Today's Railways Europe 339: May 2024

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The May 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:

15 Years of Rust Busting: Historic Trains Generate Money for Historic Trains: Quintus Vosman looks at the history of an unusual main line duty for heritage stock in the Netherlands, which benefits both the national infrastructure manager and railway preservation projects.

Tornado Twilight: With Czech Railways (CD) planning to withdraw all of its remaining Class 460 "Tornado" EMUs by the end of April, Quintus Vosman visits the east of the country to seek out the survivors in their final weeks in traffic.

Modernising Italy's Infrastructure: Italy is planning massive investment in infrastructure over the next decade, with a significant proportion of the budget going into the rail network. Marco Cacozza takes a region-by-region look at the enhancements currently underway.

Poland's Regional Rail Revival Part 2: Central, Western and Southern Provinces: Mike Bent concludes his survey of Poland's regional operators and their rolling stock with an evaluation of the successes and failures of the last 20 years and analysis of the new modernisation of the train fleet over this period.

In the Tracks of von Ghega: Along the Sudbahn with the EuroCity Emona: The 577 km railway from Trieste to Ljubljana and Wien is both a remarkable engineering achievement and a secenic delight. Andrew Cook explores the history of the route and takes a trip from the Adriatic to the Austrian capital.

News stories this month include:

  • DB admits delays threaten Stuttgart 21 start
  • Kevin Speed to buy Alstom trains
  • DB Cargo Vectron Dual Mode locos enter service
  • RegioJet extends Praha-Kosice services to Ukraine
  • European sleeper reaches Praha
  • Stadler IC EMUs for GYSEV
  • Hungarian takeover bid for Talgo
  • Railjet2 enters service as ÖBB orders 19 more trains
  • Disaster narrowly averted in Norway
  • Slovenian FLIRTs to Austria
  • Tatra tram marks 50 years of Praha metro
  • New cars for Switzerland's Dolderbahn
  • Latvia and Estonia agree to launch cross-border passenger services
  • CFL cargo deploys new TRAXX locos
  • New metre gauge trains for transN
  • European Commission warns Dutch government over NS contract
  • Fret SNCF transfers more trains to other operators
  • Ouigo Train Classique to Rennes
  • CDG Express EMUs stored in Strasbourg
  • Hunsruckquerbahn being partly rebuilt
  • Stadler completes Hungarian FLIRT upgrades
  • New SFM EMUs arrive in Mallorca
  • Bari-Bitritto branch opens
  • Italian ETR.521s in multiple
  • 2023: A good year for DSB
  • Railway link planned to Plovdiv Airport
  • Contumil: A hive of heritage activity in Porto

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