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 children striking in Sweden over the lack of government action concerning the impact of climate change would lead to an overnight sleeper train revival, when most of them were being withdrawn across much of western Europe, most readers would have questioned the logic. However, the reality in 2020 is that the Swedish flight shaming movement, inspired in part by teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, is aiding the reintroduction of overnight trains.

In some cases, governments that previously took a laissez-faire approach to overnight trains are now interested in directly funding them as an alternative to increased air travel.

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