On 21-22 June, the latest four additions to the Beacon Rail Leasing > Direct Rail Services Class 68 fleet were released into traffic. The designated 68029-031 made their debut on the 21st, 68028 on the 22nd.
The date of last revision (here the 'Abnahme') and subsequent extensions listed on ECR 77017. Picture by Thierry Mazoyer.
The German Bundesverkehrsministerium wants to change the German system for revisions of rolling stock, including locomotives, as it is non-compliant with EU legislation. At this moment, it is obligatory to subject every locomotive to a general main overhaul ("Hauptuntersuchung") every six years. However, if the locomotive's condition allows it, this term can be extended ("Verlängerung" oder Verl.) by one year at a time, to a maximum of eight years.
European law states that the entity responsible for the overhaul can decide on its own when a main overhaul is needed, taking the number of service hours and mileage into account.
MLD: 'condition based maintenance' is slowly becoming the new standard. New technologies and ongoing digitalization have considerably improved the way manufacturer, owner and operator monitor the condition of their trains. This is now possible in real-time if required. Also, it is now possible to predict failure of key components, so they can be replaced before they break down. And, parts that are not due for overhaul nor replacement can stay longer.
On 24 June, GBRf 66756 was named at the Swanage Railway. In Swanage, the loco's 'Royal Corps of Signals' nameplates were unveiled to the public.
For all those who lost track of all the different TRAXX locomotive types, we made a new overview, visual, colorful; This is the new TRAXX family three. Click the image to visit the dedicated web page. We have also included an overview that will help to quickly find the features that let you identify the right TRAXX type.
Railvolution reports that Stadler's EURO DUAL prototype locomotive arrived at the Romanian test ring in Făurei on 25 May. Currently, the locomotive is undergoing a wide variety of tests, which are scheduled to be completed in mid-August. The locomotive carries the incorrect EVN-number 98 27 0006 001-7 F-STAVA, which should be 92 87 0006 001-7 F-STAVA.
Meanwhile in Portugal, all four Alpha Trains EURO 4000 locomotives for Medway Logistics have arrived. The locos all carry the black and yellow Medway livery, Medway service numbers and names:
This video from Youtube by Fernando Liberato shows all four locomotives running together in Medway livery:
After loco 88003 had its debut with the 4S43 Daventry - Mossend 'Tesco Express' on 12 June 2017, 88004 performed the return working (4M48) from Schotland overnight. In the morning of 13 June, 88004 took the 4S43 to Schotland again.
DRS 88004 passes Lichfield Trent Valley with the 4S43 Daventry - Mossend 'Tesco Express' on 13 June 2017. Video by Jack Meakin-Sawyer.
On June 5, Metrolink began testing its EMD F125 passenger diesels on its network. Performed during day daytime hours, Metrolink aims to mitigate the negative effects of the testing programme as much as possible. The tests will be carried out through June at various locations, including Pomona, San Dimas, La Verne, Azusa and Irwindale, as well as the Antelope Valley and Orange County lines.
Testing schemes like this are mandatory to introduce new locos on the network. As soon as testing is successfully concluded, Metrolink will be allowed to operate the locos in revenue service. In total, Metrolink has 40 of the 200 km/h passenger diesels on order from Progress Rail, with the bodies being built by Stadler Rail Valencia in Spain.
Meanwhile in the USA, Siemens has out-shopped a further two IDOT Chargers. Numbered 4612 and 4613, the locos were sent to the Colorado testing facility on June 1.
Youtube video by MobileRailSpotterRxR of Chargers 4612 and 4613 on the first part of their journey to the Colorado test centre.
After having performed some charter workings in May, DRS 88003 'Genesis' has now performed its first revenue earning service, hauling the 4S43 Daventry - Mossend 'Tesco Express'.
DRS 88003 hauls the 4S43 'Tesco Express' from Daventry to Mossend while passing Lichfield Trent Valley Station. Video by Jack Meakin-Sawyer.
More livery news from the UK, where several Class 66 locomotives and one Class 67 locomotive have been given new liveries. The following locos have exchanged their EWS livery for a DB red one:
On 31 May 2017, Stadler officially delivered six new EURO 4000 locomotives to Alpha Trains. Four locos (335 033-036) will go on long-term hire to Portugal's Medway Logistics, the other two (335 037-038) will be leased to Ibercargo Rail, a joint venture between Comsa Rail Transport and Takargo. All six are equipped with the specific systems required for operations on the rail networks of both Spain and Portugal, enabling both operators to improve their services on cross-border connections.
For Alpha Trains, the delivery sees its fleet of EURO 4000 locomotives grow from 24 to 30. The first 24 were delivered to the operator between 2008 and 2009, and are all in operation on the Iberian peninsula. Carlos Vasconcelos, MEDWAY’s President of the Board, adds: "Expanding and updating our fleet with these 4 new interoperable locomotives represents a huge step towards our business goals: it will officially mean the entrance in the Spanish market, through a focus on innovation, sustainability and modernization, which will surely be key for us on our way to turn MEDWAY into the leading freight operator in the Iberian Peninsula"
Short livery news from the United Kingdom where DRS 66428 has been repainted into the basic DRS livery. It was the last of its Class still sporting the original DRS livery.
On 1 June 2017, the first day of the month and the first day of the meteorological summer, Lineas 513-10 had its first outing in its new livery.