The Intercity Express, also known as the ICE, is Germany’s fastest train.  It runs on electricity and can hold up to 700 passengers in its eight cars.  It can reach speeds up to 404 kph (251 mph), and keeps a fairly tight schedule between all major cities in Germany. While any American would applaud the German rail for its apparent efficiency and modernity, the ICE is apparently in trouble.

“The area where German engineering company Siemens makes its trains strikes visitors as run down. With its abandoned, boarded-up refreshment stand, factory ruins and obsolete smokestacks, the shoddy landscape befits the often desolate image of trains from the past”.

With so much criticism coming in from multiple angles that you can read about here, it looks like German high-speed rail transportation will be a subject to follow in the upcoming months.