Today's Railways Europe 326: April 2023

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The April 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:

Last chance for the Rampa de Pajares? With the imminent opening of Pajares Base Tunnel, the Spanish government has confirmed its intention to abandon the original mountain route through the Pajares valley. Mike Bent assesses the prospects for one of Spain’s most spectacular railways.

Relics of the Bosnian narrow gauge: 45 years after the closure of the final sections of the once-extensive 760 mm gauge network in Bosnia-Herzegovina Toma Bacic surveys the surviving locomotives.

30 years of Lok 2000 Part 2: Locos for Norway, Finland and Hong Kong: Following the delivery of locos to SBB and BLS in Switzerland, ABB and SLM found export success for its Lok 2000 Bo-Bo electric in the Nordic region. Keith Barrow and Peter Kloss tell the story of the locos built for Norway and Finland, plus the two machines supplied to KCRC in Hong Kong.

Krzyz Wielkopolski: A Polish crossroads: This busy junction in western Poland sees a good variety of freight and passenger traffic. Andrew Thompson reports on what can be found.

Ersatzzüge: EMU substitutions in Germany: Rolling stock shortages have led to a number of recent loco-hauled substitutions in place of diagrammed EMUs. Our photo-feature captures a selection of these interesting workings.

News stories this month include:

  • Head-on collision in Greece kills 57 people
  • First complete Talgo ICE L set emerges
  • VSOE drops London-Paris
  • Stadler to build new Norwegian inter-city trains
  • DB Netze plans High Performance Network
  • SNCB issues tenders for new multiple units
  • First Tramlinks delivered to Bern and Milano
  • Huge metro expansion planned in Warszawa
  • NS Vectrons work through to Wien
  • DB Fernverkehr abandons KISS EMU lengthening
  • More multi-system locos for RegioJet and CD
  • Tauern Tunnel to close for eight months
  • TGV M on text at Velim
  • First steps towards cross-city rail in Valencia
  • Battle to save disused lines in Norway
  • HSB reinstates more “Kamels”

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