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  • France's high-speed TGV train service is to be renamed "inOui" - photo by SNCF

    French Rail Report

    France was the first European country to adopt the principle of high-speed passenger trains on dedicated right-of-way lines. The first TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) line, [...]
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    Riding the Rails in Japan

    Most visitors traveling around Japan plan on using the country’s extensive railway system. Japan built the world’s first dedicated high-speed rail line, between [...]
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    Riding the Rails in China

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    Trains in Africa

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New Zealand South Island Rail Line Reopens

by editor in Australia & New Zealand

New Zealand’s KiwiRail will resume seasonal summer (their summer) service on its Coastal Pacific train December 1. This line on the South Island links Picton, the [...]

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