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Europe Rail News: 10 June 2021

Paris to Nice by night train from €19, Prague to Croatia RegioJet, Budapest Children's Railway, a new station in Moscow, and more Europe rail news.
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James Clark
Jun 10 2021
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Welcome to the second edition of the Europe Rail News Newsletter, and hello to new subscribers. I'm still working out the format and frequency, but having just put this newsletter together I can see that there will always be lots of news to share.

One of this week's news articles is from Budapest, and while looking for a related photo in my archives I found this photo from Budapest Keleti railway station (the main international and inter-city railway terminal in Budapest, Hungary).

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Europe

Trains, not planes or automobiles, are the ticket to European treks

"Overnight tours are gaining momentum as the Continent aims to cut carbon emissions."

EU transport ministers call for modal shift, so rail can grow faster than the wider economy

Why trains are on track for a revival [Paywall Article]

"Thanks to environmental concerns and the hassle of air travel, holidaying by rail is set to be more popular than ever, says the founder of seat61.com."

Croatia

Let the train take the strain – first RegioJet train arrives in Croatia from Prague with 400 passengers

"The first seasonal RegioJet train on the Prague-Zagreb-Rijeka/Split line arrived at the Rijeka railway station today, and RegioJet says that more than 30,000 tickets have been sold for this train this season so far."

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France

France relaunches night train from Paris to Nice starting at €19

The need for speed: The new TGV M is launching in an era of global high-speed rail rivalry

Germany

Deutsche Bahn (DB) is celebrating 30 years of ICE traffic in Germany with the christening of the first XXL ICE.

"This is the latest addition to the ICE fleet, and the longest high-speed train in the country."

Hungary

Children's Railway restarts operation in Budapest, Hungary

"The Children's Railway restarts operation after seven months' break because of the COVID-19 pandemic in Budapest."

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I rode this railway when I was based in Budapest. I thought it was some kind of kids' playground until I found out it was literally a railway run by children (with adult supervision). This was before I started Nomadic Notes so I didn't blog about it. In fact, going through my old photos it seems I only took two photos that day, so while I was living in the moment I don't remember much about it. Nowadays I would have taken 10 photos of the station cat before I even got to the train.

Here is the official website, and here is a photo from my visit, probably in 2006 or 2007.

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Ireland

Taoiseach says new metropolitan rail network for Cork can be completed 'quickly'

"The Minister for Environment announced today that €184 million will fund this new investment in a metropolitan rail network between Cork towns."

Netherlands

Amsterdam to Zurich night train in the works

"Dutch rail company NS is planning to run a night train from Amsterdam to Zurich from the end of this year or early next year, working with its counterparts SBB in Switzerland, OBB in Austria, and DB in Germany. The plan is to depart from Amsterdam every evening, and travel via the Rhine-Ruhr area to arrive in Zurich and Basel in the morning."

Poland

Poland and Spain sign agreement to develop Polish high-speed rail system

Russia

A NEW railway station opens in Moscow - the first in over 100 years! (PHOTOS)


Spain

Talgo Avril reaches 363km/h on test run

"Talgo achieves a milestone in the commissioning of its fleet of Avril trains for Spanish national operator Renfe."


Turkey

Turkey plans to expand 16,700 km railway network by 2023

U.K

New age of the train: UK puts mothballed rail stations back on track

"Long-forgotten railway lines prepare to reopen as passenger numbers surge."

Ukraine

Moments of travel along the longest narrow-gauge railway in Europe: Antonivka - Zarichne

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