Today's Railways Europe 319: September 2022

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The September 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:

Burgos Joins Spanish High-Speed Network: The opening of the Venta de Banos-Burgos high-speed line at the end of July has brought a substantial reduction in journey times between Madrid and norther Spain, as Mike Bent reports.

From Kolej minus to Kolej Plus: The post-Communist era saw the decimation of rural railways in Poland, culminating in the closure of more than 1000 route-km on a single day in April 2000. The Polish government is now looking to reconnect many towns to the network through its Kolej Plus programme, although significant hurdles still need to be overcome, as Mike Bent explains.

Extending the Aigle-Leysin rack line: The short metre gauge rack line from Aigle to Leysin in western Switzerland offers extremely competitive journey times compared with road, but lacks good connections with the cable cars that climb into the mountains from Leysin. Andrew Cook explains how extending the line will overcome this disadvantage.

120 Years of the "Zubacka": Over the first weekend in July a gala was held to mark the 120th anniversary of the Tanvald-Korenov rack railway, known as the "Zubacka" and the steepest line in the Czech Republic. Octover also marks the 120th anniversary of the Korenov-Szklarska Poreba Gorna cross-borde line into Poland and special trains ran over this line on the same weekend, as Robert Pritchard reports.

A New Lease of Life for DB Cargo Class MZ: After more than four decades of operation the surviving former Danish State Railways Class MZ diesel-electrics continue to provide dependable power for operators in Denmark and Sweden. Kasper Pedersen examines how DB Cargo is extending the life of its six MZs it operates in Denmark.

Holiday Trains to the Adriatic: Summer is a busy time on the routes to Croatia's Adriatic coast, with four international and two domestic seasonal trains running to Rijeka, Split and Ploce. Haulage is provided by HZPP Class 1141 electrics on the electrified lines and Class 2044 diesels on the non-electrified Lika and Dalmatia lines. Toma Bacic and Laurence Sly present a selection of images depicting these colourful workings in the Croatian landscape.

Infrabel's Hot Water Train: Controlling Vegetation without Chemicals: Concerns over the environmental impack of chemical weedkillers and tightening the laws governing their use has forced infrastructure managers to find new ways of controlling vegetation growth on the track. Carlo Hertogs looks at Belgium's new chemical-free weedkilling train.

News stories this month include:

  • NS launches tender for new EMUs
  • Hydrogen trains enter service in Germany
  • RER network for Strasbourg
  • Austrian railways recover from pandemic
  • Oslo-Goteborg in under one hour?
  • "Free" regional rail travel in Spain until end of December
  • Central Moravia switches to 25kV AC
  • Concrete sleeper crises in Germany
  • Poor Class 406 availability leads to international ICE cancellations
  • Paris tram-train line T13 opens
  • Utrecht tram conversion project completed
  • Trams return to Olomouc city centre
  • Italy-France pilgrim trains return
  • Twin cities services reinstated between Poland and Czech Republic
  • Express Service outshops second modernised V60 shunter
  • Regiolis introduced on Paris-Dijon services
  • Fret SNCF wagonload traffic rebounds
  • Swedish Class Rc1 in decline
  • New alignment in the Lueg Pass
  • CD Cargo orders more multi-system Vectrons
  • All Norwegian franchise contracts renegotiated
  • RhB Class Be 4/4 in service on MGB
  • New trains take over more Berlin S-Bahn routes
  • Collision at Balatonfured in Hungary
  • Biatorbagy derailment results in unusual diversions
  • HZPP orders more Koncar DMUs
  • Ex DB V90 works heritage rails from Osnabruck
  • Asti-Chivasso line to reopen for tourist trains

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