Today's Railways Europe 335: January 2024

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The January 2024 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:

End of an Era for Belgium's Coastal Tramway: For 43 years, the BN built Class 6000 trams plied the interurban metre-gauge tramway along the Belgian coast, which at 67km, is the second-longest light rail line in the world. However, as Carlo Hertogs reports, modernisation has finally caught up with these classic trams, which have been superseded by new vehicles from CAF.

Rail Centres: Beograd: The reshaping of the railway network in the Serbian capital is nearing completion after nearly half a century, but modernisation continues with the renewal of rolling stock and the construction of the city's first metro line. Toma Bacic explores the network and looks at recent developments in the city.

Where to go, What to see in 2024: 2024 will be another year of change on Europe's railways, particularly for loco-hauled services, where there will be gains as well as losses. The Today's Railways Europe correspondents offer their tips for what's worth seeing in the year ahead.

Birsigthalbahn: A Cross-border Curiosity: Continuing his series of articles on Swiss minor railways off the beaten track, Andrew Thompson charts the history of an unusual metre gauge line that dips in and out of France.

Railways in the High Tatras Part 2: Narrow-gauge lines: The High Tatras are the only alpine mountains in the Carpathian range and the area is rich in railway interest. In the second part of his article on the railways of this scenic region of Slovakia, Quintus Vosman explores the metre-gauge network, which connects the standard-gauge Zilina-Kosice main line with many of the mountain resorts.

News stories this month include:

  • Variante de Pajares inaugurated
  • Launch tour for new ÖBB Nightjet stock
  • International trains return to Baltic States
  • Six-month suspension for Amsterdam-London Eurostar services
  • Trenitalia orders 30 more ETR.400 sets
  • ICE-L main line testing begins in Germany
  • RegioJet to launch services to Ukraine
  • Newag electric locos for PKP IC and Akiem
  • First new French regional train for Transdev
  • BEMUs enter service in Schleswig-Holstein
  • Mireo Smart - a new train in 18 months
  • Lineas at risk of bankruptcy?
  • Szeged-Subotica passenger services resume after eight years
  • Lisboa Urbos trams enter service
  • Lodz Duewag farewell
  • Aachen-Maastricht-Liege through services postponed again
  • SBB Giruno on test in Germany
  • Swedish Class ER1 upper floors sealed off
  • New bi-mode long-distance trains for Rorosbanen
  • Naerumbanen battery train plan paused
  • Berlin S-Bahn "Coke-can" farewell
  • Doubling rail's freight share by 2030 in doubt for France
  • NS Class 1700 farewell
  • CAF hydrogen unit visits Torralba-Soria branch on test
  • Catalan government to take over Rodiales network
  • New French railway museum in Gaillac

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