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High speed rail, Alsthom, Other, Europe

New style offers bring something different to Italian rail users

It’s bright red, has plush seats, a great stereo and can roll over the Italian countryside at more than 227 mph. If your guess is a new Ferrari, you’re not completely wrong. Italian company Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (NTV) recently inaugurated Europe’s first open access high speed train service with new Italo trains from Alstom, but with the obvious influence of one of NTV’s owners, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Ferrari’s chairman.

NTV’s initial fleet of 25...

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