All night trains articles

  • Trans Europ Express
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    Trans-Europ-Express renaissance proposed

    2020-09-22T13:24:00Z

    EUROPE: A network of international long-distance high speed passenger services spanning much of western Europe could be launched by 2025 if proposals announced by Germany’s Federal Minister for Transport Andreas Scheuer at a virtual conference of Europe’s transport ministers on September 21 are taken forward. The ...

  • DB and SNCF high speed trains at Paris Est.
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    NGOs propose five policies for climate-friendly European rail renaissance

    2020-09-18T08:54:00Z

    A group of European climate NGOs has proposed five policies to encourage modal shift to rail in support of EU greenhouse gas reduction targets. Lena Donat, Policy Advisor Low-Carbon Mobility at development and environment organisation Germanwatch, explains what is needed

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    Nightjet depot investment to support sleeper train network expansion

    2020-08-21T14:33:00Z

    AUSTRIA: Austrian Federal Railways held a groundbreaking ceremony on August 21 to launch the construction of a €40m facility at its Wien Simmering depot for the maintenance of its Nightjet overnight train fleet. The project includes construction of a 235 m x 24 m building with ...

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    Night train fleet maintenance contract awarded

    2020-07-14T05:00:00Z

    SWEDEN: Bombardier Transportation has been awarded a contract to continue to maintain 12 locomotives and 75 coaches used on the Stockholm – Luleå – Narvik overnight services which are due to transfer from SJ to Vy Tåg with the start of a new operating contract in December. ...

  • RDC’s twice-weekly Alpen-Sylt Nachtexpress launched on July 4
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    Independent operators raise night train competition concerns

    2020-07-13T15:16:00Z

    EUROPE: Private open access operators RegioJet and RDC have seen higher than expected demand for the overnight services they launched this month, and Snälltåget has set out plans for expansion. However, the ALLRAIL association of independent passenger operators has expressed concern that incumbent state railways may come ...

  • RegioJet’s first overnight train from Praha to Rijeka arrived in the Croatian port city on July 1.
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    RegioJet launches train to Croatia so ‘everyone can afford a holiday’

    2020-07-02T16:34:00Z

    EUROPE: Czech open access operator RegioJet’s first overnight train from Praha to Rijeka arrived in the Croatian port city on July 1. The seasonal service is to run three times a week until July 11, daily until the end of August, and then thrice weekly ...

  • Snälltåget Berlin to Malmö overnight train (4)
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    Snälltåget targets 2021 expansion

    2020-06-19T13:36:00Z

    EUROPE: Citing uncertainties over international travel as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, open access operator Snälltäget has decided to suspend its seasonal overnight trains between Sweden and Germany for 2020 and focus on developing an increased service from 2021.

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    Alpen-Sylt Nachtexpress links the Alps and the North Sea

    2020-06-11T09:54:00Z

    EUROPE: RDC Deutschland has opened bookings for the Alpen-Sylt Nachtexpress , a seasonal overnight train between the German North Sea island of Sylt and Salzburg in Austria which will launch on July 4. ‘We believe in the successful renaissance of night trains in Europe’, said Managing ...

  • SJ currently operates night trains to northern Sweden under contract to the government. (Photo: SJ/Mikael Strinnhed)
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    Trafikverket proposes Malmö – Brussels overnight service

    2020-04-29T15:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Trafikverket has recommended a Malmö – Köln - Brussels overnight train as the best option for increasing international rail travel to and from Sweden, although it has identified a number of hurdles that must be overcome.

  • Snälltåget Berlin to Malmö overnight train (3)
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    Berlin – Malmö night train to continue despite closure of ferry route

    2020-04-14T10:08:00Z

    EUROPE: The Berlin Night Express overnight train between Sweden and Germany will continue to run despite shipping company Stena Line’s plans to close the Trelleborg – Sassnitz ferry route which the train uses to cross the Baltic, operator Snälltåget has told Railway Gazette International . ...

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    Three Swedish passenger operating contracts awarded

    2020-02-11T09:52:00Z

    Source: Värmlandstrafik SWEDEN: State operator SJ has been selected for a passenger train operating contract, while the Vy Tåg subsidiary of Norwegian state operator Vy has won two others. Värmland regional transport authority Värmlandstrafik has selected Vy as preferred bidder to operate regional passenger ...

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    Lying not flying, as Nightjet sleeper train reaches Brussels

    2020-01-20T09:41:00Z

    EUROPE: Under the slogan ‘lying not flying’, Austrian Federal Railways launched its twice-weekly Wien – Brussels Nightjet overnight train on January 19. The ceremony at Wien Hbf was attended by Austria’s Minister of Climate Protection, Environment, Mobility, Innovation Technology Leonore Gewessler as well as members ...

  • Snälltåget Berlin to Malmö overnight train (4)
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    Malmö – Köln suggested as first route for a network of night trains

    2020-01-16T17:16:00Z

    EUROPE: Swedish transport agency Trafikverket has suggested that Malmö – Köln could be the first route to be launched as part of a proposed network of overnight trains connecting Sweden with other European countries, and that a start data as early as 2022-23 could be possible. ...

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    Austria: Night vision

    2020-01-08T16:00:00Z

    Austrian Federal Railways has made headlines in recent months by announcing a major expansion of its Nightjet network of overnight trains, tapping into the pan-European trend for ‘flight shaming’. But as CEO Andreas Matthä explains to Toma Bačić, this is just one strand in a strategy to deliver sustainable growth and modal shift.

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    Nightjet plans mini-capsules for private travellers

    2019-11-25T11:37:00Z

    AUSTRIA: ÖBB has unveiled the interior designs for the sleeping car and couchette vehicles in its Siemens-built Nightjet overnight trains which are scheduled to enter service from 2022.

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    NightJet expands to Amsterdam and Brussels

    2019-10-11T07:00:00Z

    INTERNATIONAL: Regular overnight trains will return to the Netherlands with effect from the December 2020 timetable change, with the launch of a daily service between Amsterdam, München and Wien, State Secretary of Infrastructure Water Management Stientje Van Veldhoven announced on October 10. Citing an ...

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    SBB and ÖBB to strengthen overnight services

    2019-08-19T15:08:57Z

    EUROPE: Citing a significant increase in demand for international passenger services during the first half of 2019, Swiss Federal Railways announced on August 19 that it intended to strengthen its long-term co-operation with Austria’s ÖBB and expand the provision of both daytime and overnight trains. Suggesting that increased awareness ...

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    Comment: Jumping on the night train

    2019-08-05T07:00:00Z

    After years of decline, overnight trains in Europe could be on the cusp of a renaissance. Rail is increasingly being hailed as a sustainable alternative to short-haul flying, encouraged in part by the flygskam (flight shaming) movement that originated in Sweden, and bolstered by the success ...

  • RegioJet has bought 18 couchette cars from Deutsche Bahn, which it intends to use to lengthen its night trains on the Praha – Košice  route to up to 18 vehicles with a capacity of up to 1 000 passengers per train.
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    RegioJet to strengthen overnight trains

    2019-07-15T13:25:37Z

    EUROPE: RegioJet has bought 18 couchette cars from Deutsche Bahn, which it intends to use to lengthen its night trains on the Praha – Košice route to up to 18 vehicles with a capacity of up to 1 000 passengers per train. The fleet expansion follows a successful ...

  • Swiss Federal Railways is examining options for reintroducing overnight services in partnership with Austrian Federal Railways.
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    SBB looks at options to reintroduce night trains

    2019-06-03T11:56:27Z

    SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways is examining options for reintroducing overnight services to a range of European destinations. Armin Weber, Head of International Passenger Services, told Schweizer Radio & Fernsehen on May 30 that SBB had identified a market need and was looking at potential routes. If SBB decided to re-enter ...