Chairman Pip's Railway Thoughts

The Great Experiment

Posted in Business, Europe, Great Britain, High Speed by Chairman Pip on 2 September 2010

The date of the Great Experiment, when Deutsche Bahn run their test service to St Pancras, is tentatively scheduled for the 19th October. This has been getting a lot of media attention over the last couple of days. Except that the only new piece of information in all of this is the date. Dr Rüdiger Grube, the CEO of Deutsche Bahn, announced that the test was taking place at the end of July. Hell, I posted about it then! But it’s only now that media outlets, such as the BBC, AFP and Der Speigel are considering it newsworthy. Obviously, none of these outlets feel it necessary to pay much attention to such resources as Railway Gazette, or the various periodicals. Then of course, they just end up looking slow off the mark about such a major news story. I wonder if the BBC will be interested to send a camera crew and reporter to St Pancras on the day? Would this be considered worthy of national attention, or will it merely be included in the local bulletin? Perhaps I should send a message to the BBC London journalist I’ve had some communication with on Twitter to see if they’re aware of it and, if not, make them so, so that they can plan for it. We’ll see.

“Plans move ahead for Germany-Britain rail connection”
“Channel Tunnel in German high-speed train test”

It might be an idea to give BBC London a heads up

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