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Railwatch 084 - June 2000

Swiss show the way

Swiss Railways are introducing a new 135mph tilting train next year for domestic services after several years of running international tilting trains. The Intercity-Neigezug ICN will cut travel times by 15 minutes between east and west Switzerland.

Until then, the 24 trainsets will be deployed around the system on a rigorous testing schedule. The seven-coach trains - each with a dining car - will be air-conditioned with an on-board passenger information system.

In first class there will be some compartments where business people can work.

Meanwhile, even without the challenge of Swiss geography, our East-West rail link is still bogged down in Bedford, years after the project should have been up and running.

Picture: Swiss Railways

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