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What does "Shin" in a Japanese train station name mean?

What usually happens is that originally, there is a station named X (which may or may not be named after the city where it is located). At some point it is decided that the area needs a new station, ...
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Conflicting information: does the Hikari 535 Shinkansen exist?

Short answer. Hyperdia is correct; you can take the Hikari 535 service at 20:33. Long answer. Hikari 535 is an irregularly-scheduled service: it does not have a regular schedule like "every day" or "...
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Corridor seats on the TGV — why? Are seat reservations not always mandatory?

The TGV has mandatory seat reservations That is incorrect, e.g. see https://en.oui.sncf/en/france-europe/on-board-seating-positions (mirror): When all seats are booked, you will be offered an "...
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What high-speed intercity trains allow passengers to sit in the front cabin?

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 ...
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Plane ticket includes train ticket (Europe), what if I do not show up at train station?

Accoriding to Air France, you can't skip the train journey If you are traveling in the order of "train + plane", you must complete your train trip in order for your flight ticket to be ...
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What does "Shin" in a Japanese train station name mean?

If you read the Wikipedia articles on the stations and the Shinkansen, you will learn that "shin" means new. Stations with "shin" in their names may be Shinkansen stations, as with Shin-Osaka, or not, ...
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Is there Wi-Fi in the ICE trains in Germany?

Since 1 January 2017 there is Wi-Fi in all ICE-Trains. From DB-Homepage: In first class we offer you worry-free internet access. With the internet provided in first class you can work ...
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What high-speed intercity trains allow passengers to sit in the front cabin?

Does not tick the first point, but here goes... ICE T, ICE 3 and ICE 3M from Germany (ICE T, Germany, Wikimedia) (View from behind the driver in an ICE T, Germany, Wikimedia) Is the driver cab ...
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What high-speed intercity trains allow passengers to sit in the front cabin?

This one definitely does not tick all the boxes, but as asked by the OP, here comes an historic example: The SNCF X3800 "Picasso" (more details in french) was used from 1950 to 1988 in France. ...
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Corridor seats on the TGV — why? Are seat reservations not always mandatory?

When I missed my connection I went to the ticket window, I was accepted on the next train even though, in theory, there were no seats available. I had to report to the train manager. He asked me to ...
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Do the Beijing-Tianjin high speed trains often get fully booked?

I know you've already traveled, but for anyone else with the same question in the future, I'd like to give an answer. Beijing is huge and the Beijing Capital Airport is located on the north-east side ...
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What happens if I miss my Eurostar because of a delay in a domestic train to get to it?

They just gave me a new ticket for a later train as of February 2017 This has happened to me this February 2017 because of storm Doris: the line from Cambridge to London broke down, and I arrived 3 ...
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How can I get the best deal from DeutscheBahn when travelling to other countries in Europe from Frankfurt?

The Sparpreis-Europa (ex-EuropaSpezial) fares might be a good solution. You can search for these using the Sparpreis-Finder. If you only want to try the ICE without necessarily going abroad, there is ...
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What is the easiest way to travel between western Europe and Morocco without using plane?

The Man in Seat 61 has a page that discusses how to get from London to Morocco by train and ferry. Eurostar from London to Paris, TGV from Paris to Barcelona, overnight in Barcelona, AVE and Spanish ...
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How can a private person put a SNCF train ticket on hold to combine it with its return journey later?

Disclaimer: I'm not sure if I correctly understood the question but here it goes: you can put a SNCF train ticket on hold, and buy the return journey later under certain conditions. But I'm not sure ...
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Should I make a reservation for going from Rome to Florence by train?

Yes, if you have certainty about your time of travel, then it is advisable to purchase tickets beforehand, not so much for risk of trains selling out, but more for significant savings. With the ...
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What is the shortest segment of high-speed rail out of Barcelona where trains reach the maximum speed?

Trains (especially trains designed with that in mind) don't need that long to accelerate, this document from Siemens states that it takes 148 seconds (a little more than 2 min) for the Velaro ...
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High-speed railway line usage (Germany)

The capacity of the oldest (and probably busiest) European high-speed line (LGV Sud-Est, Paris-Lyon, France) used to be about 12 trains/hour, i.e. a headway of 4 minutes. It's probably around 15 tph ...
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What is the easiest way to travel between western Europe and Morocco without using plane?

You can take a ferry from Algeciras in Spain, to Morocco. There are routes to Tangier, and to Tangier Med (located about 40 km east of Tangier), which is a shorter route. The crossing to Tangier ...
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Corridor seats on the TGV — why? Are seat reservations not always mandatory?

Note that the rules have recently changed, are still in flux, and of course things may be very different in case of disruption. Until recently: On TGV seat reservation were mandatory There would be ...
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Plane ticket includes train ticket (Europe), what if I do not show up at train station?

I post this answer only to leave trace of what ended up happening during the trip. Going from Tijuana to Europe I boarded the plane as usual, Aeromexico just asked for my passport and everything was ...
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Delayed Eurostar arrival in London, going to miss my connection, what to do?

It's a bit too late for you now, but for future reference - Ideally you want to be booking you UK train ticket as a special "CIV" ticket: CIV is a set of rules shared by European rail operators to ...
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Is there a continuous highway or high-speed rail between Estonia to Poland?

The understanding of the world "highway" differs from culture to culture. There is the E67, is that enough for you or are you asking for a more substantial road?
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How can I get the best deal from DeutscheBahn when travelling to other countries in Europe from Frankfurt?

There is no 'trick' to getting the best price, except the earlier you book the better price you get, but that is true with pretty much all travel booking. You will typically find lower prices at less ...
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Paris Gare du Nord to Gare Montparnasse, by public transport but without lots of walking?

It doesn't help this exact question, but it might help somebody else reading this as part of planning a trip - in the current timetable there are a few direct TGVs from Lille-Europe station to ...
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Reserving a domestic TGV train in Germany

I have posed your question to the service team of Deutsche Bahn on Twitter, and the answer is yes. Q: Kann man von DB-Bahnhöfen aus TGV-Tickets kaufen? [...] A: Ja, das geht. Am besten geht er in ein ...
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Can I buy Shinkansen tickets that allow onward travel on JR regional trains?

Yes, it's possible. You can even buy these from vending machines if you're feeling brave enough to navigate that twisty maze, but the easiest thing is to visit a manned ticket office (みどりの窓 midori no ...
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Corridor seats on the TGV — why? Are seat reservations not always mandatory?

These seats are also very useful when you simply want to spend some time in the corridor for whatever reason, e.g. to make a phone call, to calm a crying baby, or because you're preparing to get off ...
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Do the Beijing-Tianjin high speed trains often get fully booked?

This is an incomplete answer as unfortunately I have no experience about the BeiJing - TianJin connection. In general your considerations seem sensible to me, here are some remarks though: Chinese ...
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When does high-speed rail between Seville and Granada begin?

According to the Railway Gazette, it opened 2019-06-25.
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