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Your ONLY path here is to ask the company you travelled with. They'll be the only one with his details, IF you booked under your names for the trip. Even then, they likely won't give you his name for privacy reasons. However, if you impress upon them the gravity of the situation, they might be prepared to contact him on your behalf and see if he's ...


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Get a Window Seat When I reserve a seat on train (or a plane, for that matter), knowing that I would like to sleep during the journey, I often book a window seat. That way I can lean my head on the window, rather than having it hanging in the void, causing me to wake up every ten minutes as soon as the neck ache kicks in. Moreover I place a ...


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For most journeys, only one train company can cover that route, so there's no comparison involved. For your journey from London to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the only option is to use Virgin Trains East Coast. When there are multiple companies, you can check using "National Rail Enquiries" which can search all the companies. A good example is London-Birmingham, ...


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Passports are (unusually!) not enough. From the DB site: In order to book online tickets you need: An identification card (BahnCard, bahn.bonus Card, credit cards*, ec-card/Maestro or ID card**) for booking via Internet and as identification during fare controls on the train. The ID cards of the following countries can be used as ...


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You're not alone. Aside from the addition of a swipe card reader and of the SmarTrip pad over the years, the user interface of WMATA's farecard vending machines is definitely atrocious, especially for a city and system that sees such a large number of tourists. The situation has been made even worse because of the addition of the $1 surcharge for paper ...


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I'm assuming you mean onboard. It's perfectly safe. I've travelled from Washington, D.C. to Chicago, and down to Austin, Texas (two and a half days). I've also done a bit in the Pacific North West, and from NYC to Phily. So I feel I can speak on this a bit. (I also did a LOT of it in Canada on a coast to coast trip, but that was split up with buses ...


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Short Answer Yes! Typically you will find a ticket conductor on-board who will check tickets in the start. Try to contact him beforehand in order to ensure risk free travel. The ticket conductor can help you purchase a ticket on-board the train. The ticket will be a little bit more expensive, but it is certainly possible. This is clearly mentioned on the ...


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If the train is a Deutsche Bahn service and is operated with a conductor yes, but it costs an additional fee. But in many local trains of Deutsche Bahn and other services, there is no regular conductor onboard. In these trains riding without a ticket is always considered fare dodging (which costs double the ticket price, or 40 EUR, whichever is greater). ...


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In lieu of a link-only answer... A signal failure can refer to a number of situations... It can be down to a track circuit failure which means that the signaller cannot guarantee the safety of the train as he is unable to see on their screen or panel that the section of line is clear of any other trains. It could be down to one of the Train ...


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The Amsterdam to Rotterdam travel has three kinds of trains, the normal speed commuter trains and the high speed trains within the Netherlands and lastly the International high speed trains to Paris. Tickets for the trains within the Netherlands are not timed and you can use any train on the day you have the ticket for. If you want to use the high speed ...


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Contact the coach company: the man you lent the book to might have handed it in as lost property at the end of his journey. It's unlikely that they'll be willing to give you his details because that would be a violation of his privacy. Would they even know who he was? Do they have your details, for example? Would you have any way of telling them which of the ...


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The trains you want are either "G trains" or "C trains". They are both rated at up to 350 kph but G designations are for longer distances and C for shorter routes. Some information on types and speeds here "Shorter" is relative. You can get 2 hours G train journeys. The above page notes G – High-Speed Electric Multiple Units (EMU) Train This is the ...


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It depends on the type of train, as noted in Aditya Somani's answer. In ICE, IC and EC trains you can buy a ticket in the train without problem (but the ticket will be more expensive than if you bought it online or in the station, see below). In local trains (Interregio-Express, Regional-Express, Regionalbahn, S-Bahn) there's usually a warning printed on the ...


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A signal failure is the failure of a signal and associated equipment. The most important thing to realize is that a train at full speed cannot stop on sight so operators need to know that the way ahead is free. There are several different systems to deal with this difficulty and regulate traffic on railroads but most of them depend on signals in one way or ...


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Yes. But be careful of course, timewise, if you have a flight. Your best resource that I've found for this is Wikitravel's article on Fuji which has a Get in section. I was there in July but just wanted a view, not a climb, and was coming from Kanazawa on the west coast. We took trains down to Nagoya, and across, and then inland to Fujinomiya. It's ...


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WikiTravel has a quite extensive guide on Sheffield. Looking for travel options, By Car Google Maps suggests that the distance is coverable by car in 3 hours and is about 160 miles, which seems a reasonable estimate. By Rail London St. Pancras, once per hour, operated by East Midlands Trains. Looking at their website tells me that it would take at ...


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The type of 8-wheel steam locomotive in most of your pictures is know as the 4-4-0, also known as the American. 4-4-0 only describes the wheel pattern, not design features like the conical chimney (to catch sparks on wood-burning locomotives) and the large cowcatcher. Still, this configuration was most popular in the U.S. from the 1860s to the 1880s, which ...


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The Uganda railways has not operated for transporting people since the early 1990s. The only exception has been a train that connected Nairobi and Kampala on a once-off trip for an international qualifier for the World Cup Soccer in 2010. The Kampala train station, though, has been kept in shape and, if you show up at the right time and talk to the right ...


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German ICEs have some coaches that are considered to be "quiet zones" and some coaches are "talking zone". There are symbols on the walls that tell you what zone you are in. The symbols can be seen here: http://www.bahn.de/p/view/service/zug/handy_u_ruhebereiche.shtml So technically having a telecon is allowed in the "talking zones". For fairness, it is ...


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Strikes usually end officially at 10 p.m., but don't count on any train after that time. There might be an odd train, but usually there is not. In reality the normal schedule resumes the next morning with a few cancelled trains still possible. Source: I take the train daily in Belgium and have seen my share of strikes. If you are referring to the upcoming ...


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As far as I understand, even though tickets are not transferable, the DB is not mainly concerned about ID. A credit card usually has no photo and the conductor does not need to ask for another ID to match you to your credit card. Rather, it's used to make sure that only one person can use a given ticket at the same time. The logic seems to be that the card ...


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I wrote an email to DB asking about this, and they responded, Sie können nur ein Identifikationsnachweise nutzen, wo auch der Name eingetragen ist. My translation: You can only use a proof of identity which shows the name.


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Since you are starting from Switzerland, if you book far in advance (or you are lucky), you can get to anywhere in Germany for as little as EUR 39 with an Europa-Spezial-Ticket (it's a non-changeable fare valid only on a specific train and the website also mentions an additional 25% discount on that for passengers with a discount card). On most distances, ...


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It's possible to get there easily enough: Getting out of Narita: 1 hour Narita express to Tokyo station: 1:30 Shinkansen to Shin-fuji (Shizuoka) station: 1:30 So that's 4 hours travel time to get there, same back including the usual airport time. Leaving 7 hours for sightseeing. One thing about Fuji - it is frequently hidden in the clouds, especially ...


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The two tracks allow Spanish trains to go to the French station and French trains to go to the Spanish station. From a technical standpoint, you could also imagine a single station in one country or the other where both networks meet. In fact, it's the setup used in Latour-de-Carol, also between France and Spain (with another peculiarity, namely a third ...


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In the case of the UK, the earliest bookable tickets offered by National Rail are Advance Tickets. These are discounted early-bird single journey fares, available in limited numbers and with strict conditions. Advanced tickets are valid only for the selected journey (although they are changeable prior to departure) and non-refundable. Turns out that ...


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TL;DR - it depends on your ticket, but something like 15-45 mins before There are two main sets of maps available for Kings Cross station, one which shows the key elements clearly but isn't quite geographically accurate, and one that shows all the right shapes but can be fiddly to read the details on: Your train to Leeds will almost certainly leave from ...


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There are no direct flights from Doncaster-Sheffield Airport (DSA) to any London airport. Sheffield-London uses the Midland Main Line, which is not a particularly fast main railway line. The fastest services take two hours and one minute. Depending on exactly whereabouts in Sheffield you are leaving from, you might be able to use trains from Doncaster, ...


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It should be instant. Source: Italian and booked hundreds of trains (two yesterday). Anyway, you only need the Booking Code (PNR) in order to board the train and that should also be shown during the last step of the booking process, a page that the Trenitalia site suggests to print. You can also log in and go in the customer area. At the bottom of the ...


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Generally speaking, TGV tickets are bound to a specific train connection. Higher fares (pro ticket) allow free exchanges and refunds but I think you are still supposed to do it prior to boarding (even a few minutes before, traditionally with dedicated machines in the station's concourse but there is now a mobile app as well) rather than just showing up in ...



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