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Old March 10th, 2016, 02:59 PM   #621
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Venice airport rail link plans move forward
Thursday, March 10, 2016



PLANS to construct a rail link to Venice Marco Polo International Airport took step forward on March 9, when Mr Enrico Marchi, president of Venice Airport Company (SAVE) and Mr Maurizio Gentile, CEO of infrastructure manager Italian Railway Network (RFI) signed a memorandum of understanding in Rome on the planning, financing, and scheduling of the project

The airport line will branch off the Venice - Trieste line north of Mestre at a triangular junction, following the main airport access road, before looping beneath the airport in a tunnel to serve the passenger terminal

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Old March 15th, 2016, 03:35 PM   #622
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Orient express at Venezia Santa Lucia:

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Old March 17th, 2016, 10:21 PM   #623
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What are the chances that in this year Zefiro will start operating at 360km/h? In 2015 it was said, that if all certificates will be obtained in a few months, it is possible to run with 360km/h somewhere in the middle of 2016.
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Old March 21st, 2016, 12:04 AM   #624
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Rome to Sicily Excelsior rolling stock

A couple of questions please , earlier on this thread there was indication that the Trains from Northern Italy were no longer shunted on to the boat train at Villa San Giovani is that correct ?

I ask because Trenitalia suggests they still are , also it seems I can still book an Excelsior cabin on the ICN 1959 service from Rome , it comes up as an option , but I have also read Excelsior stock was scrapped as they had been robbed/ vandalised etc , don't fancy paying for something they can no longer offer.

Having experienced the end of carriage toilets on the Thello Paris Milan service which become quite ripe and interesting , having your own loo is quite appealing .

Generally thanks for some great quality pictures throughout the thread.
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Old March 21st, 2016, 12:26 AM   #625
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What are the chances that in this year Zefiro will start operating at 360km/h?
A few.

To operate at 360 km/h in commercial service a train must be tested at 110% of that speed, meaning 396 km/h. The current record is 385 (http://www.ferrovie.it/portale/leggi.php?id=1599) which would enable the train to be authorized travelling at 350 km/h.

The question is: where? At the present, no HS lines have been certified for commercial speed higher than 300 km/h, and I think that the timetable is not ready to accomodate it too. They're working on it... There are a few chances that at least one HS stretch will be authorized to 360 km/h before the end of the year, maybe the same Torino - Milano where they made the Italian record.
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Old March 22nd, 2016, 01:52 AM   #626
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Thank You for the very useful informations!
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Old March 23rd, 2016, 12:54 AM   #627
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I think that Italo will also receive a speed boost once the speeds on the high speed lines goes up. After all, the AGV was one of the first trains to have a commercial design speed of 360 km/h and I am sure Alstom would love to see their train actually running at that speed somewhere in Europe.
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NTV bought a de-powered AGV, incapable of speeds higher than 300km/h.

They'd have to update each trainset.
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Old March 23rd, 2016, 03:44 PM   #629
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it seems I can still book an Excelsior cabin on the ICN 1959 service from Rome , it comes up as an option , but I have also read Excelsior stock was scrapped as they had been robbed/ vandalised etc , don't fancy paying for something they can no longer offer.
I was curious and I asked a friend.

Apparently, there are cabins sold as "Excelsior 4", but they are not the same as the original "Excelsior 4" which have been scrapped some two years ago:
http://www.ferrovie.it/portale/leggi.php?id=3395
The "new" Excelsior coaches come from refurbishing of T3S/T2S coaches.
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Old March 24th, 2016, 10:37 AM   #630
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I was curious and I asked a friend.

Apparently, there are cabins sold as "Excelsior 4", but they are not the same as the original "Excelsior 4" which have been scrapped some two years ago:
http://www.ferrovie.it/portale/leggi.php?id=3395
The "new" Excelsior coaches come from refurbishing of T3S/T2S coaches.


Thank you for that , kind of you to ask , I wondered why I was finding it hard to come across info , I had seen those pictures of the stock awaiting scrap , it's a shame because you would think there was sufficient business from tourism and domestic to keep up a service , I feel sure the drop in use is partially associated with the deteriorating quality , I will try and record and post info on the converted stock if anyone is interested.

There are of course faster daytime services but over the longer distances it still seems appealing to wake up at destination , albeit you miss the countryside .
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Old April 1st, 2016, 12:17 PM   #631
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Lately I took a train from Roma to Ancona. I saw some bridge structures and new rail substructure between Foligno and Falconara Marittima. Are they going to speed up the slow (compared to 160km/h) sections of track?
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it's a shame because you would think there was sufficient business from tourism and domestic to keep up a service , I feel sure the drop in use is partially associated with the deteriorating quality
AFAIK, those cars have been scrapped mainly due to performance problems. In those years it was not uncommon to invest money in small and expensive projects while at the same time the rail world was undergoing tremendous changes...

Anyway, night services have since been dismantled too. I like the idea of the night train, I remember a wonderful journey on the Caledonian Sleeper from Aberdeen to London... but that's another planet, in terms of both travel culture and service quality. In the continent, night services are being canceled in the Nederlands and Germany, too, with Switzerland protesting and Austria/OeBB possibily stepping in to save some relations.

There's a huge debate in Italy on night trains among enthusiasts, but the point is that Trenitalia acts as private company and can do whatever it wants...
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AFAIK, those cars have been scrapped mainly due to performance problems. In those years it was not uncommon to invest money in small and expensive projects while at the same time the rail world was undergoing tremendous changes...

Anyway, night services have since been dismantled too. I like the idea of the night train, I remember a wonderful journey on the Caledonian Sleeper from Aberdeen to London... but that's another planet, in terms of both travel culture and service quality. In the continent, night services are being canceled in the Nederlands and Germany, too, with Switzerland protesting and Austria/OeBB possibily stepping in to save some relations.

There's a huge debate in Italy on night trains among enthusiasts, but the point is that Trenitalia acts as private company and can do whatever it wants...

Thanks , I found some pictures of some quite swish looking interiors for the original excelsior , the night trains are being withdrawn quickly across Europe as fast lines become the norm , to Sicily though the day train is still relatively slow , whether it would ever be economic to run a fast line down there would depend on the traffic figures , there does seem to be a number of existing daily trains running but are they well used ?

The Scottish sleeper has a new franchisee who are replacing all the stock which Will have to be worth a try the cost though is quite high .
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Possible marriage between ANAS and FS could reshape Italy's transport sector
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The plan of a “marriage” between Italy's state railways company Ferrovie dello Stato (FS) and ANAS  is on the table of their relative ministries (Economy and Transport), but the road to take has not yet been decided.

Unsurprisingly, Renato Mazzoncini, the head of FS, has only gone as far as saying “this is a suggestive and interesting idea,” and “talks are ongoing, synergies are particularly high.” Gianni Armani, president of ANAS, said “there are many analogies in the operating model of Ferrovie and ANAS. By working together we can do better.”

So it looks like the two state controlled companies may be on the way to a merger. If it leads to the creation of “a network company,” the FS CEO would not say no to the idea, provided that everything remains “within the FS holding.” He added that any option “would be neutral to the (planned stock market) listing of the company: any transaction can be done if it allows the group to keep adequate levels of profitability.”

There is a variety of possibilities, but there are only few clear parameters for now. What is certain, however, is that FS aims to make the company an integrated business, dealing with “everything that moves,” to quote Mazzoncini. “What I'm interested in is the public transportation service in Rome, ATAC, the largest Italian market, and it would be absurd that a group like FS was not interested in it,” the CEO said.
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Note the stairway down to the platform, and the wide space between the tracks despite the narrow gauge. That's because there is a long term plan to rebuild the line to standard gauge and integrate it into Catania's metro. Just the suburban part, however, the outer section will remain a 950 mm gauge diesel line.
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