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The line was designed for 200 km/h. See here. The ICE1 is using the high speed line with on-board ETCS equipment sponsored by the Swiss. The TGV did for a long time not use the newline Mattstetten - Rothrist since they did not have the power to reas 200 km/h. This was because of the derating of the transformer when operated with 17 Hz instead of 50 Hz. $

Lötschberg Tunnel
True, max speed is 250 km/h, but no vehicle able to run it in commercial service.

The trains operated first only with ASFA, than with ETCS Level 1 with ASFA as fall back system. Getting to 300 km/h was a major issue since the data could not be red correctly from the balises. The line is ready for ETCS Level 2 operation between Madrid and Llerida, but the system is not yet in use. Maybe they want to wait till also the part between Llerida and Barcelona is ready. See also here    

by pcrail on Sun Dec 20th, 2009 at 08:16:23 PM EST
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