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Renovation of old French couchette fleet

The French transport minister talked about the night trains this week, and announced that she would give 30 million € to revamp the couchette carriages, in order to keep them running after 2020 ! This is a great victory ! Two months ago, we were

New optimism: EN Metropol is back!

The old Metropol train via Dresden and Prague was discontinued, and it looked like the too known degradation of European night train lines. And now it is real, the combination-train north-south in Eastern Europe has returned like the Bird Phoenix. The train will run every day

Law court stops relocation of Hamburg Altona station

The Higher Administrative Court of Hamburg has granted an urgent application against the relocation of the long-distance railway station Hamburg-Altona! It justified the decision with the unclear future of the car loading terminal! These are two reasons to celebrate. Because now DB must commit itself

Finally can ÖBB place an order of 13 sets brand new NightJets

It has been known for long, that ÖBB was about to renovate older stock into a next generation couchettes/liegewagen. And that they were about to order brand new cars to their NightJet services (Italy is changing their technical standard in the tunnels – old stock

Party in Sweden: PSO to buy night train services to abroad

Swedish train operators report 4.6.: Intensive week with international touch Much can be done to make it easier for more to take the train from Sweden to Europe. The issue was renewed in conjunction with the Environmental Party Congress in Västerås, and in conjunction with

Climate fight against air traffic and for night trains

While we have mobilized on climate friendly night trains in the Back-on-Track network during a couple of years; another movement is right now under establishment to fight airport expansions around the World (named “Stay Grounded”). The growing air traffic is a big issue in the

Bulc announces fair taxes by the end of this year

The European Commission advocates more of these rail connections, such as between Amsterdam and Berlin, to relieve air and road transport and to reduce pollution drastically. That is what Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc said to De Telegraaf. She also wants to level the competition between

Night trains discussed with DGMOVE 

>> A full minute is available in our mail group – look for a letter distributed 5.6. 2018 Representatives of Back-on-Track and the European Parliament had a very informative 2-hour discussion on night trains  with officials of DG-MOVE (the European Commission’s department for transport) on

Specific climate protection: promoting train travel instead of air travel!

Press release from UmverkehR, CH, during Week of Action, April, 2018 (translated): The transport organization UmverkehR and the coalition Luftverkehr Umwelt und Gesundheit (KLUG) today handed an open letter to Federal Councilor Doris Leuthard. The letter contains specific demands on climate protection in relation to