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    YOUR OPINION: What's your ranking of continental European train operators and why?

    And Greece is not doing much better. All Peloponnese railways gone, all cross border trafic gone, skeleton service everywhere but on Thessaloniki-Athens. I wonder why they wanted Florina-Bitola back, since they are not even capable to exploit their existing cross border lines.
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    YOUR OPINION: What's your ranking of continental European train operators and why?

    In Belgium, the national rail regulator now forbids to keep one track open for traffic while heavy works take place on the other. This decision follows a serie of accidents, some of them deadly, where the loading gauge of the other track was mistakenly occupied by heavy machinery. Now the way...
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    Big trip to the Netherlands - advice appreciated

    And you get to visit the station - probably unique in the world - with trains stacked on 3 different levels...
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    Big trip to the Netherlands - advice appreciated

    First Arriva three countries train in Liège Guillemins station this morning. Photo from Facebook.
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    "la ligne des Causses" or "la ligne de l'Aubrac"

    Given the very limited traffic and potential, may be they should consider ditching the catenary and operate the line with diesel traction only ? Like they have done with a few lines in the Pyrenees already. I don't believe that electric operation is profitable with only a handful of trains a day.
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    What are your first impressions of the new TGV-M.

    That was the plan, until someone realized that numbers don’t add up. Travel demand grows faster than expected and the number of new trains ordered won't cope. So 104 older trains will be refurbished for 10 additional years of service. This has been nicknamed Operation Botox. I don't know whether...
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    Runaway trains

    We still have some in Belgium too. Last one was just two weeks ago, two EMUs were being uncoupled and one of them ran away because it was not properly immobilized. With passengers on board. Fortunately one of them noticed the abnormal move and pulled the emergency. Near miss... But those are...
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    Runaway trains

    The latest issue of the US magazine ”trains” features an interesting story about a runaway train, in fact a set of two locos, that traveled without driver (or engineer, as they call them over there) for some 100 miles at more than 80 mph. They were finally stopped by derailing them voluntarily...
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    Eurostar E300 replacements?

    Eurostar is much more than the few lines serving London nowadays. It is also all the former Thalys lines. I suspect that the growth potential that they identified concerns essentially the purely continental lines, where they can freely grow without being constrained by cumbersome border controls...
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    Differences in rolling stock safety regulations in mainland Europe compared to UK

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belgian_Railways_Classical_twin_EMUs
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    Differences in rolling stock safety regulations in mainland Europe compared to UK

    Classic EMUS are almost extinct. Less than 20 survive today. M2 cars are gone. K1 cars were built 1933-35 and K2 & K3 in the 1950s.
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    Recommendations for an Eastern European country to visit for rail travel

    If you like to get off the beaten paths, I would suggest to enter Bulgaria not via Bucharest and Ruse ad everyone does, but from Craiova and the new Danube Bridge Calafat-Vidin. This line is a step back in time and as of the Bulgarian border, is highly scenic all the way to Sofia. Another one is...
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    Differences in rolling stock safety regulations in mainland Europe compared to UK

    Last belgian slam doors stock, K1 & K3 cars, disappeared around 1995 on the Liège to Luxembourg line. 2 of them still survive today and are still actively used by the Stoom Stichting Nederland.
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    Examples of non "LGV" passenger services using High Speed Lines in Europe.

    As well as a local service from Antwerp to Noorderkempen on the high speed line to the Netherlands. The night jet to Berlin and Wien is also expected to use high speed lines to Germany as soon as the Oebb Vectron that hauls it is qualified.
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    From which grid is the Channel Tunnel electrified?

    There are two redundant substations, one at each end, acting as a backup for each other, and regularly switched over. Look in Google Maps, they're both very visible. 1715023404 Are you sure the two networks are not in sync ? There are 3 undersea power interconnects between France and Great...
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    What are your first impressions of the new TGV-M.

    You mean the E4 ? First Japan shinkansen lines seem to have a larger loading gauge than continental Europe, which certainly helps. And then they are limited to 240 km/h which is not considered high speed by UIC standard. And finally they were all retired after some 20 years of service, which...
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    What are your first impressions of the new TGV-M.

    Or, to take a more recent example, the SNCB M7 rolling stock. Double deck, motor car 3/25 kV, 3MW continuous output power, 200 km/h. Can haul up to 5 M7 trailers (that can also be used as regular car in any train) or any other type of car provided it is equipped with the standard UIC...
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    Differences in rolling stock safety regulations in mainland Europe compared to UK

    Yes of course. You can always isolate a door, notably in case it malfunctions. You have to be near the door to do it, which is why it gets never done. It would be too time consuming and the guard might not even be in the correct unit to do it. I'm sure that in older units it is not possible to...
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    Differences in rolling stock safety regulations in mainland Europe compared to UK

    With hauled stock, doors are opened and closed by the guard. I don't believe he has any way to control what doors open, other than left or right side. On MUs, the driver opens and the guard closes. May be he has a way to open them selectively, but I've never witnessed that. In case of short...
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    Tallinn to Narva

    Only exception to that is (was ?) a 24 hours allowance for tourists coming on board cruise ships that dock in St Petersburg. Otherwise yes, only possible to enter with tourist visa and letter of invitation, or transit visa with very strict rules. Done that twice myself.

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