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Old March 22nd, 2008, 03:15 AM   #1
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AUSTRIA | High Speed Rail

In December 2008 the new highspeed train "railjet" will start to operate between Budapest (Hungary) - Vienna (Austria) and Munich (Germany). One year later service will be expanded and it will also operate between Vienna and Zurich (Switzerland).

Some facts about railjet:

Manufacturer: Siemens TS & ÖBB TS
Railway Company: ÖBB Austrian Federal Railways
Max. Speed: 230 km/h when introduced, later up to 250 km/h
Length: 185,5 meters
Classes: Economy, First and Premium

Now about the more interesting things: railjet is not a multiple unit train, but a push-pull-train. It will be powered by especially modified ÖBB TAURUS 1116 (Siemens Eurosprinter ES64/U2) high performance locomotives, which are part of a family of highspeed locomotives (An ÖBB TAURUS 1216 holds the speed word record for locomotives with 357 km/h max speed). However all cars and the locomotive will remain connected in 7 cars+Locomotive units all the time. The end car is a so called control-car, which means railjet can go both ways without changing the position of the locomotive.

But enough of the talk, here are some pictures!

Two railjet Taurus together with a car, carrying measurement and monitoring systems
[IMG]http://www.**************/bilder/br-1016-144593.jpg[/IMG]

Here's a rendering of the control car, notice how it was built to resemble the locomotive


Another rendering with alpine landscape in the background


Inside Economy class


Inside ÖBB TS factory (link, since it's a huge pic)
http://www.oebb.at/pv/de/Pressecorne...railjet_72.jpg

The locomotives can already be spotted pulling/pushing normal trains, since they are used to promote the railjet project


I hope there are some people out there who can add more!

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Old March 22nd, 2008, 08:31 AM   #2
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Doesn't Hungary have a crappy rail system?
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Old March 22nd, 2008, 03:46 PM   #3
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The question rather is, where will be the Railjet able to drive 230 km/h?
The plans for the parts of Westbahn that are currently under construction have been downgraded to shamefull 200 km/h (from 250 km/h)

I still have the hope that it might be upgradeable under circumstances to 250 km/h, alone I lack the belief...
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Old March 22nd, 2008, 11:10 PM   #4
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Reminds me of the old TEE for some reason...
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 12:47 AM   #5
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200 km/h is possible and once the newly constructed parts of Westbahn are finished 230 km/h will be possible, in the future even 250 km/h. What you heard was an invention by the media and is not true at all: see http://noe.orf.at/stories/259796/

However it will take some time till railjet will really be able to show it's full potential in a few years.

@ LtBk: Railjet will only operate on a short distance within Hungary and this railway is 160 km/h max. speed which is okay.
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 11:38 AM   #6
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If the ÖBB hadn't ordered too many Taurus locomotives this project would have looked very different. Then they would've ordered multi units, just like most other European Railways did.

And that's a good thing because if the ÖBB had ordered new multiple units for this service they would even have a bigger surplus of modern loco's.
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 03:26 PM   #7
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Actually I think it's a pretty smart project. It is way cheaper this way, because as you said the locomotives already exist, and the speed is absolutely sufficient for the area where it will be in service.

ÖBB also bought several ICE-T and formed a pool with DB, however they can never use their full speed potential.
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 10:07 PM   #8
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Great! I've got family in Hungary near Sarbogard, and Tuesday i'm going to them (by car).
I'de really like to go to Budapest by such a train in the future!
Now, the day of today, if you want to go by train from Antwerp (Belgium) to Budapest, you have to change trains 3 times: In Brussels (of course), Colonge (Köln) OR Frankfurt, and allways Vienna, and i've you've got bad luck, you have to travel by tram from the one station to the other.
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Old March 24th, 2008, 03:23 AM   #9
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X38, once Vienna's new Central Station will be completed, trains will only stop at that station and changing won't be necessary anymore.


more info (in German) here: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=594000
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So you mean that there is going to exist a direct train from Germany (Munich) to Budapest? Sounds interesting...
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Old March 24th, 2008, 06:16 PM   #11
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So you mean that there is going to exist a direct train from Germany (Munich) to Budapest? Sounds interesting...
Yes, that is the plan. There is heavy construction already going on!

A 13,3km long tunnel has been built outside Vienna (Wienerwaldtunnel), which is connected through a huge underground railroad switch hall with another tunnel inside Vienna, which is currently constructed. This second tunnel (Lainzer Tunnel) is another 12km long and will lead to the new central station.

The whole project is supposed to be complete by 2013. Let's hope it will be in time!
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Old March 24th, 2008, 07:57 PM   #12
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I'm also waiting for an direct (high speed) train from Brussels to Vienna. It doesn't exist at the moment.
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X38, once Vienna's new Central Station will be completed, trains will only stop at that station and changing won't be necessary anymore.


more info (in German) here: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=594000
Is Vienna Hbf. a terminus? Or is it like Antwerp Central, terminal tracks on the upper lever and a tunnel going through?
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Sorry for my (stupid) question, but I don't speak German.
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Old March 24th, 2008, 10:11 PM   #15
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Atm, there are only terminus stations in Vienna, with Vienna-West (Westbahnhof) and Vienna-South (which actually consists of two terminus areas: Südbahnhof and Ostbahnhof) being the biggest ones. The central station (Hauptbahnhof) will be built on the site of todays Südbahnhof/Ostbahnhof and link the tracks.

The site today:


English link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wien_Hauptbahnhof

German link:
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wien_Hauptbahnhof

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To sum it up: The central station will not be a terminus!
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Old March 24th, 2008, 10:48 PM   #17
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Ah, all right, looks nice. Are they allready busy with building, or is it just a project atm?
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So the old "Orient Express" will be charging through there again ?
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Ah, all right, looks nice. Are they allready busy with building, or is it just a project atm?
They are building. Right now they are building a tunnel to connect the future central station with the subway and they prepare the existing S-Bahn station to fit into the central station:




a lot of info in here (German): http://www.oebb.at/bau/de/Servicebox...z_Feb_2008.pdf

this is the almost complete underground switch hall under the surface of Vienna, which is essential for the new central station:




Once this is finished a train ride from Vienna (Central Station) to St. Pölten will only take 25 minutes. Today it takes 45 minutes from Vienna West Station, which is, as the name suggest further west and closer to St. Pölten. Südbahnhof (Southern railway station) is where the Central station will be and from this location today it takes over an hour to reach St. Pölten.

So this new station, together with railjet trains, will improve journeys between Munich and Budapest immensely.
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more info on the railjet

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railjet to take off next year

Austrian Federal Railways is preparing to take delivery of the first of 67 push-pull railjet trainsets able to run at 230 km/h

Dr Stefan Wehinger
Managing Director, ÖBB-Personenverkehr AG

WHEN EUROPE'S timetables change next month, Austrian Federal Railways and German Railway will launch a two-hourly service between Wien and Frankfurt. Using three ICE-T tilting trainsets owned by ÖBB and eight from the DB fleet, the service will offer increased comfort and better frequency on a strategic international route.

The start of the new service foreshadows the launch of ÖBB's own high speed trains in 2008. We have now had 10 years of experience with German ICE trainsets using Austrian tracks, and ÖBB will soon join the eight other countries in Europe operating trains at more than 200 km/h. Austria's first high speed service was a Hamburg – Nürnberg – Wien ICE introduced in 1998, which was diagrammed to permit a round trip to be made from Wien to Innsbruck and back before the set returned to Germany. This service was joined in 2003 by a Berlin – Innsbruck ICE and another between Dortmund and Wien, and since 2006 ICE-T tilting trains have linked Wien and Bregenz; another ICE-T service runs between München and Wien in a joint operation with DB.

Now ÖBB is investing heavily in its own fleet of high speed trains. Known as railjets, they will be able to operate at 230 km/h, adding many more destinations to the growing number of European cities served by high speed trains.

railjet is at the heart of a programme to redefine and modernise ÖBB's long-distance business. We ordered a fleet of 23 railjet trains from Siemens under a €245m contract in February 2006, and ÖBB subsequently decided to exercise a €571m option for a further 44 sets, the contract for which was signed on September 24. The first of the 67 trains will arrive in 2008, with deliveries continuing until 2014. The first set is expected to start test running next April. As they enter service, a new marketing and service concept will transform long-distance travel within Austria and to numerous destinations in neighbouring countries.
Push-pull formation

Each railjet is a fixed seven-coach formation matched with a Taurus high-performance locomotive at one end. Trainsets will not normally be split and bar couplers are fitted within the set. The decision in favour of loco-hauled push-pull rolling stock followed a detailed analysis that included evaluation of distributed power trainsets such as the ICE-T and ICE3. The railjet will be the first loco-hauled push-pull trains in the world to operate at 230 km/h.

Of the 408 seats in each formation, 16 are in Premium class, 76 in Business class and 316 in Economy. The Premium seating is located in the driving trailer, where there are four generously-dimensioned open compartments (Fig 1). Earlier designs featured saloon seating in Premium class, but this was dropped in favour of a distinctive layout offering more space and privacy to our top customers. At-seat catering is provided from a galley in the same car, which also serves Business class passengers. All Business and Economy class seating (Fig 2) is in open saloons, and Economy class passengers have access to a bistro area in one vehicle as well as a trolley service.

In designing the railjet concept, we paid particular attention to the special needs of different groups of passengers, including catering provision for mobility-impaired passengers. Spaces are provided for three wheelchair users, who will use a staff-operated onboard lift to board or leave the train. Each wheelchair location has an emergency call facility and another button to summon staff who will serve drinks and food. Each wheelchair space also has a power point to recharge wheelchair batteries.

Several seats are provided for blind or partially-sighted passengers with guide dogs or companions, and the interior design uses tactile features to help them navigate about the train. Storage areas for prams and pushchairs are provided, and there is a cinema area for children.

Seat design reflects the latest ergonomic knowledge, and a range of lighting features has been chosen to enhance the onboard ambience. Luggage storage has been arranged so that passengers can monitor their bags from their seats.

Doors between saloons are automated, and the 800 mm width ensures that it is easy to move along the train.

Electronic passenger information displays feature throughout the train, and each set has 80 screens to inform passengers about the next station stop and available connections using real-time data transmitted to the train by GPRS. Between stations the screens display the train's speed and its location on a map. Provision is being made for a media server to be installed, allowing a digital video service of short films or tourist information to be offered in the future.

Electronic seat reservation displays controlled from eight onboard computers will be used, and staff will access the system from a console in the bistro car.
continue to read at http://www.railwaygazette.com/featur...next_year.html
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