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Old January 7th, 2015, 05:23 PM   #101
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The rail tracks near the border are not electrified and in a bad state and always required two locomotive exchanges (one in Wegliniec and one in Cottbus), which caused a travel time of up to 5,5 hours. The bus needs about 4 hours.

Looking at a map, as I am now, of the region this situation seems a little bonkers.

Which particular border crossing are we referring to here and are there any plans for a rail upgrade to make trains services at least as fast as bus services, if not faster?
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Old January 7th, 2015, 05:39 PM   #102
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when has this picture been taken? I have never seen the blue restaurant car of Serbian Railways before.
Since the loco has the Euro 2008 design: Must have been between 2007 and 2009.
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Old January 10th, 2015, 06:19 PM   #103
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From 1st of February there will no longer be passenger trains on route Rīga (LV) - Valga (EE) on part Valmiera (LV) - Valga (EE) on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Instead there will be a bus service. This might be temporary or it might be permanent. This is the only railway between Latvia and Estonia.

There were rumors that from May there will also no longer be a connection between Latvia and Lithuania (the Vilnius - St. Petersburg sleeper)
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Old January 11th, 2015, 02:21 PM   #104
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High-speed railway to link Istanbul with Bulgaria

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Transportation, Communications and Maritime Affairs Minister Lütfi Elvan said that they want to strengthen the infrastructure link with neighboring countries; thus, Istanbul will be connected to the Kapıkule border gate (Bulgaria) with a high-speed railway line passing through Edirne. A tender will be held on this in 2015. Mega projects include the North Marmara Highway, the third bridge and railway lines that will pass over this bridge will be connected to this line. Elvan remarked that the highway link with Greece is also being strengthened and that railway links are being renewed completely, and indicated his expectation that Greece would strengthen its own railway.
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Old January 11th, 2015, 03:54 PM   #105
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Elvan remarked that the highway link with Greece is also being strengthened and that railway links are being renewed completely, and indicated his expectation that Greece would strengthen its own railway.
Well indeed, the rail links between Turkey and Greece are almost non-existent and apparently should be created. One could easily envisage a new railway branching from the future HSL from Istanbul linking it with Thessaloniki. Easier said than done, as on the territory of Greece doesn't even seem to exist anything worth upgrading. Such a link would require a totally new project and big investments. In the present economical environment it's hard to imagine where the money could be taken from.
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Old January 12th, 2015, 09:40 AM   #106
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In the greek side, there had been a plan for many years for a completely new higher speed line (up to 200km/h) from Thessaloniki to Alexandroupoli that would cut the travel distance by houndreds of km compared to the current one, following to an extend the highway between the two cities.

This seems to be abandoned for now as the goverment a couple of months ago brought out of the blue plans to electrify and marginally improve the existing line, which does a big detour. The only part of the old plans that remains is an extension between Kavala and Xanthi. The stated aim is to lower the cost for cargo trains as passenger travel will remain very slow comapred to cars. My educated guess is that they were trying to find projects to include in the new EU funding pack proposed by Juncker and they thought that this would be more feasible to do within 5 years compared to a completely new line. However, if this goes through, it means that passenger rail connections between Thessaloniki and Istanbul will remain very limited in the coming decades, at a time when there are more air connections than ever.
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Old January 12th, 2015, 09:44 AM   #107
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Well if at least they could restore that sleeper train that was cancelled a
few years ago...
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Apparently it is under consideration to re-open it. The connections with Sofia, Skopje and Belgrade have already reopened so there is some hope.
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Old January 13th, 2015, 08:52 AM   #109
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I was aware for Skopje and Beograd but not for Sofia. Any more info ?
Anyway, this is good news. I already went by train to Istanbul via Svilengrad
and have plans to go again, but this time would like to do it via Greece and
the new Calafat-Vidin bridge, on which passes a new international service
now...
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Old January 13th, 2015, 11:51 AM   #110
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There is now one dayly departure between Salonica and Sofia. The rides takes 7 hours and to my knowledge uses Greek coaches. The train departs Thessaloniki early in the morning and returns from Sofia in the afternoon. It thus provides a connection from/to the night train from/to Athens within 30-60 minutes. Exact schedule is available at http://bdz.bg/files/2012/raz_bdz/360-361.pdf
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