NOT FOR the first time, a European operator has backtracked on plans to withdraw restaurant cars. Even in Switzerland where main line trips rarely last longer than 3h, passengers revolted last year over SBB’s plan to provide a minimalist bistro service on its IC2000 fleet of double-deck push-pull trains. Now German Railway has performed a very public U-turn on proposals to eliminate dining service on long-distance trains.

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