Today's Railways Europe 340: June 2024

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The June 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:

European Sleeper: Turning the Night Train Dream into Reality: A year after successfully launching its first night train operations, European Sleeper has its sights firmly set on new routes. One of the company's two founders, Elmer van Buuren talks to Quintus Vosman about the challengers and opportunities for night trains in Europe.

Better Networks for French Cities: In late 2023 the French government approved a law governing the creation of RER-style networks serving provincial cities. With work already underway to develop such networks in several cities, David Haydock looks at progress so far.

Beer and Steam: Andrew Thompson visits the annual festival at the Feldschlosschen brewery near the Swiss-Germany border, where regular steam operation continued until the 1990s and vintage transport is part of the company's identity.

The Fall and Rise of Berlin's Siemensbahn: A stretch of the Berlin S-Bahn network that has lain dormant for more than 40 years is to be reactivated as part of a major redevelopment of the Siemensstadt area. Gary Essex charts the history of the Siemensbahn and the plans for its revival.

GE Diesels in Estonia - The Many Livers of Operail's ex-US Dash 7s: After 20 years of service with the US Class 1 railroads the GE C30-7A and C36-7 diesel-electrics went on to dominate Estonian freight operations for a further two decades. With the Dash 7s now in decline in Estonia, Keith Barrow and Romet Liivamagi tell the story of these rugged machines and the locally-rebuilt C30-M locomotives.

News stories this month include:

  • CD ComfortJet coaches unveiled
  • First ÖBB KISS EMU emerges
  • DB to cease maintenance of "old" electric locomotives
  • FlixTrain ceases operations in Sweden
  • Construction begins on Ukrainian standard-gauge line
  • CRRC EMU delivered to Serbia
  • 130 new trains for Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
  • New trains for Napoli metro Line 6
  • Budapest metro extensions and new trains on the horizon
  • RhB 611 in original livery
  • Chemin de fer du Jura receives new Stadler EMUs
  • TGV M livery unveiled
  • Extra S-Bahn platforms for Koln Hbf
  • Denmark says goodbye to Arriva and hello to GoCollective
  • New livery for Italian IC rolling stock
  • Retro repaint marks 30 years of Irish ARROW DMUs
  • First hydrogen train on Portuguese national network
  • Winners and losers in Norway's new National Transport Plan
  • CRRC Bison on test in Croatia
  • First Skoda EMU for Elron emerges
  • Battery-powered Mk48 enters service on Budapest Children's Railway

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