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Eurostar vs. Shinkansen. VS. Patrick Hereford. Wintana Debessay. Brief Overview. Shinkansen Background Time Line Statistics Costs and Benefits Risks and Uncertainties Eurostar Background Time Line Statistics Costs and Benefits Risks and Uncertainties. Background - Shinkansen .

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eurostar vs shinkansen
Eurostar vs. Shinkansen

VS.

Patrick Hereford

Wintana Debessay

brief overview
Brief Overview
  • Shinkansen
    • Background
    • Time Line
    • Statistics
    • Costs and Benefits
    • Risks and Uncertainties
  • Eurostar
    • Background
    • Time Line
    • Statistics
    • Costs and Benefits
    • Risks and Uncertainties
background shinkansen
Background - Shinkansen
  • World’s first inter-city high-speed rail system
  • Alternate to narrow gauge tracks that limit speed
  • Considered source of national pride
  • Cost overruns from original estimation
time line
Time Line
  • 1940 – Idea of Shinkansen introduced and researched through Government
  • 1959 – Construction begins
  • 1964 – Inauguration of Tokyo – Shin-Osaka service
    • Coincided with Olympics held in Japan
  • 1972-1988 – New Shinkansen service lines sporadically opened throughout Japan
  • 1987 – Japan National Railways privatized
risks and uncertainties
Risks and Uncertainties
  • Post-war economy unstable
  • Was train service the best way to go? What about highways?
  • Topographic obstacles
  • Ridership estimations
statistics
Statistics
  • Maximum speed of 300 km/hr, Average speed of 286.1 km/hr
  • No fatalities on the service due to collision, derailment, etc.
  • More than 280 Shinkansen trains operate between Tokyo and Osaka each day
  • Daily ridership of over 360,000 passengers
cost benefit analysis
Cost – Benefit Analysis
  • High construction costs to be compensated by expected high revenues
  • Government project rather than profit-seeking firm
    • Costs grew  added lines and employees
  • HUGE Debt ¥37.1 trillion ($274.8 billion)
    • Privatized to 6 companies to carry some debt and earn profit
background eurostar
Background - Eurostar
  • Longest Passenger Train in the World (20 cars long per train)
  • Europe's First International Train to take advantage of the Channel Tunnel
  • Plagued by unreliability during its first few years of operations
  • Can reach speeds up to 186 miles per hour but can only travel 100 miles per hour in the Chunnel
timeline
Timeline
  • 1994: First Eurostar commercial services begin from London to Paris and Brussels
  • 1995: Ashford station opens a direct service from London to Disneyland Paris
  • 1996: Service expands to Moutiers and Bourg St Maurice from Ashford
  • 1998: Opens facilities and renovations at Paris Gare du Nord
risks and uncertainties10
Risks and Uncertainties
  • Natural disasters ocurring near the Channel Tunnel
  • Ridership during Eurostar’s opening
  • Safety of the Eurostar
statistics11
Statistics
  • Maximum speed reached is 186 mph
  • 7.7 million riders during the 2002 fiscal year
  • Will reach the profit zone at the end of 2003 if all goes well
  • No severe injuries during the crash of 2000
cost benefit analysis12
Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Eurostar cost approximately $31 million for the entire project
  • Crash in 2000 cost approximately $850 million
  • Will obtain a profit after the 2003 fiscal year
references
References
  • Shinkansen
    • http://www.ieee.org/organizations/history_center/milestones_photos/shinkansen.html
    • http://www.japanesestudies.org.uk/discussionpapers/Hood.html
    • http://www.jei.org/Archive/JEIR98/9840w3.html
  • Eurostar
    • http://www.eurostar.com/dctm/jsp/index.jsp
    • http://www.o-keating.com/hsr/eurostar.htm
    • http://www.b-rail.be/press/E/nieuws/result_eurostar.html