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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, [...]
  • Kurobe Gorge Railway by Hiroyuki Mori from Nishinomiya, Japan via Wikimedia Commons

    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 [...]
  • This viaduct carries the Perth to Aberdeen railway line across the South Esk River at Montrose, Angus. First ScotRail's 170454 is crossing with a train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen by Geof Sheppard from Wikimedia Commons

    UK Rail Report

    I just returned from a trip that included a week in the UK, focused on train excursions. I based in Inverness, with out-and-back excursions to Kyle of Lochalsh and Thurso, [...]
  • Rabat, Morocco Ville railway station

    Trains in Africa

    Africa, like South America, is something of a wasteland for modern rail. Rail systems are sophisticated and modern enough for routine point-to-point internal travel by [...]
  • Shanghai Maglev Train connecting the Pudong Airport with the city by Andreas Krebs via Wikimedia Commons

    Riding the Rails in China

    China operates more miles of dedicated high-speed rail lines than the rest of the world, combined. And while California dithers about its 500-mile project, hoping to complete [...]
  • Two RhB ABe 4/4III multiple units with a Bernina Express train on the Bernina line, passing Lago Bianco by Kabelleger / David Gubler via Wikimedia Commons

    Riding the Rails in Switzerland

    Switzerland enjoys one of the densest rail systems in the world: It’s hard to find a place so remote that trains don’t go there, although there are a few. [...]
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“Semi” High Speed News – India

by editor in Asia

India started serving the Delhi-Accra route with a 100-mph (160 kph) “semi-high-speed” train, the Gatimaan Express. The train also features other amenities [...]

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    Eurostar Summer Sale

    May 16, 2019 // 0 Comments

    Eurostar is running a summer promotion. Standard class fares from any UK Eurostar station to Brussels start at £58 (about $75) round-trip; one-way fares start at £45 to [...]
  • Tram of tramway of Florence (Comune di Firenze) by User:Gf9, via Wikimedia Commons