An exotic transport: RailAdventure transporting various locomotives and coaches up north. Behind the 139 558 one sees the NS Traxx MS locomotives 186 016 and 017 that come from Zurich, were Bombardier used them for tests with new Twindexx Swiss Express trains. Then there is the red Bombardier 187 009 that has been used by Swiss Rail Traffic replacing the SRT 487 001. The Vectron in this train is 193 901, also coming from Switzerland. 193 902 was left behind in the Alp country.
The E 186 016 and 017 have been spotted in Emmerich already.
Want to see the best images (we have seen so far) of a complete ICx trainset? See set no.9001 making its rounds on the VUZ Velim test tracks in Cerhenice (CZ). A 12car train. Impressive. - Vladimir Fisar
Skoda Transportation's 109E locomotives have been granted an unrestricted approval for revenue service in Germany. The 109E is now officially homlogated for the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary and Poland. The 109E also complies with TSI High Speed RST.
Railcolor: Skoda's press statement gives us some nice details about the approval process, which was challenging according to Skoda's CEO, Tom Ignačák. The authorization process, as done by the Eisenbahn Budnesamt from Germany is described as complete and uncompromising. EBA's technical assessment goes down to the smallest detail.
Skoda states it has invested approximately 36 million euro (950 million CZK) in the development and homologation of its 109E multi system high speed locomotive platform. At this moment twenty units have been built for the Czech railways (CD). ZSSK from Slovakia owns two machines. Soon, the German railways (DB Regio in this case) will get six machines for its Nürnberg-Ingolstadt-München (NIM) high speed express. The importance of the German homologation is therefore evident.
New in the fleet of the Belgian railways (NMBS/SNCB) is Railpool's 186 181. It has a Belgian service number now: 2862. The silver machine is the second machine (next to 186 183 / 2861) of its type used by NMBS/SNCB for Benelux passenger services Amsterdam - Brussels vv.
For now, PKP IC has to be creative to find enough haulage power, resulting in exotic combinatiosn. EU07-167 from Ecco Rail is being used for example. Two red Vectrons are being hired from DB Schenker Rail Polska (no. 5 170 049 and 052). And the movie below shows Macquarie Rail 186 136 pulling the EC train to Berlin:
Soon, two SZ 541 series locomotives will have a new promotional livery. SZ 541-016 get a while livery about the 100th anniversary of Einstein's relativity theory. The 'Mammut' livry of 541-104 is currently being removed. This machine will re-appear in yellow, in a Chiquita banana livery.
Rynek Kolejowy reports: Siemens is the only manufacturer that has made a complete offer for the latest tender for new locomotives for PKP Cargo. Newag offered only four machines for services in Germany and Poland.
PKP Cargo wants to purchase up till 20 new multi system electric locomotives (15+5 option) for freight services. There will be three sub series, with three different country specific packages: PL/DE/AT/CZ/SK/HU (8), PL/DE (4) and PL/DE/NL (3). In August 2016 the first two new machines should arrive.
Crossrail was not happy with the application of its logos on the hired 186 150. In April the light grey machine got red logos on its sides and front, but their position have been changed in the mean time. The smaller side logos were removed again, up front there is now a logo in the center. The green (Captrain colored) front bar and lamp houses still could use some red paint though. That would compliment the livery better.
During the past week, we got the first messages about a new Pesa Gama locomotive, being released from work: 111Db-002. The machine has the same livery as 111Db-001 which was presented last year in Berlin, during InnoTrans 2014.
The 002 is currently seen on the public railnetwork in Poland, together with PKP IC coaches. This image is from Poznan for example. the machine is now on its way to Rzeszów. From there it will be tested on the non-electrified track sections Rzeszów – Stalowa Wola – Zamość and Rzeszów – Jasło – Zagórz. We will closely follow the developments here, of course.
Up till now we have been a bit holding back on the big train accident in Philadelphia, USA, of last week. You may have heard about it. It is always difficult to write a good message about such a horrible event. Our condolences go out to all people that are suffering from this accident.
And there is always a lot of speculation in the beginning (too fast, hit by something etc). The FBI is investigating now. This article shows the locomotive (Amtrak no. 601) that has been pulling the train, of which many carriages have been destroyed.
Today, a new Traxx MS locomotive had its maiden run: the future Railpool 186 430-5. It is equipped for services in seven (!) different countries: Germany, Austria, Poland, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.
For the first time a Traxx MS locomotive can be used for non-stop services from the Netherlands to Poland v.v. When in Poland, the machine can cover all of its southern neighboring countries too. Railpool 186 430 is the second machine to appear with this package. Earlier we have seen Railpool 186 429-7 being equipped identically. No pictures of this machine though.
Slovakia's approval body has granted permanent authorization for the Vectron multi-system and AC versions to operate in the country, thus permitting the Vectron to travel on the Slovakian rail network's routes without restriction.
We proudly present our first project with lease company Akiem. We developed the design of these trophees, to be used as gifts to Akiem official relations and partners. We made special front illustrations of an Akiem traxx AC3 and a Akiem Prima locomotive for this project. A nice example of a application of our locomotive visuals, custom made.
In 2014, Bombardier built four Traxx AC3 locomotive with last Mile shunting module for lease company Akiem. The designated 187 011-014 are silver with a grey painted frame. They will be homologated for services in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. On 09.05.2015 three of these machine left the Bombardier factories perimeters in Kassel, together with DB Regio's future 146 254.
Siemens has equipped 32 BR 189 locomotives (Railcolor: 189 001-022 and 055-064) for cross-border services between Germany, Poland the Czech Republic. The last of the locomotives was handed over to DB Schenker at the end of April. All the locomotives were modified and commissioned in the Siemens factory in Munich-Allach. Modification work included integration of the SHP and Mirel train protection systems required for Poland and the Czech Republic as well as supplementary equipment such as a fire prevention system and a rear-view unit that are necessary for certification of the locomotives in the above-mentioned countries (the 'VM50Hz package')
All the approvals required for operation in Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic were successfully acquired by the contractually agreed deadline. The first modified locomotives have been in cross-border service in these countries since December 2014. Siemens was selected to modify the BR 189 locomotives from DB Schenker in December 2012. These locomotives will now enable the transport and logistics company to provide cross-border transportation services on all important mainline routes and the major secondary routes in Poland and the Czech Republic.
In the picture l-r: Sylvia Debler, Project Manager at DB Schenker and Ulrich Grützner, Siemens Project Manager at the handover of the last of the modified locomotives.
One we did not have yet. The image above shows MRCE ES 64 F4-024 in fresh new paint and additional logos of freight operator TX Logistik. Since December 2013 this machine was out of service after a shunting accident at Brennero station, together with MRCE ES 64 U2-098. The machines ran into a concrete stopper.
After the accident the 024 was parked at Innsbruck for quite a while, before it was repaired and repainted at the SBB Bellinzona works in Switzerland. In February 2015 we already showed you a picture of the machine at Bellinzona but we did not see it in service yet. Does anyone know since when the 024 officially is back?
Siemens: ENON GmbH has placed an order with Siemens for a Vectron type locomotive for its railfreight subsidiary EGP (Eisenbahngesellschaft Potsdam). It is intended for cross-border traffic in Austria and Germany. Delivery is scheduled to take place in August 2015. The locomotive is equipped with a shunting module for shunting or railway siding trips.
Railcolor: It is the first Vectron AC locomotive with shunting module (a 180 kW diesel engine for short distances) that has been ordered. Siemens currently has 193 930, with this module, in Cerhenice (CZ) for testing purposes. Previously, Italian freight operator CFI ordered Vectron DC machines that will get shunting modules too. The time path for this order is currently unclear, as the homologation process for Italy is still not completed.
Currently, Polish freight operator is hiring DB Schenker Rail Polska locomotives 5 170 048 and 056. This image shows the latter locomotive mentioned pulling a freight train and a Lotos Kolej Traxx DE locomotive.
At this moment there are no other Vectron DC locomotives available for lease in Poland, other than the 23 red units of DB Schenker Rail Polska. Siemens 5170 020/021/034 are currently at the VUZ Velim test center in the Czech Republic.
Railjournal reports: 'AFTER several weeks of rumours in the financial press, Bombardier confirmed on May 7 that it will sell a minority stake in its rail business Bombardier Transportation through an initial public offering (IPO), which will take place before the end of the year.'
In April, the Dutch railways (NS) wanted to the start the AmRo shuttle: a direct shuttle service connecting Amsterdam and Rotterdam. But, the introduction of these trains is delayed, as rolling stock envisaged for these services still needs some testing to do.
NS is going to use revised ICRm coaches top and tailed by a Traxx MS locomotive (sandwich composition). Currently, we think 186 001-006 have the software installed to be used in sandwich mode, which means they are no longer available for normal services.
186 001 and 004 are testing with a rake of ICRm coaches in final composition. Routes and dates are rather random. 186 003 and 005 have been seen with the 'Testtrein' rake of coaches. These runs focus for example on bogie behavior.
Meanwhile, Railpool 186 181 has arrived in Belgium. Soon the Belgian railways (NMBS/SNCB) will take over the machine for pulling their Benelux passenger services Brussels - Amsterdam. It is the second Railpool Traxx MS locomotive in the fleet of NMBS/SNCB:
Yes, we hold a bit back on this topic. We got many many nice images of the 193 822 in Bulgaria during the past weeks, many thanks for that! Today Siemens' published an official statement about the tests, so we decided to bring all we got at once:
Siemens: In April, Siemens’ Vectron electric locomotive was sent to Bulgaria to undergo authorization tests. The tests were carried out near Sofia, the capital, as well as on one of the main lines connecting the western and eastern parts of the country. Authorization will enable the Vectron family to further extend its coverage by serving an important freight corridor between Europe and Asia.
The locomotive used for the trials was the 6,400-kW multi-system version of the Vectron equipped for running on both AC and DC power. A special 1,600-ton freight train was used for the trials and consisted of 13 freight cars as well as a second electric locomotive at the rear.
Part of the tests were conducted on the picturesque sub-Balkan railway line, which is one of the toughest routes in terms of topography, featuring the longest gradient in the network with 16‰. The test route also included the Koznitsa tunnel, the longest in the country at nearly six kilometers.
The envisaged authorization of the Vectron in Bulgaria marks an important milestone in the roll-out of the Vectron family in Europe. Intermodal transport between Europe and Asia has seen a substantial increase in recent years. Some of the leading European freight operators are introducing new services such as shuttle container trains and trailer transport between Germany and Turkey. When authorization is finalized, the Bulgarian link will complete the rail corridor from Germany to Turkey.
(Siemens / Konstantin Planinski / Krassen Panev / Nikolay Kozarski)
Don't forget about Siemens Vectron demonstrator 193 930. In February the machine with shunting module (okay: Last mile module) was taken to the Velim test tracks in Cerhenice (CZ). Now it performing tests and LokoTrain has published the very image we see of the electric running without using the overhead wiring:
Dnes proběhla na zkušebním okruhu v Cerhenicích u Velimi prezentace lokomotivy Vectron "Last Mile"
On 26.03.2015, four white Vectron locomotives were seen entering the Czech Republic. Now we know which machines were seen that day: Siemens 5 170 020+021 (formerly hired to DB Schenker and stickered red), 5 170 034 and multi system 193 823. It means there are no Vectron DC machines at this moment in Poland, other than the red ones delivered to DB Schenker Rail Poland.
This month the have been making their rounds with Siemens 193 930, making a all white Siemens loco train:
An image from Maksymilianowo, Poland. It is a nice portrait of Pesa's diesel Gama demonstration locomotive, still having the colours and logos of PKP IC (to which it will not be sold). That day the machine made a test run from Bydgoszcz to Terespol Pomorskie.
MRCE X4 E - 876 now has the same promotional livery as MRCE>TX Logistik ES 64 U2-060: -Tag der Maueröffnung-. The machine will be present at transport & logistic 2015 in Munich. It will be colorful there.
Today, the 876 went to Munich to pick up a brand new diesel Vectron: 247 903. (Thomas Stenzel)
Today, the very first two electrics of the latest Railpool order (35 ordered in June 2014, option for 30) were released from work: 186 421 and 422.
RTB Cargo is their new operator. Today both machines were seen on the back of a RTB Cargo freight train, westbound. 186 421 has European Gateway Services vinyls (similar to MRCE ES 64 F4-209 and -285), 422 the normal RTB Cargo logos. (Hendrik Mergard)
Another historic figure from Hungary just got its own promo locomotive. MAV 480 007 is now covered in a special wrapping about Hungarian nobleman: II. Rákóczi Ferenc (or Francis Rákóczi the 2nd) . He was the leader of the Hungarian uprising against the Habsburgs in 1703-1711, so is stated on wikipedia.
Siemens 193 821, formerly known as the Vectron locomotive in Turkey, is now in normal service in Germany. The Turkish stickers were replaced by a Siemens logo and a large Vectron marking. EVB is currently operating the locomotive. (KAR / Andreas Meier / Pietro Ticozzi)
Yes, the large image shows Bombardier's Last Mile demonstration locomotive in Switzerland no 187 009. The red machine is now in service of Swiss Rail Traffic (SRT). SRT's own 487 001 is on its way to Munich, where it will be present at the 2015 edition of transport logistic 2015.