Today's Railways Europe 317: July 2022

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The July 2022 issue of Today’s Railways Europe contains all the latest railway news from mainland Europe, plus our regular features and a selection of interesting and informative articles. Brought to you by our team of informed correspondents based throughout the European continent.

Feature articles this month include:

Zillertalbahn: Austrian Narrow Gauge Freight Revival: Freight transport has become extremely rare on Europe's narrow gauge railways due to high transshipment costs. Roland Beier reports from Tirol on and innovative solution found by Zillertalbahn, which has enabled the return of freight operations.

TGV tour heralds Czech high-speed dawn: In early June a record-breaking TGV set visited the Czech Republic, highlighting infrastructure manager SZ's plans to build a high-speed network. Quintus Vosman reports on the highly-successful tour and examines the plans for new lines.

Sulzers in Romania: Romania has much to offer fans of Sulzer diesels, with plenty of 12LDA28-powered Class 60 and 62 locomotives still in gainful employment with several operators. Steve Madden, Dave Smith and Kevin Moore present a portfolio of these machines in action on freight and passenger duties in south-eastern Romania during May 2022.

FS Class E.464: Changing times for Italy's ubiquitous single cab Bo-Bos: From Brennero to Palermo, the single cab Class E.464 electric loco is a staple feature of the traction scenes on the electrified lines the length and breadth of Italy. Andrew Thompson tells the story of the class of 728 machines, some of which have recently seen changes in deployment following the introduction of the new regional EMUs.

Open Doors at Inchicore: Irish Rail held an open day on 7 May to mark the 175th anniversary of Inchicore Works in Dublin, which remains at the heart of railway engineering in Ireland today.

Banovici: Moving Coal over two gauges in Bosnia: On 7 May, Bosnia lignite mining company RMU Banoviciheld its first steam festival since the Covid-19 pandemic. Toma Bacic and Dzevad Hodzic visit the mine's narrow gauge railway, which boasts a varied roster of steam and diesel locomotives.

News stories this month include:

  • FS to invest €190 billion in 2022-31
  • Baden-Wurttemberg orders 130 EMUs from Alstom
  • SNCF and DB to launch direct Paris-Berlin services in 2023
  • Ukraine to adopt standard gauge
  • Siemens pulls out of Russia
  • 2025 launch for Finland-Estonia train ferry
  • Germany launches €9 monthly ticket
  • DB Regio wins contract to operate Niederrhein-Munsterland Netz with battery trains
  • First tunnel breakthrough on new Divaca-Koper line
  • Pendolinos enter service in Greece
  • Sweden trials 838m-long freight trains
  • CAF LRVs for Bonn Stadtbahn
  • PESA to supply Tallinn trams
  • IC3s return to Hamburg-Puttgarden for Whitsun diversions
  • Bulgaria-Turkey services restored
  • Sharp decline in China-Netherlands rail freight
  • More former DB "Ludmillas" at work in Bulgaria
  • ETR.500 derailment in Roma
  • New Stadler DMUs delivered to Sardegna
  • OeBB acquires more EMUs from Austria
  • First Taurus in Cityjet livery
  • New roof for Dresden Hbf
  • Class 490 Alaris EMUs revived
  • Overnight train around Lake Balaton
  • First SJ EuroNight coaches delivered
  • Dordt in Stoom festival returns
  • Stockholm's new tramway museum inaugurated

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