Today's Railways Europe 318: August 2022

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The August 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:

RENFE Class 251: A Little Bit of Honshu in Asturias: The Japanese-designed Class 251 electrics have been a distinctive feature of freight operations in north-west Spain for 40 years, but with the opening of the Pajares bypass line in 2023 and the arrival of new locos, their careers are drawing to a close. Mike Bent charts the history of the class.

Thessaly Railway: Greek metre-gauge Phoenix rises again: Over four decades from 1960 onwards, regauging and closures gradually wiped the metre gauge network of the Thessaly region from the railway map. However, a determined group of volunteers is making steady progress with its project to revive part of the Volos-Palaiofarsalos line, as Nick Fotis discovers.

Narrow gauge to Trencianske Teplice: The short 760mm gauge line from Trencianska Tepla to the spa town of Trencianske Teplice in northern Slovakia has escaped closure several times during its 113-year existence. However, the railway now appears to have a secure future under the ownership of a local non-profit organisation, as Thomas Bohme discovers.

South Moravian Diesel Timewarp: The double-track non-electrified line from Veseli nad Moravou to Brno has been largely untouched by the modernisation that has swept across the Czech network in recent years, with Czechoslovak era locos and rolling stock and semaphore signaling still part of everyday operations. Quintus Vosman presents a selection of images of this attractive route.

Two Days in Toulouse: The capital of France's Occitanie region still has plenty of loco-hauled trains, a variety of freight flows and an expansive urban rail system. David Haydock spends 48 hours exploring the rail network around the Pink City.

Rigi Relics: Switzerland's Rigi Bahnen operates an impressive fleet of heritage stock on the spectacular standard gauge rack lines from Arth-Goldau and Vitznau to Rigi Kulm. Toma Bacic surveys the fleet, which has recently seen changes with the introduction of new EMUs from Stadler.

News stories this month include:

  • Madrid tunnel opening units Spanish standard gauge network
  • Chinese-built double-deck EMU on test at Velim
  • SBB orders Girunos for Switzerland-Germany services
  • ÖBB announces new international services
  • MEDWAY Launches operations in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany
  • ICNG deliveries delayed
  • RegioJet to Wien airport
  • Extra trains in Germany as €9 monthly ticket fuels surge in demand
  • Race against time to establish export routes for Ukrainian harvest
  • New EMUs for Mont-Blanc Express
  • Montpellier orders CAF trams
  • Catalan government plans tram-train networks
  • Slovenian FLIRT EMU on test in Croatia
  • Stern & Hafferl hires Vectron diesel
  • First new ICR vehicles shipped to Ireland
  • Final Croatian Class 2043 scrapped
  • New ZSSK livery
  • DB reduces Class 102 work
  • TRAVYS receives GT8 tram-trains
  • Five bidders for PKP Intercity electric loco order
  • CFL Coradia double deck EMU arrives at Velim
  • Historic iron ore trains on Malmbanan
  • Slovak Arrow returns after 70 years
  • Italian tilting DMU preserved

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