Today's Railways Europe 323: January 2023

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The January 2023 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:

Massive Fleet Renewal in Greater Paris: The Ile-de-France region is investing heavily in new rolling stock to replace life-expired trains, increase capacity and expand the fleet in readiness for the opening of new lines. David Haydock looks at the latest developments in the programme.

Riding Rhatische Bahn's World Record Train: The highlight of the festivities celebrating 175 years of Swiss railways took place on 29 October, when Rhatische Bahn set a new record for the world's longest passenger train. Ben Jones was one of the lucky few to secure a seat on the train.

Iryo: Italian high-speed style arrives in Spain: At the end of November, Iryo became the second open-access operator to launch high-speed services in Spain. Mike Bent examines the new entrant's offer.

Storm clouds ahead for Belgium's railways: Like many European countries, Belgium has ambitious targets to transfer traffic from more polluting transport modes to rail. However, Carlo Hertogs argues that the continued failure to adequately fund infrastructure and services has instead left Belgium's railways trapped in a spiral of decline.

Rail Centres: Porto: In addition to its historic centre, Portugal's second largest city offers an enticing combination of loco-hauled passenger trains, engineering marvels and ancient and modern light rail. Keith Barrow explores the railways of Porto.

Climbing the Geislinger Steige: The Main Line over the Schwabische Alb: For 170 years the Schwabische Alb has presented a formidable obstacle to railway communication between Stuttgart and Ulm, and despite ever more powerful locomotives, banking of freight trains remains everyday practice. The opening of the Wendlingen-Ulm high-speed line in December finally provided an alternative route for ICE services, but the Geislinger Steige remains an important link between southern and western Germany, as Keith Fender explains.

News stories this month include:

  • Oslo-Ski tunnel opens
  • ICE 3 Neo enters service
  • CD to order 200 km/h inter-city EMUs
  • Polish high-speed project moves forward
  • Ukraine-Poland links to be revived
  • New stock for Swedish domestic night trains
  • Trams to return to Kiel?
  • Helsinki West Metro completed
  • New Italy-Czech Republic intermodal train
  • Freight train collision closes Hannover-Berlin line for four weeks
  • Chinese-built locos on test in Hungary
  • Trenord Colleoni DMUs in service in Italy
  • More Smartrons for private operators in Bulgaria
  • SJ to withdraw driving cars
  • Dutch government earmarks billions for rail investment
  • PKP Intercity to order 300 coaches
  • Asti-Chivasso reopens

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