The insufferable Paul Kennedy falls off the wagon:
A proper high-speed-train system would give hard-pressed air travelers a real alternative to the car and the plane. It is being done elsewhere. Domestic flights between Hamburg in northern Germany and Munich (612 kilometers) are shriveling because the high-speed trains do it better.
Deutsche Bahn’s ICE (Intercity-Express) takes roughly 6 hours to cover those 612 kilometers. So let us be the first to say that, even if flights between those 2 cities are shriveling, it isn’t because of the choo choo. Then again, it’s obvious that Paul is easily impressed and doesn’t know much about the trains that he does ride on:
When I am on study leave in Cambridge, in Britain, I can take a nonstop train to London twice a [sic] hour — and the trip takes less than 45 minutes. On disembarking at King’s Cross station[.]
It takes 49 to 52 minutes (link) to cover the equivalent of a 60-mile car trip. Hold on to you chapeau.