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SZ 541  
in short
1st order
In the slipstream of the Austrian OBB 1216 series, the Slovenian Railways (SZ) decided to order 20 similar high speed multi purpose locomotives back in 2004. These machines, designated 541 series, are configured for 3kVDC (for Slovenia and Italy), 15kVAC (Austria and Germany) and 25kVAC (Croatia and Hungary) voltage systems. With only minor alterations also 1,5kVDC is possible. Different country specific packages are implemented, resulting in two different sub series. 541 101 was the first to leave the Siemens factories in Munchen, in October 2005, which after completing its trial period, was handed over to the SZ in the summer of 2006.

In January 2008 the Slovenian government gave official permission for an additional order for twelve machines, delivered in 2009. The order was announced on national Slovenian television. 541-011, the first machine of this batch, was completed in April 2009 and first seen in revenue service one month later.

Lets see how the SZ, in 2009 managing a fleet of 32 modern electrics, will be able to upgrade lines and services so that these becoming more challenging for the 541 series, with its top speed of 230 kph and 6400 kW duration power. For now these impressive performances seem still a bit over the top.

 
20 locomotives
order date xx.07.2004
delivery period 06.2006 - 05.2007
10 locomotives ES 64 U4-B configuration (541.0)
> designation 541 001-010
10 locomotives ES 64 U4-F configuration (541.1)
> designation 541 101-110 / E 190 101-110
 
2nd order
12 locomotives
order date 18.01.2008
delivery period 04.2009 - 09.2009
12 locomotives ES 64 U4-B configuration (541.0)
> designation 541 011-022
 
 
   
SZ 541 by Lemke - sponsored  
SZ 541: news  
2015
open news
2015-07-13 [SI/HR] SZ 541 locomotive testing in Croatia [updated]
open news
2015-07-01 [DE] SZ 541 101 -Leonardo- in Germany with special AKE train
open news
2015-06-03 [EU] Portrait of SZ 541-104 -Chiquita-
open news
2015-05-22 [SI] In the picture: SZ 541-016 -100 years E=mc2-
open news
2015-05-18 [SI] Two new Werbeloks from Slovenia
2014
open news
2014-12-07 [SI] SZ 541-104 gets new banana livery
open news
2014-05-01 [SI] New: SZ 541-013 - Almdudler-
2013
open news
2013-12-03 [SI] New Werbelok: SZ 541-001 -3M Scotch-
open news
2013-07-12 [SI/NL] Autoslaaptrein in Slovenia
open news
2013-04-15 [SZ] Leonardo da Vinci locomotive [updated]
2012
open news
2012-12-06 [SI] Pink lady ready for service
open news
2012-12-01 [SI] new livery for SZ 541-001 in the making: Manner.com
open news
2012-11-23 [SI] SZ 541-001 changes livery
open news
2012-10-29 Two train accidents: Ljubljana-Vižmarje [SI] and Bratislava [SK]
open news
2012-06-25 [AT] Open door day in the workshops of Linz
open news
2012-06-10 [AT] Taurus-parade and load trial of the Draubrücke in Villach
open news
2012-01-16 [SI] SZ 541 007 and 016 under repair - Jesenice train accident [edited]
2011
open news
2011-12-10 [SI] new: SZ 541 001 promoting -Bayerisch-Österreichische Landesausstellung 2012-
open news
2011-08-31 [AT] various news from Linz (e.g. 1216 in green - 1116 153 CATS)
open news
2011-07-25 [SI] portrait of SZ 541-101 "Coca-Cola"
2009
open news
2009-08-27 [SI/AT] 541-104 -Mammut- and 1116 003 -RCA Austria-
open news
2009-07-24 [DE/SL] SZ 541-101 -Swarovski- and ES 64 U2-096 -IBS-
open news
2009-06-03 [SI] new 541s in service
2008
open news
2008-11-14 [AT] ES 64 U4 news [update]
open news
2008-10-07 [AT/SI] SZ 541 001 -Alp-Konvention-
open news
2008-07-09 [EU] Railcolor shorts
open news
2008-02-22 [AT] [SL] ES 64 U4 news
SZ 541: General history  
541 101, without logos and striping, performing trials at the test ring of Velim (CZ) together with Re474 010.

In July 2004 the Slovenian National Railways ordered 20 three-tension locomotives by Siemens Transportation Systems. Originally, delivery was planned for the June 2006 till March 2008, but in June 2006 it was rescheduled so that the last machine, 541 110, already could be introduced in May 2007. The 541 series is being used for both (international) freight and passenger services.

The Siemens official press release included a preliminary artist impression of the looks of the new 541 series, at that time, except for its logos, identical to that of the OBB 1216 series (see image above). Technically spoken both series are identical, representing the at that time newest ES64U4 platform.

All 20 machines were assembled in the Siemens factories in Munchen-Allach. In February 2005, the very first frame was welded together and completed under works number 21159. Until October 2005 Siemens worked on this machine, being fifth member of the new ES64U4 family, after completing the 1216 001, 002, 003 and 050 earlier that year. When leaving the factory the machine was painted red with a grey frame, slightly brighter than the OBB machines, and numbered 541-101. On its frame, all relevant inscriptions were applied, like a complete UIC number and the sub type designation ES64U4-VF.

In November 2005 the 541 101 was transported to the test tracks of Velim (CZ), guided by Re 474 010. In the mean time, Siemens had started series production in Munchen, starting with the future 541-001, representative of the second sub type, ES64U4-VB2.

The 541s mix and migle a lot with their Austrian brothers and sisters in everyday practice.

Until 13.12.2005 the 541 101 remained naked, then logos, and additional striping were applied. The cabin rooftops were covered with gray adhesives. In the first months of 2006 the 541 101 went on test runs in Austria together with 1216 141 and on 13.03.2006 the engine even visited Holland! This proves that these machines, although not configured to do so in regular service, can function under 1,5kV DC voltage systems, as it also ran on small track sections part of the Dutch conventional network. The engine made some promotional runs at the HSL that day.

Mid June 2006 the first engine, again 541-101, was officially handed over to the Slovenian Railways, per 27.07.2006 immediately followed by 541-001. As serie delivery was continued with the ´normal´ VB2 subtype engines (001-010) the 101 kept on travelling through Europe in order to get the approvals for the countries the subtype VF should be present later on. For the 541.1 sub serie, also homologation for Italy is planned, requiring an additional RFI service number, which will be E190 101-110 for this serie.

On May 13th the first series was completed with the delivery of SZ 541 110. One remarkable fact during the delivery was 541 107 visiting Luxembourg at the end of March 2007. Before this machine was sent to Slovenia it ran in Luxembourg, testing 25kV installations.

In February 2008, SZ 541-101 started trials in Croatia, to get final approval for this country.

In May 2008, SZ 541-109 visited Hungary, to perform trials by the GySEV.

SZ 541: Select your locomotive:  
Siemens 21160 2006 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 541-001 22 picture(s) available     graphics available  
Siemens 21161 2006 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 541-002 7 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Siemens 21162 2006 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 541-003 9 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Siemens 21163 2006 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 541-004 5 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Siemens 21164 2006 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 541-005 6 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Siemens 21165 2006 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 541-006 5 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Siemens 21166 2006 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 541-007 5 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Siemens 21167 2006 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 541-008 3 picture(s) available        
Siemens 21168 2006 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 541-009 7 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Siemens 21169 2006 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 541-010 7 picture(s) available        
Siemens 21465 2009 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 541-011 2 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Siemens 21466 2009 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 541-012 6 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Siemens 21467 2009 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 541-013 7 picture(s) available        
Siemens 21468 2009 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 541-014 4 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Siemens 21469 2009 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 541-015 7 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Siemens 21470 2009 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 541-016 9 picture(s) available        
Siemens 21471 2009 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 541-017 5 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Siemens 21602 2009 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 541-018 2 picture(s) available        
Siemens 21603 2009 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 541-019 2 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Siemens 21607 2009 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 541-020 9 picture(s) available        
Siemens 21412 2009 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 541-021 8 picture(s) available        
Siemens 21413 2009 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 541-022 3 picture(s) available        
Siemens 21159 2005 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 541-101 33 picture(s) available   revision data available graphics available  
Siemens 21170 2006 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 541-102 4 picture(s) available        
Siemens 21171 2006 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 541-103 6 picture(s) available        
Siemens 21172 2006 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 541-104 18 picture(s) available     graphics available  
Siemens 21173 2006 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 541-105 5 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Siemens 21174 2006 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 541-106 7 picture(s) available        
Siemens 21175 2007 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 541-107 6 picture(s) available        
Siemens 21176 2007 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 541-108 4 picture(s) available   revision data available    
Siemens 21177 2007 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 541-109 14 picture(s) available        
Siemens 21178 2007 ES 64 U4 Bo'Bo'-el 541-110 7 picture(s) available