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How reliable am I? Depends how much vin rouge I've had... Seriously, I do my best to keep the site updated, it's an uphill task but if I know bustitution is over I update the site. Countries with lots of visitors eg Italy, Vietnam, South Africa tend to be very up to date, obscure countries such as the Congo or Sudan tend (in all honesty) to get less ...


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You can enjoy the view Tourists who are visiting a country for the first time may enjoy watching the city/country go by. My husband and I enjoy often choose to take the train while travelling for this reason. It's an easy, cheap, relaxing way to view the country you're visiting, especially the chance to gain a snapshot of locals going on with their lives in ...


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While you go the six hour distance, most long distance trains have people getting on and off at all stations it stops. With day time trains that is well possible, with overnight trains those stops will fall at odd times of the night. And your six hour journey may well be part of a much longer train travel, with the train arriving two days later in its final ...


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There's nothing wrong with wanting some peace and quiet while traveling, to many people travel is more of a hassle than an enjoyment so I'd say it's quite common for travellers to expect non-social time. Not everyone is trying to chat all the time. Social cues and customs differ between countries, but I'd say in the West at least, if someone strikes up a ...


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This is the dining car on the train between Perm and Moscow (Trans Siberian)... As shown, there are ample provisions with the most concern devoted to alcoholic beverages. But there's nearly every kind of food available for snacking and hot meals. The dining cars are well above UK standard and minimally equal to or superior to European standard. You can ...


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There is some confusion, top commercial speed for TGV is 320 km/hr between Paris and Lorraine (on the way to Metz, Nancy, Strasbourg, Luxembourg, or Germany). Some conventional high-speed trains run or ran at 350 in Spain and China, 400-430 with Maglev technology, but not at 500 and more. Some parts of the French high-speed network were also designed to ...


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There are three broad classes of trains, when it comes to seat reservations. Electronic Displays, Card notices, and None! Looking at Electronic Reservations, these are generally seen on Cross Country + Virgin West Coast Voyager trains, and Virgin West Coast Pendilino trains. With these, you'll see a seat somewhat like this: Up above the seat, built into ...


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Because Kings Cross station is one of the handful of big stations both owned and managed by the infrastructure operator Network Rail, the best source of information isn't National Rail Enquires (as normally would be the case), but Network Rail's own station page for Kings Cross, and more specifically the Kings Cross station facilities page This contains ...


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Here is a (blurry, sorry!) picture of the menu as I found it when travelling on the Trans-Siberian Railroad in 2013. Here are some further pictures of the specialties, pancakes, and appetizers. They have quite a respectable assortment, and I think they actually had most of it in stock (in contrast to the Chinese restaurant car, which was out of nearly ...


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Easy, since I've done this trip. In Yekaterinburg, go to the markets and get some base food. Whatever drinks you want, but vodka will be good to share if you're the sharing type (especially in platzkart class). Water too, especially in summer. You'll want snacks, try and not take anything smelly (Strong cheese, fish that might smell in heat). I highly ...


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I'm my experience it's pretty good, obviously it's not perfect but each page has an 'last updated' link, i.e. here's the Philippines page: Page last updated: 30 May 2015 with the note After hurricane damage, these trains were temporarily suspended in late 2012 and are still believed to be suspended as at 2015. It's not clear when or if train ...


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I believe that the oldest ones in service right now are on the Island Line on the Isle of Wight, which is part of the South West Trains franchise. Not to be confused with the Isle of Wight Stream Railway, the Island Line is a regular part of the UK rail network run as normal services. Because of the low ceiling of the Ryde Tunnel, the Island Line has a much ...


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For London-Perth it looks like you'll have little more than around 5 minutes, from looking at the details. [Update: a link in Andrew's comment seems to confirm 3 minutes]. The excellent Seat61 gives heaps of info on the practicalities of train travel, and has a detailed guide to the Caledonian Sleeper. It confirms: That the segment of the train that goes ...


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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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Mark, the guy who runs it, is a retired ex-railwayman, and is treated by the industry (at least in Europe) as a journalist. He has exceptionally good industry contacts on top of receiving press briefings, as well as a very large number of readers who travel widely and report in, and travels a lot himself (both at company expense, and using his "privs" ...


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Avoiding conversation is easy: you can get all worked-up in advance, put on a mean face, and look like you're not willing to talk to anybody. However that's a lot of effort and might not be something that everyone can or wants to pull off. Hence I'd rather be relaxed whilst aiming to mind my own business. All in all I assume that some small talk might happen ...


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Dining cars are present on almost every long-distance train. They offer rather good food (although I have little experience to compare it to European trains), though I would not expect much delicacies, just a good food of a middle-range city restaurant. Specifically for Baikal fish, I doubt it, except probably when you travel near Baikal itself. In addition ...


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On the way to France, the Eurostar ski train (both day and night) has three (official) stops, Moûtiers, Aime-la-Plagne and Bourg-St-Maurice. On the return, it has only two stops, Moûtiers and Bourg-St-Maurice. At both of these stations, there is a special platform that can be fenced off from the rest of the French rail network. There is also a special ...


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According to this article, women-only carriages were introduced in Thailand after a 13-year old girl was raped in 2014. This article states that the rape was perpetrated by railway staff. Perhaps because of that, the staff of the women-only carriages consists solely of women. So, it's safe to say that the women-only carriages are there for safety reasons. ...


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When you take an overnight train in Russia and you book a sleeping compartment (there are two classes of these), the compartments come with a mattress and a pillow. For the additional option you have asked about, Pay for bed clothes, an attendant will come around and deliver a bottom sheet, top sheet, a pillow case, and a blanket. It's impeccably sanitary ...


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The Romancecar services by the Odakyu Railway in Japan... The line connects Shinjuku in Tokyo with various tourist areas towards Mt. Fuji to the southwest. The trains with passengers seats at the front of the train (only the type 7000 and 50000 trains are currently in operation) are primary used on train services to Hakone. The schedule identifies which ...


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Tourism? I LOVE travelling by train, and do so when I have time available - you get to see so much during the day! Also, we can't run all trains at night, some schedules connect with others, or you have more people who can only travel during the day (shift work), some don't like sleeping on a train at night - many, many reasons. Also, if a train takes 6 ...


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You can travel the NS train either by buying a single ticket, or by using an OV-chipcard (Dutch: "OV chipkaart"). If you buy a single ticket it doesn't matter. If you travel with the OV-chipcard (as most people do), you pay for the distance you travel. The system needs to know how far you've traveled so you "check out" when you leave the platform. The ...


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Here you go: 全国鉄軌道路線図 ¥1,296 from Amazon.co.jp. Here's a blog review with some pictures of the map folded out. And yes, that's entirely in Japanese, I very much doubt such a thing exists in English. To get some idea of the effort that would entail, here's a closeup of another incomplete & partial map covering just the Tokyo metro area.


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No. Wikipedia has a page on rail transport in Central America with an overview of the situation in each country. The Man in Seat 61 also has a page about Central and South America (though it does look somewhat incomplete, at least for South America). Overall, each country has, or doesn't have, its own network. There is currently no railway crossing any ...


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I have traveled to over 100 european cities and i find traveling in Overday time, always refreshing. These are my advantages when traveling about 5-6 hours in daytime. Hotel check-in at 2 PM Most hotels have check-in time at 1400 and checkout time at 1200. So i start early morning by train 8 AM (or even early) will correctly reach in time to check in ...


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As an addendum to Relaxed's excellent answer, there's only one place on the planet right now where the public can experience traveling at 500+ km/h on a train, and that's JR Central's Yamanashi maglev test track in Japan. However, test runs open to the public are scheduled only irregularly, and are extremely popular. The last runs for 2,400 lucky winners ...


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Train seats have a slot on top of them. In this slot a paper card is placed on which is printed between which two stations the seat has been reserved. After some googling I found this image. In that image you can see those cards. This makes obvious that the seat is reserved at some point of the journey. To find out if it is reserved on the part that you ...


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First, get bag(s) with sections that have double zippers that can be padlocked together. Then get decent (big) padlocks and a normal flexible bike lock. Put the valuables in the locking section, then put the bike lock through the locked hoop of the padlocks and secure it to something. I've yet to be in a train where there wasn't something you can use for ...


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Right answer to Can you exit and re-enter with the same ticket in Paris Metro? is : no for a basic subway ticket and yes your ticket is valid for 1 hour and 30 minutes for buses and 2 hours for train, while you stay inside the public transportation network. Actually it is a single trip ticket which mean you can use it from point A to point B. To do ...



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