Its a matter of perspective. I think that German Railways are fabulous, but then I compare the network to Britain’s, plus the main route I took went via the high speed link that connect Frankfurt and Koln allowing speeds of around 300 km/h. Everything went relatively wrong before and after that point, but still the journey from Munich to Amsterdam avoided the long haul route along the picturesque Rhine valley. But all this relative pain disappeared when I thought what Britain offered. I was taken aback when Germans complained so much about their rail system. My response was always that I would be glad if the UK had the same system – so would most commuters.
But as I said, its all a matter of perspective. “Der Spiegel” has an article that compares the amazing French system to the German system, titling the article “Molasses-speed rail” noting that the German (and French) trains only manage to reach Paris is such a reduced time because of the French system. The reasons seem to be geographical rather than will. However, London has a stretch of water separating it from Paris, they just dug a tunnel and got on with it. Even London now has a high-speed line connecting it to tunnel and France beyond.