Mitsui Rail Capital Europe (MRCE) has sold its fleet of 32 Vossloh diesel locomotives to Ireland's RIVE Rail Leasing Ltd (RRL). The deal was jointly arranged by Paribus Capital GmbH and Paris-based RIVE Private Investment. KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH structured and provided the senior debt.
RRL is a joint venture between a group of investors, advised by RIVE Private Investment, northrail and French wagon lessor Millet Waggons. northrail has taken over asset-management of 26 locomotives, adding 3x G 1000 BB, 19x G 1206 and 4x G 2000-3 BB to its portfolio. Millet has added 6x G 1206 to its portfolio, which concerns the six locos configured for services in France and Germany.
The transaction does not mark the end of the diesel era at MRCE, which completed the sale of 10 Siemens EuroRunner and 17 Class 66 locomotives to Beacon Rail Leasing in 2015. The company still has a single EuroRunner in its fleet: ER 20-007.
Learn more about the Vossloh diesels on Loks-aus-Kiel.de (German-only).
On 27 April 2017, B Logistics officially presented its new brand identity and name: LINEAS. Next week, the first rebranded locomotive will be presented, we will keep you posted. Read more on Railcolornews.com.
DB Cargo UK has reached agreements with the four trade unions that represent most of its workforce. This means that it will launch its new business model on 2 July 2017, as planned.
ASLEF, RMT, TSSA and Unite have been in discussions since October 2016 with the country’s largest rail freight operator, when the company announced proposals to cut 893 jobs (almost a third of its workforce) in a restructure triggered by the rapid decline in the core market of coal. The working arrangements of employees will also be updated and modernised.
Hans-Georg Werner, CEO of DB Cargo UK, said: “I would like to thank ASLEF, RMT, TSSA and Unite for their continued dialogue with us. Under the pressures of the market we were able to find agreements acceptable to all parties and avoid industrial action. We regret that some colleagues will be leaving us but treating our people fairly to secure a business that will be successful in the future has been at the heart of our discussions.
“We will now move forward with our plans to lead the next generation of rail freight which includes key investments such as new wagons, terminal enhancements and combining our core function of delivering goods by rail with bespoke in-house IT solutions, to give our customers the best service and make it easy for them to do business with us.”
As the coal sector for rail freight reduces, other markets including aggregates and steel remain buoyant.
Hans-Georg Werner added: “There is a strong future for rail freight in the UK because it offers benefits that its competitors – mainly road – cannot. It’s efficient, it’s quick and it removes congestion from our roads because a train can carry much more volume than a truck. We are making sure rail freight provides solutions for customers now and in the future.”
Furthermore, Railway Gazette International reports: "DB Cargo is investing in Astra Rail MMA wagons and developing its Anubis customer order IT system. Digital remote conditioning monitoring is being fitted to 97 Class 66 and 28 Class 67 locomotives to identify and prevent mechanical problems up to two weeks before a failure might have occurred."
A 'Lastprobefahrt' last week with Siemens 247 905 gave us the opportunity to have a little peak into the future of the Siemens Vectron production. Siemens decided to use a batch of new Vectron electric units to serve as 'ballast weight' during the test runs. All machines are new and did not yet leave the factory gates.
- three new 'stock' locomotives with works number 22163, 22215 and 22251
- new MRCE multisystem locos no. 193 655 and 193 656, so the production of the two batches of these locomotives is well on its way (the designated 193 640-650 and 651-660).
- Alpha Trains 193 556 and 557 are finished. This means that the optional locomotives have been built right away after the first order was completed. First batch is Alpha Trains 193 550-555, four more will come.
- The three Vectron for Polish PKP Cargo that were still missing are ready-to-go too. Unlike the twelve first machines, now in service, the designated 193 513 / 514 / 515 (or 5370 025-027) are additionally equipped for the Netherlands.
Update: 247 905 has been handed over to InfraLeuna as a temporary replacement of 247 907, because Siemens will perform some finishing touches on the latter.
DB 245 026-0 outside Bombardier's Kassel plant on 10 February 2017. Picture by Christian Klotz.
Between September 2015 and June 2016, Bombardier delivered seven Class 245 TRAXX Multi Engine locomotives to DB Fernverkehr for use on its Sylt Shuttle services to and from Westerland (Sylt). All seven locos were equipped with a standard 2,720 liter fuel tank, similar to other locos of the class as delivered to DB Regio. Meanwhile, it has been decided to upgrade the seven locos with larger tanks, increasing the fuel capacity to 4,230 liter. One by one, the locos are being modified by Bombardier in Kassel.
A short update from Spain, where the brand new VFLI E4051 has left the Stadler works in Albuixech. Last week, it had already made its way to Barcelona from where it will go to France.
Meanwhile, the first homologation runs with three new EURO 4000 locomotives for Alpha Trains have commenced between Albuixech and Oropesa/Benicassim. Locos 335 033-035 are part of a batch of four locos ordered by Portugal's Medway Logistics through Alpha Trains.
Beacon Rail T66K 714 has arrived in Denmark. The loco will be hired by Captrain Denmark ApS, according to this picture in our Facebook group. Previously, the locomotive was operated by the now defunct operator Cargolink A/S from Norway.
DB Cargo UK 66136 passes Otford Junction on 15 April 2017. Picture by Howard Lewsey.
Various DB Cargo UK Class 66 locomotives have had their liveries updated recently:
- 66156 has been repainted in red by Marcroft in Stoke-on-Trent
- 66016 has been repainted in red at DB Cargo's workshop in Toton
- 66060 has received cab window repairs and has seen the area around the windows repainted in red
- 66136 has received extra vinyls on its cabs for the first return trip of the Yiwu (China)-London container train
BBC News covered the loading of the final container and the departure of DB Cargo UK 66136 with the first London-Yiwu container train on 10 April 2017.
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In the early morning of 18 April, the Atlantic Cartier arrived at Liverpool Seaforth Docks. On board, the vessel carried the final four PowerHaul locomotives of an order for seven of the type: 70814-817. 70812 was the first locomotive to arrive in the UK, followed by 70811 and 70813. The seven locos raise the Colas Rail PowerHaul fleet to seventeen and the total number of locos in the UK to 36.
CDTX 2105 at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento on 18 April 2017. Picture by Siemens USA.
On April 18, Siemens announced that it would start a testing scheme with Caltrans to evaluate the performance of the SC-44 Charger in revenue service. To do so, the locomotives is to be tested on California's Capital Corridor passenger service. Testing is due to begin in late-April.
The announcement was made at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento, located only miles from the Siemens production facility. There, Caltrans Director, Malcolm Dougherty staid: “Not only will they make for a more sustainable transportation system, but are also expected to improve reliability and help efforts to double current statewide ridership of 5.4 million passengers by 2040.” Siemens Rolling Stock President Michael Cahill added: “Unveiling the first of these locomotives built in California, for California, is a testament to the hard working employees in Sacramento who designed, engineered and manufactured these state-of-the-art rail vehicles. We’re proud to bring the latest technologies to life for Capitol Corridor riders and help usher in the next generation of clean, smart and efficient rail travel in California.”
CDTX 2106 in an advanced state of production in mid-March 2017. Picture by Simon Wijnakker.
Bombardier is currently building a new batch of Multi Engine diesel locomotives for Deutsche Bahn. On 30 March 2017, the designated 245 035 made a first test run, followed by the 245 036 on 20 April. Both locomotives will be dispatched to Ulm, as they carry the allocation markings "DB ZugBus Regionalverkehr Alb-Bodensee GmbH (RAB) Werk Ulm". We expect Ulm will get three new machines.
Currently, Deutsche Bahn has nine TRAXX DE ME locomotives on order, which will raise the fleet to 36:
- 3x for DB Regio to expand the fleet in South Germany
- 5x for DB Fernverkehr as ICE rescue locomotives
- 1x for DB Fernverkehr for the IC service Erfurt - Gera