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    European coaching stock identification

    I could explain it personally, but easier just to direct you to wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UIC_classification_of_railway_coaches .
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    Newcastle to Munich via Train

    Another option is Paris - Zürich - München, see a bit of the Swiss and Austrian alps on the way. .
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    Newcastle to Munich via Train

    Hardly, as the distance and walking time from the doors of Nord - to the side entrance of Est is famously short (min 8 mins) . Could be just as short as changing at Brussel .
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    Trains with hinged doors

    and it was a good joke. Some had chains I think (spent ever whitsun in Laxey for the first 17 years of my life ) but many years since I went over
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    Trains with hinged doors

    Of course Southern suburban stock often ran at just as high speeds as CIG/CEP/BEP etc. VEPs certainly had the internal handles as VEPs were essentially 'EPBs with a gangway/corridor' .
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    Trains with hinged doors

    Similarly you could leave the doors open on some of the older Paris 'RIB' type stock .
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    Rhaetian Railway ticketing

    You should know that Guarda is on a hillside high above the station serving the village - not the best place to stay. My wife and I walked Lavin - Ardez in late February 2020 (a trip which turned out to be 'just in time', and we were not far from Lombardy...). This walking route goes up onto the...
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    Trains with hinged doors

    In the 1970s people in south east Europe sometimes sat on the open doorstep to keep cool. The train was often so slow it was no less safe than riding a bicycle in the centre of a city (before the 'new normal')
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    Trains with hinged doors

    As far as I know - having to open the window from the inside and lean down to open the door handle on the outside was indeed unique to Britain - and incredibly archaic/bizarre to boot. Yes, lots of hinged and 'slam' doors exist/existed around Europe and the world but with handles on both sides .
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    Possible rolling stock for Munich-Zurich EC services after electrification of Munich-Lindau

    Indeed. The Allgäu routes are sinuous so tilt here is definitely a bonus .
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    Possible rolling stock for Munich-Zurich EC services after electrification of Munich-Lindau

    The issue there was that tilt was touted as the benefit - which was economical with the truth. .
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    SBB consider reintroducing Night Trains

    Well, not necessarily... the Swiss had a few night trains many years ago. In my 1957 copy of the Swiss Kursbuch there is a train (seats coaches only) departing Genève at 00.50 and arriving Zurich HB at about 6.30am. It was actually Swiss railways train number 1, and appears in my 1930...
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    German Railways - Lineside Signs.

    The speed is shown on signals in many Swiss locations, reducing the need for lineside signs
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    Can anyone recommend a good book on the history of French railways?

    You could join the French Railways Society. The society has a comprehensive library. .
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    Possible rolling stock for Munich-Zurich EC services after electrification of Munich-Lindau

    Actually tilt can be irrelevant in Switzerland. When tilting EMUs replaced loco hauled on the Genève - Milano route the tilting trains provided a faster service on the Swiss section of the route, but not because of the tilt, just because they cut out some station stops! .
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    SBB consider reintroducing Night Trains

    Yes it would - like in the old days, but an overnight service can go any route as long as the arrival time at destination is attractive. In any case Genève is north of the Alps, and already there is a regular service Genève - Luzern which 'goes north to come south' as the Swiss are happy to do...
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    Possible rolling stock for Munich-Zurich EC services after electrification of Munich-Lindau

    Likely to be 503 units (ETR610) displaced by 501 (Giruno) which are the newbuilds for the Gotthard base tunnel services. .
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    Belgian recommendations (Brugge/Ghent/Brussels)

    Ironically I popped onto the forum to ask about the same area, but for volume of freight. How much freight is there on the Brugge - Gent line these days (from Zeebrugge mostly I assume)? Or is it sparse because freight dives off at Brugge towards Kortrijk and Lille?
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    Lyon stations

    Nothing particularly unusual IMHO. Perrache was Lyon's main station long before Part Dieu existed and commuter trains from Vienne tend to run the Perrache still, as it is the traditional 'central' station
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    What's the longest timetabled wait you've encountered or experienced on a train?

    Wierd but common. I remember that happening all over Poland in the early 1990s as diesel took over from steam.

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