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Old April 8th, 2017, 09:36 AM   #441
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Finally the feasibility study to upgrade Craiova - Vidin (107 km) will start.
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Old April 8th, 2017, 11:27 AM   #442
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It's about time... When I went on that stretch two years ago, it was like I embarked on a time machine with the controls set to 80 years back. Only the steam engine was missing from the picture...
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Old May 24th, 2017, 03:06 PM   #443
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RON 3.5bn (EUR 750 m) contracts signed for the rehabilitation of 80 km of railway on Corridor IV for speeds of 160 km/h


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About 80 km of railway on the Km 614 – Barzava (Cap Y) and Barzava (Cap Y) – Ilteu (Cap Y) sections will be rehabilitated after the CFR SA National Railway Company and the Astaldi SpA – FCC Construccion SA – Salcef Construzioni Edili e Ferroviary SpA – SC Thales Systems Romania SRL have signed two contracts worth RON 3.45 billion for the two sections.
The railway sections are on the Pan-European Corridor IV: Nurnberg-Prague-Vienna-Budapest-Curtici-Simeria-Brasov-Bucharest-Constanta, hotnews.ro reports.
“The contracts aim at rehabilitating 77.95 km of railway infrastructure and superstructure for the movement of passenger trains with a maximum speed of 160 km/h, earthworks and consolidations throughout the entire length, building/upgrading 28 bridges (of which two over the Mures River) and 64 small bridges, the construction of a 603 metres long tunnel, civil works in 11 railway stations, electrification and energy supply works, as well as works for the implementation of the safety system ERTMS traffic (ETCS Level 2 + GSMR),” CFR informs.
The funding source for the execution of the rehabilitation works is provided by non-reimbursable funds and by the state budget, and the estimated total value of the two contracts is RON 3,453,353,196.57 (VAT excluded).
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Old May 28th, 2017, 11:17 PM   #444
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Romania’s Softronic leases two locomotives to Deutsche Bahn Cargo




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UniCredit Leasing Fleet Management, part of UniCredit Leasing, inks a partnership with Softronic-Softrans Craiova Group, the only local locomotive manufacturer, leasing two TransMontana locomotives, a press release informs.
These will be operated on Romanian routes for freight transport by the European rail transport market leader, Deutsche Bahn Cargo. Its plans also include the extension of their use on regional routes to Hungary, Austria and Slovakia.

UniCredit Leasing Group is at its third leasing of rolling stock for this client. The previous targeted the financial leasing funding of two locomotives produced by Softronic group in 2012 and 2014.

TransMontanas are the most advanced electric locomotives built in eastern Europe, have a total power of 6,000 kW each, use alternating current, and capable of providing speeds of up to 200 km/h.

The first of this type was manufactured in 2010. The locomotive uses new developments adapted to new requirements: a new body, special asynchronous traction motors, regenerative braking, electronic power converters with IGBT, unit converter, electronic equipment for command and control, LED lights and many others.

The operational duration guaranteed by the manufacturer is 3 years and a life span of 40 years.
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Old June 1st, 2017, 04:01 PM   #445
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Cornel Sibianul published recent cabview from Braşov to Bucureşti Nord:
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Green Cargo purchases Trans Montana locomotives



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A new foreign adventure for Softronic from Romania. The manufacturer of six-axle electrics based in Craiova has received an order from Sweden. It has signed a contract with railfreight operator Green Cargo for the delivery of two Trans Montana locomotives, to be delivered during the summer of 2018.

Green Cargo states that it will be able to offer a more efficient logistics solution, especially in the heavy freight market. A Softronic Trans Montana locomotive can pull up to 3000 tonnes, twice as much as a four axle electric of the Rc series, a commonly operated locomotive type in Sweden.

The acquisition of the new electrics is part of Green Cargo’s strategy to improve capacity and reliability, while reducing the transportation costs for its customers.

Duting the summer of 2015, Trans Montana locomotive no. 019 was transferred to Sweden for promotion and test runs. The machine was tested by Rush Rail and Green Cargo. It even got a Swedish name: Rödluvan (DE: Rotkäppchen, EN: Little Red Riding Hood).

Previously, Softronic sold the Trans Montana locomotive to Hungaryțs MMV and Deutsche Bahn.
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Old July 8th, 2017, 09:28 PM   #447
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IC73 'Traianus' Budapest - București at Curtici today

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Romanian TV announced that CFR buys new passenger wagons: http://stiri.tvr.ro/trenuri-noi-cu-b...foto.html#view
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Swedish operator buys Romanian locomotives




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Swedish rail logistics operator Green Cargo and Romanian company Softronic signed an agreement for the acquisition of two Transmontana Co-Co locomotives with a tractive power of up to 3,000 tonnes, or twice the tractive power of a conventional RC locomotive. The new vehicles should be delivered in the summer of 2018.

“We have decided to evaluate a number of locomotives and wagons as part of our fleet strategy. First to be evaluated are two Transmontana Co-Co locomotives that will enable the creation of even more efficient logistics solutions, particularly for heavier traffic plans,” Green Cargo’s President Jan Kilström said.

Green Cargo has a fleet strategy that not only increases capacity and safety, but which also reduces freight costs for the company’s customers.
“In addition to their superior tractive power, the locomotives are modern and are equipped with automatic and optimized electrical braking. These locomotives will be optimized to run as energy-efficiently as possible by using topography and route data,” Markus Gardbring, Assets Director at Green Cargo said.

Green Cargo owns a rolling stock fleet of 400 locomotives and 5,000 wagons and ensures 400 freight trains per day in Sweden, which corresponds to about 10,000 trucks or a convoy of trucks more than 300-km long.

The operator offers door-to-door services in a network that spans all of Sweden, and through company’s partners, it has access to thousands of locations throughout Europe.

Transmontana represents the successor of a series of locomotives manufactured by Softronic own projects, but it is the first one with asynchronous traction motors. The new locomotives combine Softronic experience of over 12 years in modernization, repair and manufacture of locomotives with innovations systematically oriented to customers benefit and cost effective.

The Co-CO axles are equipped with a 25 kV 50 Hz by-sistem transformer powering six asynchronous engines. The locomotive can reach speeds of over 200 km/h.
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During the summer of 2015, TransMontana locomotive no. 019 was transferred to Sweden for promotion and test runs. The machine was tested by Rush Rail and Green Cargo. It even got a Swedish name: Rödluvan (Little Red Riding Hood).

The six-axle electrics, the most advanced electric locomotive built in Eastern Europe and manufactured in Craiova also reached Austria last year.
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Are there plans for HSR in Romania?
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Not really.
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Old October 10th, 2017, 09:53 PM   #452
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Are there plans for HSR in Romania?
trains are dead (I don't know what are the politicians waiting for), Romania uses a lot buses/minibuses, the network is fantastic for such a country. plus TAROM works now with Ryanair, another low cost air company that entered Romania after Wizzair many years ago. so you can consider TAROM now also low-cost or a bit over.

Timișoara-Bucharest or Cluj-Bucharest same price as train's ticket cost. so with 50 euros (450 km + 450 km).

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several fast trains in Romania don't make me happy at all. they still are not HSR and there aren't too many to change completely the look of trains in Romania even though there are more and more private lines now. train in Romania unfortunately is still for third class plus students. I think if you are a student you have it for free now anywhere in the country and how many times you want.
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Old October 11th, 2017, 10:04 PM   #454
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Train in Romania unfortunately is still for third class plus students.
I used the Transcarpathic Express from Astra. I can’t find a similar standard of luxurious trains in the Netherlands, so very statisfied.
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trains are dead (I don't know what are the politicians waiting for), Romania uses a lot buses/minibuses, the network is fantastic for such a country. plus TAROM works now with Ryanair, another low cost air company that entered Romania after Wizzair many years ago. so you can consider TAROM now also low-cost or a bit over.

Timișoara-Bucharest or Cluj-Bucharest same price as train's ticket cost. so with 50 euros (450 km + 450 km).

You mean network of buses and minibuses? I still think that travelling by train is more comfortable.
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Old October 12th, 2017, 08:12 AM   #456
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I said this before, but it's unfortunate that Romania is making the same mistakes many countries did before by neglecting rail service.
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I said this before, but it's unfortunate that Romania is making the same mistakes many countries did before by neglecting rail service.
On the other hand, I have the impression that there are several lines for which there is absolutely no hope to bring them to a level of traffic high enough to justify their existence. Therefore in my opinion Romanian Railways should be better off by cutting the dead wood and concentrate on the lines where it can really make a difference... and a good level of profit. Link together the neighboring countries, the large cities, what remains of heavy industry... but forget serving every valley or village : this made sense in soviet times when nobody could afford an automobile, but not today anymore. Leave that segment to road haulage. It makes no sense to keep maintaining a railway track for 4 trains a day, and even less if buses on a parallel road offer a better service already today.
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How would you see passenger rail in Romania 10 years for now? Would it be better, worse, or about the same?
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Well, at least the Curtici - Bucharest - Constanta corridor is undergoing rehabilitation right now, so this will be a big plus.

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Old December 14th, 2017, 10:34 PM   #460
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Saturday 16 December the Royal train will be used to bring King Mihai to his last place in Curta de Arges.

At 2.40 p.m., His Majesty’s coffin will be transported in the Royal Train to Curtea de Argeș.

In the Royal Train will travel Her Majesty the Custodian of the Crown and the Royal Family of Romania. The press and public will have access in front of Băneasa Royal Railway Station.

The Royal Train will travel at low speed through the following cities: Chitila (2.51 p.m.) – Titu (3.41 p.m.) – Pitești (4.46 p.m.). All those who want to pay their respects to His Late Majesty King Michael I are welcomed in the railway station of their city.

The Royal Train will arrive at Curtea de Argeş Railway Station, at 5.30 p.m. The funeral cortege will travel from the railway station to Curtea de Arges Cathedral. The press and public will have access in front of Curtea de Arges Railway Station.

Source: http://www.familiaregala.ro/stiri/ar...l-i-of-romania

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