Koleje Mazowieckie Gama 111Eb-001 went on a trip today. The colorful locomotive was on its way to Zmigrod test center, together with three new Pesa coaches: driving trailer 316B-001 and intermediate coaches 416B-001 and 416B-002. From Pesa in Bydgoszcz to Poznan the train was pulled by diesel locomotive M62-1843, from Poznan to Żmigród it ran by itself. A big thanks to Łukasz Piotrowski for the image.
Could not hold it back any longer! We are now finalizing the second Railcolor Book: Modern electrics made in Europe. Images are being requested, final text being perfected, German translation improved. Yes German text, this book comes including a complete German translation!
As making and publishing this book, requires a serious investment, we now open a pre-sale period. We plan to have the book printed and ready for shipment next December. Until then you can profit form a 10% discount on Book2 or on the Book1+2 package.
About the book: This book starts where Railcolor Book 1 ended: InnoTrans 2012. It then brings you all new orders, deliveries and technical development until the end of 2014. You will find images of all liveries that were newly introduced + statistics and background information to all the types of Bombardier, Siemens, Alstom, Newag, Pesa, Skoda, Softronic, Stadler Rail and Vossloh Railway Vehicles.
Full coler, hard cover, around 200 pages, 400+ images and graphics, all text Dutch+German
(Note: Crearail/Railcolor still has the right to change the content of needed. We will not publish any image without the permission of the photographer. We will send personal requests for every image)
Raildox 76 109 has been given a makeover. Bombardier has restyled the locomotive into Raildox livery, similar to that of the Class 185.2 locomotives the German railfreight operator already operates. (Christian Klotz)
BTW: they forgot the check digit in the NVR number of the locomotive.
Yesterday, NS 186 238 pulled a InterCity from Berlin (IC 146 Bad Bentheim - Amsterdam) for the first time. Together with 186 237 this machine is new in the Traxx fleet of the Dutch railways (NS). The machines replace 186 148/149 that are being retrofitted to pull IC Direct trains over the Dutch high speed line. (Henk Zwoferink)
Team change. Ice hockey teams change over the years. So it was time for new Kassel Huskie's to take their place on the sides of TX Logistik 185 540-2. This afternoon Bombardier published an image from Kassel:
New transport contracts require new motive power; Hector Rail is talking about new locomotives. Bombardier's Traxx locomotives are in the running here, but the specific types still need to be defined. Lately, we already saw Hector Rail testing the Traxx DE ME for its trains.
Today, Siemens made public its Vectron locomotive platform is officially approved for services in Croatia and Slovenia. Siemens multi system locomotive no. 193 822 completed test runs for this purpose in March of this year.
There is still going on a lot in the Netherlands, regarding Traxx MS locomotives in service of the Dutch railways (NS). The size of the locomotive fleet is constantly growing and locomotives are being re-equipped continuously. An overview:
All locomotives on hire from Alpha Trains, all in use for IC Direct Amsterdam - Breda vv:
- in red: 186 111, 112, 116 and 120
- in Dessau in revision: 186 115 and 121
- revision completed, in yellow and blue: 186 113, 114, 117-119, 122
All locomotives on hire from Macquarie Rail:
- 186 142: Benelux service Amsterdam - Brussels
- 186 148+149: being modified for hauling IC Direct trains
- 186 144+236: used for IC Direct trains Amsterdam - Breda
- 186 237+238: new, for passenger trains to Germany
- 186 239: used for IC Direct trains Amsterdam - Breda
Property of NS:
- 186 001, 003-006, test locomotives for sandwich service IC Direct
- 186 002, 007, 009-019: used for IC Direct trains Amsterdam - Breda
- 186 008: in Kassel for repair
- 186 020-037 (numbers not confirmed): on order
No we did not forget about the new Pesa locomotive. The presentation of Pesa's new 111Eb-001 for Koleje Mazowieckie was (colorwise) the biggest news of last week. Together wath a Pesa ('Sunroof') double deck coach it was present last week during the 2015 edition of the Trako fair. Extra: A bird's eye perspective on all rolling stock in the video. (Thanks to Ludwig GS, Michalina Choros and Nicolas Biały for the images!)
Od Carla Weyera do Darta! Na torach wystawienniczych (ul. Żaglowa) zwiedzający mogą obejrzeć ekspozycję nowoczesnego taboru tramwajowego, m. in. pojazdy szynowe wyprodukowane przez Solaris Bus&Coach, PESĘ oraz maszyny i urządzenia budowlane. Gratką dla zwiedzających jest replika, odnalezionego kilka lat temu w poznańskim Fabianowie, wagonu Carl Weyer z 1905 roku. Równie imponująco prezentuje się ekspozycja taboru kolejowego na torach przy peronie Gdańsk Stadion Expo. Tu swoje eksponaty prezentują najwięksi w Polsce i Europie producenci taboru: NEWAG S.A., PESA S.A., SIEMENS S.A. czy STADLER RAIL GROUP. Swoją premierę pierwszego dnia targów miał Dart - najnowszy i najdłuższy polski elektryczny zespół trakcyjny, przeznaczony do ruchu dalekobieżnego, zaprojektowany przez bydgoską PESĘ dla PKP Intercity. PESA prezentuje również wagon typu push-pull, a Przewozy Regionalne Sp. z o. o. zmodernizowany EZT. Innowacyjny system logistyki rozjazdowej - platformę do transportu i rozładunku rozjazdów kolejowych demonstrują natomiast Kolejowe Zakłady Nawierzchniowe „Bieżanów”.PESA Bydgoszcz SA, PKP Intercity. Pociąg do podróży
Posted by AmberExpo on Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Premier train OSR France en traction électrique dans les champs de Fenain. Le nez rose suivra!Eerste OSR France trein met elektrische tractie in de velden van Fenain. De roze neus moet nog worden aangebracht.
In 2018, Polish manufacturer Newag wants to present its first multi system Dragon locomotive. A six axle electric locomotive compliant with all standards of EU Technical Specifications for Interoperability, an interesting addition to the current market, which is dominated by four axle machines. The construction of the prototype should start soon.
Rynek Kolejowy states that the new project, which will cost around 10 million euro, will be funded by a grant from the Narodowego Centrum Badań i Rozwoju (NCBR or National Centre for Research and Development). NCBR selected Newag's plan for a heavy multisystem electric as the winner of a competition. NCBR and Newag will sign a contract in one month.
Currently in Hungary, both CER Cargo Softronic locomotives: 610 100 and 101. Resulting in this nice symmetric image from Komárom. You see that both sides of the locomotives are different, the livery is not symmetric. (István Pusztai / Márk Fekete)
Curious image of a complete 'Intercity 2' train on a diesel line'
On 23.09.2015, EBA gave (partially) green light for DB Fernverkehr's new double deck IC trains, after years of testing. EBA has now given its permission for 'Testbetrieb', expecting to give full permission for passenger service before the end of the year. The DB is therefore positive about being able to put the new ICs (Bombardier Traxx AC2 locomotives + 5-car rakes of double deck Twindexx Vario coaches) into service next December. These new trains were officially presented yesterday and branded as 'Intercity 2' or short IC2. Take a virtual tour in the new trains here.
Originally, DB planned the double deck trains as intermediate/supplemental rolling stock for its aging IC-fleet. With the arrival of new ICE trains (project name ICx, final name ICE4, entering service at the end of 2017) the DB would introduce the true successor of the good old IC-service.
But things have changed. Both the IC2 and ICE4 projects have been delayed for several years. And the passenger market, also in Germany, has changed since both projects were started. DB has decided to focus on more service and more trains, never wanting to relive the past years again, years full of rolling stock malfunctions and not having enough trains to run all services they wanted. So DB Fernverkehr (IC and ICE services) is taking a leap forward.
Of the IC2 trains, 27 rakes where planned. 20 locomotives have been completed so far (146 551-570). Bombardier factories in Görlitz and Bautzen are working around the clock now to get all the coaches ready for next December. That month the first IC2 trains will be introduced in regular services. Medio 2016 all 27 trains of the first batch should be in service. But more will come. By 2030, DB Fernverkehr wants to operate 120 (!) double deck IC-trains, additonally to all the ICE4 trains that are coming too. In total, DB invests more than 12 billion euro in its long distance fleet until 2030.
Nice to watch again, a promo movie about the future ICE4:
In Kassel, outside of the factory of Bombardier, a Traxx AC3 Last Mile locomotive is seen, in the colors of Captrain. It concerns the silver Akiem 187 011 that now has lime colored cabs and Captrain logos all around.
Siemens 193 820, with additional stickers, served as presentation location today.
• 15 Vectron type multisystem locomotives
• Option for five more locomotives
• Equipped with the European Train Control System (ETCS)
• Order includes spare parts supply and maintenance for eight years
PKP Cargo, the Polish logistics operator and rail freight carrier, has placed an order with Siemens for the delivery of 15 Vectron type multisystem locomotives. Besides the provision of spare parts and maintenance for a period of eight years, the order includes an option for five more Vectrons.
Twelve of these multisystem Vectrons are to be equipped to operate on the transit corridor running through Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. The remaining three units are earmarked for service on the transit route through Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland and Slovakia. All the locomotives will be equipped with the European Train Control System (ETCS). Delivery is scheduled to start at the beginning of 2016 and end in summer 2017. The locomotives will be built at the Siemens plant in Munich-Allach.
Railcolor impression of the Vectron is red/white livery as presented today. Nothing official here. It is also not clear if this livery will be the final one.
“This is our largest investment with regard to rolling stock for a long time. We have taken another solid step toward enhancing the international position of PKP Cargo and strengthening our presence in neighboring countries’ markets. Multisystem locomotives are the modern basis of rolling stock, which will make our international transport offering even more attractive and competitive for Polish and international customers,” says Adam Purwin, President of Management Board of PKP Cargo.
“The tender was specifically prepared to enable participation of as many locomotive manufacturers as possible. We also aimed to achieve fast execution of the contract, as only the well-equipped multisystem loco fleet will help us to implement our international development strategy,” explains Wojciech Derda, Management Board Member of PKP Cargo for Operations.
“With our Vectron locomotive, we were able to completely fulfill the corridor and performance requirements within the specified timeframe. Vectron is currently the only locomotive family in Europe that can do this,” said Jochen Eickholt, CEO of the Siemens Mobility Division.
Railcolor.net: Some more details: Delivery start is scheduled for February 2016. The 15 machines of the initial order cost 75 million euro. They will be delivered in three batches. The option requires an additional 26 million euro.
Since the end of August, Alstom Prima locomotives are approved for services in the German-Danish border station Padborg. CFL Cargo was the first to make use of this new possibility, operating locomotive 37044 in Padborg. (Rail Business)
We got a remark on this news item. It is no so much about technical approval, but more an insurance question. Nevertheless, German operators are now allowed to use Prima-locomotive in the whole station of Padborg.
The two machines will serve as rescue locos on the Erfurt-Halle/Leipzig high speed line, for example to rescue trains that have stranded due to catenary damage.
Currently, the locos are used for driver training and route learning on the brand new line, which will enter service on December 13. Especially for their rescue duties, the locos have been equipped with automatic couplers.
Okay, you can take MRCE ES 64 U2-021 off the list of WLC liveried locomotives too. This locomotive was seen last night with a new full promo lovery, identical to the one on MÁV 470 003. The only difference is that on this locomotive in the German language subtitles are bigger, and the Hungarian ones are smaller. (Csaba Bereczki)
The blue and ivory colours of WLC (formerly known as WLB) are getting rarer by the day. Next one to lay off its long worn WLC livery: ES 64 U2-066. WLC is moving over to Vectron.
What is left? We count one Vectron and 1216 950-952. Still going strong are ES 64 U2-020 and -068, but for how long?
Two more are having the livery, but are pulling DB Fernverkehr's trains now: ES 64 U2-021 and -024.
Black (again) are: ES 64 U2-019, -022, -023, -027, -035, -060, -064 and -066.
Expected for August, but Pesa now says these locomotives will be delivered in December. This image shows one of two Gama machines for Koleje Mazowieckie. Test runs at the test tracks of Żmigród, with coaches an driving trailer, should start by the end of this month.
A fresh image of a PrimaII locomotive today. On 14.09.2015 the second demonstrator locomotive (91 87 0 047 502-6) was in Perrigny, France, where some work was done on its wheels. Soon it will go back to Belfort. Shall we see this machine once again on European rails? (Sylvain Assez)
As of 10.09.2015, Siemens Vectron 193 901 is in Italy. It's the first time the multi system version of this Siemens locomotive is in this Southern European country.
The 901 entered Italy via the border station of Tarvisio, and was then transported during the night of 11/12.09.2015 to Udine. Today it arrived in Florence, running behind FUC E 190 301 with Inrail and Siemens staff on board. (Michele Sacco)
In August, Railpool 186 110 was transferred from RTB Cargo to BLS Cargo. This meant the end of the special 'Rail Magazine / RTB Cargo' livery of the locomotive. Now it is silver again, with small BLS Cargo logos, analogue to the livery of 186 107, another recent addition to the fleet of BLS Cargo. Nice detail: the 110 still has big red front numbers, a left-over from its time with Lokomotion. (Yves Gillander).
ČD 380 011-7 has a new livery, promoting the historic trains of the Czech rail operator that run under the responsibility of ČD Nostalgie. The livery also commemorates the 170th anniversary of the railway line Olomouc - Prague. (Filip Lebeda)
Seen today in Kassel: Lokomotion 186 441 (blue zebra) and 444 (red+blue zebra). Both engines were involved in a derailment in Kufstein a while ago and out of service ever since. They need to be repaired. ECR 186 325 took them to the Bombardier factory today. (Christian Klotz/Constantin Czerny/Erik Großmann)
Yep, it is almost time for Trako 2015. This year's edition of the Polish fair for railway technology will most likely be the stage for PKP Cargo signing a new locomotive deal. The freight operator is close to deciding who is going to built 15(+5 option) new multi system electrics for PKP Cargo's international railfreight network. The machines should pull freight trains to Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Belgium, Hungary and the Netherlands and delivery should start in 2016. (rynek-kolejowy.pl)
These are our first images of Vectron test bed locomotive 193 970, and yes its the one from InnoTrans 2014. This machine has all necessary equipment on board to run from Romania/Hungary, via Austria, Germany, Denmark to Sweden/Norway. ETCS level 2 is on board. Denmark is still the missing link here, so don't be surprised when this machine will travel north soon. (Wolfgang Scheer)
rynek-kolejowy.pl reports: The delivery of two new Gama locomotives and 22 double deck coaches, by Pesa, to Koleje Mazowieckie, is slightly delayed. In August 2015 the trains had to be ready, but clearly this deadline is not met.
Pesa states that by the end of this month, a composition of driving trailer, intermediate coach and a locomotive will be available for test runs at the Żmigród test center. The trains should be ready and delivered next December.
It is only a hint, but zpravy.e15.cz brings the news that the Czech railways (České dráhy) is considering to order new electric locomotives. ČD would like to close a frame work agreement with a manufacturre for at least two dozen new machines. Their top speed speed should be 200 km/u.
With this new rolling stock, ČD wants to strenghten its position on international train routes, for example to Poland.
The Netherlands is still awaiting the debute of Siemens' Vectron on its rail network. Siemens however expects the electric locomotive to be homologated in this country by the end of 2016. Preparations of the test phase have started.
BLS Cargo is the first operator to have Vectron-locomotives fit for the Dutch rail network on order. It wants to haul freight trains to Rotterdam with Vectron MS locomotives as of 2016.
This image shows Macquarie Rail E 186 136 and E 186 137, again in their light grey, original livery. The Railpool markings are gone. Reportedly, both machines are now at VUZ Velim test center in Cerhenice (CZ).
Although this image gives a quite complete impression of the new double deck IC-trains for Germany, we have the feeling something essential is missing here ;). DB 146 562 therefore needs some diesel power assistance to move ahead. (Torsten Frahn)