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Old November 9th, 2016, 09:37 PM   #721
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Coccodrillo, you mean the route the Thello train takes?
I took the Thello from Genova to Nice and it surprised me through how many tiny but pintoresque towns it passed
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Old November 9th, 2016, 11:52 PM   #722
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I think the regional government of Sicilia should take some clever marketing notice from the Swiss, and give "names" for some of their regular routes, and put some special trains with extra service. It is possible to travel through mildly scenic railways to the main tourist draws of the island (except Villa Romana del Casale, which requires a bus shuttle from Enna), including the northern and eastern coasts. However, service is often bad, with old trains, plenty of delays, and even until the recent past non-air-conditioned trains (unacceptable in the island).

With a little work, they could start marketing these trains as touristic routes for foreigners, and get EU funds for 'sustainable tourism' projects in the minor lines. Like they did with the Merano railway in the North... So regulars would have train services and special tourist trains charging higher fees would also use these railways.
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"Ferrovia dei Templi", a foreign tour operator commissions a 30-race program on ALn 668.1600

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An unusual way to visit one of the most important tourist districts of Sicily attracts the attention of some foreign operators.
Fondazione FS communicates that a German tour operator has commissioned a package of historic train routes on the "Ferrovia dei Templi", which departs from Agrigento and reach Porto Empedocle directly leading to the heart of the Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The trips will be carried on board of ALn 668.1600 in its original livery in the months of October and November 2016 and February, March and April 2017. There will be 30 races and more than 3,000 tourists, with an average of 100 participants at each event.

Once again, the historic train is an ideal way to visit the Valley of the Temples, thanks to the strategic stop Tempio di Vulcano, adjacent to the entrance of the Park and Garden of Kolymbethra, transforming the means and the time of transport in a nice experience within the same trip.
In addition to this, just in order to offer a service to customers and to promote the tourist routes on historical rail vehicles, Fondazione FS opened its own Presidio Turistico inside the Station of Agrigento Centrale, the first of the entire network.

The "Ferrovia dei Templi" is one of the routes included in the project "Binari senza tempo" with which Fondazione FS has given a new life to lines that are no longer used for local public transport service, thanks to railway tourism, most notably the "Transiberiana d'Italia" that connects Sulmona to Carpinone in the heart of Abruzzo region.
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Old November 11th, 2016, 10:08 AM   #723
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Coccodrillo, you mean the route the Thello train takes?
I took the Thello from Genova to Nice and it surprised me through how many tiny but pintoresque towns it passed
Yes it is this one. You have been lucky to see the now closed section in operation.

You might remember the long underground section around Sanremo, where the line travels through a 13 km tunnel (which includes the underground Sanremo station) and another 7 km tunnel. The new section is 19 km long of which 16 km are in tunnels (although each tunnel is no longer than 3.3 km).

From Andora to the border the line is now mostly new and in tunnel. Here you can see where the new line diverges: https://www.google.ch/maps/place/170...34!4d8.1306998 (it's the new Andora station)

North of that point the new line ends as there is no financing for a new line yet, and as it is not considered a priority, the old line might remain in service for decades to come.

As I said, there are other works going on on the line, so from 2nd November until 11th December the line is cut in two parts with buses replacing it. The section south of Andora (see Google Maps' link above) is now isolated from the rest of the Italian network, and sees a limited operation using rolling stock which has temporarly been left isolated there (although if necessary stock movement could be done sending trains to France and then back to Italy via other lines).

Some pictures of the closed section from StagniWeb: http://www.stagniweb.it/



http://www.stagniweb.it/foto6.asp?Fi...gheI=100&Col=5



http://www.stagniweb.it/foto6.asp?Fi...gheI=100&Col=5
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Old November 14th, 2016, 08:52 PM   #724
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Yes, I do remember that (the Sanremo tunnel). I do recall tiny stations with single track line. Clearly train could not speed up quite much there, but it was really pintoresque

A couple of pictures (taken last March) from that trip departing from Genova Pza. Principe





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Old December 6th, 2016, 12:10 AM   #725
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ITALIAN State Railways (FS) has announced that it has acquired South-East Railways (FSE) and Servizi Automobilistici from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport.

The transaction was completed on November 28 at the headquarters of the Ministry of Infrastructure.
The transfer will be carried out according to the provisions of the Ministerial Decree of August 4 after a commitment was made to rehabilitate FSE.
The news comes just three months after IRJ reported that FS would take over the struggling FSE, and the acquisitions are part of FS CEO Mr Renato Mazzoncini’s strategy for the future.
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Old December 12th, 2016, 06:40 PM   #727
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Andora - San Lorenzo line inaugurated
Monday, December 12, 2016



AN inauguration ceremony for the Andora - San Lorenzo section of the Genova - Savona - Ventimiglia line was held on December 11 with Italy’s vice-minister of infrastructure and transport Mr Riccardo Nencini, Liguria’s governor Mr Giovanni Toti, and regional deputy for occupation, transport, tourism and human resources, Mr Giovanni Berrino, participating in the inaugural journey on the line

Italian Rail Network (RFI) president Ms Caludia Cattani was also present along with RFI CEO Mr Maurizio Gentile, Trenitalia’s CEO Ms Barbara Morgante, and Italferr’s CEO Mr Carlo Carganico

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Alcune recenti immagini della Stazione centrale di CT, di giorno 3 mattina:





con il materiale rotabile in transito: vediamo affiancate una E 464 ed una vecchia E 656:


Qui due "Minuetti", uno in arrivo da Palermo, l'altro in partenza per Messina:




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Anybody knows if Bernina express is operating these days through Bernina pass? There should be abundant amount of snow up there.

PS: This post went here by mistake, should be part of Switzerland Railways thread.

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Hitachi and Trenitalia unveil double-deck EMU mock-up
Friday, January 20, 2017



PRODUCTION of the next-generation double-deck EMU for Trenitalia was officially launched at Hitachi Rail Italy’s (HRI) Pistoia plant on January 20 with the unveiling of a full-size mock-up of the driving vehicle cab end

Trenitalia awarded HRI a framework contract last August to supply up to 300 Caravaggio regional EMUs with a maximum value of €2.6bn. The initial firm order is worth €333m and comprises 25 five-car and 14 four-car trains

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Fun fact: as we are discussing in the Italian section, these trains *may* be the first italian regional trains equipped with ERTMS.

The italian nickname for them is "Rock", following the music-related tradition (...) started with "Minuetto", "Jazz" and "Swing" EMU/DMU.
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Esterni Treno Rock by Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, on Flickr


Esterni Treno Rock by Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, on Flickr


Interni Treno Rock by Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, on Flickr


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It's worth noting that this is the first double decker in Italy with an upper deck fully extended above the doors.
This arrangement is well know on Bombardier's Doppelstock driving cars:





Earlier double deckers in Italy had either the doors over the bogies (thus not providing a flat access):


(based on a French design)

or doors at platform level but limited room in the upper level, as well as cramped stairs:






The German DoSto's are much taller (+33 cm) and it's simpler to adopt that design. In this case there was some compromise: you can notice that the seats above the doors are raised and there are no windows. Also, the head units have only one set of stairs.

Overall I much appreciate the layout they designed for this train, it's a big improvement from the past and I think it will be a success.
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