MÁV-START is so bad at handling locomotives that it has to rent them out of necessity. He writes the railway magazine Regionalbahn. According to the newspaper, one of the main reasons for this is that Janos Lazar canceled the tender to purchase 115 locomotives, which Siemens won, claiming that we were no longer their friends. The other is that the Austrians are willing to allow only locomotives equipped with ETCS Level 2 equipment on the Eastern Railway from December 10, and not all Hungarian locomotives have this.
Starship He confirmed the main news in a statementThe reason given is to serve the ever-increasing passenger traffic. Accordingly, the MÁV-VOLÁN Group rents 15 used two-stream locomotives of type ES64 U2 V7 in excellent technical condition, equipped with high-performance ETCS equipment on board. The locomotives will be in service from the second half of October on the Intercity and Eurocity inland routes to Vienna.
The locomotives converted to the MÁV-START image have the same design as the 470 Siemens Taurus series locomotives operating on local railways, of which 10 are in service in the MÁV-START fleet and 5 in the GYSEV fleet. The locomotives will be able to run locally at a speed of 160 km/h, but in addition to Hungary, they also have a traffic license in Germany, Austria, Romania, Croatia and Serbia.
Some charter locomotives can be used to replace older V43 traction vehicles with a maximum speed of 120 km/h, which also results in savings in energy costs. MÁV Rail Tours will sign the lease with Akiem SAS on Thursday. MÁV-START uses the locomotives within the framework of an active cooperation agreement with MÁV Rail Tours Kft.
The lessor, Achim, is a French locomotive leasing company based in Saint-Ouen-sur-Seine near Paris. Its clients are public and private railway companies in the industrial and transport sectors in France, Belgium, Italy and Germany. It is owned by Canadian fund manager CDPQ (Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec).
How do you know the owner’s name? As we wrote, Canadian pension fund CDPQ is a 21.23% partial owner of Budapest Airport, a significant portion of which the Hungarian government plans to buy back.