Minister of Transportation Andreas Scheuer verbal ly accelerating the pace Now actions must follow because the need for innovations for a TEE 2 0 is as high as the need for capital expenditures Electric power and train control systems as well as distri bution and fare systems vary across the EU not to mention the lack of high speed tracks especially in the eastern and south eastern regions of the conti nent Other key infrastructural projects such as the underground train station billed as Stuttgart 21 the Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link including a back coun try train connection linking Germany with Scandina via and the Brenner Base Tunnel that s important for south bound traffic are still pending comple tion and devouring billions of euros The Thalys train between Paris and Brussels the Eurostar that chases in 2 14 hours from Paris to London and the increasingly converging high speed network of the neighboring countries Spain and France are bilateral examples that already work Lines for longer distances such as Paris Warsaw and Amsterdam Rome could be imple mented within a short period of time and make convenient inter urban travel without changing trains possible By contrast other connections like Stockholm Munich and Paris Budapest call for major infrastructural upgrades But even when the main routes are in place all systems are run ning smoothly and average speeds of more than 200 km h 124 mph are achieved transcontinen tal train travel across several international borders will remain a time consuming and costly prop osition That s why critics put a damper on the expectations pinned on a resurrected TEE In the price war with the civil aviation sector and its low tax burden non subsidized long distance train connections would hardly stand a chance says for instance Walter von Andrian editor in chief of the special interest magazine Eisenbahn Revue The deterring time factor on long distance routes of more than eight hours of travel time could be mitigated by the deployment of night trains Aus trian ÖBB and Swiss SBB have already presented plans for establishing a Europe wide night train network This is another project that will require massive subsidies The TEE is a project requiring a willingness to afford it just like China affords its attractive albeit uneconomical high speed network At the moment two thirds of the 18 CR routes are losing money Airlines are heading for the tracks That trains are becoming increasingly indispens able as a means of mass transportation in view of climate change has also dawned on airlines In February IATA the International Air Transporta tion Association and UIC the International Union of Railways decided to develop standards for simplifying the links between air and train trav el We will develop a product to fly to London and take the train back says KLM executive Boet Kreiken naming an example in the special inter est magazine Aero Telegraph adding that I think in the long term short distances will be cov ered by trains Hydrail This is the generic term for trains using hydrogen as the energy source for propulsion Manufacturer Alstom commissioned the world s first H Train in 2018 Its competitor Siemens pictured is planning to follow suit in 2024 In the long run hydrogen locomotives are supposed to replace diesel units 70

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