Today's Railways Europe 330: August 2023

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The August 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:

A New Beginning for Albania's Railways?: After Albania lifted its ban on private car ownership in 1991 the country's railway network went into rapid and seemingly terminal decline. However, with the aid of EU funding the network is now being revived with plans for new international links.

International Intermodal: Crossing Borders in the Cab: In addition to multi-system locomotives with multiple signalling systems, cross-border operations require multilingual drivers licensed to work on the network of more than one country. Quintus Vosman joins one such driver in the cab of a Sibelin intermodal train from Antwerpen to Thionville and back.

ZOS Vrutky: Helping to Keep Slovakoa's Railways Running Smoothly: ZOS Vrutky works in central Slovakia is set to celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2024. Robert Pritchard visits the works and finds it busy with a veirty of contracts currently underway for locomotives and multiple units at home and abroad.

Endangered Species: CP Class 1960: With only one loco remaining in traffic with freight operator MEDWAY, the coming months are likely to see the final withdrawal of Portugal's Canadian-built Class 1960 diesel-electrics. Andrew Donnelly charts the history of these distinctive Bombardier Co-Cos.

News stories this month include:

  • Trenitalia plans services from Amsterdam to Paris and Berlin from 2027
  • First passenger train in Koralm Tunnel
  • German road tolls to fund rail investment
  • Stadler wins Lithuanian multiple unit order
  • Go-ahead for Helsinki-Turku high-speed line
  • RENFE reveals details of French services
  • TGV M starts tests in France
  • EuroDual trials in the Balkans
  • Bulgaria halts €1.4bn rolling stock procurement
  • Vectron-TRAXX competition heats up
  • CAF hydrogen train begins main line testing
  • Dutch royal train bows out after 159 years
  • Toulouse airport tram suspended until 2026
  • Wien Type X metro trains enter service
  • Modertrans trams enter service in Lodz
  • SBB Class Re 460 working into Germany
  • Ex-BR Class 47 back in traffic but misses railtour
  • Class 530/550 EMUs enter service in Jihomoravsky
  • WESTBahn Chinese EMUs delayed
  • Napoli-Bari high-speed line delayed
  • End of Class ALe 724
  • First Ouigo test run to Andalucia
  • Offenburg prepares for battery trains
  • MGB Orion EMUs enter service
  • Algarve electrification makes progress
  • Siemens continues Smartron deliveries to PIMK Rail

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