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Old July 31st, 2009, 04:41 PM   #541
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In fact, I see that you work for the www.railwaymarket.eu site, so no doubt you have some inside knowledge on a few things.

Do you know why the CIS countries and Russia have not begun carrying unaccompanied semi-trailers by train to any great extent yet? As the loading gauge in the former Soviet network is very generous, that's not the issue.

Within Finland itself VR Cargo operates some piggyback trains, and the Ukraine saw the operation of a rolling-road type of service, which I believe has stopped now.

Is it because there's a greater probability of people trying to steal cargo from trains in the CIS and Russia, and therefore carrying European-style curtain-sided trailers would be too risky?

Or is it because the traffic volumes across the region are not dense enough enough to operate a piggyback system effectively?
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Old July 31st, 2009, 04:59 PM   #542
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Here it is: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=924986

CIs and CEE / SEE countries launched numerous one-time intermodal initatives in the recent past. See for example the recent Romanian Ro-La project. PKP LHS has its owne Ro-La train (Jaroslaw). It's an never ending story of failure.

If you ask the market insiders about the reasons of such a poor state of these kind of projects in the region (CIS, etc) you will find more answers than you'd like to hear. In most cases it will be tha incoherent pricing policy performed by the state / IMs. Often accompanied / uanaccompanied intermodal transport is several times more expensive than the road it self. And since there is no obligation to take the train, the road operator won't go there. And no demand means lack of interest from the railways. This leads to the lack of platforms and lack of cargo handlig infrastructure.

And when it comes to CIS - EU rail shipments, the list of underachievements gets much longer (see Slawkow logistic center, LHS). On the other hand many private operators (OKD, CTL) or investors (Kulczyk Investments) see their chances in the East. But they focus on bulk.

We published an interesting comment from Jan Tymoszczuk of CTL Logistics in Railway Market - CEE Review 2/09.
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Old July 31st, 2009, 05:17 PM   #543
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Thanks very much, that's helped explain things really well.

To me, an outsider, the former Soviet region can seem a bit of mystery sometimes, so I value the view of someone closer to the region.

It's interesting to contrast the highly developed intermodal networks of Kombiverkehr and Hupac, for example, with the void that exists beyond the end of the standard gauge system.

Having said that, even within the standard gauge territory of the former 'iron curtain' countries, I believe only Losovice, Budapest, Ljubljana and Arad have regular piggyback services.

I wonder how potential there is for a piggyback train serving Moscow, perhaps going to/from Hamburg Billwerder, which would act as a hub.
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Old July 31st, 2009, 05:47 PM   #544
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There are many. At least 13 combi-terminals,just in Hungary. The biggest here is probably the BILK:


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Old August 30th, 2009, 08:00 AM   #545
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Eurostar welcomes 100 millionth passenger
28 August 2009
Agence France Presse

Eurostar welcomed Friday its 100 millionth passenger on the 15-year-old high-speed rail service linking London with Paris and Brussels.

Graphic designer David Kemp, 35, an Englishman, was the 100 millionth traveller and took his French wife Stephanie from his native London to Paris, along with their two-year-old daughter Mia.

They were the perfect Eurostar couple, the train operator's chief executive Richard Brown said.

Regular commuter Kemp will now be travelling for free for a year. He was given special treatment on the 9:01 am train to Paris Gare du Nord, including a personal butler service.

All the other 700-plus passengers on the train received one free standard-class return ticket, valid for a year.

"I am absolutely thrilled. We do travel on Eurostar from time to time to see my wife's parents in Paris and now we well be able to do so more often," Kemp said.

Eurostar services began on November 14, 1994, travelling through the tunnel underneath the English Channel, which separates Britain from continental Europe.

The trains from London, which hit speeds of 300 kilometres (186 miles) per hour, can reach Paris in two hours, 15 minutes and Brussels in one hour, 51 minutes.
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Old September 3rd, 2009, 01:40 PM   #546
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Slovakia: Minister Ľubomír Vážny about the broad gauge extension to Vienna

Railway Market - CEE interviewed Ľubomír Vážny, Minister of Transport, Post and Telecommunications of the Slovak Republic. Read the excerpt, where Mr. Vážny discusses the project of borad gauge line extension to Vienna.

Jakub Klimkiewicz: Another interesting project Slovakia is willing to engage in is the extension of the broad gauge line, via Slovak territory, from Ukraine to Austria. What is the purpose of the line?

Minister Ľubomír Vážny:The purpose of this connection is to create a high-performance infrastructure and eliminate bottlenecks, shifting the goods transshipment and distribution to new multi-modal terminals – closer to end customers. We base our plans on the assumption that in the case of mass carrying bases and containers, one transshipment and handling of goods upon the reloading of goods from broad gauge lines directly to ships on the Danube River would be eliminated. New inter-modal transport terminals should be constructed along with the broad gauge line for further goods distribution and connected to the high-performance road and rail infrastructure. Within the Operational Programme Transport 2007 – 2013, the construction of terminals in Košice, Zvolen and Bratislava is prepared under the planned route, and the inter-modal transport terminal in Košice will be connected to the broad gauge line after its completion in 2012.

Who and when invented the concept of the broad gauge line extension?

It is not a brand new project; it was already in 1996 that a detailed technical and economic study of broad gauge line extension up to Bratislava was prepared. The study was initiated by large multi-national forwarding companies, just like in Poland. Naturally, along with conventional transportation of raw materials and their distribution down the Danube further into Europe, the container goods transport from Far East through Transsib into Western Europe was also considered. Yet, the ŽSR was in a critical financial situation at that time, and the interest rates of investment loans made the project unfeasible.

What is the current scale of transport of goods (road and rail) on the route of the projected broad gauge line?

Considering the nature of transported goods and transport distances, the goods flows in road transport are not relevant for assessing the project. During the past four years, 16.1 – 17.3 million tons of goods annually were transported into the Slovak Republic through the two border points, whilst the amount transported in 2008 was already affected by the financial crisis. The transshipment amount in Čierna nad Tisou is gradually growing, and in 2008 it achieved approx. 7.1 million tons. Today, the transport on the route of the broad gauge line up to Haniska pri Košiciach, and the transshipment and redistribution of goods from US Steel to other customers depends heavily on the metallurgic production in our country and in the surrounding countries, too. The capacities of the Eastern-Slovakian transshipment terminals and related infrastructure are, of course, much higher; the technological equipment for the transshipment is being modernised. The performance of the transshipment terminal is mostly affected by winter, and the measures resulting from the Schengen Agreement are “set” so as to meet the current capacity. For comparison, the project prognoses of goods flows within the Košice – Bratislava section in 2005 are 17.5 million tons of goods in East – West direction, and 5.5 million tons in West – East direction.

Who would cover the costs of construction?

Since it is a very expensive project and just a few facts are known at present, the optimum way of financing will depend on the outcomes of the planned feasibility study. The result should be an “optimal” solution with minimum demands on the public resources. In spite of the negative experience of international banks with financing comparable infrastructure projects in Europe I think that there will be a sufficient number of strong investors and banks providing sources for financing the project.
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Old September 13th, 2009, 09:23 PM   #547
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Very interesting although quite old article which says a lot of things which weren't mentioned before from RZD Partner magazine http://www.rzd-partner.com/magazine/...t/11/3596.html:




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Old September 14th, 2009, 04:12 PM   #548
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Brilliant, thanks for posting that.
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Old September 14th, 2009, 07:16 PM   #549
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Brilliant, thanks for posting that.
You are welcome. BTW, in April 2010 Russian president Medvedev will visit Slovakia. We may expect some news about this project in next months.
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Old November 5th, 2009, 04:18 PM   #550
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Deutsche Bahn bracing for 'bloody battle' with SNCF: director
30 October 2009
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German national railway Deutsche Bahn is bracing for a "bloody battle" with French peer SNCF, which has said it intends to compete on major European routes, a Bahn director said on Friday in an interview.

"It will be a bloody battle that will leave deep scars in the balance sheets," Ulrich Homburg, director of passenger transport for Deutsche Bahn told the Financial Times Deutschland.

SNCF plans to offer inter-city service in Germany, either under its own name or that of its public transport subsidiary Keolis, a source close to the matter told AFP on Thursday.

The project is likely to complicate already tense relations between the two state-owned railways.

Deutsche Bahn has complained several times it is prevented from competing in France while SNCF already runs local trains in Germany via Keolis.

"In war there is no winner," Homburg said in a warning to the French railway.

He called on Chancellor Angela Merkel to defend Germany's interests.

Another Bahn director, who was was not identified by the newspaper, said cross border cooperation between the two railways on high-speed service could suffer as a result of SNCF's plans.
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Old November 8th, 2009, 01:37 PM   #551
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It seems we will have few large rail groups in Europe in future, DB already bought some companies in Poland, SNCF is trying to buy another one it seems there will be rail-war in EU (me ass passanger i'm happy it means prices will drop and service goes up ).
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Old November 9th, 2009, 02:15 PM   #552
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Yip, I think competition is a good thing for the passengers. As long as there is a good supervision which guarantees safety.
But I can understand that the Deutsche Bahn Manager are complaining about the lack of competition in France. If the SNCF want to offer their services abroad, the French have to open their market, too.
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Old November 9th, 2009, 04:45 PM   #553
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Wonder how they will work out the scheduling though, and whether tracks owned by existing operators / governments can be fairly allocated to new competitors.
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The EU will be busy with regulating everything, officially the operations and infrastructure should be separated by now in all the countries. But in reality......
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Slovakia: Interest in hosting a leg of an expanded broad-gauge railway

Slovakia would be interested in hosting a leg of an expanded broad-gauge railway, planned to run from Ukraine to Austria, if that would increase business for its river ports and the Bratislava airport, said Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico during talks with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday.

Russia backs the expansion because it would allow Russian Railways to send more cargo to Europe. Slovak proposals on the railway extension will be “thoroughly studied and, of course, implemented as part of the broader plan,” Putin said.

Putin said he would discuss the plan with his Ukrainian counterpart, Yulia Tymoshenko, when they meet later this week. - The project is moving ahead and moving well - he said.
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Old February 7th, 2010, 02:18 AM   #556
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passenger rail in europe

Hi, I am new to this fourm. I like all helpful posts. I have a question for all the experts:

I am planning a trip to Germany starting from from Lisbon travel through capitals of spain, france and belgium and then germany. Is there a such passenger rail that travel such route?

thanks
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Old February 7th, 2010, 11:24 AM   #557
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Yes.
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Old February 7th, 2010, 11:27 AM   #558
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interrail
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Old February 7th, 2010, 12:58 PM   #559
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Not a direct link as far as i Know

I recommend the Deutsche Bahn site, The Deutsche Bahn Site will help you with an amazing Journey-planner,, and as mentioned above, Interrail is a nice option for you!
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Old February 7th, 2010, 02:00 PM   #560
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The Man in Seat Sixty-One might also be helpful.
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