South Korea Opens New High Speed Line, Introduces Second Operator

South Korea has opened the new Suseo high-speed line, a branch on the busy Seoul – Busan and Seoul – Mokpo rail corridors that provide a third terminus in the South Korean capital and better connectivity for Gyeonggi province.   Constructed over 4 years from 2011 to 2015, the 61.1-kilometer branch runs from Suseo station … Continue reading

ICE Celebrates 25 Years Of Service

Deutsche Bahn celebrated a key milestone this week with the 25th anniversary of its high-speed Intercity-Express (ICE) train service. To mark the occasion, the German rail operator gathered 4 generations of ICE trains, each bearing a special anniversary livery.   Launched on 2 June 1991, the first ICE service travelled from Hamburg-Altona to Munich via … Continue reading

Shinkansen Service reaches Hokkaido

Japan’s shinkansen high-speed rail network marked a significant milestone today with the official opening of the first stage of the Hokkaido Shinkansen, directly linking the islands of Hokkaido and Honshu with the promise of faster travel times and comfortable, sleek new trains. The first scheduled service, Hayate 91, left Shin-Aomori station at 0632 hrs for … Continue reading

JR East Previews Special Genbi Shinkansen

JR East has revealed Japan’s latest special themed shinkansen ahead of its service entry later in Spring 2016. Sporting a sleek black paintwork decorated with sparkling images of fireworks, the Genbi Shinkansen was presented at JR Omiya Station in Saitama prefecture on Tuesday.   Based on the E3 series trainset, the 6-car bullet train is scheduled … Continue reading

Gulf Carriers Focus On North America

The big 3 Gulf carriers – Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways- have reaffirmed their focus on the North American market. Amid lobbying from rivals American Airlines, Delta Airlines and United Airlines against US expansion by the Middle Eastern airlines, all 3 are moving ahead with introducing new destinations and deploying their flagship products.   … Continue reading