German train makes first Channel tunnel test trip

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A German ICE high-speed train entered the Channel tunnel between France and England Wednesday on a test run, the first such journey by a German operator, an AFP reporter witnessed.

The grey ICE3 train, made by Siemens of Germany and operated by Deutsche Bahn, entered at the French town of Calais to demonstrate its capability to run services on the route, which is being opened up to competition under EU rules.

It was the first passenger train not run by Eurostar, the operator jointly owned by France, Britain and Belgium, to use the tunnel.

It carried staff from German train company Deutsche Bahn and tunnel operator Eurotunnel staff plus a technical team, but no passengers.

© 2010 AFP

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