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Something to watch will be if SNCF can find creative ways to block DB's attempt at open (hostile) competition (as opposed to the pre-agreed sharing of the market on the TGV Est). In this conext, it's worth to note regarding the parallel runs in Belgium, that the ICE3 competition was long held up by the issue of ballast pickup: first they weren't allowed on the new lines at all, then only with reduced speed. Currently, there is the special situation that the ICE3 run shorter times on the sections than the Thalys (owing to higher acceleration), but the Thalys beats them on Cologne-Brussels Central trips, because the ICE3 have an additional stop in Brussels North.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Dec 18th, 2009 at 09:31:29 AM EST
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