The perfect new trains and routes of 2022

The perfect new trains and routes of 2022
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(CNN) — Everybody loves a great prepare experience, and in 2022 the world did rail fanatics proud with new routes, new operators and a brand new want for pace throughout the globe.

From an evening prepare taking you from Austria to the Italian Riviera to the brand new semi high-speed line throughout Laos, from an opulent trans-African odyssey to a brand new Swiss prepare that may “soar” rail tracks, and even the US lastly getting the joys of the tracks, listed below are a few of our favourite moments from the world of prepare journey.

Swiss supertrain

GPX Rougemont


A late debut, which entered service in December 2022, Switzerland’s Golden Move Specific, or GPX because it’s identified, connects Montreux, Gstaad and Interlaken, with particular panoramic trains that change top and wheel gauge to slide between the various strains. The practically four-hour journey sweeps previous traditional Swiss lakes and mountains. Beforehand the journey required two modifications of trains.

Laos goes (semi) high-speed

The new semi high-speed route across Laos is part of a Beijing-Bangkok long-term project.

The brand new semi high-speed route throughout Laos is a part of a Beijing-Bangkok long-term mission.

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The large information in Laos this yr was the semi high-speed prepare linking capital Vientiane with Boten, bordering China’s Yunnan province. It runs by way of prime customer locations just like the karst-studded Vang Vieng, eco-tourism hub Luang Namtha, and Luang Prabang, the attractive former royal capital. It is a part of a wider plan to hyperlink Beijing to Bangkok and even Singapore over the following few many years.

Elizabeth Line transforms London

The Elizabeth Line has transformed travel to and across London.

The Elizabeth Line has reworked journey to and throughout London.

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Getting from Heathrow Airport into central London has lengthy been a tiring hour-long Tube journey, an costly taxi experience, or an equally expensive journey on the Heathrow Specific prepare.

Not anymore — the Elizabeth Line, which opened in Could after $25 billion and a 4 yr delay, connects Studying and Heathrow within the west with Abbey Wooden in southeast London and Shenfield in Essex, east of the capital.

It is a faster, smoother experience, with a number of stops in London itself. The final station, Bond Road, opened in November, together with through-routes from the west (initially passengers modified at Paddington). The ultimate timetable can be launched by Could 2023.

Spain turns into Europe’s competitors hub

Iryo is the third company and fourth brand for Spain's high-speed network.

Iryo is the third firm and fourth model for Spain’s high-speed community.

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What’s higher than one nationwide high-speed rail community? Three of them. In November, Spain obtained (form of) a fourth, with the launch of iryo — a brand new high-speed competitor owned by main European gamers together with Italian operator Trenitalia, which has introduced its widespread Frecciarossa trains to the road.

It is the third operator and the fourth high-speed model for the nation. Iryo is beginning with Madrid to Barcelona by way of Zaragoza and Madrid to Valencia by way of Cuenca. Connections to Seville, Malaga, Cordoba and Antequera start March 2023, with Alicante and Albacete in June.

Hydrogen-powered trains present the best way in Germany

World premiere: 14 Coradia iLint to start passenger service on first 100% hydrogen operated route

World premiere: 14 Coradia iLint to start out passenger service on first 100% hydrogen operated route


Not a brand new railway line however a brand new option to experience the rails — Germany launched the world’s first line to run fully on hydrogen-powered trains in August. The road, in Bremervörde, Decrease Saxony, carries 14 hydrogen trains powered by gas cell propulsion.

Merged progressively with the prevailing diesel rolling inventory, the hydrogen trains (the Coradia iLint mannequin) have been set to be fully in place by the top of the yr.

Hellenic Prepare arrives in Greece

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Italy’s world-class trains have actually unfold out throughout Europe this yr. Following the December 2021 launch of the Frecciarossa service from Milan to Paris, Trenitalia — lead firm of the Polo Passeggeri (passenger hub) of the Gruppo FS, Italy’s publicly owned railways group — launched a home French service between Paris and Lyon in April 2022.

Then, earlier than establishing iryo, it headed over to Greece, the place it launched Hellenic Prepare, a brand new Greek rail operator for passengers and freight. It is launched electrical trains on the busy Athens-Thessaloniki route — the journey between Greece’s two greatest cities takes slightly below 4 hours — and in addition operates city and suburban strains across the capital.

Thailand’s non permanent ‘floating’ prepare

Thailand's 'floating train' is a temporary event due to high water levels.

Thailand’s ‘floating prepare’ is a short lived occasion as a consequence of excessive water ranges.

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Rising water ranges meant that in November, Thai passengers have been in a position to experience alongside on a “floating” prepare throughout one of many nation’s greatest reservoirs.

Leaving Bangkok, the prepare heads into Lop Buri province, the place the water has reached the very prime of the Pasak Jolasid dam. Thoughtfully, the prepare even makes a cease as soon as it hits the center level, so passengers can soar out and snap selfies on this sudden waterworld. The prepare is operating till February, although by November tickets have been already bought out by way of the New Yr.

Italian categorical to beer nation

The new night train from Vienna and Munich takes you to the Italian Riviera and the Cinque Terre (pictured).

The brand new evening prepare from Vienna and Munich takes you to the Italian Riviera and the Cinque Terre (pictured).

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A late entry to the listing, which launched December 11, ÖBB’s new evening prepare whisks you from the snowy cities of Austria and Germany to the gentle Italian Riviera, or vice versa.

Maybe heading north is extra enjoyable — ranging from La Spezia (the leaping off level for the Cinque Terre), the prepare heads north up the coast of Liguria and calls at Genoa and Milan, earlier than heading previous Lake Garda to Verona, bidding farewell to Italy at Padova and hitting Austria at Villach. Right here it divides into two — one half ticks off Austria and Germany, calling at Salzburg at 6:49 a.m. earlier than arriving at Munich at 9.20 a.m. whereas the opposite half stays in Austria, persevering with to Vienna.

There was beforehand a Vienna-Milan evening prepare — the brand new route extends it past the Italian trend capital.

An evening in Scandinavia

SJ's new EuroNight train sweeps through Sweden and Denmark to Hamburg, Germany.

SJ’s new EuroNight prepare sweeps by way of Sweden and Denmark to Hamburg, Germany.

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Sweden is the house of Europe’s “flight disgrace” motion, and Swedish operator SJ has capitalized on that with its evening prepare from Stockholm to Hamburg, which began in September beneath the identify EuroNight. Departing round 5.30 p.m. from the Swedish capital, it has a protracted cease at Malmö earlier than heading by way of Denmark, arriving in Hamburg earlier than 7 a.m.

America boards the rail revolution

Amtrak's new Acela trains will debut in 2023 on the Northeast Corridor.

Amtrak’s new Acela trains will debut in 2023 on the Northeast Hall.


Let’s be sincere — the US is method behind a lot of the world with regards to prepare journey, so rising the pace on a well-liked stretch is massive information.

In June, Amtrak’s infrastructure upgrades meant that its Acela trains can now run at speeds of as much as 150 miles per hour within the related New Jersey part of the Northeast Hall. Certain, that part is simply 16 miles lengthy, between New Brunswick and South Brunswick, nevertheless it’s a fantastic begin.

In 2023, additionally on the Northeast Hall, Amtrak will debut next-generation Acela trains which are able to speeds of as much as 160mph, to interchange older rolling inventory.

An African odyssey

The new Copper Trail route starts in spectacular style at Victoria Falls.

The brand new Copper Path route begins in spectacular model at Victoria Falls.

Rovos Rail Excursions

One for these with money and time to spare: in July, Rovos Rail launched its new route, the Copper Path, slicing by way of 4 international locations of sub-Saharan Africa and overlaying practically 2,000 miles on a hyper-lux prepare.

Beginning at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, the 15-day luxurious journey heads north by way of Zambia, then curls west by way of the DCR to Angola, the place it ends at Lobito, on the Atlantic coast.

In between are day journeys to nationwide parks, an elephant sanctuary, and strolling excursions of cities and cities, together with Huambo, Angola’s second metropolis. It’s, after all, as breathtakingly costly as it’s lovely — costs for 2023 begin at $13,600.

France: See the longer term

Invitees and journalists attend the presentation of the new SNCF's TGV "M" next generation high-speed train at the Alstom plant in La Rochelle, western France, on September 9, 2022.

Invitees and journalists attend the presentation of the brand new SNCF’s TGV “M” subsequent era high-speed prepare on the Alstom plant in La Rochelle, western France, on September 9, 2022.

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Made by producer Alstom, the double-decker prepare with an extended, extra aerodynamic nostril, will premiere on the Paris community in 2024, earlier than rolling out throughout the nation. The trains are larger, with higher accessibility for passengers with disabilities.

Duncan Forgan, Ben Jones, Francesca Road and Barry Neild contributed to this report.

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