long-reads

[UK] Abellio in the UK: A £3 billion new trains overview – Part 1 Scotrail

“(..) which means we are now overseeing ₤3 billion of investment into 1.700 new carriages across all our franchises.” It was this quote from Dominic Booth, Managing Director of Abellio […]

[FI] VR Vectron in first commercial cargo service

VR has ten Vectron delivered yet. Some are still in test services. Valtion Rautatiet (Finnish Railway) started a first customer service from Äänekoski, where Vectron in diesel operation can be […]

[LU] The tram returns to Luxembourg; an update about the Luxtram project

53 years after the last tram drove from Luxembourg to the nearby village of Beggen, Luxtram is reintroducing tram services in the city of Luxembourg again from 10 December 2017.  […]

[EU] The Dispolok livery is getting rare – which locomotives are still (sort of) yellow and silver?

It is done. There is currently no Siemens ES 64 U2 locomotive anymore, that still has the silver and yellow ‘Siemens Dispolok’ livery. Still some units have it under their […]

[NL] CAF ‘Sprinter’ trains arrive in the Netherlands – testing commences [updated]

This month, the first ‘Sprinter Nieuwe Generatie’ EMUs have arrived in the Netherlands. Unit no. 2701 and 2703 (both 4-car) and 2301 (3-car) were transported from the VUZ Velim test […]

[US] Visiting Siemens in the USA part 1: The Charger diesel locomotive

 In a time of car-congested cities, air pollution and climate change, the United States is slowly re-discovering rail transport as a modern, comfortable and efficient way of travelling. With the […]

[EU] After the Rastatt incident; Diesel locomotives helping out on Stuttgart – Tübingen – Horb

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[CH] An update from Yverdon-les-Bains; SBB Re460 modernization speeds up

On 30.08.2017 we paid a visit to the SBB workshops at Yverdon-les-Bains in Switzerland. Here the Swiss railways work on revitalising their iconic Re460 electric locomotives and make them fit for […]