Topic: Belgium

Belgian Railways shifts to ETCS

Belgian railway undertaking NMBS/SNCB is planning to equip 23 locomotives of HLD77 type with ETCS. To this end, Alstom will supply the new train protection system based on its Atlas platform. The retrofitted vehicles will...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko

Continuous integration to speed up ETCS development

To intensify the ETCS development, The Signalling Company from Belgium decided to apply continuous integration, a well-known practice in programming. This approach will be used in its newly launched testing campaign. It is dedicated to...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko
Sheep near the tracks in Herve, Belgium, source: Infrabel

Sheep regulate vegetation along tracks in Belgium

Belgian rail infrastructure manager Infrabel is carrying out an extraordinary experiment. It uses sheep and goats for regulating vegetation along the tracks. The animals help the railway company to remove weeds at the hard-to-reach places.Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko
VR FleetCare, source: Atte Mäläskä/VR Group

Positive trend for women in rail sector

Women account for 21.41 per cent of the railway staff in Europe. Such a conclusion has been made by the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF)...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko

Sweden plans night train to Belgium

Sweden is planning to improve its rail connectivity with other European countries. The night train from Malmö to Brussels via Cologne could be launched in two or three years. To do this, the Scandinavian country...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko

Lineas retrofits 88 locomotives with ETCS

Lineas, the largest European private rail freight operator, plans to equip its 88 shunting locomotives of type HLR 77 with ETCS. The first retrofitted vehicle will be rolled out in the middle of 2024 while...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko

ÖBB launches two night trains to Brussels

Austrian national railway operator ÖBB has launched a new night train service. It links the cities of Vienna and Innsbruck to Brussels. Two new connections between Austria and Belgium are available for passengers twice a...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko
Eurostar, Thalys and TGV trains at Brussel-Zuid station, source: Maarten Otto via Flickr

Thalys and Eurostar may merge into one entity

European cross-border high-speed railway operators Thalys and Eurostar may merge into one entity. By 2030, the combined company will serve 30 million passengers a year and make a significant contribution to the EU’s ‘shift to...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko