Trains fit for Museums


From today it's possible!

Thanks to the high-speed trains, it's possible to save 11 minutes from Rome to Naples by train. Don't you believe it?

On 22/12/2005 (yesterday) the first high speed train left Rome and arrived in Naples in 1 hour and 35 minutes.
Such a different life when you think of the Eurostar which takes at least 1 hour 46 minutes for the same journey.

Certainly, investing in the high-speed trains means making sacrifices, and the money has to come from somewhere.
And the money has been found.
The 2006 tremontilunardi finance bill has planned a 92.6% cut in investments for the railway.

We’ve got trains that are older than the train drivers, who pass them down as an inheritance from father to son.
A great part of the railway system is not equipped with modern automatic systems for emergency braking.
Ticks, scorpions and bugs travel in both first and second class.

Every so often someone loses a life, like Antonio Vallillo, who dies in the rail accident at Roccasecca. He emigrated to England to work and came back to let his 3 children get to know Italy. The youngest of these, his 8-year-old daughter is in a coma.

Elio Catania, previously the vice warehouse person of IBM (his boss was Stanca) and now president of the Railways, stated after the accident that our railway system is the safest in Europe.
The Fit-Cisl Trades Union was slightly more forthright and spoke of a disaster waiting to happen.
Who is right?

Elio’s competence in terms of transport cannot be questioned, only because he has none.
He is the same character (Nostradamus of the railway sleepers) who came out with the following statement for the Val di Susa: “  from 2018 the Turin-Lyon line will make it possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15% with the transfer of 1 million trucks a year onto the trains of the railway motorway and to reduce poisonous polluting gases by about 360 tons a day.”

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I have been trying to find out what happened to my family in Italy. My lastname changed when my great Grandfather came to America. It is so sad to hear that the last of the family got in a train wreck and one has died.

Posted by: Gina Villilo | February 2, 2007 04:20 AM

Governments have a tendancy to waste money, glad to hear European ones are no different than the USA.

Posted by: John | December 25, 2005 07:31 PM
Goda e spenda il natale piacevole con la vostra famiglia

Posted by: Tom Deggion | December 24, 2005 11:40 AM

L'ho preso per 4 anni quel maledetto trenino... "La freccia del Molise" lo chiamano. Lo prendevo per andare da Roma all'Universitā diel Molise a Campobasso, dove per il munifico stipendio di 2500 euro lordi l'anno (spese di soggiorno e viaggio a mio carico e NON rimborsabili) insegnavo Antropologia Culturale.
C'č da notare che questo contratto al contrario di tutti gli altri contratti del mondo NON prevedeva alcuna assicurazione per il periodo di viaggio da Roma fino al Molise.
Quest'anno č l'ultimo del contratto, ma se fossi stata sul treno, oltre che morta o ferita, non mi avrebbero neppure pagato nulla...
Aggiungo che per il viaggio (200 km circa) ci volevano tre ore e tre quarti... Alla faccia dell'Alta Velocitā!!!!

Posted by: Monica Rossi | December 24, 2005 09:19 AM

I just loved to read you.
Here is more or less the same...
Indeed we are very alike.
Here, too, many millions will be spent to reduce 15 minutes from Lisbon to Porto.....

Buon Natale


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