January / 2013

1. RegioPanter EMUs (part 1)

Tomáš Kuchta, Jaromír Pernička


On 14 February 2011 České dráhy and ŠKODA VAGONKA signed a contract worth 2.5 billion CZK (100 million EUR) for a batch of single deck EMUs. These have the works designation 7 Ev. The order comprises 15 three-car and four two-car trains. 12 of the three-car ones will be 3 kV DC only, the remainder, including all the two-car trains, will be dual voltage (3 kV DC and 25 kV AC 50 Hz).


full text of the article: Li № 01 / January / 2013: pdf (4 Mb)


February / 2013

2. RegioPanter (part 2)

Tomáš Kuchta, Jaromír Pernička


We continue the series of publications devoted to the design, development and description of the ŠKODA’s RegioPanterEmus technical characteristics. Today we will speak about design features of the body shell, underframes and bogies.


full text of the article: Li No 02 / February/ 2013: pdf (10,3 Mb)


March / 2013

3. Deutsche Bahn — renewable energy


Despite the fact that nuclear power provides cheap and clean energy, Germany is the first nation to announce the abolition of atomic power. The German government plans to stop using atomic power stations by 2022. By this time it is anticipated to greatly expand the use of renewable energy sources as well as build necessary power lines. Such modernization of the energy system will touch upon all economic sectors, including railway transportation.


full text of the article: Li № 03 / March / 2013: pdf (5,0 Mb)


April / 2013

4. The First Estonian FLIRTs

Petr Kadeřávek


On 13 December 2012 Elektriraudtee and Stadler celebrated the official presentation of the first electric and diesel FLIRT multiple units in Estonia, the ceremony taking place in the railway company’s Pääsküla depot, in the southwestern suburbs of Tallinn.


full text of the article: Li No 04 / April / 2013: pdf (1,4 Mb)


May / 2013

5. French high-speed train TGV


In March 1974, the government of the French Republic decided to design and build a double-track high-speed line to service the passenger traffic between Paris and the south-east of the country. This line was fully commissioned in autumn 1983.


full text of the article: Li № 05 / May / 2013: pdf (6,9 Mb)


June / 2013

6. ZEFIRO 380 Very High Speed Train


Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation has won the German Design Award 2013 for its ZEFIRO 380 very high speed train, currently being manufactured in Germany and China. This train combines the highest capacity in the industry with pioneering levels of passenger comfort and employs leading-edge technologies and advanced aerodynamics to reduce energy consumption.


full text of the article: Li № 06 / June / 2013: pdf (3,4 Mb)


July / 2013



How can rail transport be made safer, more efficient and environmentally friendly? How must the trains of tomorrow be designed? Rail transport researchers at Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) are addressing these questions. In the Next Generation Train (NGT) project, researchers from nine DLR institutes are using an interdisciplinary approach to tackle the key questions of how the trains the future can be made fast, safe, comfortable and environment-friendly.


full text of the article: Li № 07 / July / 2013: pdf (4,8 Mb)


August / 2013



Pars nova has been modernizing the locomotives of Class 363 for Czech Railways in cooperation with UniControls since 2012. The modernization is carried out during their heavier periodical repairs (the so-called EH range).


full text of the article: Li № 08 / August / 2013: pdf (2,8 Mb)


September / 2013



New locomotive 109E from Czech manufacturer Škoda Transportation got as a second in the world a certificate of conformity with the technical specifications for interoperability of the European high-speed rail system for the subsystem of rail vehicles (TSI High Speed RST). The certificate is a key document required to obtain a permit to operate in six European countries.


full text of the article: Li № 09 / September / 2013: pdf (3,6 Mb)


October / 2013

10. Multi-system locomotive GRIFFIN


A multi-system Griffin is the first traction vehicle from the family of four axle electric and diesel locomotives,
offering their users the whole range of transport and technical possibilities.
The locomotive is intended to drive freight trains of 3200 t weight with the speed 140 km/h and passenger
trains with the speed 200 km/h.


full text of the article: Li № 10 / October / 2013: pdf (4,3 Mb)


November / 2013

11. LEO Express’s Class 480 EMUs (part 1)


As part of the evolution of open access rail passenger services in the Czech Republic, in autumn 2010 LEO Express placed an order with Stadler for five FLIRT EMUs, designed for express long distance services. This resulted in the first acquisition of FLIRTs for regular service within the Czech Republic


full text of the article: Li № 11 / November / 2013: pdf (4,1 Mb)


December / 2013

12. LEO Express’s Class 480 EMUs (part 2)


We continue the series of publications devoted to the design, development and description of the technical characteristics of the electric train FLIRT Class 480. Today we discuss the design features of the driver’s cab, bogies and traction equipment.


full text of the article: Li № 12 / December / 2013: pdf (3,7 Mb)