18 July: news in brief

Part of flood-damaged Welsh branch line reopens today TRAINS are running once again on the Conwy Valley line in north Wales. The branch from Llandudno Junction was closed on 16 March after serious floods caused by Storm Gareth had damaged more than 9km of the route, including Dolgarrog station, ten level

Tren penceresinden başını uzatıp ölen yolcu için demiryolu şirketine 1 milyon sterlin …

İngiltere’de bir demiryolu şirketi, bir yolcunun trenin penceresinden başını uzatıp ölmesinden sorumlu tutularak 1 milyon sterlin (7 milyon TL) para cezasına çarptırıldı. Şirket, pencereden dışarıya sarkılmaması yönündeki uyarıyı yeterince görünür bir şekilde sergilemediği için genel güvenlik önlemlerini ihlal ettiğini kabul etmişti.

ICE4 deliveries to resume

GERMANY: Deutsche Bahn has resumed acceptance of ICE 4 trainsets with immediate effect, Siemens Mobility and Bombardier Transportation announced on July 17. The national operator had stopped accepting delivery of further ICE4 trainsets in April after Bombardier’s quality management procedures determined that some coach body welds had not been carried out

Unipart Joint Venture Wins Five-Year Contract Extension

UGL Unipart Rail Services Pty Ltd, a joint venture between Australian company UGL (a member of CIMIC Group), and Unipart has secured an approximate $900 million, five-year contract extension with Sydney Trains. Replacing the original two-year contract extension, UGL Unipart will continue the delivery of maintenance and logistics services for

Industry comments on Williams Rail Review

UK: Organisations from across the rail sector have responded to Keith Williams’ speech in Bradford on July 16 during which he provided an update on the strategic review of the rail sector which he is undertaking for the government. Rail Delivery Group ‘Businesses, communities and passengers across the country have told us

Railtours remembered: The Metropolitan Special

In the first of an occasional new series, Andrew Royle looks back to a forgotten railtour over London Transport’s Metropolitan line in 1954. SIXTY-FIVE years ago it was possible for an enthusiasts’ special train to attract the attention of the wider public – even at a time when steam traction reigned

Electrification goes live in northern Portugal

PORTUGAL: Prime Minister António Costa and Housing & Infrastructure Minister Pedro Nuno Santos attended ceremonies on July 16 to mark completion of two electrification schemes on routes north of Porto. Both projects are part of the government’s Ferrovia 2020 investment plan. A 14·2 km section of the Porto – Pocinho Douro

Grayling indicates support for Keith Williams

TRANSPORT secretary Chris Grayling has signalled his support for reducing the railway responsibilities of the DfT, as set out in principle by Rail Review chairman Keith Williams over the past couple of days. Mr Grayling is giving evidence to the Transport Committee. He said: ‘I think the Department should do much less.

European Commission Says Yes to Latvian Railway Electrification

The Latvian rail network electrification project has received the go-ahead from the European Commission. The European Commission’s independent technical assistance experts published positive results about both the project and its economic feasibility. In 2017 the Cabinet of Ministers also said it was in favour of the Latvian Railways project. Electrified railway line

ADLINK Launches New Embedded Graphics Products for Edge Computing Applications

ADLINK Embedded Graphics Increases Performance, Life Cycle, and ROI for Embedded Applications ADLINK Technology, a global provider of leading edge computing solutions and NVIDIA® Quadro® Embedded Partner, has introduced the latest additions to its new series of embedded graphics products for edge computing applications, the EGX-MXM-P1000 and EGX-MXM-P2000 Mobile PCI Express

Malmbanan resignalling to support ETCS

SWEDEN: Trafikverket has started work on a three-year project to resignal the Malmbanan heavy haul line between Boden and Riksgränsen with digital interlockings and ETCS at an estimated cost of SKr3bn. According to the infrastructure manager, most of the existing interlockings on the iron ore corridor are more than 50 years

‘S160’ named in honour of D-Day heroes

EX-United States Army Transport Corps ‘S160’ 2-8-0 No. 2253 has been named Omaha in honour of the British and Allied servicemen that took part in the D-Day landings 75 years ago. The Baldwin-built locomotive is currently in the final stages of overhaul at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and received its new

Williams reiterates call for UK franchising changes

UK: Greater accountability and a clear customer focus are the principal requirements for reform of the UK rail sector, according to Keith Williams, the independent chairman of the rail review established by Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling in the wake of the May 2018 timetable change debacle. Ahead of

16 July: news in brief

ORR warns industry it must ‘refocus’ efforts on safety THE Office of Rail and Road has warned that the rate of improvement in railway safety is showing signs of slowing down. In its Annual Report on Health & Safety, published today, it points to recent deaths of workers on the railway,

Study considers how to assess ‘green’ investment in rail

EUROPE: The European Commission has published a study into criteria used to classify railway assets and activities as environmentally sustainable, and to provide insights into potential ‘greenwashing’. This is intended to facilitate the rail sector’s access to ‘green’ bonds, which the Commission believes could be used to finance a significant share

Stadler to Supply 80 TRAMLINK Trams to Milan

Milan: Stadler is to supply Azienda Trasporti Milanesi (ATM) with up to 80 of its TRAMLINK trams. A Stadler TRAMLINK tram for Gmunden, Austria © Stadler Having submitted the winning bid, Stadler and ATM will sign a six-year framework agreement after the objection period comes to a close. The losing bidders have

The death of Sir Nigel Gresley

The death of Sir Nigel Gresley at Hertford on April 5, deprives the railway mechanical engineering profession of one of its most distinguished personalities, and one whose career has no parallel in the locomotive history of this country. For nearly 30 years he held the chief executive position on the

EU to fund Latvian electrification programme

LATVIA: The EU’s Cohesion Fund is to provide €318·5m to support the electrification of the main east–west corridor and the replacement of diesel locomotives. Only around 14% of Latvia’s 1 860 km network is currently electrified, well below the EU average of 55%, with electric traction currently only used for passenger

RegioJet to strengthen overnight trains

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 bond issue in June

Train test: Overnight sensation?

Caledonian Sleeper’s new Mk5 stock has rarely been out of the headlines since it was introduced. Ben Jones takes a ride on this new generation of Spanish-built overnight stock to see if it delivers on its promises of a quality hotel experience. Having been in decline for decades, killed off by

Industry Insider Week 28 – 10 Must-Read Rail Stories

All the important rail news of the week, summed up for you in one place: our Railway-News Industry Insider Week 28 for 08–12 July 2019: Jazz train for Trenitalia © Railway-News Rolling Stock British Rail Class 720 Aventra EMU for Abellio Greater Anglia © Bombardier Greater Anglia’s Bombardier Fleet Begins Testing The first of the

DB Regio awarded E-Netz Main­fran­ken operating contract

GERMANY: Incumbent DB Regio has been awarded the E-Netz Mainfranken passenger train operating contract following a European tender conducted by Bayern railway agency BEG,  Rhein-Main transport authority RMV and Baden-Württemberg’s Ministry of Transport. The contract running for six years from December 2021 covers the operation of around 4·35 million train-km/year using

Report Shows Progress on Diversity in Transport

DfT: Published on 11 July a report has shown strong progress is being made in boosting the number of apprenticeships in under-represented groups within the transport industry. Rail Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2019 © Network Rail Transport & Rail Sector Diversity The Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce’s (STAT) 3-year progress report shows BAME representation in

Heritage profile: The Wensleydale Railway

Running through some of the best scenery North Yorkshire offers, the Wensleydale Railway is a relative newcomer to the heritage and tourist railway sector. Graeme Pickering finds out more about its growth and expansion plans. A train ride is undoubtedly the main highlight of a trip to a heritage line, but

15 Temmuz’da Marmaray ücretsiz olacak

Ulaştırma ve Altyapı Bakanı Cahit Turhan, 15 Temmuz Demokrasi ve Milli Birlik Günü dolayısıyla 15 Temmuz günü saat 06.00’dan 16 Temmuz saat 05.59’a kadar tüm Marmaray trenlerinin ücretsiz olacağı müjdesini verdi.

Point machine built for winter on the steppe

KAZAKHSTAN: In co-operation with national railway KTZ, the KazElektroPrivod equally-owned joint venture of Alstom and SOP Trade has completed a six-month test of a P80 point machine on a turnout designed by Prommashkomplekt and installed at Shiderty station. The locally-manufactured P80 has a design life of 20 years and is suitable

Return of the Brighton Belle

Restoring a 1930s all-electric Pullman train for use on the mainline is a project where the 5BEL Trust has faced and overcome numerous challenges. With the luxury train now being prepared for testing, Andy Coward brings us up-to-date with this ambitious restoration. Work on the restoration of four ‘Brighton Belle’ coaches

Mobile Rail Welding Systems Supra Multiflex and Supra Roadflex

For mobile welding of continuous welded rails, these machines are normally integrated into an autonomously operating rail welding system. These systems are equipped with diesel-generator set, hydraulic unit, cooling unit and lifting device. Supra Multiflex Container-Based Rail Welding System Container-based rail welding systems are especially suitable for welding continuous welded rails directly

PKP Intercity selects Stadler to supply EMUs

POLAND: PKP Intercity has selected Stadler as preferred bidder for a contract to supply 12 eight-car 160 km/h Flirt electric multiple-units and maintain them for 15 years. Formal award of the contract announced on July 11 is subject to the standard 10-day regulatory standstill period. The EMUs are intended for use on

Stadler Wins Tender for 12 FLIRT Trains in Poland

Stadler says it has won a tender for the supply of 12 electric multiple units for PKP Intercity’s long-distance routes. A Stadler FLIRT 3 for PKP Intercity in Poland © Jakub Murat under licence Competitors who did not submit the winning bid now have a ten-day appeals period. Following this period, Stadler

Pakistan’da tren kazası: 18 ölü

❮❯Pakistan'da yolcu treniyle yük treninin çarpışması sonucu ilk belirlemelere göre 11 kişi öldü, 85 kişi de yaralandı. Belucistan eyaletinin başkenti Kuetta'dan Pencap eyaletinin başkenti Lahor'a giden yolcu treni, Sadıkabad kentinde kendi hattından çıkarak paraleldeki hatta geçip burada park halinde bulunan yük trenine çarptı. Olay yerinde arama kurtarma çalışması başlatıldı. (

‘P2’ construction makes progress behind the scenes

THINGS may appear to have gone quiet in Darlington, but the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust (A1SLT) continues to make what it described as “a lot of essential but relatively unspectacular” progress on the construction of new-build Gresley ‘P2’ 2-8-2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales. The £181,000 order for the Mikado’s motion

Preservation focus: Forgotten gems

Mark Smithers considers several important examples of narrow gauge and industrial steam locomotives which are not currently in the forefront of public attention. One of the more sobering aspects of the current domestic heritage railway scene is the large number of historic steam locomotives that can for one or more reasons

Humphrey Platts, the railway photographer

Nick Pigott meets Humphrey Platts, who began photographing trains just after the Second World War, capturing a fascinating transitional period on the railways. It is rare these days to come across a ‘Big Four’ cameraman whose work has not been published widely in books or magazines. Such a photographer is 90-year-old

Iowa Northern Railway orders integrated PTC package

USA: Iowa Northern Railway has awarded Wabtec a contract to provide integrated I-ETMS Positive Train Control, LDRS-V digital video recording and data transfer and analytics capabilities across its entire locomotive fleet by late 2020. The order announced on July 10 is the first such contract won by Wabtec since its

Alstom Training at Ajman University a Success

UAE: In February this year Ajman University (AU) and Alstom signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster mutual exchange. As part of the agreement Alstom said it would provide technical training to students. Alstom has now provided an update, saying it has delivered training to 15 students to date. Applied skills:

SBB halts court battle with BLS

SWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways has asked the Federal Administrative Court to suspend its appeal lodged in July 2018 against the decision by the Federal Office of Transport to allocate two routes in the national long-distance passenger service concession to BLS. The Bern – Biel and Bern – Burgdorf – Olten routes

UK: Cutting-Edge Experimental Rail Facility Gets Funding

The British government has confirmed funding for a research facility covering conventional and high-speed rail in Leeds.  The University of Leeds’ Institute for High Speed Rail and System Integration has set itself the goal of revolutionising how railway systems are invented, developed and put into service in the UK and globally.

‘Drone train’ completes first trial

FRANCE: National operator SNCF has successfully tested a remotely-controlled train over a distance of 4 km in the Paris suburbs. Representing a key stage in SNCF’s programme to develop automated operations, the ‘drone train’ ran from Villeneuve-Saint-Georges to Juvisy and was driven from a control centre established at Vigneux-sur-Seine. Describing the test

DB Starts 3D Printing Heavy Metal Components

Deutsche Bahn has begun producing heavy components made of metal in a 3D printer. This will reduce wait times during vehicle maintenance works.  Deutsche Bahn can now use 3D printing for heavy metal components for its ICE trains © DB AG The Berlin-based company GEFERTEC has developed an innovative process that allows Deutsche

Bender UK Among Top 10 Data Center Solution Providers

Bender UK is recognized as “Top 10 Data Center Solution Providers – 2019” by CIO Applications Europe. Even the smallest service outage is not acceptable to data center operators and their customers; it can lead to major service issues and undermine confidence in the resilience of the services they provide. Tier 3

Eliwana mine and railway project launched

AUSTRALIA: Fortescue Metals Group held a ceremony on July 5 to officially launch construction of its Eliwana mine and railway in Western Australia. The US$1·275bn project includes the construction of 143 km of railway to connect the Western Hub mining area to the Solomon Hub on the existing 620 km rail network

Uber Transit Gives Denver Residents Integrated Mobility

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) in Denver has partnered with Uber and software developer Masabi to create Uber Transit, allowing passengers in the US city to use the Uber app to plan, book and pay for end-to-end transportation, including public transit.  Uber Transit in Denver gives passengers integrated ticketing © RTD What

Wheel boots approved

WHEEL PROTECTION: Protective boots designed to protect wheel treads and flanges while bogies and wheelsets are in transport or storage have been officially endorsed by UIC and included in its latest shipping guidelines. Developed by Swiss manufacturer Rex Articoli Tecnici, the moulded boots are intended as a reusable alternative to the

Mobility+ brings the last mile to InnoTrans 2020

INNOTRANS: A new addition to the Public Transport section of the InnoTrans 2020 trade fair in Berlin will be Mobility+,  an area of the exhibition focusing on the increasingly important ‘last mile’ of passengers’ journeys. Mobility+ will provide exhibitors with the opportunity to highlight shared mobility including electric scooters, hire bicycles

Unipart Rail – Supporting the Devolved Railway

A devolved railway needs a new way of thinking. It needs to be underpinned by a robust supply chain that is agile, delivers effective planning and sourcing and places the requirements of the digital railway at its core. Through this time of change, the supply chain needs to align itself to

Oberösterreich railway investment programme agreed

AUSTRIA: The Land of Oberösterreich and Austrian Federal Railways have agreed an €725m programme of route modernisation, station upgrading and electrification works for 2019-30. This agreement includes the retention of all branch lines, and the roll-out of new singalling and safety systems. ÖBB is to retain ownership of all lines in the region,

9 July: news in brief

Government urged to electrify more railways as well as cars THE government has announced investment of £37 million in electric vehicle charging points, but the Campaign for Better Transport has responded by calling for more investment in rail electrification as well. The group’s chief executive Darren Shirley said: ‘We welcome the

Westermo acquires Neratec

SWITZERLAND: Beijer Group company Westermo has acquired 100% of Neratec Solutions, which supplies wireless communication products for on-train and trackside applications. Bubikon-based Neratec has 25 employees and recorded sales of SFr6·5m in 2018. ‘The acquisition of Neratec will strengthen Westermo’s offering to the rail industry to include a strong wireless portfolio that

CPTM plans tourist service to Santos

BRAZIL: São Paulo suburban operator CPTM ran two test trains in late June on the São Paulo – Santos route as part of assessments ahead of the possible launch of a passenger service. The test trains ran on June 18 and 27, and form part of CPTM’s preparations to launch a

Passenger services revived on freight line

GERMANY: Passenger services were reintroduced on the 28 km Bad Bentheim – Neuenhaus route in Niedersachsen on July 6, following a €21m project to upgrade Bentheimer Eisenbahn’s previously freight-only line. Discounted preview fares were offered on the first day, with the full revenue service beginning on July 7. The line’s passenger services

Trenitalia Receives Last Alstom Jazz Train

Alstom has delivered the last ‘Jazz’ train for Trenitalia. The total order comprised 136 units from Alstom’s Coradia platform. Alstom has been manufacturing the regional trains in its factory in Savigliano.  136th Trenitalia Jazz train © Alstom Marco della Monica, Director of the Regional Passenger Division of Trenitalia Piemonte, Michele Viale, General Director

From the archive: SAFEGUARDING ON TRANSPORT

The RM backs public transport initiative to protect children at risk Readers are likely to be familiar with the work of the Railway Children charity in India and East Africa, helping and supporting vulnerable youngsters. Lesser known is the fact the charity now provides vital support for children

Industry Insider Week 27 – 9 Must-Read Rail Stories

All the important rail news of the week, summed up for you in one place: our Railway-News Industry Insider Week 27 for 01–05 July 2019: Siemens Mobility Avenio tram for Munich © www.siemens.com/press Infrastructure DART station on the Blue Line © Michael Barera under licence Dallas Light Rail Gets 60 Million Grant from FTA

South Coast Rail groundbreaking ceremony

USA: A groundbreaking ceremony at East Freetown in Massachusetts on July 2 officially marked the start of work on Phase 1 of the South Coast Rail commuter project. The $1·047bn project will extend Boston’s Middleborough Line commuter rail services to Taunton, New Bedford and Fall River, the only major cities within

Greater Anglia’s Bombardier Fleet Begins Testing

The 111 British Rail Class 720 electric multiple units Bombardier has been building for Greater Anglia have entered the testing phase.  British Rail Class 720 Aventra EMU for Abellio Greater Anglia © Bombardier Bombardier Aventra Testing Comprised of 665 vehicles in total, the first of the Bombardier Aventra trains will run at 110mph

A1 Trust orders TWO new boilers from DB Meiningen

GERMAN steam locomotive works Dampflokwerk Meiningen has been awarded the contract to construct the new Diagram 118a boiler for new-build LNER ‘P2’ 2-8-2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales. The £1million order by the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust (A1SLT) covers not only the boiler for the Gresley Mikado, but also a second identical

HDP: Merkez Bankası ile Devlet Demiryolları arasında bir fark kalmadı

HDP Grup Başkanvekili Hakkı Saruhan Oluç, Türkiye Cumhuriyet Merkez Bankası Başkanı Murat Çetinkaya’nın görevden alınmasıyla ilgili, “Merkez Bankası’nın bağımsızlığı vitrinlikti, şimdi vitrinden de kaldırıldı. Kararla birlikte Merkez Bankası ile Devlet Demiryolları arasında bir fark kalmamış oldu” ifadesini kullandı.

First track laid on Crimean railway bridge

EUROPE: Tracklaying is underway on the railway which Russia is building to link the mainland to the eastern end of the Crimean peninsula, which it annexed from Ukraine in 2014. A bridge across the Kerch Strait has been proposed for many years. Following the annexation, the Russian government awarded Stroygazmontazh a

Revised plans unveiled to protect sea wall route

FURTHER proposals to rebuild and re-route the Exeter to Newton Abbot route between Dawlish and Teignmouth have been unveiled by Network Rail.  The ambitious plans include extensive works to protect the line from cliff falls and landslips, as well as high seas, around Parsons Tunnel and Holcombe Beach.  Additional

Bogie turntable redesigned for easier installation

TURNTABLE: Depot equipment specialist Mechan has revised the design of its bogie turntables, following 18 months of research into ways of overcoming common problems with pit construction. ‘As turntable pits need to be round, they are difficult to cast and don’t always end up level’, explains service engineer David Blagg. ‘This

LMS Patriot – new contractor selected to complete The Unknown Warrior

The LMS-Patriot Company Board has announced that the successful bidder for the contract to complete its new-build locomotive, The Unknown Warrior, is the Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust (PRCLT), based at West Shed at the Midland Railway – Butterley, in Derbyshire. <img data-attachment-id="10843" data-permalink="https://www.railwaymagazine.co.uk/10842/lms-patriot-new-contractor-selected-to-complete-the-unknown-warrior/img_7187/" data-orig-file="http://www.railsistem.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/lms-patriot-new-contractor-selected-to-complete-the-unknown-warrior-5.jpg" data-orig-size="1024,682" data-comments-opened="0" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="IMG_7187"

Munich Orders 73 Additional Avenio Trams from Siemens

Germany: Stadtwerke München (SWM) has ordered 73 additional Avenio trams from Siemens Mobility. This contract is worth 200 million euros (225 million USD). SWM is taking advantage of existing options of a previously agreed framework agreement. Siemens Mobility will begin delivering the new vehicles in 2021. These Avenio trams will

Practice & Performance: ScotRail progress

Scotland’s railways are undergoing a transformation. John Heaton FCILT assesses the performance of ScotRail’s new traction. Standing on the concourse of Glasgow Central it is easy to assess how well the service is performing. There are no anxious groups waiting for departure platforms to be announced and arriving commuters march confidently

JULY ISSUE ON SALE NOW!

Britain’s best-selling rail title is back for another month of award-winning photos, news, features and exclusives from the rail industry, past and present. This month’s The Railway Magazine features the A1 Trust ordering TWO boilers,  the Brighton Belle restoration focus plus take a look at our FREE supplement ‘The Blue &

Safety plea in wake of Margam fatalities

THE chief executive of Network Rail has made a safety plea in the wake of the deaths of two track workers.  Gareth Delbridge, 64, and Michael Lewis, 58, were killed by a Swansea to London Paddington train on Wednesday morning near Margam in south Wales. The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has begun

Çorlu tren faciası davasından çekilen mahkeme heyetine ret – Diken

Tekirdağ’ın Çorlu ilçesinde 25 kişinin yaşamını yitirdiği tren kazası davasının dün görülen ilk duruşmasında çıkan olayların ardından 1’inci Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi heyetinin davadan çekilme kararı, 2’nci Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi tarafından reddedildi, dosyadan çekilme kararı kaldırıldı. Çorlu faciasının ilk davasında aileler mahkeme salonuna alınmamış, polis cop kullanmıştı. Fotoğraf: DHA Tekirdağ’ın Çorlu ilçesinde,

Son dakika haberi: Çorlu tren kazası davasında yeni gelişme – Habertürk

Tekirdağ'ın Çorlu ilçesinde, 25 kişinin öldüğü, 328 kişinin yaralandığı tren kazası davasının ilk duruşmasının görülmesine, dün Çorlu Adalet Sarayı'nda, 1'inci Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi olarak düzenlenen 130 kişilik konferans salonunda başlandı. Salonun dolmasının ardından bazı aileler, içeri giremeyince kapı önünde arbede çıktı. Arbedenin ardından aileler içeriye alınmasının ardından avukatları, duruşmanın başlamasıyla

Tren faciasında sıcak gelişme – Odatv

Tekirdağ Çorlu ilçesinde 25 kişinin yaşamını yitirdiği tren faciasının davasının dün görülen ilk duruşmasında çıkan olayların ardından 1'inci Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi heyetinin davadan çekilme kararı, 2'nci Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi tarafından uygun bulunmadı, dosyadan çekilme kararı kaldırıldı. Tekirdağ'ın Çorlu ilçesinde, 25 kişinin hayatını kaybettiği, 328 kişinin yaralandığı tren kazası davasının ilk duruşmasının

OEBB Increases Rockfall and Avalanche Protections

Austria: OEBB is installing new protections for railway infrastructure against rockfall and avalanches. It is also repairing existing facilities that became damaged last winter.  Austria: rockfall and avalanche protection © OEBBOEBB is building a structure 150m long and up to 5m high to protect railway infrastructure at the Lueg Pass. The

Sachsen line reopenings under consideration

GERMANY: Local transport authority VMS is studying options for reviving passenger services to Rochlitz and on the Pockau-Lengefeld – Marienberg line in Sachsen. Servies to Rochlitz ended in 2000, with passengers instead needing to travel by bus to Geithain for connections to Leipzig and Chemnitz. VMS is studying options and potential passenger demand

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