KEITH FENDER reports on completion of a new line through difficult topography

German Railways (DB) opened its latest section of high-speed line on 10 December 2017. The opening was marred by adverse weather and European Train Control System (ETCS) problems, prompting a public apology from DB, but the service has now settled down and DB offers three ‘Sprinter’ ICE (InterCity Express) trains that cover the 623km from Berlin to Munich in 3hr 55min.

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