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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Europe: These are Europe’s best train stations; St. Pancras ranked first while German stations dominated the list

By Jana Brnáková, Kiwi.com; February 20, 2020 When traveling one wants to go through a pleasant experience. And according to…

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Switzerland: Why Zurich Hauptbahnhof is the ‘best’ train station in mainland Europe

From The Local Switzerland; February 18, 2020 Zurich’s Hauptbahnhof, as it is locally known, rates at the top on the…

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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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Canada – Bombardier tried – and failed – to play consolidator’s role in trains: CEO

By Frédéric Tomesco, Montreal Gazette; February 20, 2020 Bombardier Inc. opted to quit the train business after exploring acquisitions that…

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Europe and Canada: Alstom, Bombardier Seek to Avoid Path That Derailed Siemens Deal

By Aoife White, Bloomberg, yahoo! Finance; February 19, 2020 (Bloomberg) — French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire met frequently with…

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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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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.: Proportion of train services under foreign ownership doubled in last decade

By Jack Peat, The London Economic; January 1, 2020 The proportion of Britain’s train services under foreign ownership more than…

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Europe – The Nightjet: One Company’s Big Bet on Travelers Who Take it Slow

By Palko Karasz, The New York Times; December 23, 2019 On a recent morning, as Venice awakened to crisp November…

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Europe: Not Exactly the Orient Express, But Europe’s Sleepers Are Back

By Boris Groendahl and Catherine Bosley, Bloomberg News, Financial Post; December 3, 2019 (Bloomberg) — Romanticized by movies like “Murder…

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Europe: Why airlines want you to go by train

From CNN, FOX 22 KQFX and ABC 17 KMIZ; December 3, 2019 We might not all be Greta Thunberg, shunning…

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I took the Eurostar underneath the English Channel from Paris to London, and it felt more like taking a flight than a train

By Ben Mack, Insider Lifestyle; November 20, 2019 Using it may seem commonplace now, but there was a time when…

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Can the Paris Metro Make Room for More Riders?

By Feargus O’Sullivan, City Lab; November 13, 2019 After five years of unprecedented passenger growth, the Paris Metro system is…

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Austrian Federal Railways to hire sleeping cars

By Erwin Reidinger, International Railway Journal; October 18, 2019 AUSTRIAN Federal Railways (ÖBB) has announced it intends to hire sleeping…

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Austrian Federal Railways’ Nightjet passenger traffic up 10%, says ÖBB’s CEO

By David Briginshaw, International Railway Journal; October 15, 2019 AUSTRIAN Federal Railways’ (ÖBB) CEO, Mr Andreas Matthä, says Nightjet overnight…

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What first class looks like on 12 trains from around the world

By Darcy Schild, Insider; October 10, 2019 There seems something luxurious and old-fashioned about booking a first-class, scenic train trip.…

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Passenger train headed for Russia evacuated after radioactive spike

By Nicholas Sakelaris, UPI; October 9, 2019 Oct. 9 (UPI) — Russian authorities are investigating the cause of a spike…

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FlixTrain expands its German rail network

By David Briginshaw, International Railway Journal; October 9, 2019 GERMAN private open-access operator FlixTrain has announced plans to expand its…

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Germany: DB to introduce new Rostock-Berlin-Dresden rail service

From Railway Technology; October 10, 2019 German railway company Deutsche Bahn (DB) has reveled plans to introduce a new intercity…

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UK tenders for ‘medical train’ to beat Brexit impact

By Simon Walton, RailFreight.com; October 9, 2019 The British government has tendered a 25 million pounds (27 million euros) contract…

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Network Rail Commits to UK Freight

By Simon Walton, RailFreight.com; October 8, 2019 With its putting passengers first strapline often open to satire from freight operators,…

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