Ceske drahy normally operates Siemens ES64U4 locomotives (i.e. Taurus) on Railjets in cooperation with ÖBB.
This week, Ceske drahy (Czech Railways) tested the connection of a Vectron locomotive with a non-traction Railjet unit. The aim was mainly to test the software. The cooperation between the locomotive and the unit was tested in both push and pull mode.
The 193.683 Siemens Vectron locomotive leased from RSL and the Railjet No. 01 trainset were used for testing. First, static tests were carried out in the Prague South depot, then the set was deployed on the West Express line (Prague – Cheb).
Ceske drahy normally operates Siemens ES64U4 locomotives (i.e. Taurus) on Railjets in cooperation with ÖBB. The connection of Railjets and Vectrons has already been tried four years ago, and Vectrons with Railjet sets were subsequently in service several times. The current tests were to try out a higher level of software, said Ceske drahy spokesman Stahlavsky.
The Railjet unit can also be pulled by other locomotives, and Ceske drahy has already tried operation with the 362 and 380 class locomotives produced by Skoda Transportation. This, however, is only a classic connection as with a regular set, and the locomotive must always be in the lead.
PHOTO: Vectron and Railjet. Credit: Czech Railways
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