Today's Railways Europe 334: December 2023

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The December 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:

TRAKO 2023: New Stock on Show in Gdansk: The biennial TRAKO exhibition in Gdansk has become a major event for the rail industry in central Europe and now attracts many suppliers from further afield. Mike Bent examines the highlights from TRAKO 2023, which was held in the Baltic port city in September.

Final Flourish for SJ Loco-Hauled Trains: With the introduction of additional services this month and the refurbishment of its EMU fleet, Swedish state-owned passenger operator SJ will be using its loco-hauled trains much more intensively over the next few years. However, with new trains on order this will only be a temporary revival, as Frank Edgar explains.

MCRE: Locomotive Leasing Pioneer: The distinctive black livery of locomotive leasing company MCRE has been a feature of the railway scene across much of Europe for nearly two decades. Following the recent announcement of a takeover by Beacon Rail Leasing, Quintus Vosman profiles MCRE and its locomotive fleet.

Railways in the High Tatras Part 1: Standard-Gauge Lines: The world's smallest high mountain range, the High Tatras boasts spectacular alpine scenery and plenty of railway interest. In the first instalment of a two-part article, Quintus Vosman explores the standard-gauge network in this attractive region of Slovakia.

CFV3V Celebrates 50 Years of Preserved Steam at Mariembourg: Belgium's Chemin de Fer a Vapeur des 3 Vallees marked half a century of heritage operations on the Mariembourg-Treignes line in September with a steam gala featuring locos from five countries. Paul Conlan reports on the festivities.

Finland's Light Rail Renaissance: Trams are playing an increasing role in public transport in Finnish cities with the expansion of the network in Helsinki and the construction of a new system in Tampere. Philip Groves examines the latest developments on Finland's tramways.

News stories this month include:

  • DB sells Arriva, DB Schenker next?
  • Railpool orders Modula locos from Vossloh
  • Heuro plans Amsterdam-Paris/London services
  • Norway's longest railway bridge opens
  • Eurostar increases capacity at St Pancras
  • Gotthard Base Tunnel repairs to take 13 months
  • Wien S-Bahn upgrade underway
  • 62 PESA EMUs for Romania
  • SJ takes over Stockholm commuter services from MTR
  • Alstom unveils hydrogen Coradia Stream
  • Financial security for Naumburg tramway
  • Electrification for Hochrheinbahn
  • RENFE's Avril receives authorisation
  • TGV M in special livery
  • Franken-Thuringen-Express Desiro HC EMUs ready for service
  • Beavers shut Oberstdorf branch
  • "Last mile" battery conversion for Stadler railcar
  • Stadler KISS EMUs for Wien's City Airport Train
  • Rail cargo Carrier Croatia runs first passenger train
  • Panter EMUs for eastern Slovakia delivered
  • Former SBB diesels in Sofia
  • Extreme weather strikes again in Italy
  • Budapest-Hegyeshalom blockade sees freight diversions
  • DSB to acquire double-deck coaches
  • Ybbstalbahn heritage line threatened with closure

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