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EU High-Speed Rail - How Fast?

by epochepoque
Fri Jul 22nd, 2011 at 02:12:35 AM EST

Having read DoDo's 2009 diaries about the status of HSR projects in Europe (Part 1, Part 2) I wanted to know how much of an effect those projects have had on actual travel time.

Cutout of European HSR map, original map by Wikipedia

So I looked at the timetables of the national railways for travel times of relations that use those high(er)-speed lines. Travel Speed = (Distance station-to-station) / (Minimal travel time in schedule).

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Trainblogging: Stuttgart 21 - Part I

by epochepoque
Tue Oct 5th, 2010 at 08:10:15 AM EST

Overview of Stuttgart 21. New central station (Hauptbahnhof) perpendicular to the old station. Red solid: new above-ground tracks, Red dashed: new tunnels, Black: old tracks, Crossed lines: old tracks to be removed. Chart by Vieregg-Rössler GmbH.

What's not to like? A new through station with shiny, modern architecture and a new high-speed line to the East (Wendlingen-Ulm) by 2019. About 100 hectares (~247 acres) of newly available space in the center of Stuttgart. So why are the citizens of this southwestern German city up in arms about Stuttgart 21? Why are tens of thousands of them taking to the streets every week?

Promoted by DoDo with small edits

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Trainblogging: Stuttgart 21 - Part II - Consequences Beyond Stuttgart

by epochepoque
Sun Oct 3rd, 2010 at 09:47:35 AM EST

If S21 were only of regional importance and if we had money to burn and if we didn't have peak oil and so forth approaching, then no one would have to bother about it.

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