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After 26 years Germany opens new high-speed train line

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Staff Writer | December 9, 2017
Germany rolled out a new high-speed train Friday that will take passengers between Munich and Berlin in under four hours.
Express Sprinter
Transportation   The Inter-City-Express Sprinter trains
Scheduled service on the train will begin on Sunday, but a special train traveling from Nuremburg to Berlin carried German Chancellor Angela Merkel and political leaders of Thuringia, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt - states through which the train passes.

Friday's event was planned in cities along the route, including Erfurt, Leipzig and Wittenburg.

Starting Sunday, the Inter-City-Express (ICE) Sprinter trains will leave Berlin and Munich three times per day on the 387-mile route. The journey time is expected to be less than four hours, shaving off two hours from the time it takes a normal train to make the trip.

At some points along the route, the ICE trains will travel at speeds of up to 186 mph. A one-way ticket will cost $147, compared to prices of $85 to $141 on current trains on the route.