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.

Welcome to another edition of Europe Rail News. This newsletter is still evolving, and this week there have been some changes. The newsletter is now being hosted on its own domain at news.europerail.net. You can find archived news articles here, as well as sharing links to someone who might be interested.

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News

Europe

Building the Single European Railway Area

“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.”

Paris to Berlin in an hour: Welcome to the future of high-speed rail travel in Europe

Northern Europe’s ambitious Rail Baltica project steams ahead

“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.”

Delta launches Air+Rail program offering convenient and seamless train service between Amsterdam and Brussels, Antwerp

Austria

1-2-3 Ticket: Austria’s nationwide unlimited rail pass available from October

ÖBB orders 20 additional Nightjets

Belgium

The new Benelux train is currently being tested in Belgium to enter service in 2025

“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.”

France

SNCF celebrates the European Year of Rail

Germany

Yet another night train, now to the Mediterranean

“Czech train operator Regiojet confirmed plans for overnight service from Berlin to the Mediterranean countries of Croatia and Slovenia starting next year”.

Great Britain

Why are the UK's trains so expensive?

Edward the green engine returns to its original railway

Ireland

Railway, greenway, or disused line? The tangled, uncertain future of the Western Rail Corridor

Poland

RegioJet expands in Poland and in Europe

“RegioJet plans to run its yellow trains between the three major Polish cities of Krakow, Warsaw and Gdansk.”

Portugal

Full steam ahead for Algarve railway upgrade

“Works to electrify the Tunes to Lagos section of the Algarve railway line is predicted to be completed in 2024.”

Russia

Russian high speed train will be ready in 2028

Serbia

Serbia to complete a section on Belgrade-Budapest corridor

Spain

Travel: A train through Spain is anything but plain

Switzerland

The Glacier Express is the most magical train ride in the world

Ukraine

High-speed electric trains from Cherkasy to Kyiv to be launched in 2021