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Old March 23rd, 2012, 04:21 PM   #521
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Some boost for the Brenner Base Tunnel:

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EU-Gelder sollen Brennertunnel-Bau ankurbeln
Pat Cox, EU-Koordinator des Brennerbasistunnels, möchte mehr EU-Gelder lockermachen.

Für Pat Cox ist der Brennerbasistunnel (BBT) einer der Verkehrsprojekte mit höchster Priorität. Dies unterstrich der EU-Koordinator für den BBT bei einem Treffen mit Südtirols Landeshauptmann Luis Durnwalder und dem Koordinator für den Ausbau der Brennerbahnstrecke der italienischen Regierung, Mauro Fabris, am Dienstag in Bozen. Um die Fertigstellung des Mammut-Projektes voranzutreiben, will die EU mehr Gelder in die Hand nehmen. Im Zeitraum von 2014 bis 2020 wolle man die finanziellen Mittel seitens der EU auf 40 Prozent aufstocken.
In Bozen wurden auch die Auswirkungen der Sparpakete auf die Finanzierung des Projektes thematisiert. Man erwarte bis Monatsende eine offizielle Antwort Österreichs zur Finanzierung, entsprechend solle dann Italien folgen. Beide Regierungen hätten bekräftigt, an der Fertigstellung des Tunnels bis 2025 festhalten zu wollen, beruhigte Cox.
Der Basistunnel soll nach Angaben der BBT SE, die für die Planung und den Bau des Brennerbasistunnels verantwortlich ist, mit 64 km die längste unterirdische Eisenbahnverbindung der Welt werden. Sie gilt als das Kernelement des Korridorabschnitts München - Verona. Die Gesamtkosten werden mit Preisbasis vom 1.1.2009 mit 8 Mrd. Euro - vorausvalorisiert bis 2025 mit rund 9,7 Mrd. - beziffert.
http://kurier.at/wirtschaft/4489264-...-ankurbeln.php

Pat Cox, EU coordinator for the BBT, announced that the EU wants to increase it's share to 40 % of the costs for the upcoming EU budget from 2014 to 2020. That's around 4 billion Euros.
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Old March 23rd, 2012, 05:39 PM   #522
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During my last visit in Austria I noticed that Westbahn have a lot of nice marketing activities. Some of them are good ideas like this one - a cup with Westbahn route:

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Old March 24th, 2012, 12:35 AM   #523
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And still Westbahn is far away from their goals financial wise.
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Old March 24th, 2012, 04:02 AM   #524
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Does German ICE trains go to Austria, like they go to Switzerland and I believe Denmark?
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Old March 24th, 2012, 04:25 AM   #525
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Since when Railjet trains operate to Budapest?
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Old March 24th, 2012, 04:40 AM   #526
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Does German ICE trains go to Austria, like they go to Switzerland and I believe Denmark?
ÖBB even owns some ICE-T trains. Due to weird regulations tilting is disabled within Austria.


Austrian ICE network:
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Old March 24th, 2012, 04:41 AM   #527
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Since when Railjet trains operate to Budapest?
Since they have been introduced in December 2008.
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Old March 24th, 2012, 04:45 AM   #528
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Update from Himmelwärts on Vienna's new Main Station:

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Old March 24th, 2012, 04:55 AM   #529
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ÖBB even owns some ICE-T trains. Due to weird regulations tilting is disabled within Austria.


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Thanks for the info. How fast can ICE run in Austrain section then?
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Old March 24th, 2012, 05:22 AM   #530
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As for today the only HSR sections (Vmax 200 km/h) can be found on the Westbahn between Wels Hbf and St. Pölten Hbf. By December this year St. Pölten Hbf - Wien Westbf and Kufstein - Innsbruck Hbf will follow with Vmax 220 - 250 km/h.

Also a new HSR line (Koralmbahn) is being built between Graz and Klagenfurt. Vmax 250 km/h finised around 2022.
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Old March 24th, 2012, 05:27 AM   #531
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I guess ICE serves both passengers traveling within Austria and passengers heading to Germany as well? Unlike ICE service to Switzerland?
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Since they have been introduced in December 2008.
That's amazing for Budapest. Now what are the chances of having Railjet one day in Belgrade? The infrastructure needs to be upgraded on Serbian side, and Hungarian as well if I stand correct. I am not optimistic, but there is a large former Yugoslav community in Austria..
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I guess ICE serves both passengers traveling within Austria and passengers heading to Germany as well? Unlike ICE service to Switzerland?
Is it like that in Switzerland? Within Austria the ICE is nothing more than an ordinary EC.
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ICE service in Swiss I believe is also mostly non-HS lines.
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That's amazing for Budapest. Now what are the chances of having Railjet one day in Belgrade? The infrastructure needs to be upgraded on Serbian side, and Hungarian as well if I stand correct. I am not optimistic, but there is a large former Yugoslav community in Austria..
Since I am living in Vienna; yeah I know. Those guys are normally taking the bus from Wien Südtirolerplatz, since it's way faster than any train.

Railjet running to Belgrade? Won't happen anytime soon, since Budapest is more or less broke and tight now average speed between those cities is around 50 - 60 km/h. The Railjet on the other hand is designed for 230 km/h. Does not make much sense.

What I would love to see is a connection between Vienna and Budapest via Bratislava. It really galls me that this capital and therefore a lot of potential is left out.
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Old March 24th, 2012, 07:12 AM   #536
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I first hear about this Railjet, and what's even more surprising is that it was manufactured in Slovenia (at least that's what Wiki says).
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Since I am living in Vienna; yeah I know. Those guys are normally taking the bus from Wien Südtirolerplatz, since it's way faster than any train.

Railjet running to Belgrade? Won't happen anytime soon, since Budapest is more or less broke and tight now average speed between those cities is around 50 - 60 km/h. The Railjet on the other hand is designed for 230 km/h. Does not make much sense.

What I would love to see is a connection between Vienna and Budapest via Bratislava. It really galls me that this capital and therefore a lot of potential is left out.
Sounds about the right. Btw can rainjet run 230km/h all the way to Budapest? I saw it on Hungarian railways, but it does not seem 230km to me. I would say maybe 180ish...
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Sounds about the right. Btw can rainjet run 230km/h all the way to Budapest? I saw it on Hungarian railways, but it does not seem 230km to me. I would say maybe 180ish...
Nope, atm 230 are only reached in Germany and soon in Austria as well. Vienna - Budapest is Vmax 160 km/h.
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I first hear about this Railjet, and what's even more surprising is that it was manufactured in Slovenia (at least that's what Wiki says).
Some parts of the bodyshell are being produced in Maribor, yes. They are then shipped to Vienna, where assembly and final production is done by ÖBB Technisches Service.
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Old March 25th, 2012, 08:08 PM   #540
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I used it a couple of years ago to get from Budapest to Wien after Sziget Festival, it was actually two sets coupled together and extremely long! I was very impressed with it, probably the most comfortable train I have ever travelled on!
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