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&logistik.
Curious images, posted yesterday in our facebook photo group (1.343 members already!!). It shows one freight train, pulled by one prima locomotives. But somewhere halfway a second locomotive popped up. Looks like two freight trains combined to one, including their locomotives. It reminded us of the Marathon-test runs done last year by Akiem, Kombiverkehr and others, albeit that the locomotive in the middle of the train is not being operated.
LokoTrain form the Czech Republic has started using the new ELL locomotive no.193 221 for its freight services. The other LokoTrain Vectron locomotive, ELL 193 220, was seen in Germany yesterday. It ran from Passau back to Munich.
A logical consequence of the political difficulties, Ukraine is currently facing, it is exploring the option to start its own electric locomotive construction. By doing this is can get less dependent on Russia. Read more.
MRCE ES 64 F4-103 and -285 have European Gateway Services stickers. They got them in October 2013, when they were both running for RTB Cargo. But -103 is now in Italy, hired to Interporto Servizi Cargo. Now ES 64 F4-209, since this year in service of RTB Cargo, got the same stickers.
Siemens testbed Vectron 193 971 on its way to Kontiomäki in northern Finland. There it performed for trials on a test track at Laajakangas on 19.04.2015. These photos were taken at Malmi near Helsinki.
On 16.04.2015, the new ELL 193 221 left the Siemens factory in Munich (REV 10.04.2015) heading south to Linz in Austria. The DE/AT/HU/PL/CZ/SK/RO configurated multi system engine will be the second unit to be hired to LokoTrain for the Czech Republic.
On 16.04.2015, the new 483 056 -Nicola- was released from the Bombardier works in Vado Ligure for the first time. It is the first DC electric of two that were ordered in 2014 by GTS Rail. The machine completed a test run Vado Ligure to Sestri Ponente. As far as we can see, the livery of the locomotive is identical to the five machines GTS Rail is already operating.
Since 12.03.2015, Siemens Vectron 193 901 and 902 are in Switzerland for test runs. Right now, the machines are being used for test runs on the NBS (=Neubaustrecke) Bern - Olten/Zofingen. During the day, both machines are being parked at Bern-Wylerfeld, as shown in the images. Four Eurocity coaches are being used for braking power. - TS
Fresh! This afternoon MRCE ES 64 U2-060, in its new 'Mauer' livery, was portrayed in Gramatneusiedl (AT) pulling the four MRCE Vectron locomotives that recently visited Hungary for approval: X4E -873, -874, -876 and -879. - HP
We promised. People that donate 500 euro for our crowdfunding project, get a Railcolor painting of their favorite locomotive. So we made a nice red DB Schenker Vectron for example. As we got quite happy from making these railcolorful images, we made two extra, the SRT Traxx and the ELL Vectron. Check them out here.
On 07.04.2015, RailAdventure took two NS Traxx MS locomotives to Wegberg-Wildenrath today: NS E 186 018 and E 186 239 (on lease from Macquarie Rail). The images show the machines together with 103 222 and PCW 8 in Mönchengladbach. - HZ/WS
PKP IC is rapidly modernizing its fleet with new electric trains. We already know the 20 Pendolino's from Alstom, Pesa is building 20 new Dart trains and Stadler Rail supplies 20 Flirt3 train sets. The first of the latter type has been seen this week, complete, and on transport. Check out this 8-car Flirt3 train in the video:
Two different, red Traxx locomotives. Unit no. 146 261 is brand new, and to be delivered to DB Regio soon. Bombardier services has completed the R1 revision on Alpha Trains 185 631, so it is fresh to go for another 6-8 years. - CK
Think-railways reports: "The first KZ4AT passenger locomotive, jointly developed by Alstom and Transmashholding and delivered to Kazakh Railways by EKZ, has entered commercial service on the Astana-Kokshetau line. Two other locomotives, currently performing dynamic tests in Kazakhstan, are to be delivered in 2015."
On 07.04.2015, Siemens 193 971 was on display at Helsinki Central Station. First, invited guests had the possibility to enter the locomotive, later on, the machine was open to the general public. After the event, the machine was brought back to Ilmala depot by VR Sr1 3087.
Siemens Finland and the Finnish railways (VR) have set-up a new website dedicated to the introduction of the new, 3rd generation electric locomotives. There you can learn about the main characteristics of the machines an the time schedule of its introduction. Most interesting for us that Siemens also released a new artist impression of the design of the machine. It still features the Vectron cab design, but with a different front design. The livery is now green with a grey (or silver?) top and white striping and logos. As these machines will get two additional diesel engines, a new roof construction is being developed for the mid section.
Many Traxx locomotives get an overhaul in Kassel by Bombardier services. During the past weeks, MRCE 145 084-0 had its turn: REV 01.04.2015. It was decided not to invest in a new livery, although the looks of the 084 are not, let's say, representative anymore. The red and blue locomotive tries to get rid of its black stickers for quite a while now. Remarkable: The LZB number of this machine is still Swiss: 481 002. - CK
RailAdventure was pulling DB Schenker 187 101 this weekend - ELL 193 210 has had an accident, it hit a car in Celle (DE), the car was completely destroyed - NS E 186 008 derailed at Amsterdam-Watergraafsmeer - Seen the first Twindexx Vario motor coach? - Metrans has returned E 186 275 to Railpool. On 02.04.2015 it was seen without Metrans logos in Frankfurt (Oder) - Although the locomotive is operated by RTB Cargo for quite some time now, ES 64 F4-209 (not 208 ups) still sported CTL Logistics logos. They were removed last week
Meanwhile, very Railcolorful recordings are being made in Bulgaria :) Have a nice weekend.
The Belgian railways (SNCB/NMBS) have 24 Siemens electrics that were delivered with a auto coupler on one side. With these, they should run with M6 double deck trains. These machines got a separate number series: 1901-1924. These locomotives are in service, but their coupler has not been used yet, it is not officially approved for service.
But things are moving. Wallorail brings an update on a new software version being installed on the machines (F), that will now be validated.
Eurailpress.de reports: On 25.03.2015, TecSol 1822 001-2 completed its first main line test run on the Südbahn (AT). The machine still needs to pass several load tests before it can be used for banking services on the Semmeringbahn. There it will be used by operator LTE.
It was mentioned before, but today Siemens has officially published the information that their Vectron locomotive is fully homologated for both the Czech Republic and Turkey (Railturkey.org stated this was already done on 07.11.2014).
Vectron locomotive authorized for Czech Republic
The Czech Rail Authority has granted final and full authorization for the Vectron multi-system and AC versions to operate in the Czech Republic. The Vectron locomotive can therefore run on all sections of the Czech network without any restrictions.
Authorization for Vectron MS in Turkey
Following the successful conclusion of all tests in 2014, the Turkish State Railways (TCDD) authorized the multi-system version of the Vectron locomotive in March 2015. The authorization covers the entire Vectron family, paving the way for the Vectrons operation in Turkey.
As part of the authorization tests, a Vectron equipped with Turkish and European train control system (ETCS) not only operated on conventional routes, but was also tested and used in service on the high-speed rail line between Istanbul and Ankara operating at speeds up to 200 kilometers an hour. The Vectron mastered all the commercial test operations as well as heavy-duty loads. The tests covered a total of more than 25,000 kilometers.
Per 01.03.2015, the Mindener Kreisbahnen (MKB) is hiring two Alpha Trains locomotives, 185 609 and 619. Earlier, we saw the 619 with mkb's logos and big orange arrows. Now 609 has the same design. - MK
The Vectron is hot in Switzerland. Sure now BLS Cargo has ordered 15 units. Meanwhile Siemens is busy testing, as the machines still need to get several approvals. Since some weeks now, both 193 901 and 902 are in Switzerland again. Right from our facebook group we got this message:
In the Night of March 28th/29th, 2015, Testruns were done in the Lötschberg base tunnel between Frutigen and Visp with 193 902 pulling three Swiss Federal Railways EuroCity coaches. Primary objective of these test runs is approval for speeds of over 140 km/h. - YJS
The Vectron is hot in Switzerland. Sure now BLS Cargo has ordered 15 units. Meanwhile Siemens is busy testing, as the machines still need to get several approvals.
On 27.03.2015, the last two Traxx MS locomotives for freight operator Metrans Rail, left Kassel. With the delivery of 386 019 and 020, the batch of twenty is complete. There is still an option for ten locomotives. - CK/MS
As we already reported, Siemens Vectron 193 822 has arrived in Bulgaria for homologation tests. A series of images made in Tulovo station. The locomotive is now on its way to Pirdop, where tests are expected to begin, in cooperation with DB Schenker Rail.
After several generations of Bombardier Traxx locomotives, Swiss freight operator BLS Cargo has now decided to order fifteen Vectron MS electrics from Siemens. They will be used for long haul freight services connecting the Netherlands and Italy through the Alps. The country specific packages of the machines will include all equipment required for running in the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy.
The new locomotives are needed because BLS Cargo is facing the withdrawal of older series, and because it wants to strengthen its position on the long haul European corridor mentioned. At this moment, BLS Cargo already operates container shuttles connecting Rotterdam (NL) with Melzo (IT) using Bombardier Traxx MS locomotives in cooperation with ERS Railways / Freightliner.
In the past months, BLS Cargo has evaluated several modern electrics on their network. They have decided to go with Siemens. The new machines will be delivered in three separate batches. The first locomotives will be delivered in the second half of 2016. The delivery will be completed in 2018.
This means Siemens still has some homologation work to do. The Vectron MS version is not yet homologated in Switzerland, nor in the Netherlands and Italy. Especially in the Netherlands serious testing effort is still required. This country has not been part of the dynamic testing program for the Vectron until now.
Per 25.03.2015, both the Vectron AC and MS versions have the full approval for the complete network of the Czech Republic (3 kV DC and 25 kV AC). Of course, the Vectron AC can only run on the 25kV AC part.
A video showing you a new trainset built by Koncar from Croatia. It is the first of a larger batch that at least incorporates 44 new trainsets for the railways of Croatia (H). 16 sets are planned for regional services, 16 more for services around the capital city of Zagreb. 12 more units will be diesel trains. They will be delivered in 2015-2017. There are options for more trains.
In the video we see set no. 6112 002, for regional services. It has a white and red livery, which is different from the prototype trains we already know of this type. Because Koncar already supplied three similar trains: H 6112 001, H 6112 101 for Intercity services and no. 4412 001 for the railways of Bosnia.