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  1. eastwestdivide

    Austrian catering review

    A recent holiday on a 1st-class interrail (not as expensive as it sounds, especially when it includes UK travel and only a €38 supplement for Eurostar) saw me criss-crossing Austria and sampling the on-board at-seat service on the Railjets and also on the Transalpin EC service. They were still...
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    What's in your rucksack? (or wheely case, etc.)

    What essentials do you pack for multi-day trips away from home? For my jaunts round Europe, I have a moderately-sized rucksack - small enough to fit an HST overhead luggage rack, and seen in this pic on a German IC and inside it, a roll-uppable day rucksack for days when I'm out and about but...
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    People (and train) spotting in the South Pennines

    Just for a change, I thought I'd record my trains and times on a gentle day out. A South Pennines Day Ranger (£23 plus a day return from Rotherham-Meadowhall) gave me a day out fairly close to home, and a chance to observe various social groups in all their finery on a fine Saturday. Train 1...
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    Retro trip report - Peaks, Sinfin and Toton in 1981 (+overnighter, and Summer Sat)

    Apologies for the late write-up, but the forum wasn't invented back then. Day 1 of an E Mids Ranger ticket, Fri 12/6/81. Three Peaks (well three classes of), plus Sinfin and Toton. From Leicester behind 45108 in a Mk1 compartment at 0709 to Derby arrive 0745, passing the prototype HST...
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    Belgium/Netherlands diversions March-June 2017

    While booking some tickets, I came across some interesting diversions on the B-Europe site at: These include: 1. No rail traffic between Brussels-North and Brussels-Midi from 29 April to 1st May: Thalys will connect Paris, Brussels and the...
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    DB Europe Sparpreis validity improvement?

    Previously, I was under the impression that DB's international Sparpreis/Spezial offers were only available if you crossed the German border in an IC/ICE. Now, for example, they are offering a €39 Sparpreis from Brussels-Mainz via Liege-Luxembourg-Cochem-Koblenz, on which the only German IC is...
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    Top expresses from 1978 compared to today

    Digging out my 1978 all-line timetable for another thread led me to think about comparing the top expresses from 1978 to today's nearest equivalents. ECML to Edinburgh 1978 1000 KX-Edinburgh arrive 1452 (one stop, Newcastle) Flying Scotsman 2016 1000 KX-Edinburgh arrive 1420 (York...
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    Suggestions for break of journey Turin-London

    Any interesting suggestions for breaking my planned journey back to the UK from Turin/Torino in May 2016? I'll have travelled out from the UK via Switzerland and Milan, so a stopover in France would possibly be of more interest. I know you can do Turin-London straight through in a day, but at...
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    Treinreiswinkel - any experiences?

    The Dutch company offers all sorts of rail-based holidays and other things. Has anyone here used them? Got any useful experiences? The website's all in Dutch, but they do look to have some good offers.
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    Yorkshire to Garmisch-Partenkirchen the long(er) way round

    Thanks to the posters in a previous thread (, I had a plan. Plan A was, starting on a Friday: Yorkshire-London-Brussels (hotel overnight) Brussels-Cologne-Frankfurt-Nuremberg (hotel overnight) DB museum-Nuremberg-Munich-Garmisch for some...
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    DB London Special/Spezial tickets not appearing?

    Just trying to book some tickets back from Germany for September, and the DB site is showing "Unknown tariff abroad" for all dates back from 21 Sep into August. Anyone else finding the same? I successfully booked my outward ticket last week for 17 Sep, so what's happened in the meantime, that...
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    Benelux mini-trip report

    Just a short report on a trip to Benelux a couple of weeks back. Part 1 Thursday morning, the 0915 from a relaxed Ebbsfleet a little late... dep at 0925. Nearly stopped at Folkestone, into tunnel at 0949. Out at 1109. Lille: long stop, lots getting off, my connection was now a bit doubtful...
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    Yorkshire to Garmisch-Partenkirchen: where to break journey

    Could I ask for suggestions on somewhere interesting to break my journey (overnight) between Yorkshire and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, probably July/August time? I've already travelled the Rhine S of Koblenz, so I'm keen to try a new route across Germany. Not especially bothered by chasing...
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    Interesting detours Amsterdam-Brussels?

    Can anyone suggest an interesting route or detour between Amsterdam and Brussels please? I've got most of a day to do it, in May-ish, leaving Amsterdam around 0930 and needing to be in Brussels for about 1800. Either scenery or odd routes or photo-opportunities or suggested stopping off points...
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    Faint background on East Coast print at home

    Just got my first East Coast print at home tickets. When you view the PDF on screen, the background "watermark" behind some of the information, showing information like destination, Rail Settlement Plan, my name, a ref number, is kind of mid-to-light grey and easily readable. When I printed it...
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    Belgium Summer Deal 8-euro tickets anywhere

    Belgian Rail is running a "Summer Deal" offering single tickets anywhere in the country for €8, Mon-Fri until August:
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    Eurostar to Avignon - are check-in times strict?

    Anyone have any experience of the check-in at St Pancras for the summer Saturdays Avignon service? The Eurostar website (and others) advertise a minimum 1 hour check-in, and I'd like to know how strict they are with this. Thanks in advance.
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    Grandstand views (for watching the trains go by)

    Where do people like to go for an extended bout of just watching the trains go by? Preferably away from a station, out in the country, and not by a busy road. Somewhere you can get a grandstand view, not necessarily for great photos, but just to watch trains in the landscape while sipping your...
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    Funding for bus rapid transit Sheffield/Rotherham at Meadowhall

    Funding has been confirmed for the link road under the M1 near Meadowhall as part of the Sheffield/Rotherham bus rapid transit scheme: project scheduled to complete in September 2015. I'll leave others to comment on the...
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    ECML routing to South London via East London Line!

    Morning all, Quite surprised to buy a ticket from Doncaster to Streatham and get an itinerary with changes at Stevenage, Finsbury Park, Highbury & Islington, Peckham Rye. The return takes me via the expected route of Thameslink to St Pancras and walk across the road to Kings Cross. Tickets...