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Europe Rail News: 19 August 2021
Future high-speed railways, night train news, the magical Glacier Express, and more rail news and stories from around Europe.
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“The EU has one of the densest railway networks in the world, however national railway systems across the EU vary. In the 1990s, the process of improving the compatibility of EU member states' national railway systems started with the end goal of developing an efficient and competitive EU-wide railway network - the Single European Railway Area.”
“Rail Baltica is a major infrastructure project in Northern Europe with the ambition to link, by high speed train, the 3 Baltic capitals of Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius to Warsaw. Construction is under way, with an opening planned for 2026.”
“The Benelux Amsterdam-Antwerp-Brussels trains were created in 1957 but are currently run with renovated cars built in the 1980s. These are not high-speed trainsets but trains operated hourly as an Intercity between the two capitals.”
“Czech train operator Regiojet confirmed plans for overnight service from Berlin to the Mediterranean countries of Croatia and Slovenia starting next year”.
“RegioJet plans to run its yellow trains between the three major Polish cities of Krakow, Warsaw and Gdansk.”
“Works to electrify the Tunes to Lagos section of the Algarve railway line is predicted to be completed in 2024.”