Today's Railways Europe 308: October 2021

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The October 2021 issue of Today’s Railways Europe contains no fewer than six feature articles plus all our regular columns and features, plus the latest news and analysis of Europe’s main line railways, tramways and heritage lines.

Feature articles this month include:

  • PKP Class EN57: Strength in Numbers: Introduced in 1961 and in production for 32 years, the ubiquitous Class EN57 EMUs are a familiar feature of the Polish railway scene. Andrew Thompson charts the history of the Pafawag-built units, many of which have been extensively modernised to meet current standards for accessibility and passenger comfort.

  • Asia–Europe Rail freight: International tensions, bigger containers and 140 km/h trains: With rapid traffic growth, friction between the EU and Belarus, and a drive to reduce transit times, the Asia–Europe freight market is in a state of continuous change. Mike Bent reviews the latest developments on the “Silk Road”.

  • Rail Centres: Jena: Jena is a crossroads in the rail network in eastern Thüringen and despite the loss of almost all long-distance services following the opening of the Erfurt–Ebensfeld high-speed line in 2017 the scenic Saale valley and surrounding area still retains plenty of railway interest. Keith Fender looks at the area’s railway network and Alan Yearsley describes Jena’s tramway system.

  • Branch Line to Linthal: Situated 84.5 km by rail from Zürich HB, the village of Linthal is is a far-flung outpost of the Zürich S-Bahn network rarely visited by enthusiasts. However, the branch running south through the Glarus Alps from Ziegelbrücke is not without interest, as Andrew Thompson discovers.

  • A New Look for TUC Rail 5508: Belgian rail engineering and project management firm, TUC Rail has a fleet of diesel locos that includes a number of endangered former SNCB Class 55 Co-Co diesel-electrics. Carlo Hertogs reports on the transformation of 5508 from a very worn-out looking machine into a gem at Spontin shed.

  • Schwarzwaldbahn Diversions: Between the end of July and the beginning of September, sections of the Gäubahn between Stuttgart and Tuttlingen and the Offenburg–Freiburg im Breisgau Rheintalbahn were closed for engineering work, necessitating the diversion of international trains via the scenic Schwarzwaldbahn from Offenburg to Singen. Our photo-feature illustrates a variety of locomotives and operators not normally seen on this line.

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