ICE speed display  

ICE Speed Train

This picture of the information display of the German ICE train could make a challenging subject for finding the difference in a photo. In France it’s the ‘TGV‘; in the UK it’s called ‘Eurostar‘; in Germany it’s ‘Inter City Express‘. But whatever it is called it is the same kind of vehicle: a modern high-speed train capable of reaching speeds of over 300km an hour (nearly 200 mph). Some ICE trains have bars with drinks and snacks; others have waiter-service restaurants. The Inter City Express is well named, as it links Brussels, Cologne (Köln), Frankfurt, Liège, Amsterdam, Utrecht, Hamburg, Berlin and Vienna (among others) – and fast! The longest direct service is probably Utrecht to Frankfurt, a little over 400km (250 miles), which ICE covers in three and a half hours. Train number 76 as displayed in the photo travels from Zürich to Hamburg in eight hours, a distance of over 850 km (nearly 540 miles).

ICE made its first appearance in 1991 and now claims to be the fastest and most comfortable way to travel in Europe, thanks to its low noise level and comfortable seating. You are able to book a seat in face-to-face seating or airline style, and to choose a window or aisle seat. You can also request a quiet coach or one with strong mobile phone reception. The third generation of ICE rolling stock has tilting tecnology which enables the train to travel at high speeds on bends, even when running on non-high speed track. Each passenger can have up to two suitcases and one piece of hand luggage. Even pets can travel as long as they pay their fare!