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AMcWhirter
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Good morning.

It is good news and we’ve posted details of this important development:

http://www.businesstraveller.com/news/db-ice-trains-approved-for-channel-tunnel

The article to which Martyn referred to above is in the March issue of Business Traveller, see “Platform: Conditions of Carriage.”

To answer John’s question … well the point is that DB requires special ICE trains to operate through the Tunnel and these have not yet been built by Siemens.

Normal international ICE trains (which DB operates between Germany, Switzerland, France and the Benelux countries) are not certified for Tunnel use.

The DB ICE train which was displayed at St Pancras in 2010 did not come to London under its own power.

It was actually hauled all the way from Calais to St Pancras by a special Eurotunnel diesel loco.

We posted a news piece last December about DB’s plans and the problems it faces for Tunnel operation. It will shed some light on the points you have raised:

http://www.businesstraveller.com/news/deutsche-bahn-committed-to-international-london

We have written a further update on international train services from London which will appear in Platform next month.

Alex McWhirter