Today it's time to leave France and continue the journey to Italy. On my way back from Spain to Sweden, I will travel through Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and then up through Hungary, Slovakia and Poland.
The line is being doubled mainly by building an entirely new double track line parallel to the existing railway, because the line often runs through towns where there is no space for a second track. The new line also increases the maximum speed from 100 to 180 km/h. The line is mainly in tunnels: 61 km of the 74 km of line between Ospedaletti and Finale Ligure is underground, and the rest of the line has similar proportions. The longest tunnel is Caponero-Capoverde (13.135 km). This tunnel includes the new Sanremo station.
The new line has fewer stations than the old, leaving some towns without a railway service. Another disadvantage is that being mainly in tunnel the new line will not offer tourists spectacular views of the Riviera coast as the old line did."
V250 trainsets were delivered with a significant delay. Full commercial services with V250 started on 9 December 2012 but stopped only 39 days later on 17 January 2013, after the Belgian Railway Inspection Agency had suspended the operating license. This happened because of safety and structural problems with the construction and maintenance of V250. All trainsets were removed from service and sent back to AnsaldoBreda in Italy.
In August 2017, Trenitalia announced that it had procured all 19 V250 sets to expand its high speed fleet and rebranded them as ETR 700 trainsets. ETR 700 will be used on Frecciargento services, on the Adriatic railway, between Milan and Lecce. A total of 17 sets will be used for services, with the remaining two used as sources of spares"