Today’s Railways Europe 312 – February 2022

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The February 2022 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.

Feature articles this month include:

Madrid-Galicia High-Speed Line (almost) Complete: After more than two decades of planning and construction, the high-speed rail link to Galicia reached a milestone in December with the inauguration of the challenging Pedralba de la Praderia to Ourense section of the route. Mike Bent charts the twists and turns of this tumultuous but impressive project, which is still ongoing.

Rail Centres: Nizhny Novgorod: Located at the confluence of the Oka and Volga rivers, Nizhny Novgorod is Russia’s sixth-largest city and an important railway junction. Toma Bacic explores the city’s main line and urban rail networks.

Danish Henschel Farewell: The Final Months of the DSB Class ME: The use of diesel locomotives on DSB passenger services ended on 11 December with the final scheduled Class ME workings in eastern Denmark. Here we present a portfolio of images depicting these popular GM-engined machines during their final weeks in traffic with DSB.

Narrow Gauge to Osoblaha: Tucked away in a remote corner of the Czech Republic near the Polish border, the 760mm gauge line from Tremesna ve Slezsku to Osoblaha is a remarkable survivor. Andrew Thompson explains how a thriving tourist operation has helped to secure the continued operation of CD’s only remaining narrow gauge line.

Budapest’s Tunnel Vision: The Hungarian capital is one of the last major rail centres in Europe without through long-distance services via the city centre. However, in recent years preparations for a cross-city tunnel under the Danube to create a through line and a central station have made rapid progress, as Ferenc Joo explains.

News stories this month include:

  • EU cross-border action plan published
  • Trenitalia introduces Paris-Milano Frecciarossa services
  • SJ orders 250 km/h EMUs
  • Severe weather causes spate of derailments in Spain
  • Keolis Deutschland sold
  • French night trains return
  • Wien-Paris Nightjet launched
  • Irish Rail awards contracty for new DART trains
  • Alston wins Norewgian regional EMU order
  • Skoda unveils first Warszawa metro train
  • Moskva’s longest-ever metro extension opens
  • Leased Vectrons take over Wien-Ljubljana services
  • Norwegian international freight develoments
  • CD orders more RegioPanter EMUs
  • Alstom to build trains for Transdev Marseille-Nice services
  • Decline of vintage BLS trains
  • Sudbahn electric services begin
  • New services in SNCB 2022 timetable
  • Two tonne rock closes the Porrettana
  • Plovdiv area modernisation project underway
  • Chemin de Fer du Bocq to reach Yvoir