All Night trains articles

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    ÖBB and DB to enhance cross-border passenger train services


    EUROPE: Citing a boom in rail traffic between Germany and Austria, ÖBB and DB have announced plans to increase long-distance cross-border services with effect from the December 10 timetable change.

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    Market study to identify the keys to successful night train services


    EUROPE: The German Centre for Rail Traffic Research, DZSF, has appointed a consortium of Railistics, SSP Consult Beratende Ingenieure and Innofact to study how European night train services can be developed by increasing their attractiveness and reducing the barriers to market entry.

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    Trenitalia orders sleeping cars offering ‘comfort, privacy and tranquillity’


    Comfort class. ITALY: National passenger operator Trenitalia has awarded a consortium of Škoda Group and Titagarh Firema a contract to supply up to 370 sleeping cars which the Czech company says will offer an ’extraordinary travel experience with greater comfort, privacy and a tranquillity resembling a ...

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    Alstom to build Vande Bharat sleeper EMUs


    INDIA: Indian Railways has named Alstom as low-bidder for a contract to supply and maintain 100 aluminium bodied Vande Bharat 4.0 trainsets with sleeping car facilities for use on longer-distance routes. Alstom’s bid is valued at Rs1·51bn per 16-coach train, compared with Rs1·69bn from a consortium ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Caledonian Sleeper moves to Scottish government ownership


    UK: The first Caledonian Sleeper night train services under Scottish government ownership ran on June 25, following the end of the contract previously held by Serco. The last Serco Caledonian Sleepers Ltd trains ran on the night of Friday June 23, as there is no Saturday ...

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    European Sleeper announces third funding round


    EUROPE: Night train start-up European Sleeper has announced a third funding round to enable it to ’reach more travellers, offer more destinations, and provide an even better service onboard’. European Sleeper’s first train ran between Berlin, Amsterdam and Brussels on May 25, and on June 7 ...

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    Yosaria Trains acquires ex-DB double-deck sleeping cars


    SLOVAKIA: Yosaria Trains has taken delivery of 35 out-of-use double-deck sleeping cars which were formerly used on Deutsche Bahn CityNightLine services.

  • 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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    Couchette coach refurbishment contract awarded


    AUSTRIA: Austrian Federal Railways has awarded Škoda Group a contract to modernise six couchette cars for Nightjet overnight services, with an option for 28 more. Škoda said the modernised coaches would feature ‘comfortable’ beds, modern lighting and updated toilets as well as an accessible compartment. The ...

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    Russian-Indian consortium wins Vande Bharat Express contract


    INDIA: Indian Railways has formally notified a consortium of Rail Vikas Nigam Ltd and Russian company Transmashholding that it has been selected as the winner of a US$1·8bn contract to manufacture 120 third-generation Vande Bharat Express 16-car trainsets. The consortium was named as the lowest bidder ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Scottish Rail Holdings to take over Caledonian Sleeper


    UK: The operation of Caledonian Sleeper is to be taken over by Scottish Rail Holdings, an arm’s length company owned by the Scottish government, from June 25. In 2014 Transport Scotland awarded Serco a contract to operate the night train services between London and Scotland for ...

  • Impression of Stadler Flirtnex train for Norske Tog

    Stadler to supply Norwegian long distance trains making the journey an ‘experience in itself’


    NORWAY: State-owned rolling stock company Norske Tog has selected Stadler as the winner of a contract to supply 17 long distance trainsets to be branded as Flirtnex, with options for 100 more. ‘This is a big day’, said Norske Tog CEO Øystein Risan on February 17. ...

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    Amsterdam – Barcelona night train plan


    EUROPE: Night train start-up European Sleeper has announced details of its proposed Amsterdam – Barcelona service, which has won the backing of the European Commission. The night train is one of 10 proposals selected for a pilot programme which aims to break down practical barriers to ...

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    More rolling stock needed to support passenger market growth, say European associations


    EUROPE: The Association of European Rail Rolling Stock Lessors and the AllRail association of independent operators have met to discuss the provision of vehicles to facilitate the launch of new passenger services. Rolling stock availability has provided a stumbling block to ambitions to launch new open ...

  • The European Commission has announced that it will support 10 pilot projects for new or improved cross-border passenger services.

    European Commission to support 10 cross-border inter-city pilot services


    EUROPE: The European Commission has announced that it will support 10 pilot projects for new or improved cross-border passenger services. Proposals were invited from the rail industry following the publication of the Commission’s action plan to boost long-distance and cross-border passenger rail services in December 2021. ...

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    Amtrak launches night train fleet replacement process


    USA: National passenger operator Amtrak has issued a request for information to potential suppliers of rolling stock to replace the vehicles used on 14 overnight routes including the Auto Train, California Zephyr, Coast Starlight, Crescent, Empire Builder and Southwest Chief. During December ‘as many as 10’ ...

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    VR orders more night train rolling stock


    FINLAND: National operator VR has selected Škoda Transtech to supply nine sleeping cars and eight car-carrying vans to enter service from the end of 2025.

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    Brussels – Amsterdam – Berlin night train launch date announced


    EUROPE: Dutch night train start-up European Sleeper has announced the start date for a Brussels – Amsterdam – Berlin service.

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    Stadler signs Kazakh rolling stock contracts


    KAZAKHSTAN: Stadler has signed three contracts totalling €2·3bn to supply national railway KTZ with 537 coaches in 2023-30, provide full-service maintenance for 20 years and acquire a local production facility. The order includes 234 sleeping cars with 40 berths, 233 couchette cars with 58 seats, 35 ...

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    ČD Night brand aims to raise the profile of sleeper trains


    CZECH REPUBLIC: National operator České Dráhy has introduced the ČD Night brand with the aim of raising the profile of its overnight trains, ahead of the launch of a route from Praha to Zürich via Germany with the December timetable change. On October 24 the operator ...