The June 2021 issue of Today’s Railways Europe contains the very latest news and features from all over mainland Europe. Our comprehensive news sections bring all the best from Europe’s main line railways, tramways and heritage lines, plus all our regular monthly columns.
For this month’s feature articles we have visited Denmark, the Netherlands, Austria and Germany, taking in a variety of rolling stock fleets and operations. Our traction archive feature takes a journey to Northern Spain and our news round-up visits almost every corner of the continent!
Feature articles this month include:
DSB: Major Fleet Changes on the Horizon: The Danish State Railways (DSB) fleet will be completely transformed by 2030 with new Siemens Vectron locos, Talgo coaches and Alstom EMUs on order. Jan Lundstrøm considers the implications of the programme for the current fleet.
NS Class 1600 and 1700: 40 Years of the Dutch “Broken Noses”: French electric locomotive designs have been a feature of the Dutch rail scene since the 1950s. The Class 1600 and 1700 derived from SNCF Class BB 7200 were by far the most successful with 139 machines delivered to NS between 1981 and 1994. Quintus Vosman charts the history of these versatile locos, more than 20 of which remain in service with both NS and private operators.
Stern & Hafferl: Lokalbahn variety between the Danube and the Salzkammergut: Roland Beier profiles the operations and diverse fleet of the Austrian regional transport company, which operates passenger services on metre and standard gauge lines in Oberösterreich as well as freight trains on the ÖBB network.
Modernising the Berlin U-Bahn Fleet: Berlin public transport operator BVG is planning to completely renew its U-Bahn fleet by the mid-2030s. Keith Fender looks at status of the existing fleet and BVG’s plans for replacement rolling stock.
Traction Archive: Metre-Gauge Through Carreño: Dr Mike Bent charts the history of the electrified narrow gauge line from Gijón to Pravia in Spain’s northern Asturias, which for many years operated an eclectic fleet of passenger stock.
News stories include:
- €4.1 billion for Bordeaux–Toulouse high speed line
- 60 new Stadler double-deck EMUs for SBB
- French start-up company proposes open-access TGV services
- German plan to switch air passengers to rail
- 182 long-distance coaches ordered for Czech Republic
- Paris tram line T9 opens
- South Korean-built trams en route to Warszawa
- CAF trams ordered for Lisboa
- Wien–Paris Nightjet details revealed
- RailAdventure acquires stake in Railexperts.
- SNCF Infra modernises its locomotive fleet
- FlixTrain launches Göteborg–Stockholm services
- Dutch heritage DMU on HSL-Zuid “rust busting” duties
- RhB diesel shunters preserved