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Wallpaper - - Newspaper - IN­COM­ING | JOHN WEICH

For­get Ma­glev, for­get Hyper­loop, for­get driver­less trains. When Europe opens up its tracks to pri­vate com­pe­ti­tion in 2019, we’re bank­ing on the re­vival of an age-old Wall­pa­per* dream: overnight rail ser­vice for busi­ness trav­ellers. In­stead of faster, we pe­ti­tion for slower. In­stead of cheaper, we ap­peal for chicer, an up­scale sleep­over ser­vice with No­mad ameni­ties, Noma cui­sine and an Ori­ent Ex­press-in­spired pi­ano bar for ca­sual net­work­ing. The ticket price would more than off­set a stay in an ur­ban ho­tel. With de­mand for cap­sule ho­tels on the rise and lux­ury ho­tels branch­ing out into yachts, planes and air­craft lounges, the time has never been bet­ter for dis­rupt­ing Europe’s in­ter­city rails. We’ll join the board of the first com­pany that makes our dream a re­al­ity.

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