Today's Railways Europe 336: February 2024

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The February 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:

New Nightjet: Is ÖBB's New Sleeper the Dream Ticket?: The launch of ÖBB's Siemens-built Nightjet trains at he end of 2023 was a milestone for the revival of overnight trains in Europe, representing the first significant investment in new overnight stock for many years. Toma Bacic was on the first revenue-earning service from Wien to Hamburg and discovered that while the rolling stock is world class, there are still some long-standing railway issues to overcome.

Winter on the Berninabahn: Reaching 2253m above sea level with a maximum gradient of 7%, the metre-gauge Berninabahn is the third-highest railway in Switzerland and one of the steepest adhesion railways in the world. Georg Trub presents a portfolio of his images depicting winter operations on this spectacular line in December 2023.

Roma Tiburtina: A High-Speed Hub for the Italian Capital: Andrew Thompson looks at how Roma Tiburtina was redeveloped to provide a through station for north-south high-speed services traversing the city.

Budapest-Hegyeshalom Diesel Diversions: The complete closure of the Budapest-Hegyeshalom line, Hungary's main rail link with western Europe, between late October and mid-November resulted in the diversion of numerous freight trains over the non-electrified Komarom-Szekesfehervar line with vintage diesels providing traction. Ferenc Joo examines the works undertaken on Line 1 and how the diversions were managed.

Industrial Steam at Solvayovy Iomy: A hidden gem in the forested hills to the south-west of Praha, the industrial railway and outdoor museum at Salvayovy Iomy is home to a sizeable collection of 600 mm gauge locomotives. Andrew Thompson visits this unique heritage railway.

News stories this month include:

  • DB begins tendering for "ICE of the future"
  • French parliament approves plan for high-frequency suburban networks
  • Channel Tunnel growth prospects good, says Getlink
  • Western section of Austria's Koralmbahn opens
  • Berlin-Paris overnight service returns
  • Stuttgart 21 likely to launch with reduced services
  • Rail Baltic construction moves forward but costs increase
  • Agreement on new Skopje-Nis line
  • First DSB Talgo set arrives in Denmark
  • Trenitalia ETR.700 on test in Slovenia
  • First DE 18 Smart Hybrid for Nexrail
  • Praha major stations to be modernised
  • Geneve ZIPLO extension opens
  • Free public transport in Montpellier
  • More Brussels-Frankfurt ICE problems
  • RENFE to expand French services
  • Latvia and Lithuanian locos tested in Estonia
  • Collision at Faenza
  • BLS car shuttle modernised
  • ÖBB rolling stock problems
  • Green Cargo Vectrons enter service in Denmark
  • Ex-Allegro Pendolinos to be used on Finnish domestic services
  • Paris tram-train Line T12 opens
  • Marschbahn to be electrified by early 2030s
  • Freight train derailment blocks Rijeka line
  • Trains return to Vares after 31 years
  • Spanish freight operators receive state aid
  • First train on Greece's Polykastro-Idomeni new alignment
  • PKP Intercity hire-ins continue

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