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Old February 1st, 2016, 09:15 PM   #3221
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If you're ready to buy it in french, you may go for this book called Grande Vitesse Ferroviaire, which describes quite precisely (832 pages!) how the French TGV system works. Given the title, it may even be relevant for other networks, but it's not a given. You can also find it on amazon.fr, including as a second hand book.
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Old March 4th, 2016, 05:07 PM   #3222
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From Railway Gazette:

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Fehmarn Belt tunnel contract awards authorised
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EUROPE: On March 4 Fehmarn Belt fixed link project promoter Femern A/S was granted Danish political authorisation to negotiate contracts with its preferred bidders for the main tunnel works contracts

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Old March 10th, 2016, 10:11 PM   #3223
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3rd private railway company operates international trains between Czechia and Slovakia since the last Saturday.
The company ARRIVA vlaky (DB group) runs a single DMU of the class 845 (DB class 628) from Prague to Trenčín on Saturdays and from Trenčín to Prague on Sundays.
The 407 km long route takes 5 hours and between Staré Město and Trenčianská Teplá it uses a line where last international passanger trains operated in 2012.

Timetable: http://www.arriva-vlaky.cz/jizdni-rad/trencin-praha/


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Old March 11th, 2016, 08:30 PM   #3224
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Construction of an HSR between Slovenia and Italy postponed until after 2050.

http://www.delo.si/novice/slovenija/...letu-2050.html
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Old March 14th, 2016, 10:59 AM   #3225
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On this page : https://twitter.com/railwaygazette
a picture of the first French TGV réseau in the new Izy livery
for the low cost high speed trains between Paris and Brussels.
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Old March 15th, 2016, 12:25 AM   #3226
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Colors a bit like in Mazovian Railways from Poland:

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Old March 23rd, 2016, 08:52 PM   #3227
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DB to upgrade Swiss-German cross-border link
Wednesday, March 23, 2016



GERMAN infrastructure manager DB Network is planning to upgrade the 3.1km line on Swiss territory between the German border and the bridge across the River Rhine in Basle at a cost €273m

This work is part of an ongoing €7bn project to upgrade the 182km Karlsruhe - Offenburg - Basle main line, a core section of the Rotterdam - Genoa Rhine-Alpine freight corridor

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Old March 23rd, 2016, 09:39 PM   #3228
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IZY low-cost train service between Bruxelles-Midi and Paris-Nord

Another low-cost operator is coming online next month

Izy

It offers services between Bruxelles-Midi and Paris Nord only.

I'm not sure why it does take so long. Lower speeds to save electricity?
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Here are the seat categories. They are selling tickets without seat guarantees :o

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Old March 24th, 2016, 12:31 AM   #3229
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It is a low cost offer made by Thalys. The long travel times are caused by the fact that it will not use the high speed line in France because the usage fees are too high. Between Lille and Paris it will use the classical line via Arras.

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Old March 26th, 2016, 01:26 AM   #3230
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I don't know if it's a good place to talk about local inter-country train connections, but between Poland and Germany:
- on March 20th a new regional connection Berlin Lichtenberg - Küstrin - Kostrzyn - Krzyż has started as a cooperation of the companies: DB Regio and NEB (between Berlin and Kostrzyn this train, operated on this section by DB Regio, replaced a train of the NEB company) from the German side as well as Przewozy Regionalne and Arriva RP from the Polish side (train is officially operated by Przewozy Regionalne, but Arriva takes part in its organisation as a dauther company of the Deutsche Bahn); timetable: http://przewozyregionalne.pl/sites/d...berlin-rj2.pdf
- on April 1st a connection from Berlin to Zielona Góra will start, it will be an extension of a train that currently goes from Frankfurt an der Oder at the German-Polish border to Zielona Góra

Unfortunately both connections will be only a pair of trains for a day. Currently the best connection between Germany and Poland with regional trains is between Berlin and Kostrzyn (one of these trains has been "eaten" by the new Berlin-Krzyż connection) by NEB trains - the connection is almost every hour. Other frequent connections are also between Berlin and Szczecin (some of the trains need a change in Angermünde) and between Dresden and Wrocław (some of the connections need two train changes, but some of them are direct) - the latter resumed not a long time ago after it was cancelled as "too expensive and not affordable". To Frankfurt an der Oder there is something like one or two trains from Poland for a day (I mean regional one, there is more EC trains). Trains between Forst and Żagań are also rare and it's not easy to find any use of them travelling from Poland to Germany on a longer way, not locally between these towns.

On weekends from April 30th to September 25th there will be also so called "culture train" from Wrocław to Berlin through Żagań and Forst, and, strangely, it will not be possible to buy tickets for this train for a connection within a single country.

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Old March 26th, 2016, 08:08 AM   #3231
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- on March 20th a new regional connection Berlin Lichtenberg - Küstrin - Kostrzyn - Krzyż
A very painful "birth" of that new connection. Coming with a few month delay, the original route planned to be from Torun via Bydgoszcz, then shortened to start from Piła only and even this didn't succeed, finally the train departs from a sparsely populated village in the middle of the forest (literally). At this stage, much ado about nothing.
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Old March 26th, 2016, 02:36 PM   #3232
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Yes, Torun would be a different kind of goal, attracting tourism etc.
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I don't know if it's a good place to talk about local inter-country train connections, but between Poland and Germany:
-Currently the best connection between Germany and Poland with regional trains is between Berlin and Kostrzyn (one of these trains has been "eaten" by the new Berlin-Krzyż connection) by NEB trains - the connection is almost every hour. Other frequent connections are also between Berlin and Szczecin (some of the trains need a change in Angermünde) (...)
To my knowledge, there are only two trains daily directly from Berlin to Szczecin. DB uses its oldest and ugliest for this connection. The problem here is that the last 40 km on the German side of the border allow only for 50 kmh and are not electrified, plus single track. The recently approved priority list for German rail infrastructure did not prioritize this little gap unfortunately. Unlike Kostrzyn, Szczecin is a large and booming city and would deserve good connections to Berlin with IC trains, if the gap was ever solved. The present option will not appeal to people who have a car at their disposal and who would be off better with a bus even.

To complete your list of border crossing trains, you should not forget the Usedomer BäderBahn. A sub-company of DB, UBB runs frequent but all very slow, all stop connections on the summer tourist resort island of Usedom. All trains now terminate on the Polish side in Swinoujsce. As there is no bridge, the network can however not connect to the mainland Polish grid (there are thus two not connected stations in Swinoujcze, one for UBB and one for PKP. Reaching the island from Berlin unfortunately only works in a roundabout way, as the former railway bridge connecting the south of the island to the mainland has not been replaced since its destruction in WW II.
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Old March 28th, 2016, 03:13 PM   #3233
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With the IC trains the problem is that the Warsaw is not keen on financing cross-border railway connection. So the result is that we have only the BWE, and the Kiepura, which is likely to disappear in December.

Yes, I missed UBB. If the train could get to the station of the ferry that goes to the other side of the Świna river, the networks would be practically connected, because on the other side (Wolin island) the PKP station is just next to the ferry station. But it's around 1,5 km distance.

The problem with the trains going from Berlin is Szczecin (with the vehicles) is that DB doesn't have many diesel trains that are allowed to go to Poland. From what I know, on the route from Lübeck to Szczecin there are still replacement buses on the short section through the German-Polish border, because DB has introduced new trains on this connection, but they still didn't manage to get the documentation for them so that they can use Polish tracks. Also these old trains operate on the new connection to Krzyż.
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Old March 28th, 2016, 05:15 PM   #3234
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Kpc21, you have touched a very important issue concerning the painful homologation process of the rolling stock in Europe, especially the locomotives. There are too many hurdles and too many costs involved. It's a shame, especially in the context of the European integration. The modern stock proved safe in one EU country seems to be considered as extremely dangerous in another. On the net you can find an analysis made by DB 10 years ago - not much progress so far.
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Old March 29th, 2016, 01:28 AM   #3235
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As far as I know this is going to change soon isn't it ? Homologation in one country will become enough for all Europe...

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Old March 29th, 2016, 01:01 PM   #3236
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That will be when approved, if, the Fourth Railway Package thus approved.

Anyway is absurd, until there is a new completely homogenous European network is impossible that the same train can operate on any network.
A simple example: apart the ERTMS, have to take the local security system support, and there are different (LZB, Ebicab 700 y 900, TPWS, AWS, Asfa, Indusi, ATSS, ATBL, TVM, KVB, BRS, Signum, Zub 121, EVM, KHP, LVZ) in Europe.
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Talgo trains Moscow-Berlin

The Talgo trains Moscow-Berlin will continue to make approval route in Germany, Belarus and Russia.
3 trains "T 9" wide change in a Talgo changer in Brest (Belarus) with winter temperatures that reach -30 °.
To prevent locks from freezing, Talgo has devised a system based on blow hot air (+24 °) of normal renewal of interior rating system and say with very good results.

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Los trenes Talgo que harán la ruta Moscú-Berlín continúan realizando la homologación en Alemania, Bielorrusia y Rusia.
Los 3 trenes Talgo 9 cambiarán de ancho en un cambiador en Brest (Bielorrusia) con temperaturas que en invierno alcanzarán los -30º.
Para evitar que los cerrojos se congelen, Talgo ha ideado un sistema basado en soplar el aire caliente (+24º) de la renovación normal del habitáculo de viajeros, y dicen que con muy buenos resultados.
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Old April 8th, 2016, 07:49 PM   #3238
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Construction of an HSR between Slovenia and Italy postponed until after 2050.

http://www.delo.si/novice/slovenija/...letu-2050.html
Yikes. Well at least they're honest.
No "well maybe in 5 years, we'll see"
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Old April 13th, 2016, 09:36 PM   #3239
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I'm trying to find information on any kind of planning for the reinstating of the connection between Zurich and Barcelona - not the Elipsos one, specifically, but anything. Would this be on anyone's list?
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With the IC trains the problem is that the Warsaw is not keen on financing cross-border railway connection. So the result is that we have only the BWE, and the Kiepura, which is likely to disappear in December.
There is also the Gdansk to Berlin train, but I have no idea how long that will last.
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