Los gringos descubren el tren como medio de transporte
10.02.2009 @ 12:56 \12\Tue, 10 Feb 2009 12:56:11 +0000\11 +0000 UTC
Quién lo iba a decir. Los de la revista WIRED tomaron mi consejo y se pusieron a viajar.
El Sr. Dave Demerjian de la revista WIRED anduvo de viaje en las Europas. Específicamente en Munich y Viena.
Resulta ser que el Sr. Demerjian tuvo el placer de viajar en un tren de alta velocidad y descubrir el hilo negro de los medios de transporte
Germany’s high-speed rail system whisks passengers around the country at more than 186 mph, providing a convenient and cost-effective alternative to driving and flying. It’s fast, it’s efficient and many rail advocates say it’s an excellent model for high-speed rail in America.
Aunque su viaje comenzó en un tren regional (tcc como tren lechero) después en una conexión se cambió a un tren de alta velocidad (ICE). El Sr. estaba algo preocupado por perder su conexión, lo cual es normal si uno no está acostumbrado al sistema
Turns out the first leg of the trip would be on a Regionalbahn (RB) train before connecting to the high-speed line in the town of Plattling. As plain as it is, the RB is the workhorse of the German rail system, called the Deutsche Bahn (DB). Thousands of the sturdy, if unsexy, cars criss-cross the country. Although my particular car was filthy and the woman across the aisle kept spitting into a cup, the ride was comfortable.
But I was stressed out about my connection, which my ticket indicated I would have four minutes to make. Visions of a mad dash through the station filled my head, but the conductor told me not to worry. The high-speed train that would carry me to Vienna was literally five steps across the platform where my dirty little RB pulled in, a perfect example of German organization and efficiency.
Y aquí es cuando tiene ese encuentro con el mundo desconocido al subirse al tren de alta velocidad:
It puts the airlines to shame, what with the plush leather seats, oak tables, high ceilings and sparkling glass doors. A little voice inside my head thought it was a bit extreme, but it was quickly drowned out by a uniformed Deutsche Bahn attendant politely asking if I’d care for a drink and offering a selection of complimentary newspapers. Later, I was served a meal on real china with proper flatware.
The experience underscored how miserable air travel can be. I had plenty of space for my bulky bag, and the legroom — imagine that! legroom! — was like nothing I’ve experienced on a commercial flight. The experience was calming and relaxing, with passengers whiling away the time reading, tapping away at laptops, or sleeping in comfortable reclining seats. A glowing sign at the front of the car informed us of our speed and arrival time. For the next five hours I glided through Germany and into Austria on the smoothest, quietest train I’ve ever experienced, sipping German beer in frosty glasses most of the way.
Such a system would be great in the United States, particularly west of the Mississippi River. It would provide an efficient, affordable means of getting around and help ease mounting strain on our airports and highways.
Five hours on the Intercity Express, and I’m a believer.
Lean la historia completa en alambrado
Por cierto, el autor del artículo también se subió al metro en Viena y Munich:
In most ways, these two mass-transit systems run circles around those in the United States. They’re clean, they run on time, and they get people where they need to be. If I had one criticism, it would be that there are too many options, especially in Munich. Trams, buses, trains and subways are so plentiful and so frequent that it’s easy to get disoriented, especially if you’re unfamiliar with your surroundings.