Intercity Express operated by German Rail

Waiting for the train at Frankfurt/M

Waiting for the train at Frankfurt/M

ICE stands for Intercity Express, express train service provided by German Rail. It is quite sophisticated and reliable, though a bit expansive, I would say. My newest experience with German Rail was the trip from Frankfurt/M Airport to Cologne main station. The drive time is 45 minutes. It is convenient and on time. I remembered more than ten years ago, there was maybe no (ICE) connection and I did need to flight for a short distance from Frankfurt to Cologne/Bonn airport. Now, no such a flight service is available. It is not effective at all for a twenty minutes flight, and hours of waiting time and consuming security check procedures. We do need to use train.

Sitting in the first class cabin

Sitting in the first class cabin

The service on board is friendly. The train is clean and it goes with a speed of around 250 Km/h. Sitting in the train, I have out my clock back to the old days during my study time in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR). Using trains was quite cheap, especially with discount prices for students. We were able to travel around GDR visiting friends in different provinces by trains. In Cambodia, we have railways too, but only two lines with more than 600K in length. But, it is being rehabilitated for cargo. It would take time to introduce transportation by train again for passengers and cargo in our country. It was quite good developed before the war started in 1970. I used to enjoy riding the train with my uncle from my hometown to the Capital. We had everything on boar too, though not 250Km/h.

The ICE at the main station at Frankfurt's airport

The ICE at the main station at Frankfurt’s airport

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