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Eurostar Buys New Modern Trains

October 29, 2015

Eurostar, a popular train that provides high-speed rail service between London to Paris or Brussels and various other locations, is getting new trains called the e320. These trains will be operating before the end of this year!

17 new - 16 car trains have been ordered from Siemens and will be able to run anywhere in Europe. They are faster, going up to 320 km/hr, more energy efficient, and quieter than the trains Eurostar has been using for the last 20 years. They also carry up to 150 more passengers which is a 20% capacity increase.

The new trains are designed by Italian firm Pinifarina who are known for their work in the luxury car industry. They are now working with trains and have created that luxury feel with a consistency throughout each of the classes, of which there are three — Business Premier, Standard Premier, and Standard.

While the seat model may be the same throughout, there are different accommodations, such as the ability to recline, individual arm rests, multi use power sockets, cup holders and much more depending on the class you ride. Additionally, Business Premier has food served to their seats, Standard Premier has light meals and drinks included, and Standard passengers must pay for meals in the restaurant car.

Eurostar is moving forward with expansions, including new trains that will make it possible for new routes, greater capacity, and a more spacious trip.


Shira Orlowek
Operations Manager

Last Week at MHSRA:

MHSRA Staff attended the Summit on Regional Competitiveness, looking at unlocking the economic potential of the region.

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Upcoming Events:

- Join us for lunch with keynote speaker and transportation leader Kathy Haley at Maggianos in Chicago, IL on November 13th. Click here to learn more and sign-up.
- We are planning a Japan High-Speed Rail Tour in October of 2016.

This trip will give everyone an opportunity to enjoy the rich history of train travel the country offers. We are creating an itinerary that includes riding the first high-speed rail line, visiting at least one railroad museum and meetings with experts in the field. We have already begun making contacts to arrange technical visits and train tours. Once we have received 10 fully-refundable deposits we will finalize the details of the trip.

Please click here if you would like to learn more or are interested in joining the trip.

Please click here if you are ready to make a $500 fully-refundable deposit for the trip.

Shira Orlowek
Midwest High Speed Rail Association
4765 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625