[EU] Railcolor Weekly: Modern Locomotive News (37/17)

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Welcome. Every Monday 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, do you have comments or questions, contact us here!

CD Cargo

Possibly the first time a CD Cargo Vectron is seen on the Westbahn in Austria – no. 383 003 with a new train from St. Michael to the Czech Republik in St. Valentin on 14.09.2017 – Photo: Andreas Kepplinger

ELL > CargoServ

CargoServ is now hiring the white ELL 193 294 – St. Valentin – Photo: Andreas Kepplinger


GySEV 471 003, 005 and 006 on their way to Hegyeshalom – Tulnerbach-Pressbaum – 18.09.2017 – Photo: Ludwig GS

Today the last three Vectron locomotives for GySEV ran together to Hegyeshalom border station. With the delivery of these three machines the GySEV order (+option) is completed. There are three multi-system locomotives and six AC-only electrics:

GySEV Vectron locomotives:

  • GySEV 471 001-006 – AC electrics homologated for DE/AT/HU/RO and the 25kV section in CZ/SK
  • GySEV 471 500-502 – Multi-system, homologated for DE/AT/HU/PL/CZ/SK/RO
GySEV 471 502 at Ingolstadt, the GySEV locomotive was hired to WLC replacing the ES 64 U2-102 which got damaged – 15.09.2017 – Tristan Alexander Zielinski

MRCE For those who missed it, these are all Vectron locomotive orders placed my MRCE so far:

  • 15x Vectron AC in 2013 (850-860 + 870-873)
  • 20x Vectron AC in 2014 (600-606 + 861-867 + 874-879)
  • 10x Vectron AC in 2015 (607-616)
  • 11x Vectron MS in 2015 (640-650)
  • 10x Vectron MS in 2016 (651-660)
  • 15x Vectron MS in 2016 (661-675)
  • 10x Vectron MS in 2017, delivery starting in 2018
  • 20x Vectron DC in 2017, delivery starting in 2018
  • Total = 111 locomotives

SNCB The French EPSF has announced that the Belgian locomotives of the Siemens ES64U4 type are approved for commercial services on 25kV AC-lines in France. There are two restrictions: the overhead wiring must be of the 85 Type and only the locomotives of sub type F2.2 are approved. So we assume only locomotives with 18 series numbers are involved (1801-1896). Of this batch, 1807 and 1862 are not available as they are software testbed locos.

Did you know: SNCB has started the first round of main overhauls (R1) on the 18s. Locomotive 1808, 1814 and 1836 are among the first that have returned to revenue service with 2017 revisons dates.

EuroDual no. ‘6001’ in Koblenz on 15.09.2017 – Photo: Florian Binanzer

Stadler Rail The EuroDual proto locomotive has arrived in France. It will now be used for homologation in France and Belgium.

Two times TRAXX AC3 Last Mile at Tanklager Speyer. 187 302 and 306 on their way from Speyer to München Flughafen – 13.09.2017 – Tristan Alexander Zielinski