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Doc Lightning
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Posted:So I did this in Spain (the video gets good at about 21 seconds):

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And it gets you from Madrid to Barcelona non-stop in 2:30 (published 2:41, but it's always 10 minutes early). It leaves exactly as scheduled. It arrives within 15 minutes of when scheduled or your ticket is free. I arrived at Madrid Atocha station 15 minutes prior to departure. There is no metal detector (X-ray bags, that's all). There is no "fasten your seatbelts." There is no "seatbacks and traytables in the full upright and locked position." There is no "please turn off and stow all electronic devices." The train simply pulls out of the station, gets onto the relevant track, and then starts to accelerate to 300kph. It feels like floating on air, but less turbulence. And then we got to Barcelona Sants station and was in my hotel room 20 minutes later. No baggage claim. I *LOVED* it. ubblove

And Iberia (the Spanish airline) just *HATES* it because it's taken over half their business! biggrin


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Doc Lightning
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Posted:OK, nobody else thinks this is cool?

Y'guys are a buncha losers. wink tongue


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Birgit
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Posted:Nah, it's just that us Europeans are all so used to high-speed trains :P

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Doc Lightning
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Posted:Hah. England doesn't have them, either (except Eurostar). In fact, few English-speaking countries do have them...

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Birgit
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Posted:yeah, but we have them in Germany. Maybe not so conveniently non-stop between the 2 major cities, but then we don't really HAVE 2 major cities. And the English are used to getting their nose rubbed in just how useless their train services are by their own media plus French plus Germans plus Spanish wink
I'd like to go on the Japanese bullet trains some time.


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Doc Lightning
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Posted:Your trains aren't half as useless as American ones. 2 days to get from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

TWO DAYS.


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Birgit
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Posted:You're kidding me! No wonder everyone who doesn't want to risk sitting next to some smelly traveller from Europe on a Greyhound for hours is driving.

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Doc Lightning
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Posted:Yes, you could wind up next to a Frenchman. *looks for noseplug*

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PK_
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Posted:The wonders of modern day public transport...

Frenchman, is that the same as a drunk Italian?... on a 21 hour train journey?... cos that sucked.


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