Today's Railways Europe 332: October 2023

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The October 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:

Benelux Boost: Rail travel between the Netherlands and Belgium will improve significantly from December 2024 with a huge reduction in journey times between the Dutch and Belgian capitals and the doubling of Rotterdam-Brussels services. Quintus Vosman outlines the changes.

Rail Centres: Klaipeda: The network around Lithuania's only major port is in the midst of significant changes with the reorientation of freight traffic away from Russia and the electrification of the main line from the capital, Vilnius. Jonathan Bray explores the railways along Lithuania' Baltic coast.

SNCF Class CC 65500: France's Sulzers: With the triumphant return of CC 65512 to the main line in August, David Haydock charts the history of the distinctive (and noisy) Class CC 65500 Co-Co diesel-electrics.

Class 218s in Bayern: Bayern remains a bastion of DB Class 218 operation and the popular diesel-hydraulics will gain additional passenger work from December, when DB Regio takes over Munchen-Regensburg-Hof services. Here we present a selection of images depicting the class at work in Bayern during August 2023.

Railways of the Peloponnese: Once home of Europe's largest metre-gauge network, the railways of the Peloponnese have experienced mixed fortunes since the turn of the century, with the closure of much of the network and the extension of standard gauge to the peninsula. Gary Essex charts the history of the network and considers its future.

Lake Balaton Retro Weekend: The Hungarian equivalent of Germany's Plandampf or Plandiesel is the Retro Weekend. The first regular operations with heritage locomotives marking 50 years of the NOHAB-built MAV Class M61 diesel-electrics took place in 2013. Ferenc Joo looks at this year's events.

News stories this month include:

  • Gotthard Base Tunnel partially reopens
  • Freightliner Class 86s sold to Bulgaria
  • Massive landslide blocks France-Italy route
  • Extreme weather causes chaos in Norway
  • December start from Paris/Brussels-Berlin Nightjet
  • Italian tourist train operator launched
  • Deutschland-Ticket future in doubt amid funding dispute
  • Aarhus Letbane seeks extra trams
  • Salzburg-Kufstein transit problems
  • Electrification reaches Strelice
  • Europorte 4006 back in action in France
  • DB Regio tests 'Ideenzug' in passenger service
  • Austria modernises Langenlois-Sigmundsherberg line
  • ICNG to Eindhoven
  • Second modernised Rhodope narrow gauge loco in service in Bulgaria
  • AVLO AVRIL on test in Galicia
  • FNM scraps former Croatian electrics
  • First ETCS-equipped Class ME in Denmark
  • First Green Cargo Vectrons delivered to Sweden
  • Software changes lead to more Benelux TRAXX livery variations
  • Wolsztyn steam parade returns
  • Gold-plated loco plinthed at Gornergrat summit

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