High-Speed Train to Link Munich and Berlin in 4 Hours
MUNICH—By the end of 2017, it will be possible to travel from Munich to Berlin by train in four hours, according to officials at the Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s national railroad. The current trip takes six hours.
An expansion of the Intercity-Express or ICE high-speed rail line between the two cities is underway near Thüringer Forest and the result will be a much faster trip between the two prominent German cities.
The 66-mile (107-kilometer) link, which will complete the construction of the high-speed line, should be in service by the end of next year and ICE trains will be able to reach speeds of 186 mph (300 km/h).
The Intercity-Express network of trains first went into service in 1991 and operates in Germany as well as in Austria, Denmark, and Switzerland. It is the Deutsche Bahn’s flagship service. The InterCityExperimental train, used for high-speed trials prior to launching ICE, set a world record for speed in 1988, achieving 253 mph (407 km/h).
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