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Mattstetten-Rothrist was actually not planed to operate at higher speeds than 200 km/h. The loco 2000 of SBB are only designed for 230 km/h.

Lötschberg Tunnel is 34.6 km long where 20 km are single line. The trains follow each other in the single track section. Double track is not yet finished for cost saving reason.

Spain will be soon ready. There was not a real high priority for this since they have ETCS Level 1 and LZB in service. In case these system fails they can still go on the old ASFA. Spain has high-speed trains with 5 different train protections: ASFA, LZB, ETCS Level 1, ETCS Level 2 and Ebicab (used on Mediterranean coast corridor).

by pcrail on Wed Dec 16th, 2009 at 06:28:03 PM EST
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