Chairman Pip's Railway Thoughts

Vision of the Future

Posted in Europe, Great Britain, High Speed by Chairman Pip on 19 October 2010

Today, in case anyone didn’t know, is the day of the great test. Well, I say the great test, except that the testing has already been done, following Deutsche Bahn’s apparently successful testing of its Class 406 evacuation procedures in the Tunnel. Today we have the grand display of the unit at St Pancras for the assembled media and all & sundry. Hopefully, BBC London’s HSR correspondent will be there covering the story – it did get a mention on the morning news, which perked me up a little from the misery that the national news had brought. However, we’ve also now had word about what level of service Deutsche Bahn plans when it begins its operations in around 2013. Apparently, the intention is it will run three trains per day between Brussels Midi and St Pancras, intended to be formed of two of the Class 407 units built to the Tunnel safety specs. However, at Brussels, these will split, with one unit going to Amsterdam Centraal via Rotterdam, and the other to Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof via Cologne. This is good – by not focusing solely on Germany, Deutsche Bahn are proving their international intentions, not to mention the potential of the London-Amsterdam market. According to the proposal, Amsterdam will be four hours away, while Frankfurt five, not to mention also bring Rotterdam and Cologne into the equation. This I believe genuinely is the future and will put the serious kibosh on the ideas of the Profiteering Leprecahun – as I always say, people will pay for time, so if they want to get somewhere that is accessible by rail, and want to get there quickly, then no amount of paying £10.00 for an air ticket is going to persuade them that Ryanair is the way to go. Short-haul air travel is going the way of the Giant Panda.

“German rail firm DB competes for Channel Tunnel routes”

The Future is Now - a DB Class 406 unit pulls into St Pancras next to a Eurostar Class 373. Except this isn't the future. It's today.

ICE No 9970 - London St Pancras to Frankfurt HbF/Amsterdam Centraal


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  1. Maarten Otto said, on 19 October 2010 at 11:39 am

    Yep pip… well said.

    To hell with Crying-air and goodbye SleezyJet, ICE / Eurostar is the way forward.

    Cant wait to board a train in my home town and be dropped off in the centre of rail maddens.

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