Alpha Trains originally ordered six units for service in France, Belgium and Germany. Status of the remaining two is unknown. - BR/KAR
Siemens tricked us in Wegberg-Wildenrath last June. They did not tell the complete story. Indeed, the Vectron platform will be Siemens' new platform to compete with Bombardier's Traxx and the Alstom PrimaII, but the range is a bit more versatile than expected. At Innotrans 2010 the Vectron DE will make its debute, alongside the new DC-only version and accompagnied by the known AC and MS version. All four units at the Innotrans are new, so Siemens invested in building in at least six white prototypes. Unlike the 193 901 and 921 that we already knew, the four newcomers have an altered front-hatch design and new lamp-fittings. Some first details about the four new units:
Vectron MS - 193 902 - Another multi-system unit to be used accross Europe, it's decorated with red front markings for Italy. It will be named next wednesday as 'Werner von Siemens'.
Vectron AC - 193 922 - The second AC-machine for services in Germany and towards Eastern Europe.
Vectron DC - 191 951 - A new one, for DC (3 kV) only. Its UIC ratser tells us that Siemens aims at the Polish domestic market first. On one side, the DC unit has automatic couplings, to show this feature.
Vectron DE - 247 901 - The unexpected surprise, a diesel Vectron. A machine with a 2400kW MTU engine. It has features for passenger services, as there is a display up front for example.
Beacon Rail / CargoNet Euro 4000 locomotive no.4 (312 004) has left the Vossloh factories in Albuixech, Spain. BTW, we are still lookng for some nice shots of the 312 001 and 002 in Norway, who can help us with this? - KAR
Here is a report on the first two Euro 4000 diesel units for Cargonet arriving in Norway. (link fixed) - OB
And Euro 4000 - 2 is still on its way in France. - KAR
Today two very interesting new Siemens locomotives were transported from Munich to Wegberg-WIldenrath:
First you see a blue painted EuroRunner derivate to be delivered to the RAI, the railways of Iran. It's a 2400 kW, single cab diesel unit.
The second machine is Siemens ES 64 F4-801; a new demonstrator for the manufacturer from Bavaria. It has a white and grey livery similar to ER 20-2007 and it's decorated (like former E189 929) with the slogan 'Borderless Mobility'. It has the VH-configuration (DE-AT-PL) its NVR number is 91 80 6189 801-4 D-PRESS. The Eisenbahn-Bau- und Betriebsgesellschaft Pressnitztalbahn mbH will only act as 'halter' (das einstellende Eisenbahn- verkehrsunternehmen) for this machine, as it will remain property of Siemens for now. - AH/SH/PB