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Forget Paris, Try Lyon

Forget Paris, Try Lyon Apr 8th, 2013 at 10:00AM: It was nighttime when I first pulled into France's second-largest city, by car, and the lights were on – a wash of royal blue shining up onto orderly rows of stately Renaissance buildings in ochre hues and reflecting in the river that bisects the city. Handsome was the word that came to mind. A masculine gold-and-sapphire answer to Paris's ravishing, soulful beauty. This was the...

High speed rail in Europe on track to provide a painful blow to the airlines

High speed rail in Europe on track to provide a painful blow to the airlines Sep 4th, 2009 at 11:00AM: On September 7th, the Dutch rail operator will finally start operating trains on the Amsterdam - Rotterdam high speed line, the next step in making continuous high speed rail travel possible from Amsterdam to Brussels and Paris. This high speed line had been in the planning phase for over 30 years, and took ten years to build. As with many Dutch infrastructure projects, the environmental impact...

French TGV operator goes kid friendly on 2 routes

French TGV operator goes kid friendly on 2 routes May 10th, 2009 at 11:00AM: During the summer months, families with kids can take advantage of special kid-friendly TGV trains on their Paris-Marseille and Paris-Montpellier routes. Once on board, kids will be entertained by characters from Disneyland Paris, and all children will receive a goodie bag. Kids will also be able to borrow portable DVD players, gaming consoles, books and comics. In total, 4400 seats are put on...

Are the trains in Spain faster than the planes?

Are the trains in Spain faster than the planes? Jan 30th, 2009 at 10:00AM: If you've ever had a chance to travel around Europe, you're probably familiar with its various high-speed rail networks. In France, the TGV and AGV lines whisk passengers between Paris and points beyond including Brussels and Lyon at speeds over 200 miles per hour. And in Spain, the AVE rail system connects Madrid to Seville and as of 2008, to Barcelona as well. According to a recent post at...

China plans 236 mph rail link between Shanghai and Beijing

China plans 236 mph rail link between Shanghai and Beijing Sep 2nd, 2008 at 10:30AM: The Chinese rail Ministry has announced plans to link the nations capital with its financial capital. Beijing and Shanghai are a little over 650 miles apart, and the current rail link takes over 10 hours. The Chinese claim to have mastered the technology required to build their own high speed trains, and plan to operate them on the new line at speeds up to 236mph (380 km/h) which should cut the...

Forget flying around Europe. Take the train

Forget flying around Europe. Take the train Mar 8th, 2008 at 10:00AM: For the eco-sensitive traveler, there is no excuse now for not taking the more environmentally friendly route through Europe, writes The Independent, among others. Rail companies are starting to advertise to the eco-conscious traveler as well. Who knew they cared so much about the environment, wink wink. The truth is, Europe has been pumping a lot of money into upgrading its railways and...

France's new AGV: and you thought the TGV was fast

France's new AGV: and you thought the TGV was fast Feb 7th, 2008 at 11:20AM: Despite the many Frenchmen complaining about Sarkozy behaving more like a celebrity than President, he is still treated like a king at all of France's important events. Tuesday February 5 was a classic example when a whole lot of pomp and circumstance went into the unveiling of Alstom engineering company's new train, the AGV. In French that stands for automatrice à grande vitesse. Loosely...

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