Europe, Germany: FlixTrain set to relaunch Cologne – Berlin service

By David Burroughs, International Railway Journal; June 30, 2020 GERMAN open-access operator FlixTrain has announced it will begin to relaunch…

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UK, Scotland – Scotrail Edinburgh to Glasgow train: What it’s like to take a peak time train ride in lockdown

By Claire Galloway, Trainee Digital Journalist, Edinburgh Live; June 16, 2020 With lockdown set to ease further this week, life…

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U.S.: Freedman Seating Introduces Passenger Protective Equipment

A press release from Freedman Seating Company; May 27, 2020: New products to help fight the spread of germs on…

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U.S., Opinion: Eight Principles for Establishing a U.S. Passenger Rail System

By F.K. Plous, High Speed Rail Alliance: May 18, 2020 If the United States is to have a modern passenger-rail…

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U.S., So much to consider in these radically changing times – Future Air Travel: Four-Hour Process, Self Check-In, Disinfection, Immunity Passes

Editor’s Note: In these rapidly evolving time for the travel industry – which includes passenger train travel – there are…

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U.S.: I Just Flew. It Was Worse Than I Thought It Would Be.

Editor’s Note: This article in normal times would be off-topic – at least – from passenger rail travel, but in…

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Europe: Operators start to resume services as Covid-19 travel restrictions ease

By David Burroughs, International Railway Journal; April 28, 2020 EUROPEAN governments are starting to ease restrictions put in place to…

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U.S.: Honk if you love transit and train workers! Trains salute vital staff

By The Associated Press, San Francisco Chronicle; April 15, 2020 ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — U.S. train horns can deliver an…

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Europe: FlixTrain halts plans to launch open access service in France

From Railway Gazette International; April 15, 2020 FRANCE: FlixMobility GmbH has decided to postpone indefinitely its plans to launch open…

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Europe, Germany: Record German long distance passenger numbers in 2019

By Keith Fender, International Railway Journal; April 14, 2020 A record 151 million passengers used long-distance rail services in Germany…

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U.S.: A new rail authority in Virginia could revolutionize connections for riders throughout the state

By Wyatt Gordon, Virginia Correspondent, Greater Greater Washington; March 31, 2020 From new vehicle safety measures to the possibility of…

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Asia: India shuts down passenger rail network until March 31

By David Briginshaw, International Railway Journal; March 23, 2020 ALL passenger rail services operated by Indian Railways and Konkan Railway…

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Canada, Ontario: COVID-19 reduces Ontario Northland service

From CBC News; March 23, 2020 Ontario Northland says it’s making changes to its rail and motor coach service due…

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U.K., Scotland: ScotRail reduced rail timetable comes into effect

From ITV News; March 23, 2020 Trains have moved to a reduced timetable with a focus on providing public transport…

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U.K.: English passenger rail franchises suspended for six months

From International Railway Journal; March 23, 2020 BRITAIN’s Department for Transport (DfT) has switched all English passenger rail franchises into…

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U.S., North Carolina: NCDOT bought part of a Ringling Bros. circus train and now isn’t sure what to do with it

By Richard Stradling, The News & Observer; February 26, 2020 NASH COUNTY When the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey…

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International, Spending: Travel by train without letting your budget go off the rails

By Miriam Cross, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Tribune Content Agency, Hartford Courant; February 21, 2020 Many people take vacations to relax,…

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Finland: VR begins negotiations for purchase of passenger rail services

From Global Railway Review; February 21, 2020 VR, the government-owned Finnish railway company, and Finland’s Ministry of Transport and Communications…

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Europe, Switzerland: Huge tunnel network creates new railway link through the Alps

By CNN, News Channel 3; February 20, 2020 Thousands of feet under the Swiss Alps, a new high-speed, high-capacity railway…

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Australia: 2 Dead After Sydney to Melbourne Train Derails in Australia

By Isabella Kwai, The New York Times; February 20, 2020 A train from Sydney to Melbourne derailed on Thursday, killing…

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Europe: Night-Train Vision

By Keith Fender, International Railway Journal, Railway Age Magazine; February 7, 2020 If International Railway Journal had suggested in 2016 that school…

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U.K.: Escaped cow blocks Scottish commuter train for an hour

By Ben Hooper, UPI; January 14, 2020 Jan. 14 (UPI) — A large highland cow was dubbed an “absolute unit”…

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Canada: I ate 11 meals prepared in a tiny train kitchen during a 4-day journey across Canada, and I was blown away by how delicious they all were

By Rachel Askinasi, Insider; January 7, 2020 I spent four days — and ate 11 meals — onboard VIA Rail’s…

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U.S., New York: High-speed rail between Buffalo and New York City isn’t cost-effective

By Jonathan English, City & State New York; January 6, 2020 There is no more dependable career in the United…

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U.S., New England: East-west rail study running late

By State House News Service, Daily Hampshire Gazette; January 1, 2020 The Department of Transportation now expects its study on…

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