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One note on travel speeds:

Even the Köln-Frankfurt(Airport) trip clocks in at only ~175km/h.

But then that still includes the 200 km/h max Cologne-Siegburg upgraded line. I checked the currently scheduled runs on the line, apparently the fastest travel times are those between Frankfurt(Airport) Siegburg/Bonn on Cologne bound runs (covering the entire high-speed section) that don't stop in Limburg Süd and Montabaur (38 minutes over 143.3 km = 226.3 km/h). But, the relatively short Siegburg/Bonn-Montabaur runs also clock a respectable 210.3 km/h in both directions (18 minutes over 63.1 km).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Sun Jul 17th, 2011 at 11:17:29 AM EST
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Yes, but that's not the point of the exercise. Who travels on the short racetrack from Siegburg to Montabaur or Ffm-Airport to Siegburg?

Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Sun Jul 17th, 2011 at 11:29:30 AM EST
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It does underline though that the real problem is not wayside stations and mountains, but the half-measures in the form of upgraded (yet not cheap) sections at the Cologne and Frankfurt ends. Another thing is the overall short distance in comparison with f.e. France, where you still have long slow sections leaving Paris or entering Lyon – methinks once Frankfurt-Mannheim is built, even if not bypassing Mannheim, there will be some decent Cologne-Mannheim times.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Jul 17th, 2011 at 11:46:10 AM EST
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