotive 245 204-3 in combination with Traxx AC2 locomotives with the latter acting as driving trailers. The company has also used the machine to pull freight trains on its own, as the image above by Peter Frost shows.
Freight operator ČD Cargo from the Czech Republic, continues its plan to procure multi system electric locomotives. They want to order five machines (with an option for three more) capable of running under 15 + 25kV AC and 3 kV DC and with a maximum speed op 140 kph. ETCS level 2 will be standard on all locomotives. ČD Cargo may acquiring the locomotives directly, or through financial lease. Both options are still open.
For which countries the locomotives will homologated is determined later on. ČD Cargo wants its machines to be homologated for CZ/SK/PL/HU/DE/AT/RO by delivery (Package I). The operator has selected three country specific packages with which the locomotives can be upgraded:
Package II: SI+HR, to be decided within 6 months after delivery of the first locomotive
Package III: NL, to be decided within 18 months after delivery of the first locomotive
Package IV: BE+IT, to be decided within 28 months after procurement
All locomotives will allocated to the SOKV Ústí nad Labem depot.
According to various sources, Bombardier's customer Hector Rail wants to know if the operator can successfully use a Traxx DE ME locomotive in mixed traction with its Class 241 series electrics. Now a vital part of the Danish network north of Padborg is temporarily without catenary, there is an excellent opportunity to test this.
On the sections without overhead power, 245 204 is used to pull the freight trains while being controlled from the Class 241 Traxx AC2 in front of it. Various impressions of the Multi Engine Traxx during combined operations can be found here and here.
The Hector Rail 241 in these images is technically used as driving trailer. Its pantographs are down and locked. The main switch is off. Tractive effort comes 100% from the NAH.SH 245 204 with is controlled from the cabin of the 241. So, there is no driver in the cab of the diesel locomotive.
Although unconfirmed, it has been indicated that after testing in Denmark has been completed 245 204 will also pay Sweden a visit.
The Polish office for railway transport (UTK) has granted Siemens' Vectron MS full authorization for the Polish rail network. Until now only Vectron DC locomotives (3kV DC) were approved for services in Poland. The first time we saw a Vectron MS in Poland was in September 2013, when 193 820 was transported to Poznan > Warsaw. This is now 23 months ago. (rynek-kolejowy.pl)
RTC Locomotive EU43-001 is back in service. After being damaged in Brixen in 2012, the loco was completely revised at Bombardier's plant in Vado Ligure. Bombardier focused at underbody components, bogies and roof. The top picture shows the machine completed (although having logos/numbers yet at the 'damaged side') in Vado Ligure.
Currently, Bombardier's 187 010(II) (our first images!) is performing test runs with Railpool 186 433. They were seen yesterday pendling between Wiener Neustadt Hbf and Bahnhof Ternitz. On 31.07.2015 the 433 was transferred to Hennigsdorf (not directly to Austria), accompanied by DB's future 146 561. From Hennigsdorf the 433 went to Austria. (Herbert Pschill / Matthias Nowack / Christian Klotz)
Maiden run today for Railpool's newest: 186 436. REV is 03.08.2015, with an impressive country specific package: DE/AT/PL/NL/CZ/SK/HU. However, except for DE and CZ, all abbreviations are covered by black crosses.
It is official now: the cargo version of the Vectron DE has received authorization for the Austrian railway network. The loco was already certified for Germany, allowing the locomotive to be used within and between the two countries.
Lately we see many new Vectron locomotives, being hand over to freight operator WLC from Austria. This means U2 locomotives are leaving the operator. One of them is ES 64 U2-035, that was the only loco what a darker WLC livery with Kuhne+Nagel logos. This is gone now, the machine now presents itself in standard MRCE black. (René Klink)
Several NS locomotives are on the move. Back from Hennigsdorf are NS E 186 016 and 017, that arrived in the Netherlands on 02.08.2015. We also expect the overhauled Alpha Trains>NS E 186 117 and 122 soon back from Dessau.
Railexperts vertrekt om 17:15 uit Bad-Bentheim met de Locon 9903 en de 186 016 en 017 in opzending. Rond 19:15 komt het transport aan op de Watergraafsmeer. Patrick thanks voor de foto! Veel succes!
This morning, Hector Rail 241.005 arrived in Kassel Rangierbahnhof to pick a locomotive in complementary colours: Paribus 245 204 for NAH.SH. (Christian Klotz)
The route of these machines: Krefeld - Dortmund - Rostock - Trelleborg - Malmö. According to various sources, Bombardier's customer Hector Rail wants to know if the operator can successfully use a Traxx DE ME locomotive in mixed traction with its 241 series electrics. This, because a vital part of the Danish network is temporarily without catenary.