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Old January 17th, 2015, 05:22 PM   #461
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Italys Minister of Economy and Finance has signed a loan agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB) and MEF worth almost a billion euros to upgrade conventional and regional rail lines in the country.

Minister Pier Carlo Padoan signed the deal alongside EIB vice-president Dario Scannapieco and the director general of the Treasury, Vincenzo La Via

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I had read recently that the intermodal loading profile for Bologna has now been enlarged to the P400 profile and already according to Ship2Shore Kombiverkehr either is now operating or is planning to operate a P400-capable service between Bologna and Frankfurt. The full news story is behind a paywall and the Kombiverkehr website isn't yet making any mention of this service.

I must confess I wasn't expecting RFI (Rete Ferroviaria Italiana) to upgrade any of the lines South of Verona, Milan or Turin anytime soon to the P400 profile, so I'm pleasantly surprised.

Is this new P400 route only for trains that go via Modena, Parma and Piacenza or does the upgrade also apply to the route via Ferrara, does anyone know?
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Coccodrillo, I suspect that you will be able to provide more information on the P400 projects of RFI.
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I have just found this story which Google has kindly translated into some kind of English.


"Arrives in Bologna from Frankfurt the first train of semi-encoded P400

Ricci is a historic turning point for freight in Italy

At the railway terminal of the Bologna is coming the first train test semitrailers (mega) loaded on wagons that departed from Frankfurt and is operated by the German Kombiverkehr with the Italian railway company Rail Traction Company (RTC).

This was announced HIL, the network consists of Bologna Interport Spa & Terminals Italy Srl with the intent to enable new rail services for the benefit of the national production system, explaining that the train will run along the Brenner line inaugurated in 2010 by the Italian Railway that on the section Verona-Bologna, has upgraded to code PC / 80 and P400 to accommodate high cube containers and semi-trailers with a height four meters.

The train - has specified HIL - will be on hand all weekend with the prospect of increasing frequencies when the service will be consolidated and aims to all logistics operators and transport that have the need to move, even with their own equipment, goods flows to and from Frankfurt.

It is - said the president of Interporto Bologna Spa, Alessandro Ricci - "a historic turning point for freight in Italy. Quite a challenge for all stakeholders involved, and whose aim is to consecrate Bologna hub for the ports of the Tyrrhenian (Livorno and La Spezia) and the Adriatic (Ravenna and Ancona) even for short sea traffic. ""
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(AGI) - Caltanissetta, February 9 - It Will be strengthened the railway line 'Canicatti'-Gela-Comiso', that cuts the southeastern Sicily through the provinces of Agrigento, Caltanissetta and Ragusa. The project infrastructure and technology from 35 million euro will start in March and will be 'completed within the year' . Planned the construction of a fixed link to the airport Comiso "Magliocco" (Ragusa).
This was announced during a meeting held at the City of Gela, and 'was the president of the Italian railway network, Dario Lo Bosco, the presence of the regional president, Rosario Crocetta, and Mayor Angelo Fasulo. With Lo Bosco, Andrea Cucinotta, Investment Department, Giovanni Di Liberto, the Territorial Direction Production, and the Director of Works of the work. The planned measures will improve the line and reduce travel times. From Canicatti 'you can' reach Comiso in 1 hour and 40 minutes against the current two hours; Gela in Comiso in 55 minutes, 10 less than the time it takes today. Intermodal transport, also will derive 'benefits from both the airport link comisano "Pio La Torre", both from the more' simplified access to logistics centers, port and industrial entire basin. The President, The Woods, in stressing the importance of the work, "the result of a commitment made with the territory," he reiterated that "the South and 'central to the policy of RFI."
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I must confess I wasn't expecting RFI (Rete Ferroviaria Italiana) to upgrade any of the lines South of Verona, Milan or Turin anytime soon to the P400 profile, so I'm pleasantly surprised.

Is this new P400 route only for trains that go via Modena, Parma and Piacenza or does the upgrade also apply to the route via Ferrara, does anyone know?
Basically every mainline north of the Turin-Milan-Bologna-Venice-Trieste axis is or will be enlarged to P400 profile. That's quite easy, since the Brenner and Pontebbana already have new big tunnels*, and lines in the Padana plain are basically tunnel-free (well, there are a few, but not more than a half a dozen and short).

A map of what is planned by RFI can be seen here: http://www.intermodale24-rail.net/li...RETE-merci.JPG

Source: http://www.intermodale24-rail.net/li...struttura.html

sagome = loading gauges
moduli = train lengths
P/C 45 is equivalent to P380 (roughly)
P/C 80 is equivalent to P400

The Bologna-Florence line will be challenging to adapt, and I wonder if RFI really do that by 2017, since it has many tunnels (the longest at 18.5, 7.2 and 3 km). The Adriatic coast line is long, but most long tunnels there have been rebuilt in the last 20 or so years to replace old single track sections.

One notable line(s) that will not be adapted is the Milan-Genoa one, since they hope to build a new 27 km base tunnel before 2030. The existing lines, shown in orange, is just P/C 22 or P342! (there are two parallel double track lines, the one to be opened in 2030 will be the third parallel one-the so called Terzo Valico or "third pass railway").

*the Brenner railway when opened in 1867 had very few tunnels, many new long tunnels were built from the 1990s but already with a large loading gauge. The Pontebbana railway was also basically newly built replacing an old single track line.
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Thanks for reminding me of these maps.

Well if these P400 network plans will be ready by 2017 Cemat, Hupac and Kombiverkehr will be very happy indeed. I expect that Ancona and Bari, for example, will be very useful sources of piggyback traffic for these operators.
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I wonder what will the future reserve for the Pistoia-Bologna railway... It was an important redundancy before the new HS line, now it is a third link between Bologna and Toscana.
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New train fleets launched in Tuscany
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THE launch of two new rolling stock fleets for the Italian region of Tuscany was marked at Florence Santa Maria Novella station on February 13, when trains of both types were formally presented to regional president Mr Enrico Rossi by Mr Orazio Iacono, Trenitalia's national director of regional transport

From the second half of this year 12 Alstom Jazz EMUs will be introduced on Florence – Prato – Pistoia, Florence – Valdarno and Florence – Empoli services. The 160km/h articulated trains will seat up to 290 passengers with two wheelchair spaces. The fleet is part of a €450m order for 70 trains awarded to Alstom by Italian State Railways in November 2012. The trains are based on Alstom's Coradia Meridian platform and are being assembled at the company's Savigliano plant

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Trenitalia cuts Sicily train ferries
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TRENITALIA has announced plans to remove two of its train ferries from the Straits of Messina, which will result in the loss of its daytime inter-city services from the Sicilian cities of Palermo and Siracuse to Naples and Rome, and the overnight service to Milan

Trenitalia says it will save €46m per year by cutting the services which will result in around 100 job losses. The changes are due to take place in June and will leave only one overnight sleeper service between Rome and Sicily with passengers forced to change from the train to the ferry and to a different train following the crossing. Currently passengers can travel in the same rail vehicle across the short sea crossing four times every day

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