It’s official: the Thalys brand is no more. But rest assured that this legendary passenger service isn’t going to disappear from the European railway industry.
Train buffs are often the sorts of people who like numbers, thought experiments and the poetry of long journeys.
A year after the end of the European Year of Rail, the European Commission has announced that it will support ten pilot projects in international train travel to make the sector more efficient, quicker and more affordable for travellers.
This new railway is supposed to link up the port of Mombasa on the Kenyan coast with central Uganda.
After the arrival of Trenitalia on the Paris-Lyon line at the end of 2021, this time Renfe – the historic Spanish operator – is also making moves in France
As it had announced in 2022, SNCF, the French national rail operator, increased train ticket prices on January 10 2023.
The result of an agreement signed by Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan in February 2021, the initiative was thrown into disarray by the coming to power of the Taliban in August of that year.
Since Laos has been involved in China’s new Silk Road initiatives, for better or worse, things have changed.
There’s a train – yes, an actual train – that allows travellers to visit his house in Finnish Lapland. So roll up and climb aboard!
Only a handful of trains on the east coast get anywhere close, but the journeys are so short that the trains don’t reach top speeds. It’s an astonishing quirk that can be put down to a mix of historic, demographic, geographical and cultural factors.
Could all those who’ve never dreamed of driving a train raise their hand? Yep, just as we thought: there are no hands in the air.
Clearly referring to the mythical route that transcontinental salesmen used in centuries gone by, it is essentially a vast web of commercial rail and sea links that will allow the country to transport goods to Europe and Africa.
SNCF, for example, has launched a service known as Flexy, which can carry up to 14 passengers on lines where trains can travel between 10 and 30 kilometres an hour.
When railway services restarted between Russia and North Korea in early November 2022, the first train that travelled from one country to another was in fact a convoy filled with… 30 horses: five stallions and 25 mares.
Having run an inaugural trip between Madrid and Valencia on November 21 2022, Iryo aims to run 16 return journeys daily between the Spanish capital and the city of Barcelona.
Gulf Railway, a project that aims to link up the various member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
On the initiative of Gérard Leseul, the Socialist MP for Seine-Maritime's 5th constituency, this sum was based on figures from se Réseau Action Climat
The trip took around 45 minutes, at an average speed of between 30 and 35 kilometres per hour.
A column by a group of 15 regional leaders in the newspaper Le Monde. In it, these men and women from across the political spectrum called on the national government to launch a new railway deal worth €100 billion between 2023 and 2033.
At a time when the protection of the planet is an absolute necessity, the modernisation of the railway network in a country known for being flat is no less honourable or important. Let’s dig a little deeper.
At the end of September 2022, the European Commission signed off funding worth €101 million to modernise the Palermo-Catania-Messina train line.
The lack of existing lines makes it very easy to tell the story of high-speed train travel in the UK.
You’re snuggled up on the sofa, laptop on your knees, and you’re searching for a train ticket for the following evening. Bad news: the ticket is far more expensive than it was just a couple of days ago.
In November 2018, Morocco inaugurated something really rather special: a high-speed railway line connecting Tangier, Kenitra and Casablanca.
As you may well know, on May 24 2022, another new line appeared on the world’s oldest underground network (which first opened in 1863). It’s named the Elizabeth Line in homage to Queen Elizabeth II.
On June 1, Germany launched a new initiative that sent what could almost be described as shockwaves through the rail industry
The opening up of passenger transport stems from the EU’s adoption of its fourth major package of rail reforms in 2016. This essentially divided the sector into two main categories.