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Czech Republic: RegioJet brings new Bombardier TRAXX locomotives into passenger service

RegioJet, the independent Czech railway operator that also runs services in Slovakia, has introduced its new Bombardier TRAXX locomotives into passenger service on the route from Prague to Ostrava and Návsí.

Once the new locos have proved themselves on domestic routes, they will be used to haul trains further afield to Brno, and internationally to Bratislava (Slovakia) and Vienna (Austria).

The new Bombardier TRAXX MS2 locomotives can operate at up to 160km/h and are approved for service in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria. This will be the first time that TRAXX locomotives have been operated on regular passenger services in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

At the same time, two additional open-plan coaches, manufactured by Astra Vagoane Calatori of Romania, have been delivered. Featuring touch-screen entertainment at each seat, RegioJet will take delivery of 16 such vehicles this year.

The new vehicles form part of RegioJet’s multi-million euro investment in its passenger fleet, driven by a recent 30 per cent increase in passenger numbers as the company introduces new services to both Vienna and Brno.

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJ
Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://www.railengineer.co.uk
SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST. A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series. Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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