Today's Railways Europe 296: October 2020

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The October 2020 issue of Today's Railways Europe is packed with news and features from the railways across mainland Europe. As well as interesting articles and comprehensive news coverage, this issue also includes heritage news, light rail news, readers’ letters and much, much more! This month also sees the first appearance of our new regular feature Traction Archive, uncovering hidden gems from the archives of European railway photographers.

News stories include:

  • Extra €4.7 billion for SNCF in French Covid-19 recovery plan
  • DB places order for dual-mode Vectrons
  • Extensive line reopening programme proposed in Germany
  • Sofia Metro Line 3 opens
  • Kalrsruhe plans to introduce freight trams
  • First test run on Sweden’s Lund tramway
  • München–Lindau loco-hauled twilight
  • DSB’s IC4 encounters further technical problems in Denmatk
  • Pendolinos start working to Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic
  • Ludmilla haulage for copper ore train in Bulgaria

Feature articles include:

  • Ceneri Base Tunnel Inaugurated: 28 years after the Swiss public voted to approve the new rail link through the Alps, Toma Bacic reports from the inauguration ceremony of this extraordinary railway project.
  • Ticino: Railways in the Swiss `sun room’: Toma Bacic explores the diverse railways of Switzerland’s southernmost canton.
  • Mythical beasts: Newag Dragon and Griffin: Andrew Thompson tells the story of the latest generation of Polish electric locomotives.
  • NS ICM: 40 years of the `Koplopers’: Quintus Vosman charts the history of these distinctive Dutch EMUs.
  • Not quite the Réseau Breton!: David Haydock visits the Chemin de Fer de Bon Repos, a fledgling preservation project in Brittany.
  • A Polish narrow gauge survivor: Keith Fender looks at how the Sroda–Zaniemysl line escaped the threat of abandonment to become a thriving heritage line.

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