Today's Railways Europe 337: March 2024

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The March 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:

After the Flood: Rebuilding the Ahrtalbahn: The catastrophic flood that struck the Ahr valley in western Germany in July 2021 almost completely destroyed the line between Walporzheim and Ahrbruck. Keith Barrow examines the four-year project to rebuild this scenic railway.

Heart Surgery for the Wien S-Bahn: Used by up to 700 trains a day, Wien's cross-city trunk line is the busies railway in Austria. With work now underway on a four-year project to upgrade the route, Roland Beier examines how the Stammstrecke is being made fit for the future.

Endangered Species: SZ Class 363: With their French 'Nez Casse' body styling, the Class 363 electrics have been a distinctive feature of the Slovenian railway sene for nearly half a century. As tendering begins for new locos to replace them, Toma Bacic looks back on the careers of the 'Brizita'.

Winter in Western Ukraine: Richard Hagues presents a selection of his images taken in Lviv and the Carpathian Mountains in western Ukraine in January 2024.

Sursee-Triengen Bahn: A Non-Electrified Swiss Byway: Andrew Thompson visits a short privately-owned branch line in canton Luzern, which is home to a steam locomotive with an unusual history.

News stories this month include:

  • German rail budget cut for next four years as infrastructure condition worsens
  • Eurostar passenger numbers return to 2019 levels
  • Tendering begins for first phase of Porto-Lisboa high-speed line
  • Weeks of freezing weather cause chaos in Sweden and Norway
  • Talgo to develop hydrogen high-speed train
  • EURO 9000 authorised in the Netherlands and Belgium
  • Skoda to build up to 200 trams for Praha
  • Olsztyn tramway network expands
  • New trams on test in Daugavpils
  • Berlin Type JK U-Bahn trains accepted
  • Zgorzelec-Gorlitz to be electrified by 2026
  • Widmer Rail Services acquires Taurus locos
  • Major changes to Hungarian fares system
  • DB prepares for EURO 2024
  • Cottbus ICE depot opens
  • ÖBB orders more new rolling stock
  • Go-ahead for Budapest S-Bahn line
  • Fewer Netherlands ski trains
  • SNCF Voyageurs tenders for 180 multiple units
  • First look at new Trenitalia overnight coach interiors
  • Ex-ÖBB Class 1144 electrics for Grenland Rail
  • Go-ahead for 'RENFE 28' strategy
  • Up to 70 DB IC coaches for BDZ
  • RTB Cargo EURO 9000s in service in Belgium
  • Steam returns to Balatonfenyves

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