SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* Horse Sport Enews More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Germany’s Wilhelm Genn closed out the 2021 $5,000 1.30M Rising Star Classic series with a win aboard the scopey Van Gogh in the The Ridge at Wellington Turf Tour Finale which runs March 24 – 26, 2021.As his namesake once painted stars in the night sky, Van Gogh’s massive stride and brilliant bascule painted his course over the jumps and resulted in a blazingly fast second round clear to secure the pair their second win of the season in the class. Friday’s competition at Polo West will mark the final day of the 2021 Turf Tour and will include an end of season competitor’s party catered by RV Advisors of Broward County.Genn and Van Gogh were the final combination to tackle the course designed by Leopoldo Palacios. The track, which began with a vertical rollback to an oxer, also featured a number of one and two strides, bending line oxer to verticals, and a triple combination oxer-vertical-vertical to close out the first round. Catherine Pasmore and Nestor were the first double clear, setting the standard at 34.282 seconds in the jump-off. Kim Farlinger was the next to top the leaderboard, piloting Ibalius SMH to a final time of 32.533. The Genns then swept in late in the afternoon to post numerous double clear efforts, with student Natalie Thornell aboard Snow White finishing in 34.210 seconds to end fourth. Ryan Genn and Coco Chanel M jumped to third in 32.842, and Wilhelm Genn and Van Gogh split the second close to its origin on 32.082, leaving Farlinger and Ibalius SMH in second.“It was a good day, I didn’t fall off and the horse jumped really well,” said Wilhelm Genn. “The Turf Tour reminds me of showing in Europe when I was younger, its a great experience and so nice to get the horses out on the grass at different venues. Our barn and students really enjoy this event during our time in Wellington.”The 2021 Wellington Turf Tour features 13-weeks of jumper competition at all heights and prize money classes including weekly $15,000 1.40M Grand Prix, $5,000 1.30M Rising Star Classics, and $3,000 1.30M Speed Stake, all held at beautiful venues in Wellington.Complete results here. Tags: Kim Farlinger, show jumping, Wilhelm Genn, Van Gogh, Turf Tour, Ibalius SMH, 1.30M Rising Star Classic, We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding.
INTRO: Italian Railways and Nord Milano Railway are about to put into service a fleet of 50 double-deck EMUs for the cross-city Passante route; each high-capacity TAF trainset will carry up to 848 passengers in air-conditioned comfortBYLINE: Ing Giancarlo PiroTony TrainaStrategic Business UnitRolling Stock & Traction DivisionItalian RailwaysIN A 10-year rolling stock replacement programme drawn up in 1991, Italian Railways’ Local Transport Division envisaged deploying a range of new vehicles on its busiest urban networks. First of these is the high-capacity TAF trainset capable of carrying over 800 passengers in four cars, and the lead unit is now undergoing tests.Technical specifications for the double-deck TAF (Treno Alta Frequentazione – High Occupancy Train) electric multiple-unit were prepared by the FS Rolling Stock Division for procurement in line with European Union directives. Following receipt of tenders from five groups, a contract to build 40 trains for FS and 10 units for Nord Milano Railway (FNM) was awarded in July 1994 to a consortium of Breda, Ansaldo Trasporti, ABB Tecnomasio (now Adtranz Italy) and Firema Trasporti.The first TAF EMUs are to be deployed on Milano’s cross-city Passante route (RG 1.92 p40), to be operated jointly by FS and FNM. It is expected that a further nine will be ordered by FNM, and FS anticipates that an additional batch of 13 TAFs will be required for service in other cities.Improving mobilityWith bodyshells constructed from thin-walled aluminium alloy extrusions, each 104m TAF trainset comprises two trailers between two power cars with cabs. Each car has two vestibules, located inside the bogies to give a floor height of 650mm for level boarding from high platforms.Facing pairs of seats are arranged in a 2+2 configuration throughout the train, on the upper and lower decks and in saloons over the bogies with 24 seats. Styled by Pininfarina, each set has 475 seats and room for 372 standing passengers, excluding 14 folding seats in the vestibules.Each motor car has a retention toilet on the lower deck, installed as a complete module, and one motor car in each set has a space for a passenger in a wheelchair on the lower deck. In place of a step, a short ramp leads down from the inner vestibule, and the toilet is fully accessible. The vestibule is equipped with passenger-activated retractable ramps at the doorways to bridge the gap between train and platform.TAF units will have in-car passenger information systems combining visual displays with automatic announcements; external destination indicators are also planned for the car sides. Passenger saloons and driving cabs are fully air-conditioned, with environmentally-friendly coolant specified for the climate-control equipment. Fire-control systems fitted to the TAF use a similarly ’green’ suppressant and water-based paints have been used throughout the construction process.Traction equipmentA pantograph is located with the rest of the electrical equipment behind the cab of each end car over the single motor bogie. The power cars are connected by a high-voltage train line feeding the modular GTO-based drive. Traction current passes through water-cooled chopper and inverter stages to the two three-phase asynchronous traction motors on each motor bogie. The databus-based train control and monitoring system incorporates a diagnostic function.The TAF EMU is configured for regenerative braking, and chopper-controlled rheostatic braking is also fitted. Auxiliary power is provided by a static converter with an output of 670V 50Hz, and transformers supply the train line at 380V 50Hz.Each motor bogie has two brake discs, and each trailer bogie six discs. The H-shaped bogie frames are constructed from welded steel sections, with coil spring primary suspension and air-sprung secondary suspension.Bidders for the TAF order were asked to present an assessment of the whole-life cost of their proposed train, factoring in maintenance requirements. The winning design is expected to operate 200000 km annually over a 36-year service life, managing 3·6 x 106 km between major overhauls. oTrainset detailsLength over couplers mm 103 970Length of motor car mm 25895Length of trailer car mm 26090Motor bogie wheelbase mm 2750Trailer bogie wheelbase mm 2550Seating capacity 475Standing capacity 372 (at four passengers per m2)Weight tonnes 210Maximum speed km/h 140Maximum output at wheelrim kW 3640Power supply 3 kV DCMaximum starting tractive effort kN 214Number of powered axles 4