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  • Three Countries train launch (Photo Arriva)

    Liège – Maastricht – Aachen regional services finally launched


    EUROPE: A through regional passenger train service linking Liège in Belgium with Aachen in Germany via Maastricht in the Netherlands was finally launched on June 30. Branded as LIMAX for the cities served, the so-called Three Countries Service was originally expected to start running in 2018. ...

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    Rolling Stock: Independently accessible M7 coach unveiled


    The first of SNCB’s multi-functional M7 push-pull coaches with a 760 mm entrance for level boarding has been presented at Alstom’s Brugge works. Dr Harry Hondius reports.

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    Eurostar plans to acquire 50 ‘fully interoperable’ trains


    EUROPE: International high speed train operator Eurostar says it is ‘preparing to invest’ in up to 50 high speed trainsets, which would be fully interoperable ’across five countries and beyond’. The new trains would enter service from the early 2030s, replacing the 17 PBKA and nine ...

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    Concrete sleeper business bought


    EUROPE: French rail infrastructure supplier SATEBA Group has acquired the concrete sleeper manufacturing activities of Belgian company De Bonte Group. This includes more than 80 employees who last year produced 500 000 sleepers at plants in Laakdal and Baudour in Belgium and Montataire and Vers-Pont-du-Gard in ...

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    Stars align for night train service


    BELGIUM: Support for overnight train services from Belgium is coming from an unexpected source, according to one of the more unusual missives to reach the Railway Gazette International inbox. According to a Verdic astrologer from India, the recent extension of European Sleeper’s Brussels – Berlin service ...

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    Lineas seeks FAME with biofuel locomotive


    BELGIUM: Lineas has unveiled a FAME locomotive, powered by fatty acid methyl ester biofuel produced from non-food raw materials such as used cooking oil. Lineas said this offers a readily available alternative to diesel, and has been used in marine engines but not yet in locomotives. ...

  • Lineas COSCO train (Photo Lineas)

    Rail freight service launched following Houthi attacks on shipping


    EUROPE: Rail freight operator Lineas has collaborated with container handler CSP Zeebrugge to launch a service between the Belgian port and Graz in Austria for COSCO Shipping Lines, which has had to divert vessels away from the Red Sea because of attacks by Houthi rebels. The ...

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    SNCB unveils independently accessible coach


    BELGIUM: National operator SNCB has unveiled the first of 130 double-deck coaches to facilitate wheelchair users travelling without assistance.

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    Infrabel orders Alstom self-encoding Eurobalises


    BELGIUM: Infrabel has ordered an initial batch of advanced Eurobalises from Alstom with a built-in encoding capability for use with ETCS Level 1 Limited Supervision as well as track worker protection. Eurobalises are used to transmit safety-critical data from track to train in ERTMS applications, typically ...

  • Amsterdam Centraal

    Start-up announces Amsterdam to London and Paris high speed train ambitions


    Source: Nikolay/Pixabay EUROPE: A proposal to launch high speed train services from Amsterdam to London and from Groningen to Paris has been announced by Dutch start-up Heuro, while Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson is also reported to be looking at competing with Eurostar on cross-Channel routes. ...

  • Eurostar Thalys merger brand reveal (2)

    CEO sets out how the merged Eurostar business aims to go further


    EUROPE: ‘We are opening a new chapter of the Eurostar story’ with ‘our most loyal customers as the main characters’, Eurostar CEO Gwendoline Cazenave said at an event on October 9 marking the launch of an international marketing campaign following the completion of the merger with Thalys.

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    Medway Belgium orders electric locos


    BELGIUM: MSC subsidiary Medway Belgium has ordered 15 Siemens Mobility Vectron MS electric locomotives for use on cross-border freight services from Belgium. The 6·4 MW locos with a maximum speed of 160 km/h will be used on routes to Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Hungary, the ...

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    Active Audio amplifies announcements in Leuven


    BELGIUM: The quality and audibility of acoustic announcements at Leuven station has been enhanced through the installation of a set of advanced loudspeakers to a novel design. French supplier Active Audio says the installation is the largest deployment to date of its steerable StepArray SA180S column ...

  • Extensive construction work is underway in the centre of Liège, where the new tram route will run past the bus station at Place St Lambert which dates from the early 1980s.
    Metro Report International

    Mediator proposes revised timetable for Liège tram completion


    BELGIUM: Opening of the Liège tram route could be put back to January 2025 under proposals tabled by mediators appointed to review the delays and cost over-runs on the PPP-funded project. The 11·7 km line is being built for Wallonnie public transport operator OTW by the ...

  • Fig 1. The new Toots Thielemans station (green) is being built at some distance from the existing tram subway at Lemonnier (blue), linked by a connecting pedestrian walkway (yellow). (Image: STIB)
    Metro Report International

    Funding crisis hits Brussels metro Line 3 project


    BELGIUM: Citing significant delays and cost over-runs with the development of the north-south metro Line 3 in Brussels, federal project promoter Beliris has requested guidance from the federal and regional governments by July 15 over the future direction of the complex project.

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    Qbuzz and Flixtrain plan international open access services from the Netherlands


    NETHERLANDS: Qbuzz has applied to competition authority Autoriteit Consument & Markt for permission to operate seven Amsterdam – Berlin and seven Amsterdam – Antwerpen – Brussels – Paris open access passenger services from January 2027, plus two trains per hour from Amsterdam to Eindhoven. The international ...

  • Arriva Wink train

    Netherlands – Belgium – France open access train service planned


    EUROPE: Arriva Nederland has applied for permission to launch an open access passenger service from the north of the Netherlands to Belgium and Paris.

  • European Sleeper founders Elmer van Buuren and Chris Engelsman with Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Georges Gilkinet

    European Sleeper begins operations with Berlin – Brussels night train


    EUROPE: Night train start-up European Sleeper has begun passenger operations, providing an overnight rail connection between Brussels and Berlin for the first time since 2008. The inaugural service left Berlin Gesundbrunnen on May 25, engineering works having prevented the use of Hauptbahnhof. The train comprised 11 ...

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    Infrabel takes a greener track


    BELGIUM: Infrabel has started a transition to using more environmentally friendly rails, produced using recycled material rather than fresh steel.

  • Brussels Alstom Flexity tram front view
    Metro Report International

    New generation Flexity tram enters service in Brussels


    BELGIUM: Brussels transport operator STIB has put the first of its ‘new generation’ Flexity trams into service on Route 51 between Midi and Stade with effect from April 26. The 100% low-floor Series 3200 vehicles are being supplied by Alstom under a €480m framework contract which ...