INTERNATIONAL SUPPLEMENT TO BLN 1225 24 JANUARY 2015
BRANCH LINE NEWS
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 NEWS TEAM:-
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
 Austria - Trains to run to Waldmühle again
BLNI 1198.473 reported on the situation on this freight line on the western outskirts of Wien just over a
year ago. The Pro Kaltenleutgebnerbahn association founded in 2007 had been running services over the
line but these ceased when ÖBB formally closed the line in January 2014, so trains could only run between
Wien Meidling and the junction station of Wien Liesing in 2014 while negotiations with ÖBB went on.
Successfully it seems. From January 2015 the municipality of Perchtoldsdorf will lease the track from the
ÖBB and preparations to run tourist trains over the branch have started.
OBB heritage loco 2050.09 on a Wien Liesing to Waldmühle shuttle to mark the 130th anniversary of the
 Belgium - Liefkenshoek link opens
The 16.2 km Liefkenshoek rail link between the left and right banks of the River Schelde in the north of
Antwerpen was officially opened on 9 December, ahead of the start of commercial freight services on 14
December. The electrified rail link including a 6 km twin-bore tunnel under the river is designed to increase
freight capacity by reducing transfer times by 40 min and eliminating the need for trains to negotiate
bottlenecks including the Kennedy tunnel to the south and the Berchem – Schijnpoort line. It provides
more direct access to the Deurganck dock which is expected to handle 70% of containers passing through
the port, and will support infrastructure manager Infrabel’s aim of increasing rail’s share of container
traffic from 8% to 15% by 2030.
Outside the PPP contract, Infrabel has spent €183m on track, signalling including ETCS Level 2 and safety
systems for the Liefkenshoek route. Herrenknecht TBMs were used to bore the tunnels 40 m below the
Schelde, which have a total length of 6,745 m and 6,752 m. The Antwerpen port authority said that the
inauguration of the Liefkenshoek link was not the end of its railway development plans. ‘There are still
various projects whose completion is important to keep the port accessible’, it said, and the authority is to
seek TEN-T funding from the EU. Short-term projects include signal and turnout automation on the right
bank, and upgrading the Oude Landen – Krijgsbaan Line 27A to improve connections with the near
hinterland. Reviving the former Iron Rhine route across the Netherlands to provide direct access to the
Ruhr area of Germany is ‘still at the top of the priority list for the port’.
 Estonia - International trains to continue
BLNI 1222.408 reported that GoRail were considering discontinuing International services due to declining
passenger numbers. It seems that the Estonian government is supporting the Tallinn – St. Peterburg and
Tallinn – Moskva services and they will continue for the time being.
 France – Correction to BLNI 1224.003
The item on the line to Troo in BLN 1224 seems to confuse two French rivers. Le Loir is not "the infant
Loire" - which is a long way away in the southern part of the Massif Central - but is a tributary of the river
Sarthe, which is in turn a tributary of La Loire, which is, of course, much better known. So the grain silos
are at Montoire-sur-le-Loir (not -le-Loire). [Your editor wishes to apologise for this mistake.]
 France - Threatened lines for 2014
A list of SNCF lines threatened with closure has been disseminated in various media during 2014. So far,
the only one of those listed to have lost its trains (Montréjeau – Luchon) is being presented as a temporary
measure while long-overdue renewals are taking place. Elsewhere, however, and notably in Région
Auvergne, developments are being portrayed in a subtly different way: the parallel bus service, appearing
as part of the transport offer in the Fiche TER, is being publicised as an improvement, with on-board WiFi
and other benefits, rather than an unfortunate necessity (temporary or otherwise). After the “suspension”
of Laqueuille – Ussel trains, the Le Mont-Dore branch is now down to one train pair, as is Marvejols –
Mende (and as the Ligne des Causses south from Neussargues has been for some years now: this service
can surely not survive much longer). Most significantly, the new timetable for the Clermont-Ferrand –
Thiers – Montbrison – St-Étienne line includes only two throughout round trips by rail and several more by
bus, whose end-to-end journey time is almost an hour shorter, the result of investment in road
improvements while the rail route has been allowed to decay for years. Région Auvergne is continuing to
support shorter-distance trains from Clermont as far as Thiers, as is Région Rhône-Alpes between St-
Étienne and Montbrison (and possibly Boën), but the middle section is “nobody’s baby”, without
maintenance funds approved.
Another traveller to France noted that last autumn a similar situation was developing on the Les Neyrolles
– Oyonnax – St Claude route, with most services operated by coaches with WiFi. Anybody wishing to travel
over any of these lines should do so during 2015.
 France - Paris tram Route T8 opens
Paris tram Route T8 entered service on 16 December, following four weeks of trial running without
passengers. The 8.5 km route runs north from Saint-Denis Porte de Paris to Delaunay-Belleville, where it
splits into two branches, terminating at Villetaneuse-Université and Epinay-Orgemont. There are 17 stops,
and interchange is provided with metro Line 13, tram Route T1 and RER Line C. Villetaneuse-Université will
offer interchange with the future Tram-Express Nord tram-train route.
 Germany – Hannover light rail extension
Hannover opened an extension of light rail Route 7 from Schierholzstraße to Misburg on 14 December. The
1.5 km extension adds three stops to the network.
 Germany – New tram lines opened
Frankfurt : A 1.1 km tram link along Stresemannallee in Frankfurt am Main opened on 13 December. The
connection from Gartenstraße to Mörfelder Landstraße enables services on Route 17 to run from
Hauptbahnhof to the suburb of Neu-Isenberg at the city’s southern border. The Mörfelder Landstraße –
Neu-Isenberg section was previously operated as the southern end of Route 14, which now terminates at
Louisa. An intermediate stop provides interchange with S-Bahn Line S3 at Stresemannallee station, and
there is 600 m of grass track. Construction began in January 2014 and cost an estimated €20m.
Berlin Hauptbahnhof : The first tram route serving Berlin Hauptbahnhof opened on 14 December. The
1.8 km of new alignment has six stops, including an interim stop at Hauptbahnhof which is to be replaced
by a larger facility in mid-2015. Beyond the Hauptbahnhof there is a one-way loop with stops at Lesser-
Ury-Weg, Lüneburger Straße and Clara-Jaschke-Straße. The initial 10 min headway service is provided by
Route M5, which has been extended from Hackescher Markt. Routes M8 and M10 will be extended to the
main station from mid-2015, with city transport operator BVG predicting the stop to be used by 20 000
passengers/day once all three routes are completed.
 Germany – Observations from a visit to Southern Germany (Part 2)
Balingen to Schömberg
This line has seen Sunday and public holiday services for many years. The 12:12 departure on a holiday
Friday, provided by a single HzL railcar, was poorly patronised, in stark contrast to the very busy
connecting service from Hechingen. Less than a dozen passengers joined, of whom three stayed on to the
end. The branch has a low line speed limit, with 24 minutes bring allowed for the 13 kilometres. Freight
traffic originates from Dotternhausen, where there is a cement works, and from sidings beyond Schömberg
station. The service terminates at a new platform, about 100 metres short of the old station building but
nearer the town centre, which is about 10 minutes walk away. The return working saw the same three
passengers rejoin, and a small group get on at Schömberg Stausee.
Kirchheim to Oberlenningen
Kirchheim is the terminus of a frequent S-Bahn service from Stuttgart. Beyond here the non-electrified
branch to Oberlenningen has an hourly service, which departs from a bay platform situated to the south of
those used by the S-Bahn trains, so no overlap here. In contrast to the nearby branches to Neuffen and
Bad Urach, which have been modernised and offer speedy services, this line has received little attention,
with two level crossings requiring the driver to get off with his key at the preceding station in order to
open them, and one open crossing requiring the unit to approach at walking pace. At Kirchheim Süd, the
track of the branch to Weilheim is still in situ but heavily overgrown. Beyond this station, and for most of
the remainder of the journey, the line runs alongside a main road. On this particular journey the service
was provided by three DB class 650 railcars, although one would have been more than sufficient to take
the twenty or so passengers that used it. Only a handful alighted at the branch end, where a paper factory
still provides freight traffic and maybe explains why the line has survived. Your correspondent did not
return, electing to take the bus over the hills to Neuffen.
The non-electrified north curve at Ulm, which connects the Sigmaringen and Aalen lines, has disappeared
under a large construction site.
 Italy - Roma metro line C finally opens
The first section of metro Line C in Roma opened on 9 November. This links Parco di Centocelle with
Monte Compatri-Pantano to the east of the city, making it the first metro line to reach beyond the city
boundary. The alignment partly follows a section of the former 950 mm gauge Roma – Fiuggi light railway.
The initial section is 12.5 km, including 4.3 km underground. There are 15 stations. A second phase, due to
open in 2015-16, would extend the line west to San Giovanni in the city centre, where interchange would
be provided with metro Line A. The third phase would bring the line to Colosseo on Line B, with an
intermediate station at Amba Aradam, in 2020. When the northern extension is completed, Line C will be
25.5 km long, of which 17.6 km will be underground.
 Latvia – Cuts to LDZ passenger trains
From 01 February there will be drastic changes in train services in order to cut costs and, allegedly,
improve services elsewhere. On Mondays to Thursdays all trains will be replaced by buses between
Valmiera and Valga, Rēzekne and Zilupe, and Pļaviņas and Madona. The last Sigulda-Rīga train will be
replaced with a bus service so that the train can be kept at Sigulda overnight and run a morning express
service from Sigulda to Rīga. On weekdays the first Rīga-Saulkrasti, Rīga-Lielvarde, Rīga-Jelgava and the last
Saulkrasti-Rīga, Lielvarde-Rīga, Jelgava-Rīga trains will be cancelled. The weekends-only Rīga-Daugavpils-
Rīga train will run also on Fridays.
 Lithuania – Passenger service withdrawals
Passenger services over the (Vilnius -) Oro Uostas - Stasylos and EGTRE obscure route Paneriai - Valčiūnai-
Vaidutai lines were withdrawn on 1 January 2015. Trains continue to serve Oro Uostas (Vilnius airport). The
new station at Stasylos which had trains from 3 August 2011 (see BLNI 1161.217) therefore had passenger
trains for less than four years. Some International trains from Belarus continue to use the line.
Services between Panevėžys and Rokiškis were also to be withdrawn but this was rescinded after protests.
This service has been threatened before (see BLNI 1144.328). The previous service pattern of FSO/SSuO
 Poland - A member gets his rare curves done and does some trams (Part 2)
After Krusze the DMU continued via Legionowo to Warszawa Gdanska as scheduled allowing time for more
tram travels (with the DMU retracing its steps via Legionowo en route to Sierpc!). Monday was all based
around getting to Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki to intercept the one day only Sierpc – Tłuszcz train which was
still in doubt when leaving the UK as regular pre-trip searches on the PKP journey planner never
acknowledged it as a through service, always showing it in two parts with one terminating at Nowy Dwor
Mazowiecki and then re-appearing on 609 at Legionowo Piaski. So it was very reassuring on arrival at
Modlin on the Saturday night to see a one day only entry included on the yellow departure sheets
describing it as a through service to Tłuszcz. A different class SA135 Railbus duly appeared at the booked
time of 20:13 but it was displaying Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki as its destination! Ouch! Further confusion
followed as there was a departure to Warszawa booked off the same platform just 7 minutes later, so
needless to say all those already waiting took no notice of the destination and time and piled on. The
Guard then dashed around telling all those that would listen that it was not going to Warszawa which was
very reassuring to your writer at least, even more so when I showed her my ticket to Legionowo Piaski to
stop her trying to usher me off the train with all the others! Off we set but in walking internally to the
driver to give the right away another passenger had managed to sneak on, so when tickets were checked
this person was somewhat miffed to be told it was not going to where she thought! An increasingly frantic
conversation commenced so with our members non-fluent Polish he simply showed her details of a train to
Warszawa 30 minutes after our booked arrival time at Legionowo Piaski. She took the hint, shut up and sat
down. The curve duly done this passenger was still spitting blood into her glued to the ear mobile when we
arrived at the deserted and unlit Legionowo Piaski, but when the Warsaw train which was the return
working of an SKW EMU terminating there arrived as booked within 5 minutes of our arrival, on sitting in
the warm her mood changed and she was then laughing into her phone and apparently seeing the funny
side of what had happened.
On Warsaw trams there have been two reopenings since a trip last year, the connecting link from
Warszawa Wschodnia via a nearby triangle to Warszawa Wilenski, and route 10 from Rondo ONZ via a new
central reservation section before regaining original street running to Płocka, both seemingly due to
construction of new Metro line 2 which looks as though it could be opening soon as all stations are already
lit at street level.
Your writer came across a very simple and not seen before innovation at end of lines where more than one
route terminated after a lengthy common section. In these cases a second platform with the same name as
the terminus had been built as soon as possible after all tracks converged into one which eliminated the
problem of not knowing which tram would depart first with each route using a different track on the
balloon loop. In one case this second stop was less than 50 metres away, which ensured you caught the
first departure, but this is obviously of no use to BLS types or there would be a gap in coverage!
On PKP, and on the journey to Terespol it was observed at Łuków that the freight line to Lublin used by a
special not that long ago was severed, perhaps temporarily as a new point was in situ on the main line
where significant track and full size platform works were underway. But as the track beyond the gap was
already overgrown perhaps this line might not reopen at this end? Between Łuków and Terespol and to the
east of Biała Podlaska is a large but totally disused freight yard where the double track main line splits and
runs either side of its still tracked but overgrown sidings/buildings/signal boxes. Additionally track works
from and to the west of Biała Podlaska meant single track use, and our members service used a lengthy
goods loop and very smart regulation with an impressive flying pass of a service going the other way! The
last 20km of the approach to Terespol were fascinating with a number of standard and broad gauge lines
crisscrossing and disappearing into the distance, plus sizeable yards of both gauges and numerous loco’s
including 4 Belarussian M62’s some way inside Poland.
 Slovakia – Extension opens on Čierny Balog narrow gauge railway
The new timetable shows trains on the Čiernohronská railway centred on Čierny Balog as running through
to Vydrovo – Korytárské, an extension of approximately 1km.
 Slovakia – Free train travel for over 62s on most services
With effect from 17 November, around 46% of the Slovakian population became eligible for free travel on
subsidised train services. The provision is part of a €250m national economic stimulus package approved
by the cabinet in June, which includes a series of measures to support rail-based public transport. Free
second class travel will be provided on all subsidised services run by the state-owned passenger operator
ZSSK, and on the Bratislava – Dunajská Streda – Komárno regional services which have been run by Czech
private operator RegioJet since March 2012. The concession is available to children below 15 years of age,
full-time students between 16 and 26, and retired, widowed or disabled pensioners over 62. The
government has also ruled that free travel should be made available to retired people over 62 and
students under 26 from any of the 28 EU member states. Free travel will not be provided on InterCity
trains on the Bratislava – Žilina – Košice route, which have operated without state subsidy since 2011.
However, some fares are expected to be adjusted following the start of competition from open-access
operators RegioJet and Leo Express with the December timetable change. To avoid overcrowding as the
concession attracts more passengers, ZSSK introduced 103 services from 14 December, totalling 1.5 million
train-km. More long-distance non-IC trains will run from Bratislava to Košice and Zvolen and between
regional centres, while suburban services around large cities will also be boosted. This is the largest
increase in train services for a decade, and follows a series of service cuts in recent years. Details as to how
the free travel may be claimed are awaited.
 Slovenia/Italy – New cross-border service
Approval has now been given for Sž class 312 Desiro EMUs to operate in Italy. Since 5 January five trains a
day are running from Divača - Sežana - Villa Opicina and return.
 Switzerland – Swiss Pass Changes
The following changes have been made to the Swiss Pass for 2015.
- Pass range now rebranded "Swiss Travel Pass".
- 22 day & one month consecutive passes discontinued.
- 3 day continuous pass introduced.
- 5 & 6 days in a month Flexi passes discontinued and 8 & 15 days in a month introduced.
- Saver passes for two and more adults travelling together discontinued.
- Half price travel on non travel days of Flexi passes no longer available. This has been replaced by Swiss
Travel Pass Combi which does the same job.
- Bonus discounts (hotels etc) no longer available. However, the pass now includes the Swiss Museum Pass,
which gives free access to over 400 museums and a 50 percent reduction at the Verkehrshaus Luzern
(Swiss Transport Museum).
- Swiss Card discontinued.
- Swiss Transfer Tickets and Family Cards will remain.
 Switzerland – Realignment between Brig and Andermatt
In the 2.6km section between Geschinen (note NOT Göschenen) and Ulrichen, about 2.1km of the line has
been moved about 8 metres south.
 Switzerland/Germany - Basel cross-border tram inaugurated
Basler Verkehrs-Betriebe (BVB) has inaugurated a cross-border extension of Line 8 to Germany
from Kleinhüningen to Weil am Rhein. The 2.8-kilometre extension was officially opened on 14 December
2014 with free rides on new Bombardier Flexity trams and heritage vehicles.
 Turkey (European) – Istanbul metro extended
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu attended the opening of Istanbul metro’s latest extension on 9
November. The south eastern extension of light metro line M1 from Aksaray to Yenikapı is 700 m long.
Interchange is provided at Yenikapı with metro line M2 and Marmaray suburban services. Services from
Yenikapı designated M1A run to Atatürk Airport with a journey time of 36 min, whereas M1B services
diverge at Otogar to serve the other western branch, which terminates at Kirazli.
REST OF THE WORLD
 China – Heavy haul coal line opened
The country’s longest dedicated heavy haul coal railway opened on 30 December. Intended to serve coal
producing regions in the western part of Shanxi province, the 1216 km Shanxi South Central Railway
connects Watang in Xingxian county with the port of Rizhao in neighbouring Shandong province, passing
close to Jinan, Shijiazhuang and Taiyuan. It has a design capacity of 200 million tonnes a year.
The Shanxi South Central Railway is the second heavy haul coal line in China to be developed as a stand-
alone project, following the construction of the Shenmu – Huangha Railway operated by the state-owned
Shenhua Group, which serves the nearby Shaanxi province. The original Datong – Qinhuangdo coal railway
is run by an in-house CRC subsidiary.
 Morocco – Temporary closure of Tanger Ville
The impressive station in Tanger (Tangier to the British) closed temporarily on 7 January for work on tracks
and platforms associated with the construction of the new high speed line from Casablanca to Tanger.
Trains will terminate at the much smaller Tanger Moghogha station on the southern outskirts of the city.
Despite the station nameboards showing Tanger Moghogha, the ONCF timetable refers to it as Tanger
Tanger Ville station which is now temporarily closed
 New Zealand – RailCruising on the Rotorua Railway
BLNI 1181.139 reported on the development of RailCruising on the Rotorua railway on the North Island,
though the article it was taken from seems to have incorrectly anticipated the sleeper replacement west of
Mamaku. Our member travelled from Mamaku Railway Station to Tarukenga. Having talked to the staff
they were hoping to open from Tarukenga to Lake Road, Rotorua at Christmas , although checking their
website http://www.railcruising.com/ this doesn’t appear to have happened as yet. They are hopeful of
eventually replacing the missing track which was stolen and opening the line to Bart's Crossing, Ngatira
near Putaruru, although this is a long term aim. It is an interesting experience travelling along the railway
with a drivers eye view. The RailCruisers are controlled by transponders in the track which slow them down
at certain points of the journey, such as on the approach to the stations. There is a handbrake in each
vehicle which can be used in emergencies, as well as upon arrival at the terminal stations. No other
occupant intervention is required during normal operation of the RailCruisers, although a horn and radio
control system are also fitted.
Railcruiser approaching Mamaku in a slight shower
 Turkey (Asiatic) - High-speed train route between Istanbul and Konya opens
On 19 December Turkish leaders inaugurated a high-speed train service between the cities of Konya and
Istanbul. The new line decreases travel time between the two cities to slightly above four hours, from 13
hours by a conventional train, and about 10 hours by bus. There will be four scheduled trips daily, two
from Istanbul and two from Konya, at 07:10 , 18:30. and 06:10 and 18:35 respectively. It will pass through
Eskişehir to the north-west of Konya, Bozüyük district of Bilecik province, Arifiye in Sakarya province and
the city of İzmit, before reaching the station in Pendik on Istanbul's Asian side. The number of train
services along other lines will be increased with the launch of the Konya-Istanbul line. Train services on the
Istanbul-Ankara line will be increased to 10 per day, while Konya-Ankara train services will be increased to
14 per day.
The line is the latest stage of Turkey's ambitious high-speed train project. The Ankara-Istanbul high-speed
rail line was launched last summer, five years after the first high-speed train service was introduced
between Ankara and the western province of Eskişehir. It was followed by another line between Eskişehir
and Konya. Minister of Transportation Lütfi Elvan announced that a new express train line will be launched
in 2019 between Ankara and Istanbul. The Turkish government plans to expand the length of high-speed
train lines in the near future. It aims to reach the goal of 25,000 kilometres of rail lines, with 3,500
kilometres of high-speed train lines, and 8,500 kilometres of regular railways by 2023, which is the 100th
anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of Turkey. Currently, about 2,800 kilometres of railways for
high-speed trains are under construction. High-speed rail projects will not be confined to central and
western Turkey. The lines connecting Sivas in central Turkey and the eastern province of Erzincan, and
those which will connect Konya to Gaziantep in the southeast through Mersin, Adana and Osmaniye are
also planned. All in all, 17 provinces where almost half of Turkey's 76 million residents live will be
connected by high-speed trains.
 USA – Texas Eagle to change route
After five years of protracted negotiations approval has finally been given by the Dallas Area Rapid Transit
board for Amtrak’s Texas Eagle to use the Trinity Railway Express route from Dallas to Fort Worth rather
than the slower Union Pacific route. Some third party details remain to be resolved but it hoped the Texas
Eagle will run via the TRE route in the first quarter of 2015.
 IBSE List of Special Trains on Lines without Passenger Services
Last Change: 13.01.2015. Note: Entries marked with a "+" were updated within the last four weeks.
Deutschland / Germany 2015
17. 01. TG Ferkeltaxi (Chemnitz ) Olbernhau-Grünthal - Oberneuschönberg and back.
24. 01. LDC (Cottbus -) Brieske - Hoyerswerda - Spremberg Hbf (- Cottbus)
07. 02. EFT (Treysa - Westerburg-) Altenkirchen - Siershahn (- Montabaur - Treysa)
21. 02. + DGEG Werkbahn Thyssen-Krupp Duisburg
22. 02. + DBG Hildesheim Loburg - Büden and back
28.02 -01.03. Siede Tram specials in Augsburg and Ulm
13/14. 03. IBSE Special train IN PLANNING
28. 03. DGEG Around Köln
03. 04. + IG Nossen Nossen - Freiberg(Sachs) and return
04. 04. + IG Nossen u.a. Kamenz(Sachs) - Hosena
05. 04. EF Helmstedt Weferlingen - Helmstedt – Goods lines Hannover (- Lügde (Westf) -) Helmstedt – Weferlingen
17/18. 04. IBSE Special train IN PLANNING
02/03. 05. + NbSE Shuttles Staßfurt – Westeregeln
03. 05. + NVS (Gera Hbf -) Erfurt Gbf - Abzw. Dieselstr. (- Nordhausen) and back.
09/10. 05. + MEBF Shuttles Hafenbahn Magdeburg
09/10. 05. + Krollmann Tram special: 9.V:Potsdam (ViP), 10.V:Brandenburg (VBBr)
10. 05. + AVL Soltau(Han) – Hermannsburg and back
16. 05. MBK Berlin-Schöneweide - Berlin-Lichtenberg - Rüdersdorf MEG - Fredersdorf - Müncheberg Übg -
Buckow(Mark) - Berlin-Schöneweide
25. 05. ET Osnabrück - Recke and back
25. 05. + AVL Shuttles Walsrode - Bomlitz [also 15.VIII, 13.IX]
30/31. 05. + IG Nossen vsl. Pendelfahrten Nossen - Ziegenhain
20. 06. + Press (Chemnitz Hbf -) Cranzahl - Vejprty (- Lužná u Rakovníka) and back. [DE/CZ]
27. 06. BmD (Berlin -) Neustrelitz - Feldberg(Meckl) and back
27. 06. TG Ferkeltaxi (Chemnitz -) KW Schwarze Pumpe and back
16. 08. + TG Ferkeltaxi Shuttles Neuhausen(Erzg) – Olbernhau
05/06. 09. + DB Shuttles Pockau-Lengefeld - Marienberg(Sachs)
12/13. 09. + Krollmann Tram specials: 12.IX:Leipzig (LVB), 13.IX:Gera (GVB)
26. 09. VFSEV [or 27.IX] Hafenbahn Heilbronn PLANNED
Europa / Europe 2015
31.01-01.02. + SNCF Diversions. St. Lazare u. Pontoise üb. Conflans-Fin-d\'Oise - Eragny-Neuville FR
Reversing triangle Gmünd NÖ AT
07. 02. + Jelinek
14. 02. + TurKol (Wolsztyn-) Międzyrzecz – Międzychód and back [also 3.V] PL
15. 02. + TurKol (Wolsztyn-) Leszno - Gostyń PL
01. 03. Tram special in Wien VII AT
06-08. 03. Landesbahn Special train in the Böhmerwald CZ
14. 03. KŽC (Poznań Gł). - Wągrowiec - Rogoźno Wlkp. - Czarnków and back [also 26.VII] PL
18-25. 04. + TurKol u.a. Pidzamče - Lyčakiv UA
19. 04. + Wendelin (St.Pölten Hbf -) Schrambach - St. Aegyd and back AT
19. 04. + Landesbahn (Poznań Gł.)- Inowrocław - Kruszwica bzw. Barcin and back. PL
01. 05. + TurKol (Żagań -) Żary – Lubsko and back PL
03. 05. + TurKol Międzychód- Wierzbno- Skwierzyna (- Gorzów Wlkp.) PL
09. 05. + TurKol Shuttles Mixnitz Lb - Breitenau Hst AT
12-18. 05. FdBB u.a. Elbląg - Frombork - Braniewo - Kaliningrad [PL/RU] [also 14-20.VI, 2-8.VII] RU
14-17. 05. DNV Museum railways in North West France FR
30. 05. Siede (Poznań Gł. -) Kołobrzeg - Kołobrzeg Port and back [also 21.VI] PL
01. 06. + TurKol Wągrowiec - Rogoźno Wlkp. and back. PL
05-07. 06. + TurKol Special trains around Lovosice CZ
06-14. 06. KŽC Special trains in Central Sweden SE
13. 06. PTG Legnica - Rudna Gwizdanów - Głogów - Żagań (- Żary-) Bieniów - Lubsko PL
19. 06. + TurKol Special train around Poznan area PL
02-06. 07. + TurKol Special trains in Hungary HU
04-12. 07. PTG Holiday in south west Slovakia SK
18. 07. KŽC (Malbork-) Elbląg – Frombork and return PL
08. 08. + TurKol (Poznań Gł.) - Międzyrzecz- Międzychód –Letnisko PL
15/16. 08. + TurKol Kojetín - Tovačov [also 17/18.X] CZ
30. 08. + kolmix (Wrocław Gł.- Legnica-) Kamieniec Ząbk.- Nysa (- Brzeg- Wrocław Gł.) PL
19/20. 09. + TurKol Kosovo CS
19-27. 09. + Mercia Includes Vatican City VA
03. 10. + DGEG (Wrocław-) Legnica – Złotoryja and back PL
03-10. 10. + TurKol Special trains in Central and Southern Greece GR
09-11. 10. PTG Special train around Bratislava SK
12-20. 10. KŽC Special train around Peloponnese peninsula of Greece GR
17. 10. PTG (Toruń Gł.-) Sierpc - Brodnica (- Grudziądz- Toruń Gł.) PL
29. 11. + TurKol Wien Praterstern - Mistelbach Lb - Bullendorf and back AT