Last week, we got this image. A picture of a very very rare locomotive: DB AG 145 013-9 (I). Yes there is still a locomotive with this number in the fleet of DB Cargo, but this machine replaced the original 145 013, that crashed onto a 294 series shunting locomotive in Hannover-Linden, only 12 days after being put in service. The image, made by Christian Stolze, shows the recovery of the original 013.
This means images of the original 013, which had a different livery than the second 145 013, are very rare. We only had two until now, of the machine's body being stored at Kassel, pictures made after the accident.
The 145 013 (I) was delivered on 18.02.1999, and crashed on 02.03.1999. After the accident the machine, with constructional damage severe enough to built a new body for the machine, was taken back to Bombardier's factory in Kassel. The machine was scrapped the same year. For sure many of its re-usable parts found their way back to another 145 series machine that was still under construction back in 1999. In March 2000, Bombardier delivered a new 145 013. It was built after 145 053.
The Dutch railways have 18 TRAXX MS locomotives on order. We expect the yellow and blue machines to be numbered as 186 020-037. This month the delivery of this second batch should start. Today a first machine have been seen completed at the Bombardier works in Kassel; locomotive 186 022 was seen outside. - Christian Klotz
It was first seen on 28.04.2016: the future DB Regio 102 001. Then it went to the VUZ Velim test center und during the past days the machine made its rounds on the the tracks.
Skoda put some effort in covering up that this locomotive was built for the German railways: Both cabs, and the DB logos on the side, are covered with extra black and white stickers, often used in the car industry. But, on the sides the NVR numbers clearly tell us it is 91 80 6102 001-5 D-DB that we're looking at.
The Győr-Sopron-Ebenfurt Vasút (GYSEV) tenders for new electric locomotives (TED: 2016/S 081-143548):
The Austrian-Hungarian operator wants two AC locomotives (15+25 kV) with additional shunting module. They need to be homologated for Hungary, Austria and Germany. After one year from delivery also Romania must be part of the country specific package. The shunting module may be built in later, but within one year from delivery.
Three more machines are desired for services in Hungary, Austria, Germany and (later) Romania, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Optionally, four more machines can be ordered within 30 months after the contract is signed. Service and spare parts delivery will be included in the deal. (Rail Business / nov-ost.info)
Railcolor: We assume that the machines the GySEV wants will predominantly used for freight trainsport (Last Mile shunting and long international corridors) and will be operated by GySEV Cargo. In 2014, GySEV already tendered for 9 new electrics. But this procedure was unsuccessful and cancelled. Since then GySEV had to change its fleet as it had to return the 1116 series electrics it was hiring from the Austrian railways. Since then GySEV hired ES64U2 electrics from MRCE, later on complemented by Vectron locomotives from ELL.
TX Logistik just got its second ELL Vectron locomotive. Next to 193 252, now also 193 265 is running for this German freight operator. Like the 252, tha machine got the 'We love to connect' stickers. - Martin Voigt / Tim Roux
We have written several times about the SBB Re 460 modernization program. These machines are currently a complete overhaul including many technical upgrades. Several machines have passed the various steps of the program already, but none got the new IGBT convertors, one of the biggest adjustments of the program. Mistakenly we assumed 460 016 was the first to have the, but no, it is 460 010, right now 'under construction' at SBB's work shop in Yverdon-les-Bains. - Theo Stolz
Customer no.23 is here: Bulgarian logistics company PIMK has purchased two Vectron locomotives from Siemens. First one delivered is 'Medium Power' Vectron 192 962, formerly used by Siemens for tests and promotion.
On 29.04.2016 the machine left Munich, heading for Hungary. The white machine has blue roofs and blue PIMK logos. It sports the name 'Kalina'. The destination displays on 962 have disappeared.
Many ask us, what are the main differences between a Vectron from the 192 series and one from the 193 series? The 193 can be an AC or a multi system electric, but in both configurations it has a maximum power rating of 6.4MW. The 192 has 'only' 5.6MW to its disposal. The maximum speed of a 192 is 160 kph, where the 193 can be 160 or 200 kph.
On 29.04.2016 BLS Cargo and Siemens presented the Vectron locomotive in Spiez. Unit 401 was inside, among many other BLS locomotive types, machine 402 was seen outside, pretty in the sun. Remarkable: CH was not crossed out in the UIC raster on the locomotives, although the locomotives were not homologated for this country yet.
Still some approval work has to be done: the homologation for Switzerland, for customer operation, is expected to be granted by the end of June 2016. First commercial services then should be within Switzerland from Basel with petrol trains. The authorization for Italy is planned for the end of 2016, and authorization for the Netherlands should follow medio 2017.
Thanks to Henk Zwoferink and Peider Trippi for the information and images
On 29.04.2016, Ferrotramviaria 483 042 completed its maiden run from Vado Ligure, Zona Industriale to Genua, Sestri Ponente Aeroporto. It is the third locomotive for this Italian operator of the TRAXX DC type. The livery of the machine is similar to 483 040 and 041, that were delivered in 2013. Thanks Mattia Bronchelli for the image.
Szent Márton (or Saint Martin) is celebrating his 1700th birthday. This year his jubilee is chosen as theme for a Werbelok of the Hungarian railways (MAV). Unit 480 006 is the chosen one to be pimped this year and we are sure this machine will soon haul a pilgrim train to Romania, a yearly tradition. Thanks you Csaba Stahl and Norbert Pķcza for the pictures.
Stopar Carlo sent us this fine image of the Siemens DC Vectron no. 191 001 in Italy. The locomotive is currently hired to freight operator InRail. The machine pulls an ethanol train from Villa Opicina to Ravenna and is seen here in Bivio DAurisina.
The two TRAXX AC2s of Lokomotion, that have the KombiVerkehr livery, got pimped. 185 664 got images on its side of a container terminal. Note that also the big black numbers up front are in a different font now:
Locomotive 185 665-7 got blue and white stickers on its sides, promoting the KombiVerkehr concept, putting your truck on the train.
iho.hu reports: A locomotive of Unicom Tranzit (UTZ) has crashed onto another four locomotives, among them Softronic's Trans Montana no. 480 016, currently hired to AWT, and two GFR electrics (40 1006 and 40 1005). The trains collided with an estimated speed of 40 km/u, with five damaged locomotives as a sad result.
The state railways of Macedonia (M) recently got European funding (59 million euro from the EBRD) for the acquisition of new rolling stock. M wants to spend 7 million euro on new electric locomotives. Manufacturers can place a bid until 02.06.2016. Delivery should take place before June 2017. - Rail Business / nov-ost.info
Yannick Joshua Schmidt provided this image of Akiem 187 014 on its way from Denzlingen (DE) to Oensingen (CH). The machine will run for Swiss operator railCare and will pull freight trains over the Lötschberg and Gotthard line.
The image below (left) shows the machine with railCare train 63688 from Brig to Niederbottingen. The train has just passed through the station of Lalden on the Lötschberg southramp. The image on the left shows the machine with the last test train before its return to Germany (Brenno Arcara). For these tests, Bombardier hired the 187 014 from Captrain Deutschland and made it available to railCare (KAR).
The Crossrail logos and striping on many Beacon Rail 185s are outdated. The freight operator from Switzerland now applies a bright red livery to its fleet with white logos.
So it is no surprise the old style logos are taken off the Beacon Rail TRAXX AC2 locomotives (serie 185 590-597, 599-602) that are getting their R1 overhaul at this moment. The picture shows the 185 602-0 in Krefeld on 23.04.2016. We know also 185 599-8 lost its logos recently. (AS/WS)
As of 15.04.2016, Swedish passenger train operator Scandinavian Jernbanor offers a new service: the Gröna Tåget or 'green train'. It is a more economic alternative to SkJB's blue train, a luxury service running on the Göteborg-Alingsås - Skövde - Hallsberg - Stockholm- Uppsala relation.
Like its blue alternative, the green train is composed of refurbished Norwegian coaches and pulled by a Vectron locomotive. There is a bar on board, and a restaurant. And of course, the train is green!
On 19.04.2016, two Vectron multi system locomotives for BLS Cargo completed their maiden run. Up front, they have (big!) front numbers in the 193 range: 193 401 and 402. On their sides, the well known mountain view vinyls are applied, similar to those on the leased Railpool 186s that run for BLS Cargo at this moment. - TR
Catch them before they go. These images show Siemens 193 923 and 924, both hired to CargoNet from Norway, at the workshop of Grorud near Oslo. The machines are being used for freight train to Bergen at the Norwegian coast, however the 924 was out of service when these images were being made. The machine needed some wheel reprofiling. Most likely, CargoNet will return the Vectron locomotives to Siemens in June, as the operator now has many extra TRAXX AC2s in its fleet, that were hired from Railpool after competitor CargoLink decided to stop its freight services.
Railwaygazette.com reports: Chinese manufacturer CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive has won an international tender to supply two electric locomotives for use on the dedicated rail network of the Servian state electricity generator. The machines are TSI-compliant 25 kV 50 Hz locomotives with 7 MW power output and a maximum speed of 140 km/h.
Today, the new Railpool 187 304-1 was seen in Passau (DE). It is on its way to Austria. The locomotive is equipped for services in Germany, Austria, Hungary and Romania. it is the first of a new batch of 17 TRAXX AC3 locomotives for Railpool, to be numbered 187 300-316.
As of February, Metrans Rail is hiring 186 437-0. Now the machine, like the 185 638 mentioned last week, has the full Metrans livery, including the fine blue line. Thanks Andreas Heiser for the quick shot!
German freight operator Raildox has decided to order a fifth TRAXX locomotive from Bombardier. The new machine will be of the TRAXX F160 AC3 type with Last Mile shunting module. Delivery will take place in 2016. At this moment, Raildox already owns two TRAXX AC2 locomotives (185 409 and 419) and two TRAXX DE diesel locos (76 109 and 110). - Rail Business 016/16
On April 14, the future Beacon Rail/DRS 88001 was captured on camera behind Rail Adventure 103 222 traveling through Germany. The loco is on a journey to Velim (CZ), where it will be subjected to dynamic tests on the Velim test ring. Thanks Norman Gottberg, Christian Klotz, Alex Huber and Marcus Schrödter.
Next! Today Siemens and CD Cargo signed a deal for the delivery of five multi system Vectron locomotives. The contract is the result of many months of negotiation. CD Cargo tendered for new machines in August 2015.
The new machines will be delivered this year. CD Cargo plans to present the first unit in blue during the Czech Raildays 2016, which takes place in Ostrava (CZ) on 14-16.06.2016.
CD Cargo wants to start using the machines for car transport services in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany. The locomotives will also be homologated for Poland, Austria, Hungary and Romania. This is the same package as the PKP Cargo Vectron locomotives for example.
Enclosed are two design impressions of the new machines in the well known CD Cargo two tone blue livery. Additional the the logos of the operator, a map of Europe is added and a multi language slogan as well. - Siemens CZ
The TRAXX in brown is no more. Since May 2015, Macquarie Rail's 285 103-8 had a brown livery for HSL Logistik. Now the machine has been seen in Pirna, in new light paint again and without registration numbers. A unique TRAXX design is no more. DSO
Class 88 loco 88001, a mainline hybrid (D+E) locomotive for Direct Rail Services from the UK, is on its way from Spain to Germany. Most likely the journey will then continue to VUZ Velim in the Czech Republic. Here we see the machine behind Crossrail's PB03, on its way from Antwerpen-Waaslandhaven to Aachen-West, in Deurne (BE). Thanks John Liekens.
Alpha Trains Luxembourg S.ā.r.l. has reached an agreement with Siemens regarding the purchase of six Vectron locomotives with options for a further four machines. Included in the order is a full service and maintenance package.
The multisystem electrics will be equipped with all relevant systems for use in Germany, Austria and Italy, and will have ETCS on board. All six locomotives will be leased to TX Logistik with deliveries starting in early 2017.
According to Alpha Trains the locomotives will be delivered carrying a special design. We are curious what the final result will be.
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Tonight, Alpha Trains > NS 186 111 and 112 arrive in the Netherlands, in blue and yellow. They have had their R1 overhaul in Dessau, Germany during the past weeks. This means all twelve Alpha Trains locos that the Dutch railways are hiring (186 111-122) have been overhauled and repainted, no more red and white.
Next month, the delivery will start of a new batch of TRAXX MS locos for the NS, commencing with unit no. 186 020. NS has still 18 units on order.
Thanks to Ron Snieder en René Klink for the images.
It is buzzing around for some months now: The Czech state railways (ČD) plan to hire new locomotives for its Prague - Berlin - Hamburg EuroCity services. Most likely ČD will go for Siemens Vectron locomotives, 10 units, with a top speed of 200 kph. ČD is having fast locomotives fast locomotives on its wish list for the ECs to Germany and other services as well. (via Rail Business)
True, CD does have fast multi system electrics in its fleet, the 380 series produced by Skoda. And yes, they are homologated for Germany and approved by the German EBA railway authority, but the German infrastructure manager DB Netz has put restrictions on their top speed. At this moment the machines are not allowed to go beyond 120 kph, making them practically useless for revenue services. DB Netz wants to know if the forces caused by the machines can possibly damage certain bridges in Germany. New measurements have been done are now being evaluated. To be continued.
The picture above shows the future PKP Cargo PKP Cargo EU46-510, completing its maiden run last week. The first six machines are now in service and have become regular guests in Poland and Germany. Nice images are coming in. We share some nice ones with you:
On 08.04.2016, SBB and Mobiliar (insurance company) presented a new art-locomotive at the historic locomotive depot in Erstfeld/Uri. SBB 460 099-5 is now decorated with a collage of children drawings, that depict their vision for the future. Themes that are important to them. Thank Michael Krahenbuhl for the images.
We must be honest, we also were a little surprised when we saw the designation of this locomotive: ELL 193 264. That is quite a numbering jump, as we only knew ELL electics with numbers up to 193 252. Officially, ELL has a frame contract for 'only' fifty electrics for its fleet, but all already knew there was more to come. With the 264 we know it will be quite some more. (Timothée Roux / Michael Raucheisen)
Tuukka Varjoranta sent us an report from Finland about the Finnish Vectron homologation project. We see VR Sr3 3302 with five Eil coaches and test bed locomotive 193 971 (only in bottom picture). The composition was on its way on the Sköldvik line near Martinkylä and the Vuosaari harbour line.
This is what the newest Akiem locomotive looks like right now. The machine was delivered with the designation 483 221 but has now been renumbered to fit the Polish NVR numbering system. So from now on, we talk about 5170 060. The machine is hired to Pol-Miedź Trans (PMT) and still has the silver base livery, now with black PMT logos. Thanks Daniel Kasprzyk)
On 05.04.2016, two new Vectron locomotives for PKP cargo completed their maiden run. First one up was 5370 019 / EU46-507, followed by 5370 021 / EU46-509. One day later (edit) EU46-510 was seen too. (Michael Raucheisen)
Since 01.04.2016, the future DB Regio 147 001 is out and about. That day it took over the test train (DB Regio coaches) that had been used for tests with DB Regio 147 002 until then. This happened in Kassel. The 147 002 was taken back into the Bombardier factory and the 147 001 went out. Then we got several portraits of the 001 running solo in northern Germany, in the Kiel area. Thanks to Berthold Hertzfeldt and Andreas Staal.
Snälltåget is a train operator from Sweden. The company is known for it passenger services in Sweden and operating the Berlin Night Express linking the German capital with Scandinavia.
Now Snälltåget has announced it is looking for drivers, as it wants to run trains by itself, using its own personnel, starting in September. That is not all, the company also announces it will be using Siemens Vectron locomotives.
Railcolor: Currently CargoNet is reforming its fleet. The freight operator has taking over most of the Railpool TRAXX locomotives that came off lease after CargoLink terminated its train services. Sources tell us that CargoNet will therefore return the two Vectron locomotives (edit: 193 923 and 924) to Siemens. This means they will be available again later this year. Also interesting, Siemens confirmed that test bed locomotive 193 970 is currently in Sweden.
Just after its call in Philadelphia, Amtrak no. 627 and its passenger train hit a construction vehicle on the tracks. Two persons were killed, 31 were wounded. The locomotive derailed. Images here. Thanks Thomas Wohlfarth.