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Two more lines were to open at the end of 2008 -- and their further delay both parallels and is directly linked to Italian high-speed troubles.

On one hand, the Netherlands and Belgium ordered 250 km/h trains jointly from AnsaldoBreda (the maker of the ETR 500) - which just don't arrive from the maker. (Denmark had/has similar problems.)

On the other hand, recently resumed testing on HSL-Zuid (the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp line) showed that even Siemens's improved ERTMS Level 2 version 2.3.0 has problems, thus even simple locomotive-pulled trains won't run on the line until March 2009 at the earliest.

In Belgium, HSL3 from Liège to the German border (at Aachen) is on hold until the middle of 2009 for similar reasons.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sat Dec 13th, 2008 at 07:38:35 PM EST
When one uses the Thalys to Brussels or Paris from Cologne, one sees why the HSL3 is so necessary.  From Aachen to Liège is equivalent to stage coach speeds, though for parts of the line you can see all the new construction.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sun Dec 14th, 2008 at 05:27:39 AM EST
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The line itself was finished last year -- a truly ridiculous situation.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Dec 14th, 2008 at 05:49:55 AM EST
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