Today's Railways Europe 331: September 2023

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The September 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:

Rail Freight in the Rhine Gorge: Famed for its castles, vineyards and picturesque riverside towns, the upper middle Rhine Valley between Koblenz and Mainz has been an important international trade route for centuries and remains a key north-south artery for both rail and water borne freight. Guy Houston presents a guide to rail freight traffic in the area and attractive photo locations within walking distance of stations on both banks.

150 Years of Trams in Antwerpen: A remarkable gathering of vintage and modern trams was organised in Antwerpen on 28 May to mark a century and a half of tramways in the Flemish port city. Carlo Hertogs looks at the history of the network and the anniversary tram parade.

Casalecchio-Vignola: The Death and Rebirth of an Italian Branch Line: Once something of a backwater, the Casalecchio di Reno-Vignola branch west of Bologna has gone from strength to strength since the restoration of passenger services 20 years ago. Marco Cacozza charts the fluctuating fortunes of the FCV.

Rapperswil: A Swiss Country Junction: The Swiss Taktfahrplan regular interval timetable is built around convenient and efficient connections at numerous regional nodes around the country. Jason Sargerson visits one such location in eastern Switzerland; the attractive lakeside town of Rapperswil, where SBB and SOB routes intersect.

News stories this month include:

  • Freight train derailment closes Gotthard Base Tunnel
  • Siemens to supply next-generation Munchen S-Bahn EMUs
  • DB forced to open ticket sales to third parties
  • SNCF and SNCB to relaunch Paris-Brussels conventional services
  • TX Logstik becomes Germany's second largest rail freight operator
  • Storms wreak havoc in Slovenia and Croatia
  • Island of Ireland rail review calls for line reopenings and electrification
  • ÖBB orders battery FLIRTs
  • Angers opens two new tram lines
  • Short Hyundai-Rotem trams enter service in Warszawa
  • More Swiss locomotives for Nordic Re-Finance
  • SZ Ckass 711 farewell
  • CD Cargo orders more TRAXX locos
  • Brennerloks to Poland
  • Final TGV in silver and blue
  • Wien-Roma night trains diverted to Ancona
  • DB and Netinera share Mitteldeutsche S-Bahn contracts
  • Stadler begins production of new suburban EMUs for RENFE
  • MEDWAY Belgium orders 15 multi-system Vectrons
  • Ex-Carnforth Class 01 back on the main line
  • Piaseczno narrow gauge line celebrates 125 years

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