Saturday, August 6, 2011

OK, OK … An Apology to Russian Railways

In a post three days ago, I estimated that the Sapsan, the Russian “high-speed” train I took from Moscow to St. Petersburg, had a top speed of only 80-90 mph. On my return trip to Moscow today on the same train, I was able to see the digital message board at the front of the car from my seat. There were two or three stretches where our speed was shown hovering at or just under 200 kilometers per hour, or 124 mph. More than I thought, but still well below the 300 kpm (187 mph) that both the Eurostar and the Thalys trains routinely sustain. Most of the time today, the posted speed was 140 kph (89 mph). But never mind … how do I say mea culpa in Russian?

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