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Pau To Canfranc By 2020?
The rebuilding of the 24.7 km of railway between Oloron-Sainte-Marie and Bedous and its reinauguration on 3 July 2016 has paved the way for a complete reinstatement of the railway crossing of the central Pyrenees, between Pau, Canfranc and Zaragoza over the coming four years. Will this be a case of „fourth time lucky“ for this railway, which by 2020 will have been inactive for 50 years?
Photo: SNCF diesel railcar 73717 makes a test run on the completely rebuilt railway up the Gave d’Aspe valley near Lurbe-Saint-Christau on 26 May 2016.
Photo: François Rebillard
New Voralpen-Express FLIRT EMUs
The Voralpen-Express, which links Luzern and St. Gallen, is the flagship service of the Schweizerische Südostbahn. Some of the push-pull stock used on it, however, has now been in service for around four decades, and consists of Class Re 446 or Class Re 456 electric locomotives powering rakes of carriages, with driving trailers.
Photo: The picture shows one of the future SOB FLIRT 3 EMUs which will have modified front end designs.
MTsK Prepares For Regular Service
Over the past few years we have been following progress in the revival of Moskva’s Small Orbital Railway, originally known as the Maloe koltso Moskovskoy zheleznoy dorogi, which in early August 2016 for commercial reasons was renamed Moskovskoe tsentralnoe koltso (MTsK) - Moskva Central Ring.
Photo: ES2G-015 at Luzhniki Stadium during test operations without passengers on 19 July 2016.
A New Tramway Network For Rio
The 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro prompted the construction of an extension to the metro network, the rejuvenation of the oldest surviving tramway in South America, and the construction of a completely new light rail network serving the city centre.
Photo: The inaugural run of the VLT Carioca tram on 5 June 2016 in Rio city centre.
Photo: Fernando Frazão/ Agência Brasil
Class KZ4AT In Regular Service
The passenger train scene in Kazakhstan has been transformed over the past year. The new Class KZ4AT electrics are appearing on more and more trains, replacing the Chinese-built Class KZ4A and KZ4AS locomotives.
Photo: The photo shows KZ4AT 0007 with the Almaty-2 - Petropavlovsk Talgo service (train 701) between Almaty-2 and Almaty-1 on 2 July 2016.
Photo: Mikhail Utkin
Czech Raildays 2016
The 17th annual Czech Raildays trade fair was held between 14 and 16 June 2016. Once again, attendance records were broken.
Photo: There were 7,193 visitors of all categories, compared with 6,523 in 2015 and 6,222 in 2014. Of these 5,450 (around 75 %) were professional and trade visitors from the railway industry, compared with 5,100 in 2015 and 5,200 in 2014.
Photo: Stanislav Zapletal