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PKP IC SU160-001 at Lublin on 10.07.2015. Picture by Maciej Malec.

Rynek-Kolejowy reports that the technical problems with the Pesa Gama DE locomotives of PKP IC continue to give its owner headaches. On 31 October 2018, merely half of the ten-strong fleet was in service.

The continuing issues with the Class SU160 diesels have forced PKP Intercity to replace the locos with slower Class SM42 diesel locomotives on the non-electrified parts of the route between Lublin naar Łuków. Between Łuków and Warsaw, electrics take over. Due to (delayed) construction works, the main route from Lublin to Warsaw via Deblin is not usable, creating further problems.

Current status of the Gama DE fleet:
- 3x engine damage
- 2x damage repair
- 5x usable

CZ LOKO 723 704-3 in Přerov on 18 February 2017. Picture by Dalibor Palko.

CZ LOKO has closed another deal with the Erdemir Group for the delivery of locomotives. Where it has delivered two Class 744.7 locomotives (744.704 / L18 and 744.705 / L19) to the Erdemir steel works already, it has now suceeded in gaining an order for EffiShunter 600 locomotives from the Isdemir steel works (part of Erdemir Group). The contract comprises the delivery of six locomotives, all to be delivered in 2019. Previously, CZ LOKO produced two Class 741.7 locomotives which are now used as back-up locos for the Marmaray Tunnel: 741.708 and 741.709.

The future Erdemir L 18 during a test run at Beroun in the Czech Republic on February 16, 2017. Picture by Martin Šarman.

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The freshly out-shopped TZ 723 708-4 at the CZ LOKO works in Česká Třebová. Picture by Dalibor Palko.

CZ LOKO has completed another EffiShunter 500 locomotive, numbered: 723 708-4. The loco in question is destined for the Třinecké Železárny a.s. steel works (TŽ). It is the 8th loco of the EffiShunter 500/600/700 product range and the 4th of its type for TŽ steel works, which already operates locos 723 701, 703 and 705.

As part of the research programme "Digital Command, Control and Signalling (CCS)", DB Netz develops the Automatic Train Protection system of the future to be able to operate up to 20% more trains using existing railway infrastructure. One pillar of Digital CSS is ETCS Level 3, which is based on the concept of virtual blocks rather than fixed blocks with signals.

On September 6th, 2018, a demonstration of ETCS Level 3 technology was performed in the new Living Lab of DB Netz (in the area of Annaberg-Buchholz) in cooperation with Thales and Bombardier. For the dynamic demonstration, a VT420 rail car modified as a digital lab was used together with Pressnitztalbahn locomotive 285 104-2.

Caltrans Charger 2111 in Pacific Surfliner livery at Los Angeles Union Station on 1 October 2018.

The Los Angeles – San Diego – San Luis Obispo Rail Corridor Agency (LOSSAN) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) introduced a brand new Charger locomotives at Los Angeles Union Station to the public. The loco is the first Caltrans Charger to carry the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner livery. The loco is one of 14 Chargers that will operate 24 Pacific Surfliner trains per day along the South Californian coast.

The locomotives were procured to replace their older and more polluting predecessors and to provide an alternative that is up to 90% cleaner. Also, the locomotives will enable an expansion of the current Pacific Surfliner service to meet growing ridership.

Caltrans Charger 2111 in Pacific Surfliner livery at Los Angeles Union Station on 1 October 2018.

TCDD DE 36008 during a test run in Ankara on 16 October 2014. Picture by André Grouillet.

GE Transportation and Tulomsas have closed a deal for the delivery of five PowerHaul diesel locomotives to Korfez Ulastirma A.Ş.. Korfez Ulastirma is the first private railway operator of Turkey taking such a step since the Turkish government has started releasing the use of mainlines for private operators.

Korfez Ulastirma is a subsidiary of Turkey's largest refinery: Tüpraş. The operator already hires five PowerHaul locomotives from TCDD, so this order will see the Korfez Ulastirma locomotive fleet double. The company also has a fleet of 549 wagons available for its operations.

753 611-3 at the CZ LOKO works in Česká Třebová on 27 September 2018. Video by CZ LOKO.

CZ LOKO has finished another EffiLiner 1600 locomotive for Unipetrol Doprava. To be precise: 753 611-3 is the third of its type for the Czech railfreight operator, which already operates locos 753 606-3 and 753 607-1. It also is the eleventh of its type produced by CZ LOKO.

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Some short news from the UK, where another Class 68 locomotive has been re-styled into Tranpennine Express colours: 68030.