Today's Railways Europe 329: July 2023

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The July 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:

Portugal's Railways at a Crossroads: While not especially ambitious, Portugal's Ferrovia 2020 programmed failed to achieve many of its aims with projects heavily delayed or scaled back. Manuel Tao and Carlos Fonseca assess the impact of the programme and its recently unveiled successor, the 2023 infrastructure plan.

Siemens Mireo: A Future Without Diesel: With rapid improvements in battery and hydrogen fuel cell technology, the replacement of diesel traction on passenger services on non-electrified routes is now a feasible prospect. Keith Barrow visits the Wildenrath test track in Germany to see how Siemens is developing successors to the DMU.

A Colourful New Look for Belgium's Railways: Muted colour schemes dominated Belgium's railways for decades, but in the last few years the arrival of new operators and myriad one-off liveries have transformed the traction scene, bringing welcome vibrance and variety for photographers. Carlo Hertogs presents a selection of images showing some of the more notable recent liveries.

Modernisation in Gorny Slask: Following his articles on the dense network of railways and tramways in Poland's industrial heartland, Andrew Thompson provides an update on recent developments in the region around Katowice.

Stoomtrein Goes-Borsele: Half a Century of Railway Preservation in Zeeland: On 18-20 May, Dutch preservation society Stoomtrein Gors-Borsele celebrated its 50th anniversary. Quintus Vosman presents a selection of images from the event.

News stories this month include:

  • DB orders 56 ICE L and 17 ICE3neo trains
  • Class 101s enter service with TCS
  • European Sleeper launches Brussels-Amsterdam-Berlin overnight trains
  • DSB and Alstom reveal IC5 EMU mock-up
  • Eurostar to suspend Amsterdam services for a year
  • Severe floods hit northern Italy
  • Fret SNCF to be broken up after EC ruling
  • Chinese-built Sirius EMU on test in Slovakia
  • First CAF Urbos delivered to Lisboa
  • Green Cargo leases Vectrons for Sweden-Germany traffic
  • Collision at Kittsee
  • More IC trains on the Schwarzwaldbahn
  • Delay for Expresskreuz Bremen EMUs
  • Pioneer ZSSK 'Gorilla' withdrawn
  • Poland's oldest surviving Class EN57 EMU reaches 60 years in service
  • Rail Cargo Carrier Serbia operates first trains
  • Further improvements to French night trains
  • FGC receives new electro-diesel locos
  • BZK Class 87 overhauled
  • Major investment in port of Antwerpen rail infrastructure

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