Today’s Railways Europe 313 – March 2022

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The March 2022 issue of Today’s Railways Europe contains all the latest railway news from mainland Europe, plus our regular features and a selection of interesting and informative articles. Brought to you by our team of informed correspondents based throughout the European continent.

Feature articles this month include:

New night train stock: who will pay? Could the recent resurgence in overnight sleeper travel ber heading for trouble? Jon Worth, founder of the Trains for Europe campaign, examines the prospects for the procurement of new overnight trains.

A new chapter for the Frauenfeld-Wil-Bahn: Rarely visited by enthusiasts, Switzerland’s Frauenfeld-Wil-Bahn is a charming regional railway with many of the facets of an interurban tramway. Recently merged with Appenzeller Bahnen, the line appears to have a rosy future with plans for enhancements to enable 15-minute services, as Andrew Thompson explains.

Hallsberg: A Swedish freight hotspot: The small railway town of Hallsberg is one of the best locations in Sweden to observe freight trains. Finn Møller visits this busy junction, which sees around 100 freight movements on a typical weekday.

CZ LOKO: Czech Diesels in Italy: The need to replace ageing diesel locomotives on shunting and trip freight duties, has allowed Czech loco builder CZ LOKO to find a lucrative market for its products in Italy in recent years. Marco Cacozza surveys the growing Italian Effishunter fleet.

Endangered Species: CD and ZSSK Class 460/560 “Tornado” EMUs: The Class 460/560 EMUs have been a fixture of regional services in the Czech Republic and Slovakia since the early 1970s but their withdrawal is now imminent. Quintus Vosman looks at the history and current operations of the `Tornados’.

Slovenian Splendour: Slovenia combines spectacular scenery with plenty of freight and loco-hauled passenger trains, although with the introduction of new Stadler EMUs and the lease of Vectron locos for international services, older classes are losing work. Laurence Sly presents a portfolio of his images, some taken with the aid of a drone, depicting a variety of workings in the Slovenian landscape.

News stories this month include:

  • SNCB orders multi-system TRAXX locomotives
  • More ICE3neo and Vectron Dual Mode for DB
  • Eurostar e300 sets return
  • Stadler wins massive order for tram-trains
  • UK–France Toyota trains begins operation
  • `Trams of the future’ for Görlitz, Leipzig and Zwickau
  • CAF trams enter service in Oslo
  • SBB Girunos to operate to Bologna
  • DSB to refurbish double-deck stock
  • Hamburg Hauptbahnhof expansion plans
  • Freight traffic surges in Norway
  • Euro 9000 on test
  • The end for ex-BR Class 92s in Croatia
  • Swedish Railway Museum reopening plans
  • Esslingen railcar visits Berlin
  • North Norfolk Railway overhauls RhB No. 1 boiler