News Archive

[CZ] Investor Daniel Kretinsky closing in on Skoda Transportation

Reuters reports: Investor Daniel Kretinsky, the majority owner of central European energy group EPH, is near a deal to buy Czech bus and rail car manufacturer Skoda Transportation, a source […]

[CZ] ČD presents the design for its Prague – Berlin – Hamburg Vectron locomotives

Yesterday we released our own impression, today we present to you the official design proposal. České dráhy (ČD) has released its preferred design for the ten Vectron locomotives it will […]

[IT] Italian media: Mercitalia and Bombardier about to sign a 400 million euro locomotive deal

In February of this year, the Italian state railways launched an ambitious plan to boost the activities of its freight transport divisions. Its main goal: Doubling the turnover of ‘Mercitalia’ […]

[EU] Railcolor Weekly: Modern Locomotive News (44/17)

Welcome. Every Monday This Tuesday we bring you the latest news on new electric locomotives being built in Europe. New liveries and remarkable operator changes are also mentioned. Enjoy! Oh, […]

[DE] Zugverkehr zwischen München und Rosenheim

Bahnstrecke München – Rosenheim: Während ich am 17.06.2017 im Flieger von Manchester nach München saß, verbrachte mein Vater den Tag zwischen München und Rosenheim. Der Verkehr war klasse und es […]

[DE] Promo stickers for VPS locomotive 5664

For some years now, Verkehrsbetriebe Peine-Salzgitter GmbH (VPS) is relying on Alpha Trains TRAXX locomotives to haul its iron ore and steel trains. The heavy trains often require two locomotives […]

[BG] Video: Numbering a locomotive: PIMK Rail Ludmilla 07 077 (ex-BDZ)

In cooperation with BackOnTrack Studios we bring you interesting videos about railways.   We’re starting with a timelapse video, showing the numbering process of the newest locomotive member of PIMK […]

[UK] Clash of the titans: One of these five companies will design UKs new high speed train

Some companies are open, they use the buzz around UK’s ambitious HS2 (High Speed 2) project to raise the visibility of their own products. Other companies don’t spend time on […]

[SE] Alstom sells 3 more Coradia Nordic EMUs to Östgötatrafiken – now 18 in total

In March 2008 Swedish rail operator Östgötatrafiken ordered five 4-car EMUs for passenger services in the Östergötland region. In 2012 the fleet was expanded as eight more EMUs were ordered. […]

The Chodkowski Chronicles; an introduction to creative railway photography by Renaud Chodkowski

1- Introducing myself I am going to publish some chronicles about Trains and Photography . But before talking about trains in future publications, I wanted to introduce myself, my work […]

[SE] SJ asks children to design their own X2000 train; the competition has started

The Swedish state railways are currently modernising their X2000 trains. 36 units get a major update from ABB (electrical systems) and Swedtrac RailService, part of Knorr-Bremse (interior and exterior modernization). […]

[FR] How to maintain the rail and industrial activities at the site of Belfort? An update:

Bruno Le Maire, Minister of Economy and Finance, Elisabeth Borne, Minister for Transport attached to the Minister of State and Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, and Henri Poupart-Lafarge, […]

[DE] These are the 25 selected names for ICE 4 trains [Updated with Anne Frank controversy]

A special jury has selected 25 names of famous persons, historic German figures, to be used for Deutsche Bahn’s new ICE 4 trains. Over 19.000 proposals were submitted by customers. […]

[DE] Abellio and Bombardier present the first Talent2 EMU for the Neckartal contract

On 26.10.2017, Bombardier and Abellio celebrated the roll-out of the first Talent EMU for Baden-Württemberg, for the Neckartal (Netz 1) concession to be more precise. The first units will enter […]

[CZ] Now for real: Unipetrol receives first Vectron and Bison locomotive

Unipetrol, the Czech Republic’s largest refining and petrochemical group, continues its planned investments. Its subsidiary Unipetrol Doprava, which is engaged in rail transport and transport of chemical products, has expanded […]

[CZ] Driver training not completed: Non-stop Prague – Berlin – Hamburg EC trains start later

This is the situation: The Czech railways (ČD) operate the Prague – Berlin – Hamburg Eurocity (EC) trains. At this moment, these trains have a 15 minute stop at Dresden, to […]

[FI] VR Vectron in first commercial cargo service

VR has ten Vectron delivered yet. Some are still in test services. Valtion Rautatiet (Finnish Railway) started a first customer service from Äänekoski, where Vectron in diesel operation can be […]

[NL] SNG: NS presents new CAF Sprinters – daylight testing commences

The Dutch Railways (NS) are getting more and more Sprinter trains. After the ‘Stadler Sprinters’ now the Spanish ‘CAF Sprinters’ are joining in. On 19.10.2017, NS officially presented the new CAF […]

[NL] Now in final design: Keolis Nederland officially presents its FLIRT EMU

Since 08.10.2017, all activities of the Keolis Group in the Netherlands have been rebranded and brought together under the new umbrella brand Keolis Nederland. Next December, Keolis Nederland will take-over […]

[DE] Arriva FLIRT in München en Wegberg-Wildenrath

 Last week we witnessed test runs with 3-acr FLIRT EMUs for passenger operator Arriva from the Netherlands. The units are built for border-crossing services from Belgium via the Netherlands to […]

[FR] IDF Mobilités; restyling the Regio 2N trains for Paris [updatedx2]

The pink is gone, at least on the outside, and blue took its place. STIF (Syndicat des Transports en Ile-de-France) is no more, the public transport company from Paris has […]

[CZ] 383 050 it is; This is the first Vectron locomotive for Unipetrol [updatedx2]

That is of course very useful; when you can use a new, yet certified locomotive for your rolling stock transport. Today, the white 383 050-2, soon to be delivered to Unipetrol […]

[LU] The tram returns to Luxembourg; an update about the Luxtram project

53 years after the last tram drove from Luxembourg to the nearby village of Beggen, Luxtram is reintroducing tram services in the city of Luxembourg again from 10 December 2017.  […]

[EU] The Dispolok livery is getting rare – which locomotives are still (sort of) yellow and silver?

It is done. There is currently no Siemens ES 64 U2 locomotive anymore, that still has the silver and yellow ‘Siemens Dispolok’ livery. Still some units have it under their […]

[DE] Maiden run: Railpool 186 452 and 186 454

Not many TRAXX locomotives leave the Bombardier assembly factory in Kassel (DE), without being documented by Christian Klotz. New machines, freshly overhauled locomotives, and new liveries, Mr. Klotz always brings […]

[DE] Güterzüge auf der Frankenwaldbahn

Im Zeitraum vom 03.06.2017 bis zum 15.06.2017 war mein Vater wieder an der Frankenwaldbahn unterwegs. Auch an der Schiefen Eben bei Himmelkron und Stammbach konnten zwei Sonderzüge aufgenommen werden. Viele […]

[BG] Škoda to deliver ForCity trams to the city of Sofia

Škoda Transportation has won a tender for new trams with its ForCity LRV platform. Its bid was better than that of Polish rival company Pesa, which has delivered several dozens […]

[DE] Odenwaldbahn; so many customers, more trains delivered

As of december, VIAS Rail will deploy four new Alstom Coradia Lint DMUs on the Odenwaldbahn and Pfungstadtbahn. The designated VT 201-204 were ordered in 2016. The number of people […]

[CZ/SK] In the picture: Skoda Karoq Expres

From 05.10.2017 to 14.10.2017, car manufacturer Škoda orginized a special train connecting Prague and Bratislava. Once a day, the 3-car “Škoda Expres” took employees to Bratislava for the introduction of the […]