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Although trains have been around for about 200 years, the modern high speed intercontinental and intercity train systems (including subways, trams, light rail) are 20th Century developments.

Today, rapid rail systems can be found in most countries of the world. They are becoming more important as the urbanization of the world's population continues at a rapid pace.

Using the internet or press find an article discussing a major intercity or intercontinental rail system in a country of your choice. Review the article and submit an essay on how that system contributes to the movement of people and goods in that country. For example, the National Indian Railway is critical to everyday life in that country.

In addition, please answer the following questions:

What would Russia be without the Trans-Siberian Railroad?

What would London be without the "tube?" Japan without its electric railroad system?

Make sure you cite the author, source and date of the article you review.

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-Attached in Microsoft Word, Double Spaced, Times new Roman 12 point 3-4 pages

â-ºDescribe the purpose of the paper and conclusion.

â-ºProvide a quality argument

â-ºProvide citations to support your argument and references on a separate page. Please use APA format to provide citations and references [http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ ; http://www.tuiu.edu/guidelines/Well-Written-Paper.pdf].

Background info:

Clayton, J.M. (2005). Interurban rail transportation: moving people and goods in the 21st century. Retrieved July, 2010, from http://www.ipa.udel.edu/publications/RailForumSummary.pdf

En.wikipedia.org (2010). Trans-Siberian railway. Retrieved July, 2010, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans-Siberian_Railway [Read â??Effectsâ? Section]

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Dear Student,
After much pondering, I have decided to prepare for you a solution that is based on my own experience. At first I was wanting to introduce you to the Thai BTS system - a transport system I am most familiar with and how it changed and modernized Bangkok. Also, I was keen on writing about the Japanese Bullet trains and how efficient they are which is also essential in keeping Japan working as an efficient leading industrial power. But being that I am currently based in Germany, I have decided to provide an article about the Deutschebahn for in all of my travels, it is one of the most efficient and well connected systems in the world. Hence, for this solution, there is one main article used but further research was done to expand the information' provided in the initial article to provide a history of the service and to explore its true relevance to the people of Germany. If you have any questions regarding this solution, please let me know via the feedback system. Happy holidays!

OTA 105878/Xenia Jones


Most of the articles written about the Deutschebahn or DB (literally, German Railways) online are in German. The main article that I focused on was this:
"The foundation of Deutsche Bahn AG",

This article was prepared by Deutschebahn AG and published in their official website in 2008 and updated since. It presented the 'foundation' of the present-day German railway system after the fall of the Berlin Wall in the early 90's. But what is so fascinating is the system's efficiency and the sheer statistics that it allows from freight to passengers. Hence, I did further research using the following articles:

? http://www.deutschebahn.com/site/bahn/en/group/ataglance/guiding__principles/guiding__principles.html
? http://www.deutschebahn.com/site/bahn/en/group/ataglance/facts__figures/facts__figures.html
? http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/german/lj/cultural_notes/travelling.shtml
? http://www.deutschebahn.com/site/bahn/en/group/business__units/business__units.html

The article was written from a historical viewpoint and it emphasised the varied points in the firm's history that led to its present incarnation including political considerations and events as well expansion. Concise but informative, a full understanding of the relevance of the transport system to the Germans can only be explored by further research. I believe that the German rail, despite its huge difference in comparison to the Trans-Siberian railway and the London Tube holds as much significance as the others to the people it serves informing their identity and way of life. From the articles I have listed above, I have 'distilled' the information I have gathered in the passage that follows.

The German Railway System: History

The current system, known as DeutscheBahn or DB encompasses all of Germany connecting international, regional, intercity and smaller town-to-village train systems serving over 1.9 billion passengers annually. It is hailed as the most on time (never late beyond a minute), highly sophisticated and technologically advanced rail system in Europe and is the standard from which other railway systems around Europe is judged against. The very first rail system in Germany was laid between the cities of Nuremburg and Fürth in 1835 on a 6km track - one of the very first in Europe and the world. The train used was a steam-engine locomotive and became the impetus of the establishment of various private joint-stock companies all over Germany to finance the building of rail systems to connect main financial and industrial centers to Fürth or Nuremberg. The advent of the locomotive industry gave way to two main things - faster transport systems enhancing travel of people and goods, establishment of finance companies keen on funding the transport industry. Not long in 1847 several railway systems are already in place hence the ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides a comprehensive 2,191-word review of the German Railway System also known as the Deutschebahn. Its history is included and its complex network of services is also presented. Statistics are included to describe DB's daily and annual capacity within Germany, Europe and it's reach around the world. References are listed for further research. A word version of the solution is attached for easy printing.