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  • Arriva Stadler Wink multiple-unit in the Netherlands

    Deutsche Bahn to sell Arriva Group to I Squared


    EUROPE: German national railway Deutsche Bahn has signed an agreement to sell the whole of Arriva Group to infrastructure investment manager I Squared Capital. The transaction announced on October 19 is expected to complete in 2024, subject to customary closing conditions including the approval of the ...

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    Divača – Koper railway systems contract awarded


    SLOVENIA: Project promoter 2TDK has signed a €203·8m contract with a consortium of SŽ-Železniško gradbeno podjetje, Kolektor IGIN, GH Holding and YM Construction for the supply of railway systems for the second track from Divača to the port of Koper. 2TDK announced the signing of its ...

  • Maribor - Sentilj line

    Slovenian railway realignment commissioned


    SLOVENIA: A 3·7 km section of new alignment for the Počehova – Pesnica section of the historic Sudbahn main line between Ljubljana and Wien was opened for traffic on August 14, with the first train departing from Maribor at 18.21. Under construction since September 2020, the ...

  • EuroDual in the Balkans (Photo Toma Bacic)

    EuroDual approvals in the Balkans expected this year


    EUROPE: Type approval for the operation of Stadler EuroDual electro-diesel locomotives in Serbia is expected shortly, with approval for Slovenia and Croatia to follow by the end of the year.

  • SŽ-Pp has awarded Stadler a contract to supply a further 20 Flirt diesel multiple-units from 2025.

    Slovenian operator orders more Flirt DMUs


    SLOVENIA: National passenger operator SŽ-Pp has awarded Stadler a contract to supply a further 20 Flirt diesel multiple-units from 2025. The DMUs will have provision for possible future conversion to electric operation. The €148·3m contract was signed on June 14 during an event to mark the ...

  • ELP Balkans loco

    ELP to seek Balkan locomotive certification


    EUROPE: Swiss locomotive leasing company European Loc Pool is to seek certification of its Stadler EuroDual locomotives for operation in Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro. The company announced on April 20 that it was working with Stadler Rail Valencia and local partners to conduct test runs ...

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    Celje station resignalling completed


    SLOVENIA: CAF Signalling and its local partner Iskra have commissioned renewed signalling at Celje station, the Spanish company announced on February 20. These works were the most complex part of a signalling enhancement programme covering the line that links Zidani Most east of Ljubljana with Šentilj ...

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    Eastern Europe: War and supply chain turmoil put rail growth at risk


    A deal which closed in January to create a joint venture with Slovenia’s state railway to run the SŽ-Tovorni Promet freight business is the latest in a series of expansionist moves by Czech private operator EP Logistics International. But future growth is under threat as the market outlook worsens, Executive Director Zbigniew Klepacki explains to Nick Kingsley.

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    Tunnel breakthrough on Slovenia – Austria route


    SLOVENIA: The 1 530 m Pekel tunnel which is being built as part of the upgrading of the route from Maribor to the Austrian border was broken through on August 18. The route modernisation comprises three work packages with a total cost ...

  • Koper second track Mlinarji tunnel breakthrough (Photo: Toma Bačić)

    First tunnel breakthrough on Divača – Koper line


    SLOVENIA: The first tunnel for the Divača – Koper Second Track project has been holed through by contractor Yapı Merkezi. The 27·1 km single-track line is being built on a new alignment and in conjunction with the existing line will provide a double-track route to and ...

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    Zidani Most – Celje upgrading completed


    SLOVENIA: National infrastructure manager SŽ Infrastruktura has formally marked the completion of a five-year programme to modernise a 26·2 km section of the Maribor – Ljubljana main line between Zidani Most and Celje. This route forms part of both the Baltic – Adriatic and Mediterranean TEN-T ...

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    Koper second track tunnelling begins


    SLOVENIA: Construction of the first two tunnels for the Divača – Koper second track project has begun. The second track to the port will use a separate alignment to the existing single-track line. It being built by a consortium of Kolektor CPG, Yapı Merkezi and Özaltin, ...

  • Karawanks tunnel (Photo Toma Bacic) (19)

    Karawanken tunnel reopened


    EUROPE: Cross-border rail services have resumed on the Villach – Ljubljana route between Austria and Slovenia, following the completion of a 10-month refurbishment of the Karawanken tunnel. Dating from 1906, the 7 975 m bore had been closed to all traffic from September 7 ...

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    Central & Eastern Europe: Rail at heart of recovery package


    Railways across central and eastern Europe stand to benefit as member states submit their national post-Covid recovery plans to the EU in order to access temporary stimulus funds. Toma Bačić provides a snapshot of proposals from five countries. 

  • Construction of the second line linking the port of Koper to the SŽ network at Divača was officially launched on May 5 by Minister of Infrastructure Jernej Vrtovec and representatives of state-owned project promoter 2TDK and the contractors.

    Construction of second track to Koper launched


    SLOVENIA: Construction of the second line linking the port of Koper to the SŽ network at Divača was officially launched on May 5 by Minister of Infrastructure Jernej Vrtovec and representatives of state-owned project promoter 2TDK and the contractors. The ceremony followed the signing on the ...

  • The first Kočevje-bound passenger train since 1971 departed from Ljubljana station at 12.08 on January 3.

    Passenger services return to Kočevje


    SLOVENIA: Passenger services have resumed on the Ljubljana – Kočevje line after a gap of nearly 50 years, following the completion of a €100m rehabilitation project to facilitate the operation of services to and from the capital The first Kočevje-bound passenger train since ...

  • Slovenske Železnice and EP Logistic International have formed a strategic partnership to take over the state railway’s freight activities (Photo: Toma Bacic).

    Slovenian rail freight joint venture targets the Balkans and beyond


    SLOVENIA: National railway holding company Slovenske Železnice and the EP Logistic International subsidiary of Praha-based energy, infrastructure and logistics group EP Holding have signed an investment and shareholder agreement to form a strategic partnership to take over the state railway’s freight activities. The parties are to create ...

  • SŽ-Tovorni Promet freight train (Photo: Toma Bacic)

    Private partner for Slovenia’s national rail freight operator


    SLOVENIA: The supervisory board of national railway holding company Slovenske Železnice has approved a strategic partnership between its freight division SŽ-Tovorni Promet and Praha-based European energy, infrastructure and logistics group EP Holding.

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    RegioJet’s train to Croatia is a sell-out summer success


    EUROPE: Open access operator RegioJet’s summer service linking the Czech Republic and Slovakia with Croatia’s Adriatic coast carried more than 60 000 passengers on 120 trains during its first season of operation. RegioJet announced the summer-only overnight service on June 1, and 30 000 tickets had been ...

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    SŽ selects IVU.rail scheduling and dispatching platform


    SLOVENIA: National railway SŽ is to deploy IVU Traffic Technologies’ IVU.rail platform for the scheduling and dispatching of its passenger services by the end of this year. ‘Thanks to the integrated planning and scheduling of IVU.rail, we can now standardise many of our previously manual tasks in ...