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Exploding Costs at 150 mph

Germany's patchwork of high-speed rail lines leaves it trailing neighboring France in speed and efficiency. Costly projects, an image problem and deregulation of long-distance passenger rail have added pressure to Germany's high-speed dream.

Off the Rails: Deutsche Bahn's Personnel Crisis Gets Ugly

Off the Rails: Deutsche Bahn's Personnel Crisis Gets Ugly

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 12, 2013

Need to get out of Mainz? Don't take the train. A shortage of dispatchers has meant that rail travel to and from the city has been severely limited. It is a problem that could soon befall other major cities in Germany. more... Comment ]

Thunder and Lightning: Massive Storms Halt Trains in Germany

Thunder and Lightning: Massive Storms Halt Trains in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 07, 2013

Powerful thunderstorms struck across Germany on Tuesday evening, resulting in the suspension of rail traffic on many of the country's main arterials. Additional chaos is expected, with more heavy weather on the way. more... Comment ]

'I've Derailed!': Excess Speed Suspected in Spanish Rail Disaster

'I've Derailed!': Excess Speed Suspected in Spanish Rail Disaster

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 25, 2013

Was the driver of the train that derailed in Spain on Wednesday night going too fast? Eyewitness accounts, a video of the deadly crash and statements from the driver himself suggest he was. Why did safety systems fail to prevent the disaster? more... Comment ]

'Dante-esque': Dozens Killed in Devastating Train Crash in Spain

'Dante-esque': Dozens Killed in Devastating Train Crash in Spain

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 25, 2013

At least 78 people were killed and over 140 more injured on Wednesday night when a train derailed just outside of the Spanish city Santiago de Compostela. Initial reports suggest the train may have been traveling too fast. more... Comment ]

Stuttgart 21 May Yet Fail: Berlin Alarmed at Surging Cost of Rail Project

Stuttgart 21 May Yet Fail: Berlin Alarmed at Surging Cost of Rail Project

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 28, 2013

After news that a massive new train station in Stuttgart would come in at more than 2 billion euros over budget, the German government is now questioning whether the much-contested project can even be concluded. more... Comment ]

Siemens Slip: Slow-Downs for High-Speed Rail in Germany

Siemens Slip: Slow-Downs for High-Speed Rail in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 22, 2012

German rail operator Deutsche Bahn on Thursday warned of yet another winter full of delays and cancellations because it still hasn't taken delivery of new high-speed ICE trains ordered from Siemens in 2008. The opening of the high-speed route from Frankfurt to London has been pushed back as well. more... Comment ]

Off Track: German Delays Put Alpine Rail Projects at Risk

Off Track: German Delays Put Alpine Rail Projects at Risk

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 18, 2012

European plans call for expediting north-south train traffic with new railway tunnels in the Brenner and Gotthard passes. But Germany could be creating a bottleneck in both projects because it hasn't made much progress on access lines -- and doesn't have any money set aside to do so. By Conny Neumann more...

Private 'Italo' Train: Italy Introduces Ferrari on Rails

Private 'Italo' Train: Italy Introduces Ferrari on Rails

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 24, 2012

Italy's burgundy red Ferrari on rails is finally going into service. Starting on April 28, the "Italo" will travel at speeds of up to 300 kilometers per hour between Milan, Rome and Naples. The new high-speed train is more environmentally friendly and also cheaper than its competitors -- on both the rails and roads. By Hans-Jürgen Schlamp in Rome more... Comment ]

High-Speed Controversy: Massive Rail Project Has Britain Divided

High-Speed Controversy: Massive Rail Project Has Britain Divided

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 12, 2012

Politicians in the British capital are staunchly in favor of a high-speed rail project that would link London with northern England. But those who live near where the tracks would run aren't so sure. Though the government gave the enterprise the green light this week, many are hoping to block it. By Carsten Volkery  in London more...

Germany's Longest Subway: Billions Upon Billions for Berlin-Munich Bullet Train

Germany's Longest Subway: Billions Upon Billions for Berlin-Munich Bullet Train

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 27, 2011

The new rail route being built between Berlin and Munich is nothing if not ambitious -- as well as being the most expensive transportation project to take shape since reunification. But the line is yet another example of how France beats Germany in the high-speed rail game and critics say its costs may not justify the advantages it will bring. By Christian Wüst more...