Today's Railways Europe 306: August 2021

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The August 2021 issue of Today’s Railways Europe is packed with the very latest news and features from all over mainland Europe. As usual, this issue contains all the stories and analysis of Europe’s main line railways, tramways and heritage lines, plus all our regular monthly columns.

Feature articles this month include:

  • Lake Balaton Traction Transition: The Hungarian holiday hotspot of Lake Balaton has for many years held plenty of appeal for fans of diesel traction, but with the gradual extension of electrification around the lake, diesel operation is in decline. Local resident Ferenc Joó tells the story of Balaton’s railways as they enter a new chapter.

  • Rail Centre: Tours: Tours is a beautiful city at the heart of the Loire Valley which is popular with tourists for its scenery and a welter of historic châteaux. It is also a major railway junction, with much to offer the enthusiast, as David Haydock discovers.

  • Koleje Dolnoslaskie: Reviving regional rail in south-west Poland: Regional services in Dolnoslaskie (Lower Silesia) have gone from strength to strength since the province established its own train operator 14 years ago. Andrew Thompson traces the development of Koleje Dolnoslaskie.

  • Endangered Species: Ukrainian Railways Class VL8: Once the most powerful locomotives in the Soviet Union, more than 200 Class VL8 electrics remain active in Ukraine nearly 70 years after the first example entered service. However, with UZ planning to order hundreds of new locos the survivors’ days appear to be numbered, as Toma Bacic explains.

  • Rail freight around the Scheldt estuary: Gent: Although it has a much smaller port than neighbouring Antwerpen, Gent is a busy freight centre with a good variety of traffic, as Carlo Hertogs explains.

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