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Published by membersonly, 2018-05-09 01:23:00


2nd May 2015




This newsletter covers the World outside the British Isles from information
supplied by members.

Opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the Compilers or of the Society.

International Editor (to whom all email and postal contributions should be sent):
Paul Griffin, 7 School Bell Mews, Church Lane, Stoneleigh, COVENTRY, CV8 3ZZ
Email: [email protected]
Deputy International Editor: Derek Woodward, 68 Church Street, Matlock, DERBY, DE4 3BY


The mountain section of the spectacular Chañaral to Potrerillos railway in the Atacama desert of Chile. This line looks
almost certain to close due to massive flood damage. See item [169].


[155] Belgium/Luxembourg/Netherlands – March 2015 observations from a Benelux visit
Our member started off well in Belgium with a rare freight line grice on 19 March when the 10:57 Leuven
– Welkenraedt was diverted via Landen and Kinkempois direct to Angleur not stopping at Liege-Guillemins.
This was due to an “incident” between Ans and Liege. Arrival at Angleur was at approximately 12:50.
According to the CFL website the line between Luxembourg and Oetrange is closed from 16 February until

12 December with all trains from Luxembourg to Wasserbillig running via Syren, due to doubling of the line
between Luxembourg and Sandweiler-Contern. The connection to the Mersch line at the Luxembourg end
was observed to be severed on 19 March with no track visible. Apart from a couple of peak hour trains
to/from Trier all services on the Luxembourg – Wasserbillig line are booked to be worked by EMU’s. The
17:03 Luxembourg – Mersh (M-F) is booked to terminate in the loop then returns ECS to Luxembourg.
There is also an 07:03 Mersh – Luxembourg (M-F) which probably also starts from this platform. From the
December 2014 Timetable change the trains between Liege and Luxembourg depart Liege on the even
hour arriving Liege-Guillemins from Liers at xx:59 & departing at xx:08. Prior to this these trains had for
many years run on the odd hour from Liege-Guillemins departing around xx:15. These trains are booked to
be worked by a CFL class 3000 loco with 4 coaches. Trains between Liege-Guillemins and Luxembourg
follow the main line as far as Angleur, thence the line to Marloie as far as Rivage where it then becomes
the “Main Line”. The OHL voltage changes from 3000V Dc to 25000V AC at Rivage, the actual changeover
point being about 1.5km away on the Gouvy side of the junction.
There is only a 2 hourly service between Rivage and Luxembourg in each direction with additional peak
hour services between Liege and Gouvy, however there are also some peak hour services between Gouvy
and Luxembourg operated by CFL some of which are loco hauled. Peak hour services between Gouvy and
Liege are operated by the new SNCB EMUs.
On 22 March, observed from a passing train the line from Schiedam towards Gouda was quite rusty. The
bay platform at Gouda facing towards Rotterdam/Den Haag was observed to be out of use with a red
“stop board” on it. The tram line around Dam Square in Amsterdam from the Rokin direction is in regular
use and trams use this to then head towards Centraal along Nieuwezijds Voorbugwal. The tram line from
outside Rotterdam station running right along Weena is out of use.

[156] Bulgaria/Greece - The railtour of three alphabets (part 7)
19 September. Bus back from the hotel in Sandinski to Kulata station. Coupled to the two coaches was BDZ
4-6-2 No. 05.01 built in 1964 (by Krupp?). The route for the day, as far as rail travel was concerned, was
straightforward. 05.01 hauled the tour due north, two thirds of the way to Sofia, to the junction station of
Dupnitza (a recent renaming - it was Stanke Dimitrov), reached about lunchtime. Here they bade farewell
to the standard gauge train. The rest of the day was taken up with bus travel and ‘culture’, the bus taking
then first to the Rila Monastery, situated high up a narrow valley in the Rhodopi Mountains. This place is
understood to to be the oldest functioning place of Christian worship in the Slavic world, founded in AD876
(predating the Kievan Caves Monastery in Ukraine) and where the heart of King Boris is buried, inside the
Monastery Church. From there the bus continued to the ski resort of Bansko near the Dobrinishte
terminus of the last extant BDZ narrow gauge line; the objective for the next day.
20 September. Bus from Bansko to Dobrinishte, where in a few minutes the narrow gauge train arrived, a
class 75 Henschel B-BDH No. 75.005, with the sole operational steam loco on this line, 60776 2-10-2T built
by Chrzanów in Poland in 1949. This is the 76cm line from Dobrinishte to Septemvri. The tour had been
promised steam haulage throughout, and it nearly happened. 60776 duly set off, with its two bogie
passenger coaches and a fourgon, with the diesel loco following at a respectable distance. Photostops
were provided at Bansko (to inspect two derelict steam locos and some diesel junk), and at Razlog. The
tour steamed into Yaruda where they had an interesting problem. A stroppy station master threatened to
report the steam loco crew unless they took the diesel forward as a pilot. The ‘growler’ was duly stuck on
the front and off they went. Circa 2km further, at km 83, (far enough to be out of sight and sound of
Yakoruda’s grouchy station master), the train stopped, the ‘growler’ was uncoupled and sent on ahead. It
is difficult to imagine that scenario happening in ’nanny-state’ Britain! However, they caught up with the
diesel again at Cherna Mesta, and it was attached again, this time for the steepest 27km to Avramovo
station, the summit of the line and the highest station in the Balkans at 1267 metres (about 4,200 feet)
above sea level. Here the diesel did come off, and they had the 2-10-2T on its own all the way to
Septemvri. This is a scenically spectacular line, through a very mountainous area, and it tourist potential is

enormous, but the threat of closure is never very far away. The line no longer has any freight traffic, and
only three passenger trains a day run the whole length of the line (c. 125kms). Towards Septemvri a long
stretch is roadside, through a vertical-walled limestone gorge. Near Septemvri, at a station called Varvara,
a narrow gauge branch diverged to meet the main line at Pazardzhik, now closed and lifted – but it had a
much more frequent service than the mainline. At Septemvri, a shed and works visit was ‘organised’. There
had been absolutely no problems here in 2011, but this time shed staff decided the group were not
welcome and requested them to leave. There are several derelict narrow gauge steam locomotives here,
as well as many laid-up narrow gauge diesels, reflecting the decline in fortunes of the Dobrinishte line.
Septemvri loco depot serves both 76cm and standard gauge locos. From Septemvri a bus whisked the tour
group to Sofia and their hotel. The end of an epic ( in more ways than one).

[157] Bulgaria - By metro from airport to central railway station
An extension of Sofia metro Line M1 to the airport opened on 2 April. Following an official ceremony at
10:00 hrs passenger services began at 13:00. The 5 km section extends the line east from Tsarigradsko
Shosse with four stations and terminates next to Terminal 2 of the airport. Services will run from 05:30 to
24:00, with a journey time from the airport to the city centre of 18 minutes. Change at Serdika to line 2 for
the Tsentralna Gara (Central Railway Station).

[158] Czech Republic – Praha metro extension opens
A 6.1 km western extension of Praha metro Line A from Dejvická to Nemocnice Motol opened on 6 April
with services starting at 15:00. Line A is now 17.1 km long with 17 stations. There are long-term plans to
extend the line a further 6.9 km west to the international airport at Ruzyně, however there are also rival
proposals for a heavy rail link. The opening of the metro was accompanied by some changes to surface
transport in the northwest of the city, one of which affects one of the two ‘usual’ routes for getting to the
airport. For those who previously took the metro to Dejvická ( or the table 122 service from Masarykovo
to Dejvická and walked to the metro), the number 119 bus to the airport no longer departs from outside
Dejvická metro. Instead travellers will need to either stay on, or take the new metro extension to
Veleslavín, the new terminus for bus 119.

[159] Czech Republic - Ostrava airport trains commence
Services commenced on 13 April between Ostrava and the station of Mošnov which serves Ostrava-Leoš
Janáček airport. This is the first rail served airport in the country, but it is not intended to only convey
airport passengers. The Mošnov industrial zone currently employs about 1,500 workers, and in two years
time this should increase by a further thousand. Traffic is also expected for air cargo, and the railway
project installed crossovers ready to lay tracks to a new cargo terminal and the industrial zone, provided
there is a demand. The 5.6km of track from Studénka (on the main line from Ostrava to Praha and also
Brno) was rebuilt and electrified and Sedlnice station moved about a kilometre. The new branch to
Mošnov is 2.9km long and is connected to the Studénka–Veřovice line by a triangular junction. There are
ten trains a day, except on Sundays when it drops to nine. Journey time from Ostrava is about 30 minutes.

[160] Estonia/Russia – Go Rail services finish
Back in January BLNI 1225.024 reported that funding had been apparently been found to allow Go Rail to
continue to operate Tallinn to St. Petersburg and Moscow trains. The Russian Railways website now
shows all Go Rail trains ending on 19 May, so these trains will end and the border crossing from Narva
(Estonia) to Ivangorod-Narvskiy (Russia) will lose its passenger train service.

[161] France - News from the Midi
BLNI 1221.394 reported re-opening of [Avignon]- Sorgues-Châteauneuf-du-Pape – Carpentras was delayed
until Saturday 25 April, and this is now confirmed with first trains the 06:54 ex-Carpentras and 06:57 ex

Avignon TGV. For platform gricers, a recent traveller on the Marseille St.Charles to Aix-en-Provence line
noted that the rails to the bay platform at St. Antoine were showing light rust, and a little research
revealed just one return trip (the 17:34 Mondays to Fridays) from Marseille St. Charles to St. Antoine and
back, which presumably uses the lower bay platform.

[162] Germany – A quick visit to Stuttgart
A recent trip to Germany with research based around a night in Stuttgart discovered the poorest service in
the area was perhaps surprisingly on the service using the eastern city freight avoiding line from
Kornwestheim to Stuttgart Untertürkheim. This has just four pairs a day, peak hours only on Mondays to
Fridays, and a journey on the 08:15 from Kornwestheim on Monday 2 March found minimal passenger
usage. A four car EMU departed with just a few on board, most of whom alighted at an intermediate
station which provides interchange with the Stuttgart U-Bahn, so any closure would not appear to
inconvenience many users unduly. The line itself would not close as using it avoids a reversal for freights in
the Stuttgart Hbf area. Also with the Stuttgart 21 construction all platforms at the Hbf have now been
shortened by around 150 metres, and with the new underground SFS line apparently crossing underneath
the cut back section at right angles, i.e. just outside the station concourse area which is still in use, the
platform foundations were being excavated and further digging appeared to have just started.

[163] Germany/France - A member does the Good Friday shuttles to the Bouzonville market
This year the Good Friday shuttle service between Dillingen in Germany and Bouzonville in France
operated as usual. In the French direction, the morning shuttles were well filled - largely with young
families interested in the Bouzonville market. For them, a visit to a market in another country was
doubtlessly attractive as a 'day out' with a difference. The result was a friendly holiday atmosphere on
both sides of the border that morning though surprisingly, Good Friday is not a national holiday in France.
Unusually the boundary between DB and RFF is clearly signed on this line. Elsewhere the actual dividing
line is so often a matter of guesswork unless you know something about changed radio frequencies. There
is a passenger service from Dillingen as far as Niedaltdorf. Beyond that the line towards France is freight
only. The track is freshly ballasted and mostly in good condition. Sadly though, two tell-tale signs indicate
that all may not be well. Firstly, light rust beyond the passenger terminus means that freight traffic must
be infrequent. Secondly, the state of the track for the last mile probably gives cause for concern. Newish
concrete sleepers change to wooden ones which have obviously seen better days. In fact this part of the
line has the appearance more of a siding than a useful link between two EU countries (BLNI 1206.138
reported that freight traffic ceased 13 December 2013.Ed). Consequently, members who have this route on
their list of 'things to do' are advised not to wait too long.

[164] Italy - Roma to Giardinetti to close in June?

The future of the Roma to Giardinetti railway is very much in the air due to the recent opening of Metro
line C which broadly parallels it. This narrow gauge (950mm) railway is the stub of a once extensive system
which once ran to Fiugi (78.1km) and Frosinone (112.9km). A decision is due (possibly in June) on the
remaining 9.6km, which starts outside Roma Centrale station. Closure is a real possibility as the line
crosses many large roads which must add to the traffic problems of Roma, though apparently another
option is to relocate the railway a few streets away from the Metro.

Just east of the Roma Laziali terminus the railway/metro to Giardinetti passes under a Roman viaduct by Porta Maggiore

[165] Poland – Summary of changes to PKP services from 26 April involving rare track
Work on a bridge in Wrocław means diversion of some services until 12 June at least. TLK 61100 12:58
Szklarska Poręba Górna – Warszawa Wschodnia is diverted from Wrocław Zachodni to Wrocław Nadrodze
via Wrocław Gądów yard. Last pickup Jaworzyna Śląska at 15:39.
Some Glogow – Wrocław services do not call at Wrocław Muchobór, so must use freight curves in and out
of Wrocław Gądów yard. On timetable 356, between 11-13 May, 3 pairs of services from Zielona Góra to
Węgliniec are diverted from Bieniow (reverse) via the freight line to Zagan (reverse) then to Zary to resume
normal route. On timetable 366, between 27 May and 13 June, all Kosztryn – Szczecin services are routed
via Szczecin Dąbie (reverse), so must use the freight only curve from Szczecin Dąbie to Szczecin Podjuchy.
At Iława one train appears to be booked to use the alternative approach curve line 968 from Dzialdowo.
East of Bydogoszcz some services are not calling at Bydgoszcz Bielawy, so must be using the parallel goods
line tracks. On timetable 426 the Tczew platform sheets show two departures towards Chojnice from
platform 2 so the low level line should be in use again. On timetable 609 between 25-30 May there is a

15:03 service from Tłuszcz to Sierpc booked to use the Legionowo avoiding curve. On timetable 105
diversion of all Katowice – Tunel services via podg Dorota continues until 15 May. Additional sparse
services include:-
On timetable 137 extra dated services are running between Sucha Beskidzka and- Żywiec. South eastern
Warszawa sees many additional services via Otwock so much more use of Warszawa Wschodnia
Towarowa – p.odg. Warszawa Antoninów. And astonishingly nothing booked to use the very long north-
south through line 315 or any combination of links on or off it, nor the Inowrocław avoider, though these
tend to be peak summer routes so the next timetable change may produce something.
More details may be found on the EGTRE website at

[166] Portugal - Finishing the Douro branches
Having successfully griced the Augsburg and Ulm tram systems plus several Bavarian branch lines, our
member sought out some warmer weather with a flight from Germany to Portugal. The objectives were to
finally get to Pocinho ( terminus of the famous Douro valley line) plus the now isolated remaining part of
the narrow gauge line at Mirandela which would complete his CP track coverage.
A good start was finding the 07:15 Porto Campanha – Pocinho loco hauled and coaches, old style blue
liveried 1424 with a lightly loaded 2 IC coaches plus a generator van. After departure the guard advised of
a change of trains at Regua and sure enough on arrival it pulled up right behind an ex RENFE Camello DMU.
This was in fact an improvement as despite thick morning mist on the Douro, that was nothing to the fog
on the outside of the non-opening windows of the IC Coaches who looked like they had not been through
the wash for a while. So as the DMUs windows were clean the stunning riverside scenery could be enjoyed
once the sun burnt off the mist. Pocinho was successfully reached in glorious warm sunshine, where three
minibuses to nearby towns awaited this first arrival of the day, but just one passenger in total transferring!
Partly loaded flat wagons of fertiliser pleasingly evidenced continuing freight traffic, plus narrow gauge
track, and the huge metal viaduct of the long closed Duas Igrejas (Miranda) branch were still in existence.
Returning on the departure forty minutes later to Tua, a connection was made onto the 12:05 CP narrow
gauge line replacement taxi-bus to Mirandela. This was a CP branded 8-seater so your guess is as good as
our members as to whether this will be sufficient and what CP do if more than 8 turn up on any journey.
The maximum on this trip was 5 after picking up 3 part way. It is scheduled to take 1½ hours according to
the CP timetable pdf but it left 10 late though rapid (but very competent) driving, in part along some very
minor roads, meant it still arrived 15 early. Your correspondent was paying cash fares, but could not book
through from Pocinho to Mirandela, and oddly the taxi took payment when you got off, so €3.50 for the
train to Tua and €5.00 for the taxi.

A Mirandela metro service departs from the station at Mirandela

Next was the 14:15 “Mirandela Metro” service for the 4km northwards to Carvalhais, followed by the
14:30 return which became the 14:45 from Mirandela to Cachao, 13 km further south and the limit of
working after a derailment a few years ago plus planned reservoir construction between there and Tua,
and the 15:10 back to Mirandela.
There had been talk in the past of a potential gap in track coverage between the two services, but the large
and old narrow gauge station building is now derelict, and it appears all departures and arrivals are from
the bus stop style shelters, appropriately right alongside the town bus station. It is perhaps surprising
these narrow gauge services still survive as despite the visit coinciding with a day when more services are
timetabled as local schools were open, a maximum of five passengers travelled on any of the above
journeys or three other Metro services seen. So as Mirandela – Carvalhais – Cachao – Mirandela cost €5.10
all in on three tickets it is hardly a money spinner. Therefore it is suggested that anyone wanting to travel
these remnants of the Tua to Bragança line may wish to arrange a visit sooner rather than later. With that
in mind the only round trip possibility from Porto in a day is as described above and it is only possible
Monday – Friday as Mirandela to Carvalhais is SSuX. There are two ways to exit Mirandela: the 18:00 taxi-
bus back to Tua for train to Porto arrive 23:15, or a 16:30 coach via Vila Real arriving Porto 19:00. Have a
guess which one was taken…….

[167] Spain – Medina del Campo area update
Sources suggested the next part of the standard gauge high speed line to Galicia avoiding Medina del
Campo would be opening soon, so a journey was taken on the 07:20 from Madrid Chamartin to Ourense
via Zamora on Friday 20 March, a 1st class preferente single for the 4h 40m journey costing €23.45 when
purchased a month in advance. At that time train timings including a reversal at Medina del Campo were
only databased to mid-April, but as at late March the Medina del Campo reversal was still present and
shown up to 5 May, so for the moment these are probably just ticket release dates. On travelling, as
expected the service diverged from the AVE line to Valladolid at Olmedo via a flyover onto the 21km
section of the previously long closed Segovia - Medina del Campo line, reinstated at standard gauge and
reopened in April 2008 to allow AVE trains to reach Medina del Campo.
Approaching Medina del Campo the new standard gauge double track line which will form the future AVE
line to Galicia could be seen diverging west. A new AV station is planned on this line south of the city and
after the new station a connecting line is planned onto the Salamanca line, which is under electrification at
the moment. The Medina bypass line will curve northwest to cross the Salamanca line and then the
Zamora line before heading for Galicia.

Meanwhile our member’s train had
passed through the gauge changer
situated on the 2008 reinstated line
just before Medina del Campo to
reverse before continuing on diesel
power on the Iberian gauge line to
Zamora. The new high speed route
reappears as a single track some
way west of Medina del Campo,
and after criss-crossing the existing
Iberian gauge line a couple of times
runs parallel on its north side
approaching Zamora. All tracks
were in situ and ballasted with just the final couple of kilometres into Zamora still to be wired, so it does
look as though it will be opening soon, and on talking with the train guard her response “in the summer”

was the best information obtained. Web searches found track plans for Zamora with a gauge changer to
the west of the station, as although some works were underway on the section beyond to Ourense they
appear years away from completion, so use of the current class 130 EMU’s with pushing diesel power cars
will be required for a while. The scenery on this latter section was especially scenic and was enjoyed along
with the partial eclipse, even this far south from the UK’s view there was a noticeable drop in light when
around 50% of the sun was covered.
After the new line to Zamora opens, the present Olmedo to Medina del Campo line will no longer be
required for Madrid to Galicia services. Plus, if all Alvia services are swapped to the new line, the 90km
Iberian gauge section from Medina del Campo to Zamora will potentially see use by just one Regional
Express (RE) train pair and an overnight TrenHotel pair, the RE outbound to Zamora in the evening and
inbound the next morning.


[168] Canada – Suspended services and tourist train changes
Operation of “The Canadian” between Toronto and Winnipeg had been suspended as a consequence of
derailment of a CN crude oil train in a desolate stretch of northern Ontario on 7 March. A conflagration
ensued, thankfully far from civilization, and a short through-girder bridge was destroyed. It took CN three
days to build a temporary bypass around the site, and another eight to effect the permanent repairs, but
The Canadian was not restarted, partly because CN agreed to impose a 35mph speed limit on all trains
with 20 or more cars of flammable liquids for a 60-day period ending in mid-May. There has been minimal
media interest in the story, which is perhaps why VIA has been able to get away with this, but VIA's new
president has in any case made clear that he doesn't feel the train should be subsidized, as it is used
principally for tourism. It has since been announced that Via Rail has resumed passenger train services
between Toronto and Winnipeg with an eastbound train which departed Vancouver on 10 April and a
westbound train leaving Toronto on 11 April. Delays are expected.
Meanwhile, over at the admitted “tourist train” operator, Rocky Mountaineer will be making some
substantial changes after this year. The basic Red Leaf service will be ended on all trains, with the emerging
Silver Leaf becoming the base level. To that end, Red Leaf coaches are being converted to Silver Leaf, with
larger windows and the roof line windows reminiscent of tour buses. Calgary will no longer be a
destination/starting point, with Banff becoming the easternmost stop. And the five-days-a-week North
Vancouver / Whistler day trip will be cancelled. That leg will be added to the once-a-week train to Jasper
via Quesnel, which currently starts/ends at Whistler. The train will thus have overnight stops at both
Whistler and Quesnel, putting prices even more out of reach. This year's fares between Vancouver and the
Rockies, on any route, are: Red Leaf, $1,259; Silver Leaf, $1,679; Gold Leaf, $2,099.

[169] Chile - Floods spell end for Chañaral to Potrerillos railway
Exceptional rainfall between 23 and 25 March in northern Chile, one of the driest parts of the world, has
caused massive flood damage, the most badly affected town being Chañaral. Many lives were lost and
huge sections of the world famous Chañaral to Potrerillos railway destroyed. The railway has a reputation
as one of the most scenically stunning railways in the world. The line climbs mountains and dips into
valleys, connecting Potrerillos, a now abandoned mining town 2850 metres above sea level in the Andes
with a filtration plant in Llanta and then to Diego de Almagro where the railway continues on the
Longitudinal Norte, part of the state railway network, towards Chanaral and the harbour at Barquito. In
1959, the El Salvador copper mine opened and the mine at Potrerillos subsequently shut down, however
the smelter remained in operation. Since then, the liquified ore is transported by pipeline from El Salvador
to a filtration plant near Llanta, from where the dried ore concentrate is transported by railway to the
Potrerillos plant. The mine was originally built by The Anaconda Company in the late 1950s, but in 1971,
with the nationalization of the copper industry in Chile, full ownership of the mine was turned over to the

newly formed, state owned copper mining company Codelco. Codelco had planned to close the El Salvador
mine in 2011, but extended the mine life by an additional 15–20 years. El Salvador operated as Codelco's
smallest mine with the highest operating costs. 60 km of the Chanaral to Potrerillos line were washed
away in the lower Rio Salado valley, there is three metres of mud on the floor of the Llanos
Maestranza and Diego de Almagro yard (and most of the town) have been obliterated. The mountain
section of the railway is severely damaged. Reports from Chile suggest that the Chanaral-Diego de
Almagro-Potrerillos line is believed to be beyond economic repair with an estimated rebuilding cost for
the lower 60km section alone estimated at US$90 to $100 million. Codelco has closed the El Salvador
mining complex and the Potrerillos refinery for 30 days, while they assess the economics of shutting down
the entire operation. It looks like the end for one of the world’s most spectacular railways.

Picture near the mining village of El Salado, illustrates how the line is laid in the actual river bed.

[170] South Africa – Services restored
BLNI 1224.020 reported closure of many long distance services in South Africa. Now Main Line Passenger
Services, otherwise known as Shosholoza Meyl – a division of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa –
has announced the reinstatement of most of the trains.

List of Special Trains on Lines without Passenger Services from IBSE Liste

09. 05. + ASM Helmstedt - Weferlingen - Anst Quarzwerke - Süplingen Abzw - Anst Dönstedt Steinwerke (Forsthaus
Eiche) - Süplingen Abzw - Weferlingen – Helmstedt. Fully booked
09/10. 05. + OSEF
09. 05. ET Shuttles Löbau(Sachs) - Ebersbach(Sachs) - Rumburk/Rumburg [DE/CZ] [also 25.V, 19/20.IX]

09/10. 05. MEBF Lienen - Lengerich(Westf) (- Osnabrück Hbf - Bielefeld Hbf -) Gütersloh Hbf - Gütersloh Nord - Bad Laer
10. 05. AVL - Gütersloh Nord

Shuttles Hafenbahn Magdeburg

Soltau(Han) - Hermannsburg and return

10. 05. IBSE Tram special in Potsdam (ViP), Abfahrt ab Hauptbahnhof ca. 8.40 hours
16. 05. MBK
Berlin-Schöneweide - Berlin-Lichtenberg - Rüdersdorf MEG - Fredersdorf - Müncheberg Übg -
16/17. 05. Bahnpark Augsburg Buckow(Mark) - Berlin-Schöneweide

Bahnpark Augsburg - Augsburg Hbf (- Utting) and return [also 19,26.VII, 2,9,16.VIII]

22. 05. ODF Piesberg - Osnabrück Hbf - Salzbergen - Raffinerie Salzbergen and return
23/24. 05. IG Nossen Shuttles Nossen - Ziegenhain(Sa) In planning
24. 05. ??? Operating day Herzfelde
25. 05. ET Osnabrück - Recke and return
25. 05. + DB Diversion d. IC 2173 between Hannover Hbf and Northeim via Abzw Edesheim(Leine) - Abzw
25. 05. AVL Shuttles Walsrode - Bomlitz [also 15.VIII, 13.IX]

30. 05. TEV (Weimar -) Erfurt Gbf - Erfurt Nord - Straußfurt - Sömmerda (- Großheringen - Weimar)
30/31. 05. EF Aken Shuttles Köthen - Aken(Elbe)
30. 05. + OSEF (Löbau(Sachs) -) Dresden-Neustadt - Dresden-Altstadt (- Schwarzenberg(Erzgeb)) and return
13/14. 06. FV BAE (Lutherstadt Wittenberg -) Pratau - Eilenburg
13. 06. + EF Staßfurt (Staßfurt -) Berlin Südkreuz - DTM and return
20. 06. Press (Chemnitz Hbf -) Cranzahl - Vejprty/Weipert (- Lužná u Rakovníka/Luschna) and return [DE/CZ]
21. 06. ET (Lengerich(Westf)-) Osnabrück Hbf Po - Stahlwerkskurve - Osnabrück Hbf Pu (- Salzbergen) and return
27. 06. + TG Ferkeltaxi (Chemnitz -) Dresden-Altstadt - Dresden-Neustadt - KW Schwarze Pumpe and return
14. 07. OSEF Werkbahnnetz Vattenfall [also 12.X]
25. 07. EMBB (Leipzig-Plagwitz -) Böhlen(b Lpg) - KW Lippendorf and return
01. 08. ET (Lengerich - Bielefeld Hbf -) Gütersloh Hbf - Gütersloh Nord - Bad Laer - Gütersloh Nord - Gütersloh Hbf
(- Bielefeld Hbf)
16. 08. TG Ferkeltaxi Shuttles Neuhausen(Erzg) - Olbernhau
22. 08. + TEV u.a. Gotha - Emleben, Bad Langensalza - Bad Langensalza Ost, Hohenebra - Ebeleben, Straussfurt -
Kölleda, Erfurt Ost - Erfurt West, Erfurt Anschl. Siemens
05. 09. + DB Shuttles (Koblenz-Ehrenbreitstein - Koblenz Hbf -) Koblenz-Lützel - DB-Museum
05/06. 09. DB Shuttles Pockau-Lengefeld - Marienberg(Sachs)
12. 09. (Staßfurt -) Artern - Wangen(Unstrut) (- Freyburg(Unstrut)) and return
12/13. 09. + EF Staßfurt Tram special : 12.IX:Leipzig (LVB), 13.IX:Gera (GVB)
26. 09. Krollmann [oder 27.IX] Hafenbahn Heilbronn Planned
27. 09. VFSEV Piesberg - Osnabrück Hbf - Uffeln and return
16. 10. ODF (Lengerich(Westf) -) Hasbergen - Georgsmarienhütte and return
05/06. 12. ET (Lutherstadt Wittenberg -) Pratau - Eilenburg (- Leipzig Hbf)
05. 12. FV BAE (Nossen - Klingenthal -) Zwotental - Adorf(Vogtl) (- Nossen) In planning
IG Nossen

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09. 05. FdBB Shuttles Mixnitz Lb - Breitenau Hst [also 25.V, 13.VI, 11.VII, 19.IX] AT
12-18. 05. DNV u.a. Elbląg- Frombork - Braniewo - Kaliningrad[PL/RU] [also 14-20.VI, 2-8.VII] RU
14-17. 05. FR
16. 05. Siede Museumsbahnen in North West France PL
23. 05. + TurKol (Poznań Gł.) Inowrocław - Kruszwica and return PL
23. 05. PL
23. 05. TurKol (Wolsztyn/Wollstein -) Toporów/Topper - Sieniawa Lub./Schönow and return CZ
23. 05. CZ
24. 05. + Grodziska KD (Krzyż-) Starogard Gd.- Jabłowo- Starogard Gd.(- Szczecinek- Piła Tow. - Krzyż Fully booked PL
30. 05. PL
30/31. 05. ČD (Lužná u Rakovníka-) Protivec - Bochov and return CZ
01-03. 06. SK
06-14. 06. + ČD (Č. Budějovice -) Dívčice - Netolice and return [also 4.VII,29.XI] SE
06/07. 06. FR
06. 06. + SMK NS (Chabówka -) Rabka Zdrój - Nowy Sącz and return. Fully booked. CZ
06/07. 06. SK
07. 06. TurKol (Poznań Gł.-) Kołobrzeg - Kołobrzeg Portand return [also 21.VI] PL
08-26. 06. SE
13. 06. + ČD Shuttles Kojetín - Tovačov [also 15/16.VIII,28.IX] AT
13. 06. PL
19. 06. Steam Story Special trains in Slovakia including freight curves. Now confirmed as running. PL
25-28. 06. PL
27. 06. PTG Special trains over freight lines in Central Sweden BA
02-06. 07. HU
04-12. 07. + ABFC u.a. Bening - Bouzonville (- Thionville) SK
04. 07. KŽC Shuttles Lovosice - Čízkovická cementárna u. Lovosice - Lovochemie SK
18. 07. (Žilina -) Chvatimech - Hronec and return PL
25. 07. + SPDŽ (Poznań Gł. -) Wągrowiec - Rogoźno Wlkp. and return SK
26. 07. HU
26. 07. TurKol PL

SMoK u.a. Bräcke - Vännäs, Bastuträsk - Skellefteå, Älvsbyn - Piteå

MLV Special trains from Zwettl [also 15.VIII, 26.IX, 5/6.XII]
TurKol Legnica - Rudna Gwizdanów- Głogów - Żagań (- Żary-) Bieniów - Lubsko and return

TurKol Poznan circuit
TWKP Special train on Białośliwie narrow gauge
+ Rotary Bihać - Martin Brod and return

PTG Special train in Hungary including freight lines
+ KMH \"Urlaub mit dem Triebwagen\" in Slovakia and Hungary [SK/HU]
TurKol (Topoľčany -) Zbehy - Radošina and return
(Poznań Gł.- Malbork-) Elbląg - Frombork and return

+ Veterá (Bratislava -) Jablonica - Brezová pod Bradlom and return

Störk (Miskolc 7:30 -) Papírgyár - Mahoca - Papírgyár 11:38 (- Miskolc ca. 12:00)
TurKol (Poznań Gł.-) Wągrowiec - Rogoźno Wlkp. - Czarnków and return

26. 07. + SPDŽ (Trenčianska Teplá -) Nemšová - Lednické Rovne and return SK
08. 08. TurKol (Poznań Gł.-) Międzyrzecz - Międzychód Letnisko/ and return PL
16. 08. Piešťany - Vrbové and return SK
30. 08. + SPDŽ (Wrocław Gł.- Legnica-) Kamieniec Ząbk. - Nysa (- Brzeg - Wrocław Gł.) PL
19/20. 09. TurKol Kosovo [XK] CS
19-27. 09. Mercia Includes Vatican City Railway VA
19. 09. DGEG (Bratislava -) Zohor - Plavecké Podhradie and return SK
24. 09.-03. 10. Heritage railways in Romania RO
25. 09.-05. 10. + KPHŽD Special trains in Greece GR
26/27. 09. PTG Shuttles Cornătel – Hosman RO
03. 10. SFS (Wrocław -) Legnica - Złotoryja and return PL
03-10. 10. ??? Special train in Greece GR
07-14. 10. TurKol u.a. Tuzla - Banovići + heritage railways, Ilijaš - Vareš BA
09-11. 10. PTG Special train around Bratislava SK
12-20. 10. Special train in Greece (Peloponnese peninsula) GR
15-29. 10. + IGE Special trains in Greece GR
17. 10. KŽC (Toruń Gł.-) Sierpc - Brodnica(- Grudziądz - Toruń Gł. PL
29. 11. PTG Wien Praterstern - Mistelbach Lb - Bullendorf and return AT

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