Austria: Ampz 18-91.0

UIC registration: 61 81 18-91

Railway companies: NS - Dutch Railways, ÖBB - Austrian Federal Railways, RJ - RegioJet

2005

Ampz 18-91 coaches resulted from the modernisation of Ampz 18-71 coaches to allow 200 km/h maximum speed. The modernisation process took place between 2005 and 2010.

Sources: https://www.vagonweb.cz/popisy/popisy.php?k=OeBB_1&z=a&p=z&lang=de

2011

8x Ampz 18-91 coaches were sold by ÖBB - Austrian Federal Railways to RJ - RegioJet.

Once repainted in RJ - RegioJet colours and despite the fact these coaches are 1st class coaches, there is no 1st class mentioned on the exterior of the coaches, only the number "2" appears. Despite the fact all RJ - RegioJet coaches are marked as 2nd class on the exterior, inside there is a difference in comfort based on the type - and the price - of the ticket.

Among the types of tickets proposed:
- Business: leather seats in 4-seater compartments (the ÖBB Business Class compartments) , choice of drinks, wifi and Czech and Slovak newspapers;
- Relax: first class 6-seater compartment , choice of drinks, wifi and Czech and Slovak newspapers;
- Standard: seating in classic 6-seater compartments , no WiFi, or 2 + 2 seats in Bmpz 20-90 cars with free Wi-Fi and touchscreen entertainment;
- Low-cost: seats in 2 + 2 in the greatest simplicity, without any service.

Sources: https://www.vagonweb.cz/popisy/popisy.php?k=OeBB_1&z=a&p=z&lang=de, http://mediarail.be/Tchéquie/Grandes-lignes/RegioJet/Voitures.htm

2011

February

As rolling material was transferred back to the Fyra service, NS - Dutch Railways had to rent passenger coaches from the ÖBB - Austrian Federal Railways for the Benelux (Amsterdam to Brussels) service. The first coach (Bmz 61 81 21-91 071-4) arrived in the Netherlands on February 27th, 2011. It was followed shortly by 2x 1st class Ampz 18-91 & 4x 2nd class Bmz 21-91 coaches. The coaches remain virtually unchanged, only Dutch texts will be added for the inside and outside inscriptions.

Concerns registration number(s): 61 81 18-91 018-0, 61 81 18-91 023-0

Sources: http://www.martijnhaman.nl/benelux_oostenrijkserijtuigen.htm, https://www.v250.nl/bb-rijtuigen

2011

April 1st

A few days earlier than initially intended, the ÖBB - Austrian Federal Railways carriages were deployed for the first time in the Benelux service by NS - Dutch Railways. Due to technical problems, the carriages were not deployed the following days. Among the issues encountered, the doors were relatively easy to open during and after central closing. The issue is fixed by installing the TB0 system ("Türblockierung ab 0 km / h"). In addition, the ÖBB - Austrian Federal Railways coaches are more likely to suffer from problems with air conditioning than the ICR coaches.

Sources: http://www.martijnhaman.nl/benelux_oostenrijkserijtuigen.htm, https://www.v250.nl/bb-rijtuigen

2011

July

The ÖBB logo is removed and replaced with the NS (Dutch railways) logo on the coaches rented for the Benelux (Amsterdam to Brussels) service.

Concerns registration number(s): 61 81 18-91 014-9, 61 81 18-91 015-6

Sources: http://www.martijnhaman.nl/benelux_oostenrijkserijtuigen.htm, https://www.v250.nl/bb-rijtuigen

2011

July 16th

2 new 1st class Ampz 18-91 coaches arrive from ÖBB - Austrian Federal Railways to NS - Dutch Railways to replace defective equipment. Ampz 61 81 18-91 015-6 has been converted for the transport of bicycles (2 compartments and one toilet at the end of the coach have been converted into one open space) .

Concerns registration number(s): 61 81 18-91 014-9, 61 81 18-91 015-6

Sources: http://www.martijnhaman.nl/benelux_oostenrijkserijtuigen.htm, https://www.v250.nl/bb-rijtuigen

2011

July 18th

Due to technical issues, Ampz 61 81 18-91 018-0 is sent back by NS - Dutch Railways to ÖBB - Austrian Federal Railways.

Concerns registration number(s): 61 81 18-91 018-0

Sources: http://www.martijnhaman.nl/benelux_oostenrijkserijtuigen.htm, https://www.v250.nl/bb-rijtuigen

2011

August 17th

Defective Ampz 61 81 18-91 023-0 is sent back by NS - Dutch Railways to ÖBB - Austrian Federal Railways.

Concerns registration number(s): 61 81 18-91 023-0

Sources: http://www.martijnhaman.nl/benelux_oostenrijkserijtuigen.htm, https://www.v250.nl/bb-rijtuigen

2011

December

As additional rolling material is transferred back to the Fyra service, 8 additional coaches are rented by NS - Dutch railways from ÖBB - Austrian Federal Railways: 2x 1st class Ampz 18-91 & 6x Bmz 21-91 coaches.

Concerns registration number(s): 61 81 18-91 001-6, 61 81 18-91 023-0

Sources: http://www.martijnhaman.nl/benelux_oostenrijkserijtuigen.htm, https://www.v250.nl/bb-rijtuigen

2012

Another 4x Ampz 18-91 coaches are sold by ÖBB - Austrian Federal Railways to RJ - RegioJet.

Sources: https://www.vagonweb.cz/popisy/popisy.php?k=OeBB_1&z=a&p=z&lang=de

2012

September

As rolling material from the Fyra service is again available, one first batch of coaches is sent back by NS - Dutch Railways to ÖBB - Austrian Federal Railways: 2x 1st class Ampz 18-91 & 5x 2nd class Bmz 21-9 coaches.

Concerns registration number(s): 61 81 18-91 001-6, 61 81 18-91 023-0

Sources: http://www.martijnhaman.nl/benelux_oostenrijkserijtuigen.htm, https://www.v250.nl/bb-rijtuigen

2012

November

All remaining coaches used by NS - Dutch Railways for the Benelux (Amsterdam to Brussels) service are sent back to ÖBB - Austrian Federal Railways: 2x 1st class Ampz 18-91 & 6x 2nd class Bmz 21-91 .

Concerns registration number(s): 61 81 18-91 014-9, 61 81 18-91 015-6

Sources: http://www.martijnhaman.nl/benelux_oostenrijkserijtuigen.htm, https://www.v250.nl/bb-rijtuigen

2014

Another 9x Ampz 18-91 coaches were sold by ÖBB - Austrian Federal Railways to RJ - RegioJet.

Sources: https://www.vagonweb.cz/popisy/popisy.php?k=OeBB_1&z=a&p=z&lang=de

Latest update on the 11th of August 2019 at 00:19

Contributor(s): Tudor C.

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