Autumn 2021. In theory we could travel to other continents, but destinations we had in mind such as Japan or the United Kingdom were impossible to plan ahead. Instead we organised a rail trip to Eastern Europe, travelling to Berlin, Gdańsk, Wrocław, Karlovy Vary, Pilsen, Bratislava, Poprad, Vienna, Linz and Salzburg. By travelling to Germany,…
Thalys Brussels – Paris – Brussels – Antwerp in 2022
Paris! I haven’t been to the Ville Lumière since my January 2019 visit with Bert and Wim. Also, this March 2022 getaway in Paris marks the first overnight excursion with Thanh since our 2012 visit of the capital of France. Ten years ago!
Green light for ‘Green Speed’ Eurostar and Thalys merger
The European Commission has approved the merger between Thalys and Eurostar, the Commission announced on Tuesday. The Thalys brand wil disappear, but the future ex-Thalys EMUs will remain ruby red. This project is called Green Speed.
33 European railway companies call for massive investment in rail travel
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.
Eight train connections between the Netherlands and Belgium by 2030?
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.
Brussels – Amsterdam ‘Benelux’ train service to be shortened by 40 minutes, skipping several stops in the Netherlands and Belgium
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.
Trenitalia aspires to run trains from Milan to Brussels and Amsterdam
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.
Eurostar ex-Thalys trains will keep ‘ruby’ red livery after 2024 merger
Thalys is refurbishing its trains at considerable expense. In 2024, Thalys will merge with Eurostar. Thalys will disappear as brand. Eurostar has blue and yellow as main colours. So is the refurbishing a costly activity? Thalys CEO Bertrand Gosselin says the ex-Thalys trains will remain red.
Thalys replaces Welcome Bar with unstaffed Kiosk
Thalys is replacing its Welcome Bar with an unstaffed Kiosk. The HST service between the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany presented its refurbished electric multiple unit (EMU) with an inaugural ride from Amsterdam to Brussels.
GREEN SPEED | 2024 Eurostar – Thalys merger marks the end of Thalys brand
The ‘Green Speed‘ Eurostar – Thalys merger project is back on track. French business newspaper Les Echos broke the news the two high speed train brands will indeed merge. The headquarters will be located in Brussels and the Thalys brand will disappear. Thalys has confirmed the news.