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Well, Moscow-Beijing on the Transsiberian is only €300, is it not?

Another thing, there seems to be a hole in the normal gauge grid. What about a normal gauge line from the proposed Kazakhstan line through southern Russia to Kiev, Warsaw and Berlin? :D

Then you could travel from Berlin to Beijing in practically s straight line, saving lots of time and without any change of train.

Think about it, standing at the new Berlin Hbf and looking at the big screen: Beijing, 40 hours. :D

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by Starvid on Mon Mar 20th, 2006 at 04:52:28 PM EST
Gauge, schmauge. Just use Talgo train sets with automatic gauge changing.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Mar 20th, 2006 at 04:55:32 PM EST
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BTW, two or three Talgos already run in Kazakhstan. Those are non-gauge-changing versions, but they could give ideas...

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by DoDo on Mon Mar 20th, 2006 at 06:02:20 PM EST
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Well, Moscow-Beijing on the Transsiberian is only €300, is it not?

Yes, but that's not high-speed :-)

What about a normal gauge line from the proposed Kazakhstan line through southern Russia to Kiev, Warsaw and Berlin?

Unfortunately, for that to become reality, Russia would have to decide that creating a concurrence to the Transsib of which only a small part passes through Russia (and entitles to passage fees) brings extra profit.

(By the way, there is a broad-gauge freight railway from Ukraine through Poland right until Ostrava/Czech Republic, so the gauge-changing problems can be bypassed the other way too.)

Think about it, standing at the new Berlin Hbf and looking at the big screen: Beijing, 40 hours. :D

I dream of that, too :-)

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by DoDo on Mon Mar 20th, 2006 at 06:00:25 PM EST
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