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Old November 5th, 2014, 08:04 PM   #421
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Is it ever economical to even run a 1-unit train like that?
Well, it can take twice the number of people you load in a bus, so if a bus is
economical, why not a train ? Provided of course that the track access charges
are reasonable, and that it can run with a one-person crew.
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Old November 5th, 2014, 08:04 PM   #422
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Italian rail authority ordered RFI to reduce the fees it charges to NTV, deeming them excessive.

So trackage fees will now be € 8,20/train/km instead of € 13,10/train/km
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Old November 5th, 2014, 11:41 PM   #423
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I am sure that will be benificial for .Italo, as they were severely suffering from the high track access charges and competition from Trenitalia.
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Old November 13th, 2014, 04:39 PM   #424
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Historical train from Catania to Porto Empedocle (AG), Sicily

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Old November 14th, 2014, 04:13 AM   #425
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Possibility high that Hitachi will purchase AnsaldoBreda

Reports are filtering in that Chinese firm CNR has withdrawn from considering purchase of the Italian train maker, and that Hitachi has finalized its offer, estimated at approx. 1.4 billion Euros. It is expected a formal announcement to be made by the end of this week.

Prime minister Matteo Renzi and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe have conferred on the sidelines of the recent Asia-Europe summit in October, seeking reassurances that any purchase will not result in employment cuts.

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Old November 14th, 2014, 07:14 AM   #426
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TrenOk

TrenOk was a short-lived low-cost train service unveiled by Trenitalia 10 years ago. They put some ETR-450 on direct Bari-Roma and Roma-Milano services, and sold cheap tickets online.



It was an attempt to put up a fight with low-cost airlines, but they managed, most and foremost, to siphon passengers from other non-high speed trains in these routes.
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Old November 14th, 2014, 08:51 AM   #427
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Historical train from Catania to Porto Empedocle (AG), Sicily
Nice ! I was in that area two months ago, and have seen this station of
Porto Empedocle. At the exception of some occasional tourist or historical
train - not more than a few per year - this station is now unused. This, of
course, right after the line has been extensively modernized...
This place seems to have a very specific appetite for useless public works,
as there are also around there many remnants of road infrastructure that
were never finished. As if Sicily had too much money...

Did you know that, at the time there was still a metre-gauge network in
Sicily, this line was dual-gauge ? Nothing remains of that today, of course
(finding remnant parts of metre gauge infrastructure was my reason for being
there), but south of Porto Empedocle, the metre gauge line to Castelvretano
is still very visible in many places, its right of way having been re-used for
local roads or cycling paths. The track is even still in place here and there.
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Old November 15th, 2014, 11:27 AM   #428
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Yes, the line to Porto Empedocle is very rarely used. It has (or had?) a scheduled regional service two days a year, in February, for a local fair. Curiously, it appears* on Trenitalia's printed timetable in a separate table, just any other normal railway line operating year long.

Here the two lines on it.wiki:

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferrovi...orto_Empedocle

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferrovi...orto_Empedocle

*appeared, as since June 2014 Trenitalia doesn't publish its timetable anymore (although you might find the PDFs on the internet, and a printed edition from private editors like Orario Veltro on newsstands in stations for like 5)
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Old November 19th, 2014, 07:47 AM   #429
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More than 150 years after Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour, helped forge a united Italy by calling for the creation of a world-class rail industry, Finmeccanica SpA (FNC) is closing in on selling whats left.

Finmeccanica, whose units make AW139 helicopters and parts for Boeing Co.s 787 Dreamliners, said yesterday it received an offer from Hitachi Ltd. for its AnsaldoBreda SpA rail unit, as Chief Executive Officer Mauro Moretti focuses on faster-growing helicopter, aerospace and defense-electronics businesses and cutting debt.
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Old November 19th, 2014, 12:31 PM   #430
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Pendolino

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TrenOk was a short-lived low-cost train service unveiled by Trenitalia 10 years ago. They put some ETR-450 on direct Bari-Roma and Roma-Milano services, and sold cheap tickets online.



It was an attempt to put up a fight with low-cost airlines, but they managed, most and foremost, to siphon passengers from other non-high speed trains in these routes.
Say, this is the famous Pendolino train, which, during years, made the Rome-Milan route.

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Old November 20th, 2014, 02:02 AM   #431
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Apparently there are only a couple of these units left in regular use, on the Rome-Reggio-Calabria service.
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Old November 20th, 2014, 02:12 PM   #432
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the spanish pendolino version ( renfe 443 serie ) 1977

http://loxos.webcindario.com/Unidade...204xx/443a.jpg
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Old November 20th, 2014, 09:01 PM   #433
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Italy to sell 40% stake in FS by 2016
Thursday, November 20, 2014



ITALY's economy minister Mr Giancarlo Padoan has announced that the government is planning a "quick" partial-privatisation of Italian State Railways (FS) in a bid to reduce the public debt and improve the competitiveness of the railway in the high-speed rail and regional public transport markets

During a meeting with transport and infrastructure minister Mr Maurizio Lupi and a delegation of senior FS managers this week, Padoan said the government intends to proceed with the sale of a 40% stake in FS, describing the decision as "an important opportunity to enhance a company that has been an engine of modernisation in Italy."

A taskforce will now discuss the terms of the privatisation process, which should be completed by the end of 2015 or early 2016.
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Italian track-doubling project moves forward
Wednesday, December 03, 2014



ITALIAN State Railways (FS) has submitted detailed designs to the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport for a 1.5bn project to construct a second track on the Andora Finale Ligure section of the Ventimiglia Genoa line in Liguria

The project involves constructing a new 31.9km line, running inland from the existing coastal route, which due to the mountainous terrain will involve the construction of 25km of tunnels.

The initial construction lot will be worth around 220m and will cover road access, preliminary works, and preparations for tunnelling.

FS says tendering will begin as soon as the Interministerial Committee for Economic Planning (CIPE) has approved both the final design and the neccessary funding

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The Spanish Pendolino version, parked in Barcelona

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the spanish pendolino version ( renfe 443 serie ) 1977

http://loxos.webcindario.com/Unidade...204xx/443a.jpg
Judging by the photo, this Spanish Pendolino version (from RENFE) appears parked in the Plaza de Francia station (in Barcelona), beside the Talgo train.
Which routes this Spanish Pendolino version operated?

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[QUOTE=rodineisilveira;119747649][FONT="Franklin Gothic Medium"]Judging by the photo, this Spanish Pendolino version (from RENFE) appears parked in the Plaza de Francia station (in Barcelona), beside the Talgo train.
Which routes this Spanish Pendolino version operated?

i think its atocha station in madrid
only one train was manufactured
routes madrid albacete ( 1979 )
madrid jaen ( 1980-82 ) , then as a tourist train ...
in spain , prefered talgo pendular


http://www.railwaymania.com/docs/1/talgo_018.jpg
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Trenitalia secures South Tyrol regional contract
Wednesday, December 10, 2014



ITALY's autonomous province of South Tyrol has extended its agreement with Trenitalia to provide regional services up to 2024 in a 36m per year contract

The contract was awarded without a tender and foresees that Trenitalia will provide 2.7 million train-km per year, which encompasses half of all South Tyrol's rail services, with the cost falling to 12.9 per-km from 13.5 under the previous contract.

The costs include contributions from the state for the purchase of new trains. Trenitalia has ordered seven Stadler Flirt EMUs to operate services in the region which will be delivered in 2017 at which point all of the region's services will use Stadler Flirts. South Tyrol's local transport authority STA ordered eight of the EMUs in 2008, five of which are now operated by Trenitalia and three by SAD Local Transport
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Judging by the photo, this Spanish Pendolino version (from RENFE) appears parked in the Plaza de Francia station (in Barcelona), beside the Talgo train.
Which routes this Spanish Pendolino version operated?

This picture is taken in Madrid-Atocha. Plaza de Francia do not exist, The name of this station are Barcelona-Termino, today Barcelona-Estacio de Frana.
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