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    [DK] DSB's first three EBs (Vectron) have arrived in Denmark

    Possible, I don't know much about DSB's depots. But, they plan to put them in service before the end of October. DSB are really looking forward to get rid of the last EAs.
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    [DK] DSB's first three EBs (Vectron) have arrived in Denmark

    Another video, in Danish but with English (and German) subtitles.
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    Duty Free to the EU is Back

    Plenty of people do it on the Baltic sea. While it won't solve the problem, it might help. Combined with an increased environmental awareness (as can be seen in the expansion of Nightjet) some routes, maybe Esbjerg-Harwich, might return. Even if it is a small chance.
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    Duty Free to the EU is Back

    I don't want to get in to a political debate, this is the wrong forum for that. But I really hope this can lead to the return of ferries between Scandinavia and the UK! Being able to sell tax free alcohol onboard might make them a bit more profitable. Moderator note: regarding Brexit, can we...
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    [DK] DSB's first three EBs (Vectron) have arrived in Denmark

    DSB's first EB's arrived in Denmark earlier today, here is a video of them shot in Padborg where they were handed over to Hector rail for the last bit of the journey.
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    European Sleepers - What routes would be feasible?

    The same as all other operators. Last year's fees were 8 kr/km + 0.0155-0.0171 kr per gross ton kilometre + "congestion charges" in Stockholm and Malmö + electricity.
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    European Sleepers - What routes would be feasible?

    What kind of subsidies? All subsidised routes in Sweden are tendered in one way or another by either Trafikverket or a regional public transport authority. The Malmö sleeper trains are not and SJ, as a for profit company, would not run them if they made a loss.
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    European Sleepers - What routes would be feasible?

    SJ's Stockholm-Malmö sleeper train are profitable and run without any subsidies.
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    UK voting system

    That solves the conflict of interest. But it also means the people of Uxbridge and South Ruislip have no one speaking for them in parliament.
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    "Grattis på födelsedagen" (happy birthday) to the Swedish X2000

    That is the big problem with the SJ 3000, but a dirty window is better than no window!
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    "Grattis på födelsedagen" (happy birthday) to the Swedish X2000

    When the trains were new there were perfect alignment between seats and windows. But that only lasted until the first interior redecorating, so now there are some horrible seat with nothing more than a wall to look at, that is something the SJ 3000 does a bit better.
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    UK voting system

    Cabinet ministers are another interesting case. Who do Boris Johnson represent, the United Kingdom or Uxbridge and South Ruislip? I see a potential conflict of interest.
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    Live stream of the Aurora Botnia launch today 15:00EET 11/9/2020

    In Norway the terrain on land means that sometimes it can be cheaper to build bridges via islands than long tunnels on land, but the government has made a priority out of getting rid of ferries on the main roads. And while neither Västerbotten nor Österbotten are that large when it comes to...
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    Live stream of the Aurora Botnia launch today 15:00EET 11/9/2020

    Are we generally insane when it comes to bridge ideas in Scandinavia? :D A bridge across Åland would certainly be a good idea, and even a semi fast train should be able to run Stockholm-Helsinki via Mariehamn and Åbo in less than 3 hours. It would however be a bit more complicated. A Umeå-Vasa...
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    Live stream of the Aurora Botnia launch today 15:00EET 11/9/2020

    It is an interesting route that haven't been doing that great since tax free shopping onboard was abolished, but hopefully the new ferry will renew the route. It is also interesting to note that there have been proposals to build a bridge between Umeå and Vasa for many decades, and recently a...
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    UK voting system

    I still can't understand the importance of having a local MP, but that is problably a cultural thing. But if that is important AMS is probably a pretty good system. Because of First past the post. Duverger's law says that first past the post leads to a two party system since it will be very...
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    European Sleepers - What routes would be feasible?

    Maybe, but as long as you make more money selling tickets than it costs to operate the train, you might as well run the train instead of parking the coaches somewhere. But Snälltåget has worked a lot with tour companies selling package tours to ski resorts, and I think that is their main...
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    European Sleepers - What routes would be feasible?

    Maybe, but Snälltåget has been running night trains from Malmö to the Swedish mountains for a couple of years now.
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    "Grattis på födelsedagen" (happy birthday) to the Swedish X2000

    Thank you for sharing the articles, the X2000 really was a game changer for SJ and currently I think they wished they had more of them, which is quite a change from when they were new and SJ had too many. It is also interesting to see how it has changed from a business train to being the...
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    Why doesn't the e320 Eurostar run at 200mph?

    I thought there were quite a lot of 300 km/h track between Berlin and München. If wikipedia is to be trusted, the Madrid-Galicia HSL is being built for 350 km/h. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madrid–Galicia_high-speed_rail_line

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