Railweb Reports

A recent history of passenger train operators in Romania

Posted by George Raymond on February 17, 2017

Six companies now run passenger trains in Romania. The dominant player remains the historical operator, CFR Călători, the passenger unit of Romanian National Railways (CFR). Five newer operators are in private hands. They compete with CFR Călători trains on main routes and operate secondary lines leased from CFR Infrastructură. more…

Calais–Le Boulou rail motorway service resumes

Posted by George Raymond on February 7, 2017

The VIIA subsidiary of French National Railways (SNCF) says that better security in the port of Calais allowed resumption on February 7 of VIIA’s rail motorway service between Calais and a terminal at Le Boulou in southern France near the Spanish border. more…

Europe’s inland terminals in a fast-changing world

Posted by George Raymond on January 9, 2017

New technology, trading patterns and consumer demands are bringing ever-greater complexity and ever-faster change to the world of logistics. Participants at a November 17-18, 2016, conference on inland terminals in Basel, Switzerland, examined how European inland terminals are adapting their roles and organisation in this environment. The conference also focused on collaboration among ports in the upper Rhine valley and the work of a “last-mile captain” in Belgium. more…

A quantum step for mobility in the Basel area

Posted by George Raymond on September 6, 2016

The Swiss city of Basel is planning a quantum step in its metropolitan-area rail service by opening a set of cross-city tunnels by 2030. Priced at about 2 billion Swiss francs, Basel’s next-generation S-Bahn network was the centrepiece of an April 26-27, 2016, rail conference in Basel. The conference also examined rail policies and projects in the neighbouring regions of France and Germany and other Swiss cross-border rail projects in Geneva and the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino. more…

A quantum step for freight in the Basel area

Posted by George Raymond on September 5, 2016

A group of leading Swiss logistic companies hopes to engineer a quantum step in multimodal connectivity for freight by completing a new tri-modal terminal in Basel by 2022. The terminal was one focus of an April 26-27, 2016, conference on railway issues in the Basel area, which covers corners of Switzerland, France and Germany. more…

Finally: a wagon to carry standard semi-trailers throughout Europe

Posted by George Raymond on March 6, 2016

French company Lohr Industrie is now deploying what trucking companies have been dreaming of for decades: a wagon that can carry standard, 4-metre truck semi-trailers throughout the European rail network. more…

For a vote against the second Gotthard road tunnel on February 28

Posted by George Raymond on February 19, 2016

The Swiss will vote on February 28 whether to build a second Gotthard road tunnel. The existing 17-km, two-lane road tunnel opened in 1980 and takes users of Switzerland’s main north-south motorway under the Gotthard Pass. The Swiss Federal Council – which heads Switzerland’s executive branch of government – is leading the campaign for the second, parallel tunnel. But as the referendum approaches, polls show ever-stronger opposition. The authoritative Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) newspaper has recommended a no vote. Here is my view of each side’s arguments. more…

Zurich main station’s Big Board and its flaps live on

Posted by George Raymond on February 18, 2016

In 1988, the Swiss Federal Railways installed a Big Board to show train departures in Zurich’s main station. The iconic Generalanzeiger displayed destinations, tracks and times on flaps under electronic control. Now a generation has passed and flaps are passé. An LED display replaced the flap display in Zurich HB in October 2015. But two Swiss artists have fulfilled a dream and given the Big Board and its flaps a new reason to live. more…