INTERNATIONAL SUPPLEMENT TO BLN 1251 20 FEBRUARY 2016
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
 Europe – InterRail
Global (but not single country) InterRail passes now include two free journeys in your country of residence
to/from the border, seaport or an airport. Each journey needs to be completed in a day, marked off in the
InterRail diary plus one of the days if it a flexi pass, See
A 15% reduction is presently available on InterRail Global passes, and also on some (but not all) one-
country passes if either:-
- Purchase between 1 February 2016 and 31 March 2016 and the first day of validity is between 1 February
2016 and 16 May 2016 or
- Purchase between 1 October 2016 and 31 December 2016 and the first day of validity is between 1
October 2016 and 30 March 2017.
Further information can be found at
http://www.interrail.eu/interrail-passes/special-offers/15-percent-discount-global-passes? as appropriate.
 Austria – Heavily delayed bridge finally being put into service
In 2009 ÖBB completed the construction of a replacement Angertalbrücke on the Tauern line between
Schwarzach-St. Veit and Spittal-Millstättersee. They were then accused of not carrying out correct
environmental impact studies and local politicians and residents started a court case. It did not help that
the law concerning the impact studies was changed during the construction of the bridge. In any case it
took until December 2015 for all parties to be satisfied. ÖBB now plan to put the bridge into service on 25
April 2016, the old line closing at the end of traffic on 22 April. The new bridge is double track which the
old one is not. As the approaches to the new bridge are partially on a new alignment the distance will be
reduced by 79 metres. (The bridge itself is 136m long and 80m high).
 Belgium – Line closed in the Ardennes
Line 155 which runs south from Marbehan has been closed by Infrabel. The line served the Valvert Water
Bottling Plant at Étalle and the Scidus sawmill and has not been used since 2009. The decision was made in
June by Infrabel on purely economic grounds.
 Belgium - New lines and missing lines
Travelling down line 162 from Namur towards Luxembourg a new line comes in from the left just before
you arrive at Neufchâteau station. The line is not on the new Infrabel Network Map.
The line, then under construction, can be seen on Bing Maps. It is about 3km long and runs to a new
Industrial Park called, rather imaginatively, Ardenne Logistics. When passed recently the line had been
completed but not, apparently, commissioned.
Another line that does not appear on the Infrabel Network Map is line 52/2. This is the electrified Puurs
avoiding line, dating back to before 2001 (when a Mercia tour failed to do the line). Subsequently it was
found that the line had never been used apart from one test train. Very Belgian.
 France – Work has started on the French part of the CEVA rail link
In the east of France construction work started this summer on the 2km French element of the CEVA
(Cornavin Eaux-Vives Annemasse) rail link in Annemasse, Haute-Savoie, where the old Annemasse –
Genève Eaux-Vives line is being rebuilt underground and connected with the rest of the Swiss rail network
at Genève Cornavin. The bulk of the project is on the Swiss side with the construction of 14km of line,
predominately underground, including two 3.6km tunnels, a number of covered trenches, five new
stations and an 84 metre bridge over the River Arve. Costing 1.6 billion Swiss Francs work started in 2011
and is running two years behind schedule, due to problems with the Champel Tunnel. Opening is now
scheduled for 2019. The project has four major elements. The first element is the refurbishment of the SBB
(CFF) Line that connects Cornavin Station and Bachet-de-Pesay. The second element is the construction of
a new CFF Line crossing the River Arve and running below the Champel district through a tunnel. The third
part is the conversion of a SNCF single track line linking Gare des Eaux-Vives and the Switzerland-France
border into an underground double-track line. The last element focuses on upgrading the SNCF Line
connecting the border and Annemasse. To be branded the Leman Express, the new service will connect
Evian, Annecy and Saint-Gervais via Annemasse to Genève and the north side of Lake Geneva. The plan is
to have six trains per hour from Annemasse to Genève and beyond. Unlike the old line, the new one will be
double track and electrified to Annemasse with the Swiss 15 kV 16.7 Hz system. SNCF Réseau is running
the French €234 million project which includes adding a new island platform with switchable 15/25kV
overhead power at Annemasse and upgrading the lines to Evian-les-Bains and La Roche-Sur-Foron.
Reproduced courtesy of the SNCF society.
 Germany - Tram and rail changes around Chemnitz
Tram services to Mittweida, Hainichen and Burgstädt are expected to start in either February or March
using new dual mode electro-diesel trams from Vossloh. The new services will use the new connection to
DB Netz which was commissioned in 2015. A new 2.5km tram line has now received planning permission
and will serve Chemnitz Technical University and the new Technopark tram terminus with completion
expected in 2016/17. A connection from the Technopark to the Chemnitz – Thalheim DB line will allow
trams to continue to Thalheim, probably in December 2018. This means that the first 2-3 km of the
Chemnitz to Aue line will lose its DB passenger service in late 2017 or early 2018, though the access to DB
Netz will be retained to enable permanent way trains and any freight to access the line. Members may
wish to visit the Chemnitz to Aue line before then as the tender for future operators in this area does NOT
include the line, despite it being rebuilt in 2005, and unless some political agreement can be reached the
line will close in December 2017.
 Latvia/Estonia - Cross border trains ARE running (Riga)-Valmeira- Valka- (Tallinn)
It has been reported in Todays Railways and elsewhere that this rail link between two Baltic states capitals
is now severed particularly on the section from Valmiera to Valka (Valga) by bus substitution. Practical
experience can certainly refute this point BUT comparing local notices at Riga to LDZs own web site there is
considerable confusion evident. It is suggested that anyone looking to cover this line entirely should seek
to check that their train really is a train as thoroughly as possible! A historical snippet is that Valga/Valka
are the same place simply split by the international border, it even says on a banner at Valka station
"Valka/Valga one city two states" in English which seems appropriate as the English were appointed to
decide where the boundary went in 1920 after the local wars of independence. Undecided as to which
country the city should fall into they took the classic British position and split it in two!
 Norway – Ofotbanen upgrading
17 September marked the completion of a project to increase capacity on the 43km Norwegian section of
the heavy-haul line linking iron-ore mines in the Kiruna area of northern Sweden with the port of Narvik.
The project, which was 30% funded by Swedish mining company LKAB, involved constructing three new
1067m-long passing loops with five new turnouts, a new station platform, resignalling and new catenary.
The expansion is part of a broader programme of enhancements including new loops at Bjørnfell, Katterat,
and Straumsnes, which has increased capacity by 30%. The loops now accommodate 750m-long iron-ore
trains, mirroring developments on the Swedish section of the line. Preparatory works will begin in October
on new passing loops at Djupik east of Narvik, and Jernbaneverket is also carrying out major renewals of
the line's catenary. According to a recent study commissioned by Swedish infrastructure manager
Traffikverket, the number of iron-ore trains running to the port of Narvik is forecast to rise from 20 to 44
per day by 2020, while conventional freight traffic is expected to increase from 8 to 12-26 trains per day.
The number of daily passenger trains could also double from 6 to 12 trains per day. In order to
accommodate this growth both Jernbaneverket and Trafikverket are developing long-term plans for track-
doubling on the Kiruna - Narvik line.
 Poland - A place for narrow gauge fans to worship
The salt mine at Bochnia is approximately halfway between Tarnów and Kraków and is the oldest
functioning mine in Europe, dating from 1248. The mines measure 4.5 kilometres in length and go to 468
metres in depth at 16 different levels. They have now been converted into a tourist attraction, which
includes a short underground railway of 600mm gauge worked by battery loco Ldag-05M. St. Kunekunda’s
chapel was carved out of salt 176 metres underground in 1747. This is where narrow gauge fans may wish
to worship, though their moment of prayer and reflection may be disturbed by the passage of the train
through the middle of the chapel.
A train passing through the chapel.
 Poland – Gdańsk tram observations
At Gdańsk Brętowo one of the tramline extensions (Route 10) from the previous terminus at Siedlice
terminates adjacent to the eastbound Gdańsk bound line. This has an unusual arrangement of tracks in
that the trams arriving down a long sweeping viaduct have to take a single crossover left to gain the single
platform face, and this is situated well beyond the canopies enforcing a long walk back down the platform
to exit the station or catch a mainline train.
Gdańsk Brętowo where 1110 has crossed over to the single platform face.
Trams then draw forward and typically lay over for about 12 minutes in a twenty minute pattern before
drawing back onto the inbound track just inside the single crossover before picking up, so consequently a
small piece of the platform face track is missed. Only two stops back at Warneńska another short tram
extension branches off southwards (right as approached from Brętowo) and runs two stops to a simple
dead end terminus at Migowo (Route 12) where trams appear to run in straight to the left platform and
then depart over the crossover, although the opposite is quite possible. Both these termini require the use
of double ended trams as unlike all other Gdańsk tramway termini they lack loops.
Elsewhere on the Gdańsk tramway system a single curve appears to have come into use in recent years,
since 2013, in Nowy Port and allows Route 7 trams to describe a full circle (actually a rectangle) of the
larger single track loop here as it links the tracks towards Brzeźno. This service runs only peak hours M-F.
 Russia (European) - Another new railway to bypass Ukraine
A by-product of the continuing tensions between Russia and Ukraine is the construction of new railway
lines which allow Russian trains to avoid passing though Ukraine. Apparently two have been built (or are
under construction) and a third is well advanced. The third railway will be 140km long and will link the
Voronezh and Rostov-on-Don regions. Construction started in 2015 and earthworks for the first section of
the railway (km 11 to km 31) have been completed. Construction of the second section (km31 to km 57) is
planned to be completed by 1 July 2016. The whole line is scheduled to open in 2017. Difficult terrain
means the new line will be considerably longer than the 26 km of railway it replaces.
 Slovakia – Obscure route change
(See BLNI 1250.055) The Kysak avoiding line has had a Friday/Sunday train pair for several years. Despite
appearing in the current timetable, ZSSK announced its withdrawal from 18 January. The curve is,
however, now used by a daily Leo Express Praha-Kosice EC service via Presov (reverse) in both directions,
albeit both in the late evening. [Your editor wishes to apologise for failing to realise that the changes to
ZSSK IC services affected this item].
 Spain - Brief notes from a short trip to travel some of the new LAV lines in northern Spain
At Olmedo the junction for the routes towards Media del Campo is currently configured as two single lines.
The flyover line serves only the route towards the original Gauge Changer (GC), while the more southerly
chord forms the connection for the new LAV towards Medina del Campo AV and Zamora/Salamanca. A
second LAV track has been installed but is currently not connected at the Olmedo end. Since they have not
installed any pointwork our member expects that this means that as soon as the original GC goes out of
use they will simply disconnect the standard gauge track to it and slew it over to connect into the second
At Cantalapiedra, as expected, the Madrid to Salamanca Alvia train that our member caught (CAF-121 type
unit) did the avoiding line. At Salamanca four of the five through platforms are electrified (numbers 1 to 4)
and the wires continue as far as La Alamedilla station. The line that runs round the edge of the small yard,
furthest from the platforms, plus the two carriage cleaning roads are also electrified.
At Valladolid there are new tunnels to the south of the station. The Iberian gauge side is complete with
two operating tracks, however on the standard gauge side only one track is available. A second standard
gauge track has been laid through the tunnel itself but this is not connected. The gauge changer north of
the station has been completely dismantled and nothing remains apart from a couple of concrete
foundation slabs where the office units used to be.
At Venta de Baños the overhead wiring was incomplete on the tracks towards Burgos.
At Palencia formations have been constructed for a flying junction to/from Magaz but track has only been
laid on the inner chord and this is not yet ballasted or wired.
The on-board displays showed that the speed never got above 200kph between Leon and Valladolid, but
south thereof the train got up to the maximum 250kph for the S130 unit our member was on. This is due
to awaiting the implementation of the full ERTMS signalling which is due sometime during 2016, at which
time running times will no doubt reduce.
 Spain – New deviation approaching completion?
A deviation not previously reported has been observed in an advanced stage of construction, and may
open in 2016. It is on the Betanzos-Infesta to Monforte de Lemos line in Galicia, and more specifically
between Lugo and Sarriá. The present line north of Pedrelo-Celtigos follows a winding river valley, but the
new deviation, which is about 8km long, abandons this and straightens the course of the railway.
 Spain - Olmedo - Zamora high-speed line opens
RENFE started commercial service in the Olmedo - Zamora section of the Madrid - Galicia high - speed line
on 17 December with a single return service which will cut travel time for the 232km Madrid - Zamora trip
by 22 minutes to 1h 33min. Existing Madrid - Galicia Alvia trains continued to use the conventional line
until the end of the winter holiday season in January, when these services transferred to the new line.
The line is also used by a new Madrid - Salamanca Alvia service, which uses both the Madrid - Olmedo -
Medina standard-gauge line, and the Iberian-gauge Medina - Salamanca route, which has been electrified
for this purpose. Three return Alvia services will operate each day via this route, reducing the journey time
by an hour compared with the more direct (but much slower) Madrid - Ávila - Salamanca conventional line,
which is only partially electrified. The Olmedo - Zamora high-speed line is 98.6km long with double-track
on the first and last 21.6km and 9.2km stretches. The entire line is designed for double-track, although the
68.2km central section has only a single track with one passing loop. Like the Valladolid - Palencia - León
line, which opened on 30 September, the new line enters commercial service without ETCS as the
interoperable system is still being installed. The Spanish Asfa ATP system, widely deployed on the Spanish
high-speed network as a backup, will be used in the interim and the maximum speed will therefore be
restricted to 200km/h.
Civil works included a total of 15 viaducts, the longest being the 874m bridge over the Trabancos river,
although the line does not have any tunnels. The Olmedo - Zamora line opened to traffic just one day after
tickets went on sale, and was not officially inaugurated as the Spanish Law bans such ceremonies in the
run-up to a general election, which took place on 20 December.
 Spain - Temporary closure in Asturias
Southeast of Oviedo, the branch to Pola de Laviana closed temporarily from 9 November 2015 south of
Tuilla for works to put the line underground through La Felguera. Whilst this is in progress, services are
provided by bus. The direct Oviedo trains via the El Berron south to west curve still run but only to/from
Tuilla. There has been speculation that the line may never reopen as FEVE is in a terrible state financially.
 Sweden – Deviation under construction on the Uppsala to Gävle line
The Skutskär to Furuvik deviation opens summer 2016 and will mean that the entire Gamla Stan Uppsala
to Gävle line is double track.
 Sweden - The Nora Bergslags Veteran Jernväg line to Bofors
Correspondence with this heritage railway after the PTG Rail Wonders of Central Sweden tour gave cause
for concern about the through line to Bofors. Quoting directly from the contact, ‘the future of the line Nya
Viker - Bofors (25 km) is very unsafe. The situation today is that we do not have enough personnel (=
members) to keep the line open from vegetation, and we will probably not have it in the longer run either.
Hiring of professionals to do the job is very expensive and is out of the question.’
REST OF THE WORLD
 Australia – Melbourne grade separation completed
The replacement Gardiner station in Melbourne has been opened, and the first grade separation
completed under a programme to eliminate 50 level crossings which had been announced as part of the
2014 election campaign.
The railway has been rebuilt in a cutting, with the platforms at the replacement station, opened on 19
January, accessed via lifts as well as stairs. The car park is being rebuilt on the old station site, and a new
foot and cycle path provided. Three former tram stops have been replaced by one adjacent to the new
station, which has rail and tram passenger information displays.
Removal of the Burke Road level crossing enables traffic including trams to move unimpeded along the
busy road, where 150 train movements per day had caused the gates to be closed to road traffic for
40 minutes during the peak hour, delaying an estimated 25 000 road vehicles and 180 trams.
The project forms part of a package that includes removing crossings at Ormond, McKinnon and Bentleigh
stations at a cost of A$524m. The contract was awarded to John Holland in alliance with Kellogg Brown &
Root, VicRoads, MTM and PTV. Construction is underway at seven level crossings, with the government
expecting work on 30 of the 50 crossings to be underway or completed by 2018.
 Australia – The end of the South Gippsland Tourist Railway
On Saturday 16 January 2016 at a Special General Meeting, the majority of financial members voted to
close down the South Gippsland Tourist railway after 21 years of operation. The railway was a located in
south Gippsland, Victoria and controlled a section of the former South Gippsland line between Nyora and
Leongatha and operated services from Leongatha to Nyora via Korumburra taking around 65 minutes.
Train operations had been suspended since late November 2015 due to unresolved issues relating to the
Safety Management System (SMS), however the SMS issues were only part of a much bigger picture. The
other two key drivers to SGTR’s situation were the unsustainable low number of active members and
finances are such that it was impossible to maintain aging infrastructure, buildings and rolling stock to
standards required into the future. The last train to leave Korumburra for Leongatha was on Sunday 29
November 2015. It was the Redhen (402) running to the Working TimeTable. The last train, a charter, to
leave Korumburra for Nyora was on Tuesday 2 July 2013. It arrived Nyora at 15:00 hours.
 China - China opens high-speed rail link to North Korean border
China has opened a new high-speed rail line from central part of the country to the border of North Korea
in order to strengthen economic ties. The high-speed train from the Chinese industrial centre of Shenyang
to the border city of Dandong on the Yalu River was opened for business on 1 September 2015. The service
will cover 207km in around 60mins, cutting down the travelling time from 3.5h.
 India - A bridge higher than the Eiffel Tower
If you have a fear of heights, make sure you avoid traveling over the Chenab Bridge during any future trips
to India. The bridge has been under construction since 2002, and it will stretch 4314 feet long and stand
1178 feet high, making it the tallest railway arch bridge in the world. The structure will connect the
Jammu-Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Line across the deep gorges of the Chenab River. On top of
that, the location of the bridge is also prone to earthquakes, gale winds, and potential terrorist attacks.
Safety concerns halted the construction in 2008, but it resumed two years later and has since been
declared a national project. To tackle the structure's unique challenges, the builders and designers are
taking several special precautions. The bridge has been designed to survive a magnitude eight earthquake
and 124-mile-per-hour winds. Trains will be able to safely use the bridge in winds up to 56 miles per hour,
and anything beyond that will automatically activate sensors which will prevent them from crossing. The
bridge will also be fortified with 2.5-inch thick, blast-proof steel specially designed to withstand explosions.
A monitoring system, online warnings, and a ring of aerial security will provide an added layer of safety.
 Kenya - New Kenya rail route
The original route planned for Kenya’s new standard gauge railway passed though Nairobi’s central
business district, Kibera and Dagoretti. This has been redesigned, for a number of reasons. The line will
now cut through the Nairobi National Park. The railway is to detour from Nairobi South station near
Embakasi, joining the southern bypass near the Old Sereni Hotel. It is to run parallel to the bypass up to
the emergency gate near Carnivore Restaurant. Subsequently it will pass through Hyena Dam, the Ivory
Burning Site, Narogomon Dam and the Kingfisher Picnic Site. The route continues to the central workshop
opposite Multimedia University on the edge of Magadi Road, past the tented camp and forest area near
Banda School, past the Kenya Wildlife Service headquarters before exiting at the Langata gate. Finally it
will pass the edge of Bomas of Kenya, Karen estate along the left hand side of the southern bypass to
Dagoreti Forest, to the south of Mai Mahiu and the Naivasha Industrial Park. The new proposed route will
displace minimal human settlement, the proponents point out. Shame about the animals….
 USA - Thunder Mountain Line suspends Idaho tourist train operation
Thunder Mountain Line Excursion Railroad will suspend operations of its tourist train in Horseshoe Bend,
Idaho, in 2016 due to falling ridership numbers. The Thunder Mountain Line began operations in 1998
under the ownership of Idaho Historical Railroads (IHR), a nonprofit organization. IHR sold the attraction to
the Idaho Northern and Pacific Railroad in 2001, a privately held company that continues to own and
operate the freight railroad. The company never regained its momentum after the 2007-2008 recession
with corporate bookings in particular falling off and revenue failing to meet operating costs in recent years.
Company officials will determine later this year whether to permanently close the tourist operation.
List of Special Trains on Lines Without Passenger Services
20/21. 02. DB Diversion of several IC trains via Stg-Zazenhausen - Langes Feld [also 27/28.II]
27. 02. + DGEG (Hagen Hbf -) Frankenberg(Eder) - Battenberg-Auhammer and return
27. 02. + HEL u.a. Hamburg-Wandsbeck Gbf - Abzw Oberhafen
28. 02. + Osningbahn Bielefeld Hbf - Güterloh Nord - Bad Laer and return [also 19.VI,25.IX]
05-07. 03 + DB Diversion of several IC trains between Wuppertal Hbf and Köln Hbf via Übg Düsseldorf Hbf
12/13. 03. IBSE Special trains around Bremen:
IBSE 12.III: Bremervörde Süd (Platform of former BOE) - Osterholz-Scharmbeck - Bremen Rbf - Bremen-
19. 03. Neustadt - Oldenburg Hbf - Hafenbahn Oldenburg - Rest der Strecke 1501 (former Braker Bahn) -
+ OSEF Sandkrug - Hemmelsberger Kurve - Hude (Nordseite) - Delmenhorst - Bremen-Neustadt - Bremen-
Grolland, GVZ Roland - Bremen-Neustadt - Bremen Rbf - Bremen-Inlandshafen - Hafenbahn Bremen -
Bremen-Inlandshafen - Bremen Hbf
13.III: Bremen Hbf - Depart from Gl. 33 - Hude - Brake - Hafenbahn Brake - Hude - Delmenhorst -
Delmenhorst Gbf - DHE until Adelheide u. Harpstedt - Delmenhorst Süd - Delmenhost Gbf - Bremen
Neustadt - Bremen Rbf - Abzw. Bremen-Utbremen, Strecke 1424 - Bremen-Oberneuland -
Rotenburg(Wümme) - Zeven - Bremervörde
u.a. Dresden-Neustadt - Dresden-Friedrichstadt [also 31.XII]
19. 03. DGEG Special train in Thüringen IN PLANNING
25. 03. IG Nossen Freiberg(Sachs) - Nossen and return [also 25/26.VI,21.VIII,30.X]
26. 03. + zugparty u.a. Dresden-Neustadt - Dresden-Altstadt, Meißen Triebischtal - Nossen - Freiberg(Sachs)
26. 03. + IG Nossen u.a. Nossen - Meißen Triebischtal [also 10.XII]
26. 03. + OSEF Shuttles Löbau(Sachs) - Ebersbach(Sachs) - Rumburk/Rumburg [DE/CZ]
02. 04. + BmD u.a. Königs Wusterhausen Hafen, Berlin-Spandau Gbf - Johannesstift
02. 04. + DGEG u.a. Langenlonsheim - Büchenbeuren IN PLANNING
08. 04. + OSEF (Löbau(Sachs) -) Lausitzer Kohleb.
09. 04. + HE Mannheim Mannheim Industriehafen [also 28.V,24.IX,29.X]
23. 04. + DGEG u.a. Brohl Hafen IN PLANNING
23. 04. + OSEF (Löbau(Sachs) -) Meißen-Triebischtal - Nossen and return
24. 04. + DGEG Würzburg (Tauberbischofsheim - Würzburg Hbf -) Jossa - Fulda and return
30. 04. + zugparty (Lutherstadt Wittenberg -) Guben - Czerwieńsk (- Wolsztyn)and return [DE/PL]
30. 04. + DGEG u.a. Altenkirchen(Ww) - Siershahn, Montabaur - Wallmerod, Kerkerbach - Steeden (?)
01. 05. Blankenberg Running day at Feldbahn Blankenberg [also 5,15.V, 12,19.VI, 11.IX, 3.X]
01. 05. Lauchhammer Running day at Parkbahn Lauchhammer
04-08. 05 + BDEF Rail tours around Köln Hbf - HGK/RWE,Köln-Niehl, RIM, KVB-Special train, Übg Kall
14/15. 05. Schienentrabi Shuttles Penig - Rochsburg [also 18/19.VI,2/3.VII,10/11.IX]
16. 05 + ET Shuttles Osnabrück - Mettingen [also 28.VIII]
21. 05. TG Ferkeltaxi Hartmannsdorf, Chemnitz Süd - Chemnitz-Zwönitzbrücke, Industriebahn Mosel
21/22. 05. MEBF Shuttles Hafen Magdeburg [also 10/11.IX]
28/29. 05. IBSE IBSE-Special trains around Nürnberg
28/29. 05. + IG Nossen Nossen - Ri. Lommatzsch
28. 05. + ET Tecklenburg - Lengerich (- Emden) and return
28. 05. + IGSO (Emden -) Abelitz - Aurich and return
04. 06. + OSEF (Löbau(Sachs) -) Dresden-Neustadt - Dresden-Altstadt (- Schwarzenberg(Erzg)) and return
15. 06. + OSEF Löbau(Sachs) - Ebersbach(Sachs) (- Mladá Boleslav) and return [DE/CZ]
18. 06. + Sauren Goods lines around Düsseldorf IN PLANNING
18. 06. EMBB (Leipzig-Plagwitz -) Berlin Südkreuz - DTM and return
19. 06. + OSEF (Dresden-Neustadt -) Kamenz(Sachs) - Hosenaand return [also 21.VII]
25/26. 06 + IG Nossen Döbeln - Nossen - Freiberg(Sachs) and return
30. 07. + OSEF u.a. Löbau(Sachs) - Ebersbach(Sachs) - Rumburk, Děčín-Prostřední Žleb - Děčín východ [DE/CZ]
14. 08. TG Ferkeltaxi (Chemnitz Hbf -) Olbernhau-Grünthal - Neuhausen(Erzgeb) and return
27. 08. + DGEG Meppen - Essen(Old), Lathen - Sögel
10. 09. + DGEG Special train in Sauerland IN PLANNING
10/11. 09 + Siede Tram tours in München
11. 09. + OSEF u.a. Kamenz(Sachs) - Hosena, Abzw Altdöbern Süd - Abzw Lindthal, Großräschen Süd
17. 09 + IG Nossen u.a. Nossen - Döbeln [also 4.XII]
25. 09 + NVS u.a. Übg Jena-Göschwitz [also 22.X]
30. 09. - 03.10. + DGEG Special trains on the OHE network IN PLANNING
01. 10. + OSEF u.a. Falkenberg(Elster) unt Bf - ob Bf, Leipzig-Mockau - Messe, Döbeln - Meißen T.(?)
03. 10. BEM Schongau - Landsberg(Lech)
09. 10. + NVS (Gera Hbf -) Erfurt Gbf - Erfurt Nord (- Nordhausen) and return
09. 10 + DGEG Special train in and around Aachen IN PLANNING
10. 10. + OSEF (Löbau(Sachs) -) KW Boxberg
05. 11. + DGEG Trier West, Merzig Ost IN PLANNING
19. 11. + DGEG u.a. Gelsenkirchen-Horst Nord, Essen-Vogelheim, Spellen
27. 11. + OSEF u.a. Übg Pirna
03. 12. + VCD Sundern(Sauerl) - Neheim-Hüsten (- Marburg(Lahn)) and return
04. 12. Hochsauerland u.a. Pockau-Lengefeld - Marienberg(Sachs), Olbernhau-Grünthal - Neuhausen(Erzgeb)
+ Molise Molise Sulmona - Roccaraso and return [also 25.IV, 13,27.VIII, 10/11.XII] IT
21. 02. + TurKol (Poznań Gł. -) Wągrowiec - Rogoźno Wlkp. - Czarnków and return [also 6.VII] PL
27. 02. + CFTSA (Vouziers -) Übg Amagne-Lucquy (- Paris Est - Longueville) and return FR
05. 03. + Landesbahn Nebengleise der Badner Bahn AT
06. 03. Karakuyu - Gümüsgün - Burdur / Isparta TR
16-18. 03. Kramer Żagań - Szprotawa and return PL
20. 03. + TurKol Shuttles Zwettl - Waldhausen AT
26. 03. + MLV Shuttles Trenčianska Teplá - Trenčianske Teplice [also 7.V, 4,25.VI, 2.VII-4.IX, 10.IX, 19.XI, 13.XII] SK
27. 03. + TREŽ Special train around Jihlava CZ
01-03. 04. u.a. Torfbahn Dovžycja, Waldbahn Vyhoda, Berehove - Iršava UA
10-16. 04. KŽC (Toruń Gł. -) Aleksandrów Kuj. - Ciechocinek and return PL
16. 04. + Wendelin (St. Pölten Hbf -) Schrambach - Markt St. Aegyd am Neuwalde and return AT
24. 04. + TurKol
29. 04. - 03.05 PTG Slovenia and Trieste [SI/HR/IT] SI
30. 04. + Molise Sulmona - Castel di Sangro and return [also 29.V, 7,20.VIII, 9.X, 6.XI, 26.XII] IT
30. 04. - 01.05 + CSIMC Shuttles Soos - Kateřina CZ
00. 05. 5-day special train in Niederschlesien IN PLANNING PL
01. 05. SHK u.a. Wolsztyn - Powodowo (?) PL
02. 05. + TurKol Railtour around Poznań [also 22.X, 26.XI, 10.XII] PL
03. 05. + TurKol u.a. Wierzbno - Skwierzyna [also 13.VIII] PL
03. 05. + TurKol u.a. Międzyrzecz - Międzychód [also 8.X] PL
07-09. 05. + TurKol Railtour in Spain ES
07. 05. Shuttles Mixnitz Lb - RHI Breitenau [also 14-16.V,9.VII,17.IX] AT
14. 05. BLS u.a. podg Dziarnowo - Kruszwica, Inowrocław - Wapienno PL
21. 05. + FdBB u.a. Stare Bojanowo - Śmigiel PL
28/29. 05. + TurKol u.a. Kołobrzeg - Kołobrzeg Port PL
05. 06. + TurKol u.a. Wągrowiec - Rogoźno Wlkp. [also 11.XI] PL
08-11. 06. + TurKol Special trains on AWT network in West Slovakia [CZ/SK] SK
12. 06. + TurKol Schwarzenau - Zwettl - Waldhausen [also 24.IX, 3/4.XII] AT
12-18. 06. + Steam Story Special train in Bosnia and Herzogovina [BA/HR/RS] BA
19. 06. + MLV u.a. Kołobrzeg - Kołobrzeg Port, VBK Szczecin Dąbie PL
25. 06. (Poznań Gł. -) Gniezno - Nakło (- Białośliwie) and return PL
31. 07. PTG Isernia - Sulmona and return IT
06-14. 08. + TurKol "Holiday with the railcar 2016" [CZ/SK/PL/UA] SK
13. 08. + TurKol u.a. Międzyrzecz - Międzychód Letnisko, Międzychód - Łowyń PL
28. 08. + Molise (Wien Praterstern -) Paasdorf - Mistelbach Lb and return [also 3.IX, 4.XII] AT
29. 08. + KŽC u.a. Jankowa Żag. - Żagań PL
03-11. 09. + TurKol Special train in South West Sweden SE
10. 09. + Landesbahn Żagań - Lubsko and return PL
18. 09. + TurKol Isernia - Campo di Giove and return IT
19-24. 09. Southern France FR
02. 10. PTG (Milano -) Novara - Varallo Sesia and return IT
28-30. 10. + TurKol Special train CZ/SK CZ
Note: Entries marked with a “+” were updated within the last six weeks