European Rail News & Notes

Your source for updates on European train travel
Notes
published on 5 April 2021
by Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries
We take a look at recent books by travel writers Tom Chesshyre and Vitali Vitaliev, both of whom are keen rail travellers. Each writer shows a strong focus on journeys, rather than just emphasising the destination.
Practical Info
published on 13 March 2021
by Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries
In this post for European Rail News and Notes we take a look at the Eurail / Interrail Rail Planner app which has long been an asset for pass holders looking to plan trips, but which now is an essential tool for anyone keen on using the new Interrail and Eurail mobile passes.
Practical Info
published on 2 March 2021
by Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries
The very first double-deck IC2 trains to appear in Germany were loco-hauled electric trains manufactured by Bombardier. Since then, a second IC2 model has emerged in the shape of the Standler Kiss unit. In this post, we take a look at both types of IC2 train.
History
published on 16 February 2021
by Paul Scraton
The construction of the railway up to the Jungfraujoch in Switzerland's Bernese Alps began in 1896. It was then that an opening, covered by a wooden door, was created in one of the railway tunnels in order to clear debris generated during the tunnel's construction. This door to the Eiger later proved vital in a number of rescue missions to save climbers attempting the ascent of the Eiger's North Face.
News
published on 12 February 2021
by Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries
Engineering work on the line between Bologna and Florence, where the overnight ÖBB sleeper services to Rome and Livorno are routinely routed via the 18-km long Appennino Tunnel, means diversions on some days. So some Italian cities, not normally served by Nightjet services, will benefit from an occasional direct overnight train to Vienna or Munich.
News
published on 24 January 2021
by Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries
Baltic ferry operator Tallink retires its route from Riga to Stockholm, which is an essential part of Route 51 in the Europe by Rail guidebook. The connection can still be made by travelling by ferry via Helsinki, but that takes a lot longer. Or there is a useful alternative via Stena Line's Ventspils to Nynäshamn ferry route.
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