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Old August 7th, 2015, 08:43 AM   #3101
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The era of international auto-trains has come to an end.


2 or 3 years ago you could travel and transport your car from Hamburg to Verona&Trieste, Italy and Narbonne, France but now DB only offers autotransport services within Germany.

http://www.derwesten.de/reise/vier-r...d10957976.html
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Old August 7th, 2015, 09:54 AM   #3102
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The era of international auto-trains has come to an end.
2 or 3 years ago you could travel and transport your car from Hamburg to Verona&Trieste, Italy and Narbonne, France but now DB only offers autotransport services within Germany.
Not entirely true : despite all DB autozug closures, it is still possible to travel from Germany to Austria. And also, two other companies still offer a service :

- From Dusseldorf to Verona : http://www.treinreiswinkel.nl/autotr...seldorf-verona

- From Villach to Edirne (Turkey) : http://www.optimatours.de/fahrplan.php
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Old August 10th, 2015, 11:25 PM   #3103
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Well, the problem is the DB itself. The ÖBB just invested in cars on rail. There is also a market for it. Actually, interestingly it is quite a popular service for motor bikes. You can transverse the alps one way, and head back by train, with your bike. That way you are not forced of doing a round trip on your bike but can go farther.
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Old August 11th, 2015, 10:42 PM   #3104
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The longest rail route in the world-The China-Europe Blocktrain



This the longest train route in the world. It takes 22 days for the the train to get from China to Spain. The loco is changed 16 times.
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Old August 11th, 2015, 11:38 PM   #3105
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It's not one train of course. A number of trains carry the shipping containers that are carrying the cargo along the route. But in marketing terms it is one single corridor.
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Old August 12th, 2015, 09:32 PM   #3106
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Belarus and Poland announce new cross-border service
Wednesday, August 12, 2015



BELARUSSIAN Railways (BC) in partnership with PKP Intercity is planning to launch a new cross-border Minsk - Warsaw service in December in an effort to improve the attractiveness of its rail services

Specifically the new daily Polish service will connect with BC's existing Minsk - Grodno trains and will serve Bialystok, Malkinia and Warsaw

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Old August 13th, 2015, 10:33 AM   #3107
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BELARUSSIAN Railways (BC) in partnership with PKP Intercity is planning to launch a new cross-border Minsk - Warsaw service in December in an effort to improve the attractiveness of its rail services

Specifically the new daily Polish service will connect with BC's existing Minsk - Grodno trains and will serve Bialystok, Malkinia and Warsaw
Will it be a through train, with bogie exchange at the border, or two different
trains connecting at Brest ? The time spent for the exchange might just ruin
the whole thing...
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Old August 13th, 2015, 01:01 PM   #3108
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If I'm reading the article correct it's basically an extension of a Minsk - Bialystok train to Grodno. From Grodno you can take a connecting train to Minsk or other destinations in Belarus. Or even to exotic destinations such as Murmansk, Moscow, Odessa and Siberia as Grodno, together with Brest is a terminus for many Russian long distance kurswagen.

Now, what they should do is to extend the service to Vilnius.
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Old August 13th, 2015, 07:22 PM   #3109
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Well, keep in mind the non-EU status of Belarus. The transit from Poland to Lithuania via Grodno would make sense only if Lukashenka allowed visa-free entrance to his country... not coming soon.
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Old August 14th, 2015, 01:13 PM   #3110
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I agree that UK has different population distribution compared to France. But Britain is also increasingly American in it's approach to socialism and liberalism, and this must have played a role in railways investment.

UK needs more capacity and I agree that investment in HSR is a perfect way to solve this problem. I would add that the next HSR3 should be built in between Glasgow and Edinburgh to help spread out investment away from London.

I also think the new Euston/St Pancreas/Kings Cross area will be very intresting, especially if it merges with a new train station east of Euston... London may have it's own "Northern Station" soon...
HS3 is planned already, between Manchester and Leeds/Sheffield.

Hopefully they'll announce an HS2 Phase 3 and 4 that extends the line to Glasgow and Edinburgh.
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Old August 14th, 2015, 02:42 PM   #3111
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HS3 is planned already, between Manchester and Leeds/Sheffield.
That's a bit of a misleading statement. George Osborne (the UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer) used the term "HS3" in a speech once and it stuck for a while, but all that has been announced is a desire by the government to improve connectivity and journey times in the North of England. No details have been announced, as it's in a very embryonic stage, but what eventually happens will probably involve a mix of old and new track for existing trains, NOT a European-gauge high-speed line like HS2. "HS3" has since been replaced by "TransNorth".
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Old August 24th, 2015, 11:03 AM   #3112
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Upgrading of Heerlen - Aachen cross-border link starts
Friday, August 21, 2015



WORK will start on August 22 on upgrading the cross-border rail link between Heerlen, Netherlands and Aachen, Germany

This follows an agreement between the Dutch province of Limburg, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure Works and German local transport authorities to improve cross-border rail transport between Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium

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Old August 25th, 2015, 08:31 PM   #3113
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Very close to the Heerlen - Aachen line mentioned above another cross-border link existed, now it seems to be abandoned, most probably partially dismantled on the German side. I mean the most direct line from Maastricht to Aachen via Bocholtz. Are there any plans to revive and use it in the future?
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Old August 30th, 2015, 04:21 AM   #3114
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Old August 30th, 2015, 02:43 PM   #3115
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Very close to the Heerlen - Aachen line mentioned above another cross-border link existed, now it seems to be abandoned, most probably partially dismantled on the German side. I mean the most direct line from Maastricht to Aachen via Bocholtz. Are there any plans to revive and use it in the future?
There are plans to use a part of it for the so called "avantislijn"
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Old September 9th, 2015, 06:37 PM   #3116
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First passenger train runs on Rail Baltica 1
Wednesday, September 09, 2015



A passenger train crossed the Poland - Lithuania border for the first time in 76 years on August 27, when a Polish DMU carried a delegation including Mrs Catherine Trautmann MEP, European co-ordinator for the TEN-T North Sea-Baltic Corridor, on the first completed section of the Rail Baltica standard-gauge line from the Polish border to Lithuania's second city Kaunas

The purpose of Trautmann's visit to Lithuania was to inspect the country's railway infrastructure and review progress on Rail Baltica, which will extend the European standard-gauge network to Vilnius, Riga, and Tallinn

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Old September 10th, 2015, 04:17 PM   #3117
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There are plans to use a part of it for the so called "avantislijn"
Have you anymore info about this project? How will it fit in with the Museum train lines?(Blue on your map)
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Old September 10th, 2015, 04:39 PM   #3118
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Not sure if it belongs in this thread, please move as required.

A few weeks ago, I tried to get the Train from Tabriz (Iran) to Tatvan (Turkey) but all cross border services between Turkey and Iran had been suspended indefinately; This is due (I was told) to the fighting between Turkish security forces and PKK
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Old September 10th, 2015, 05:33 PM   #3119
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Yes, acclaimedly there were possibly up to 3 attacks on the Transasia in a short time, so apparently Iranian Railways suspended the link. Unfortunately fighting has only got worse, so does not look like this will return soon.
Other lines in Eastern Turkey which had been suspended after militant attacks are however to my knowledge running again.
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