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Old December 6th, 2016, 08:13 PM   #1341
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It seems a bit dangerous, especially after the German accident. I'm actually surprised it's even allowed to build a 250 km/h line without any fences.
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Old December 7th, 2016, 01:40 AM   #1342
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Cows and sheep are not running around freely in Austria, unless they are high up in the mountains.
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Old December 7th, 2016, 11:34 AM   #1343
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http://www.railjournal.com/index.php...ml?channel=000

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The Administrative Court in Vienna has rejected an appeal by Stadler against Austrian Federal Railways’ (ÖBB) decision to award Bombardier a framework contract for up to 300 EMUs.

Stadler had sought to overturn the decision because it believed Bombardier had miscalculated the lifecycle costs in its bid.
The court’s decision enables ÖBB to place an initial firm order for 21 100m-long Talent 3 EMUs, which will be delivered by 2019 for use on the Vorarlberg S-Bahn system. Further trains will be ordered for Tyrol when a new public service obligation (PSO) contract has been concluded with the province.
ÖBB has also confirmed it order 64 additional Cityjet EMUs from Siemens to replace class 4020 trains on the Vienna S-Bahn network. So far ÖBB has ordered 101 Cityjets from a framework contract for up to 200 trains.
This means that the new Bombardier Talent 3 EMUs will not be used around Vienna. One reason is that it would not be economic to use one more EMU type on S-Bahn services, which are currently operated by a mixture of class 4020s, class 4024/4124 (Talent 1), Class 4746 (Cityjet) and push-pull sets.
If ÖBB had opted for Talent 3s for Vienna, delivery could only have started after the completion of the trains for Vorarlberg and Tyrol. This would have forced ÖBB to extend the life of the class 4020s with costly overhauls.
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Old December 9th, 2016, 08:55 AM   #1344
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I'm surprised that a 200+ km/h line isn't fenced off or do these guys have a special permission?
I doubt they do , but Trespassing is common in the European Train community...I don't think they take things seriously..
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Old December 12th, 2016, 09:46 PM   #1345
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S-Bahn Oberösterreich was launched yesterday.

The greater Linz area gets an S-Bahn network. The change to the previous regional train system is only gradual however, network map and S-Bahn logo aside. So we are talking here mainly about a rebranding and an improvement of existing services There are 5 lines, all lead to and terminate at Linz Hbf. The one substantial thing about this transformation is that frequencies have been partially improved, especially also at late hours and previous gaps. And further improvements are planned in the mid-term.

The system runs mainly on an hourly frequency, at least on the central parts, with mostly 30 min during rush hour, with the inner S4 even operating on a 15 min frequency during peak time.


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Old December 25th, 2016, 06:44 AM   #1346
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Old January 18th, 2017, 02:31 AM   #1347
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Siemens continues to dominate the loco market in Austria after winning the tender for 200 freight locos today. Very curious about the six-axle locos already. Special Vectrons?

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SIEMENS has emerged as preferred bidder for a contract to supply up to 200 electric freight locomotives to Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB).

The framework contract calls for 100 standard freight locomotives, 50 Last Mile locomotives equipped with a 1.8MW diesel engine, and 50 six-axle Last Mile locomotives, which will be fitted with a 5MW diesel engine.

Siemens' Vectron family does not currently include any six-axle locomotives and those with Last Mile equipment have a maximum output of 180kW in diesel mode.

Detailed concepts for the new locomotives will be revealed after a 10-day appeal period has lapsed.
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Old February 13th, 2017, 11:49 PM   #1348
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Old February 16th, 2017, 12:58 PM   #1349
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http://www.railjournal.com/index.php...ml?channel=528

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AUSTRIAN Federal Railways (ÖBB) has issued a tender for the purchase of up to 19 second-hand Siemens ER20 Eurorunner diesel locomotives (ÖBB class 2016).
ÖBB currently operates a fleet of 100 of the four-axle diesel locomotives and a further five units are owned by Rail Cargo Austria’s (RCA) German subsidiary PCT (class 223).
RCA is already using some class 2016s in Slovenia and Croatia, but additional locomotives are needed in Austria and RCA wants to use more class 2016s on freight trains in eastern Europe. The type is already approved for operation in Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic in addition to Slovenia and Croatia.
Second-hand locomotives are being sought because the recent tender for new electric locomotives did not result in any offers for units with high-powered diesel engines for use on non-electrified lines outside Austria.
Siemens no longer produces the ER20 which means ÖBB will have to obtain existing locomotives from other operators or leasing companies.
The tender calls for 19 individual contracts so offers from various owners could be accepted simultaneously. One of the candidates is Austrian open-access operator RTS which recently downsized its business and has some surplus class 2016 on its roster.
The deadline for submission of offers is February 24.
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Old March 4th, 2017, 09:05 PM   #1350
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A foehn (southern wind) storm caused an interruption of rail services on the Arlbergbahn line today:





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Old April 9th, 2017, 03:33 AM   #1351
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Old April 9th, 2017, 01:19 PM   #1352
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In before "but why are there no fences?".
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Old May 22nd, 2017, 12:11 PM   #1353
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What is the service/comfort level on the EUROCITY budapest-vienna train like? We booked the EC instead of the Railjet (sparschiene tickets where available on the EC section). It's only 3 min (how come?) shorter then the RJ service.

Plus how is the reservation enforced, we opted for compartment window seats (no compartment trains in NL so more fun) . I presume we will be seated together as we are on one booking, or could we be split?

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Old May 22nd, 2017, 12:52 PM   #1354
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- Railjet comfort is debatable; In my personal view, seats have less cushion, and armrests are hard and very narrow. The tables are however quite good if you want to get some work done (though in your case that might not be very important :-) )

- On this track, Railjet is a waste anyhow, because it can't use its maximum speed anywhere, the track is not fit for more than 160 km/h, so that's why times are normally identical at around 2:40.

If you book Sparschiene, you normally have a reservation included, if you already booked it, I think you can't change that anymore. Reservation is not needed normally to Budapest, so you can also freely select places that are not booked (normally indicated, but it depends on the train, sometimes it might not be in older ECs that have no electronic display and where the personell was maybe not putting the papers), so you might be asked by someone to vacate the seat..

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Old May 23rd, 2017, 12:55 AM   #1355
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We Booked the ec, although we Will taken railjet on another section.

But is comfort in the eurocity to budapest good? The non railjet train i mean!

And do you know why the ec is 3min longer then the railjet, it doesnt matter, Just interested as a train geek! Loper speed or more stops?
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Old May 23rd, 2017, 06:17 AM   #1356
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I think a difference of 3 minutes is way too marginal for there to be any reason anyone can name for that difference being there...
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Old May 23rd, 2017, 01:31 PM   #1357
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This is anyhow not a systematic difference Railjet <-> EC: some Railjets also go 2:40, and the EN in the morning 2:45, and the EN in the evening 2:41..
So likely simply some operational deviations...

EC means likely this carriage:




Softer cushions, tray tables at the window, usually 2 power plugs, ... All you need normally :-)
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Old May 23rd, 2017, 09:36 PM   #1358
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EC means likely this carriage:




Softer cushions, tray tables at the window, usually 2 power plugs, ... All you need normally :-)
THIS. This is far superior to any comfort aboard trains built after 2000. I even opened a thread on this topic. Sad to see train design sacrifice passenger comfort. Some airlines now have more comfortable seating than trains, which is outrageous.
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Old May 23rd, 2017, 10:58 PM   #1359
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Regarding the 3min difference:
Usually travel time is 2h40 (Wien Hbf .39 -Budapest Keleti .19) fro RJ- and EC-trains.

RJ trains to Budapest usually come from Munich and are combined with another RJ-unit running from Innsbruck/Bregenz to Vienna airport between Salzburg and Wien Hbf. The two RJ-units are coupled in Salzburg and split again at Wien Hbf. The section to Vienna airport is usually the rear unit (as it arrives at Salzburg later than the unit coming form Munich) and departs at .42.
There are however some exceptions and then the RJ unit to the airport is the 1st unit. In this case trains to the airport and to Budapest change their slots, the airport train leaves at .39 and the Budapest train at .42. As far as I know, this is the case at 9h42, 15h42 and 18h42 departures from Wien Hbf to Budapest.

As the train slot further east beyond the point where the line to the airport branches off is the same every hour, the trains just leave at different minutes from Wien Hbf, but arrive Budapest at the same minute in any hour.
They just have less buffer time between Wien Hbf and Hegyeshalom (the next station) and more buffer time between Wien Hbf and the airport in that case, but it has nothing to do with the rolling stock. Just a matter of timetable slot planning....



Regarding the EC-trains:
Rolling stock is provided by MAV (Hungarian Railways) for EC 148/145 and EC 344/345.
EC 140/147 is operated with PKP (Polish railways) rolling stock, as the waggons are operated in combination with EC 102/103:
day 1: Warszawa ~6h45 - Wien Hbf arr 13h49; dep 16h39 - Nyiregyahaza ~23h05
day 2: Nyiregyhaza ~4h55 - Wien Hbf arr 11h21; dep 14h10 - Warszawa ~21h15
(two sets of waggons are in use)
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Old May 25th, 2017, 11:36 PM   #1360
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This is anyhow not a systematic difference Railjet <-> EC: some Railjets also go 2:40, and the EN in the morning 2:45, and the EN in the evening 2:41..
So likely simply some operational deviations...

EC means likely this carriage:




Softer cushions, tray tables at the window, usually 2 power plugs, ... All you need normally :-)
Nope, rolling stock for the EC is provided by MAV and not ÖBB.
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