Czech Republic looks to high-speed future

In 1936, Czechoslovak State Railway (ČSD) introduced its two class M290.0 Slovenská strela (Slovakian Arrow) diesel units and connected Prague with Bratislava in 4hr 18min. By the 2040s, it should be possible to go all the way from Berlin to Vienna via Prague in slightly less time. In 2021, the maximum speed of any train in either the Czech Republic or neighbouring Slovakia is 160km/h (100mph), but change is planned – especially in the Czech Republic, where the Government has announced ambitious plans to develop a high-speed railnetwork in the country in the next three decades which will also link up with planned highspeed connections in neighbouring countries.

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