The Atomium is to Brussels what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. Built as a temporary structure for a World’s Fair, but becoming a landmark for the city. But be careful, it’s dangerous, for a specific reason.
33 railway companies from 24 European countries signed a pact to that end during the European Railway Summit in Paris on Monday. With the ‘European Railway Pact‘, the companies als commit to reducing the sector’s greenhouse gas emissions.
The news the Brussels – Amsterdam ‘Benelux‘ train connection could or will be shortened by 40 minutes, dropping a few stops along the way, has led to other information.
The Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) are researching the possibility to shorten the Brussels – Amsterdam train link by 40 minutes. NS is holding a survey with its test panel.
In December 2021, we visited the AfricaMuseum or Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) in Tervuren. A historic building and institution in Belgium, it obviously has a controversial subject, as Belgium had the Congo, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as a colony. When one mentions colony, one mentions abuse, exploitation and worse.
Besides the renewed interest in night trains in Europe, besides an increase in awareness something must be done to make cross-boarder train travel in the European Union much easier, there’s also this Trans Europ Express 2.0. A revival of the old TEE network.
On January 1st, 2021 we wrote “2021 a fresh start or a transition year?“. It seems like neither of those. A fresh start? Not really. 2020 and 2021 felt very similar. Transition? It implies 2022 would be like 2019. And that seems unlikely. Unfortunately, in 2022 COVID-19 will remain the main talking point.
Enthusiasm for night trains is on the rise. At least on paper, the night train offer in Europe is expanding. But there are quite a few challenges. Yet, the Union Internationale des Chemins de fer or UIC is optimistic. “The infrastructure is there, so it should be made full use of at night”, says Philippe…
From 18 December 2021, Trenitalia operates a daily high speed train service between Milan, Turin, Lyon and Paris. In the future the subsidiary of the Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (FS) also wants trains from Italy to Brussels in Belgium and Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Trenitalia has also ambitions in the United Kingdom and in Spain.
Orient Express, or Orient-Express with a hyphen, has been a byword for luxury and exoticism for 150 years. Now a new venture is (re)introducing the Orient Express to Italy from 2023.