Today's Railways Europe 324: February 2023

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The February 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:

Oxygene: A Breath of Fresh Air for French Inter-City Services?: SNCF unveiled mock-ups of its new 200 km/h Oxygene EMU for Paris-Orleans-Limoges-Toulouse and Paris to Clermont-Ferrand Intercites services in December. David Haydock looks at the CAF-built units and current operations on these routes.

Spain-France Services: What next?: Following the withdrawal of RENFE's high-sped services from Madrid and Barcelona to Marseille and Lyon in December, Mike Bent considers the future of passenger services between France and Spain.

A New Chapter for the GoldenPass Express: Advances in gauge-changing technology enabled the metre gauge MOB to extend its GoldenPass Express to Inerlaken via the standard gauge metals of the BLS from the December timetable change, realising a decades-long ambition. Anthony Lambert traces the history and development of the train.

Kil: A Swedish Freight Hotspot: The small town of Kil is a busy railway junction that sees a good amount of freight traffic with haulage provided by a variety of locomotive types, both diesel and electric. Finn Moller visits this interesting location.

South Bohemian Narrow Gauge Sunset: In autumn 2022, local railway operator JHMD went bankrupt, spelling the demise of the largest remaining narrow-gauge network in the Czech Republic. As a tribute to this popular railway, Quintus Vosman presents a selection of images taken in recent years.

Sibiu-Agnita: Romanian Narrow Gauge Revival: Two decades after CFR closed its last narrow gauge line, an enthusiastic group of volunteers is making progress with the restoration of part of the Sibiu-Agnita railway. Terry Lawson and Keith Barrow chart the fall and rise of this attractive line.

News stories this month include:

  • Wendlingen-Ulm high-speed line opens
  • Italian high-speed freight service withdrawn
  • Austrian electrification schemes completed
  • Big problems for MTR Nordic in Stockholm
  • Iryo to Valencia
  • NS orders CAF Civity EMUs
  • Shaky start for Go-Ahead in Bayern
  • Slow introduction for hydrogen trains in Hessen
  • Waldenburgerbahn reopens after gauge conversion and modernisation
  • Calamitous start for Follobanen
  • Brno tramway extension opens
  • Limmattalbahn opens
  • Hydrogen FLIRT for California on test
  • BB27300 for private operators in France
  • VSOE visits Bourg-Saint-Maurice
  • CD expands RegioShuttle fleet
  • RENFE Mercancias EURO 6000 locos delivered
  • First electric train to Sassuolo Radici
  • Austria's Jauntalbahn closes
  • Midlife overhaul for SJ Class X40 EMUs
  • HZPP orders prototype battery trains from Koncar KEV
  • Sicilian line to reopen for tourist trains

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