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The Gare du Nord was originally the Paris terminus of the Compagnie des chemins de fer du Nord (see Wikipedia). The Gare de l'Est was originally the Paris terminus of the Compagnie du Chemin de Fer de Paris à Strasbourg, which became the Compagnie des chemins de fer de l'Est (see also Wikipedia). These companies, with others, were eventually amalgamated ...


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At least here in Germany such additional rails are used in sensitive areas, like stations, bridges etc., to prevent extensive damage in case of a derailment. If a car were to derail away from the platform (in your case), the third rail would still hold the car and would prevent it from drifting too far apart (and probably overturning etc.). Here is such an ...


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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, and that the new station shall just be named "Shin-X", which should be understood as meaning "the new X". Sometimes the reason why a new station is necessary is ...


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There are several possible scenarios how this can happen. The train might be split at some point in the journey. This happens regularly for both regional trains and long distance trains. Usually the train consists of two independent units and you can not walk from one unit to the other during travel. If you're in the wrong part of the train, you don't have ...


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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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There are very few mentions of railways in Antarctica. According to this webpage by Glyn Williams, a train enthusiast, there used to be one railway in the French Dumont d'Urville station, used on a very short distance to transport supplies. On the same page and on some others, there are mentions of multiple places in the far South with former railways. For ...


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I am not sure if it is a little-known fact that there is a train station in the Vatican City, but never mind. You should be able to find the station and the rail line quite prominently on any map of the Vatican. Other fun facts: The railway network is also the shortest in any state, with a track length of 1.27km, and the most dense railway network with 2....


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I think the information being shown on Google is correct (although could be clearer) And you are correct that Hillingdon is a tube station. So what is happening? Currently (23rd, 24th, 30th December) engineering works are taking place which means GWR are unable to operate trains from Slough to Paddington. Rail replacement buses are operating between Slough ...


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TRENORD Rules for Buying Tickets Onboard The Limito di Pioltello to Milano Centrale railway section is handled by TRENORD, the regional train company for the northen metropolitan area of Milan. According to their rules (in Italian), you can purchase tickets on the train depending on the situation in which you board. In order to ensure not being considered ...


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This is called a Guard rail. These are placed in areas with restricted clearance to prevent excessive damage in case of derailment. In this case, it prevents a derailed train from hitting the platform where passengers are standing and/or other passenger trains.


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The main Renfe website only lists long-distance trains. The line that goes through Aiguafreda is a local line belonging to Rodalies to Catalunya, operated by the national Renfe but administered by the Catalan government. You can find information about it on the Renfe Rodalies Barcelona (Barcelona suburbs) web page. The line you want is R3, starting in ...


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Unless a delay is indicated for one of the trains, it is quite likely that these will actually be the same train for some part of the journey, and get split up at some way point. Check the map for the routes of these two trains, see if they coincide initially - to make sure. If you can spare the time, go to the Reisecentrum - the DB service center at ...


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For a general offline case, get a paper street atlas of the city you're in, and learn what symbols to look for for their trains, metros/undergrounds, trams etc! For a general online case, much the same with google maps or similar. Maybe not apple maps, as covered humorously here For London specifically, there are two maps that spring to mind. One has been ...


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The simple answer is that the reasons are exactly the same as in London, where, in the Victorian age, different parts of the railway network were built and owned by different private companies. In the capital city, because this was the only city served by all the main lines, each network built its own main terminus station. However, it was convenient for ...


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Locked means there is a lock on it. For a backpack, if you lock the main compartment and perhaps the secondary one, it should effectively be considered locked. This of course does little to ensure contents of the pack remain in the pack but if you have to do it according to some rules, it should do. To lock it more effectively, place it in a wire metal mesh ...


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A tip for saving a few bucks on the train ticket: On the baggage claim area there are machines that give you free tickets to Geneva. You just need to press a button and they'll give you one. They are valid only for arriving passengers, so make sure to keep your boarding pass with you. Then, in the machine for buying the train ticket you can select "change ...


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There are no National Rail trains at this station. However, due to rail engineering work over the festive period, the main line is closed, so they are running replacement buses to a convenient location (Hillingdon tube station) so people can pick up the underground for a quicker onwards journey. This effectively means Hillingdon is temporarily being used by ...


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The tube or subway is called the Underground. A typical direction sign within a terminal at Heathrow is shown below. The London Underground logo is used everywhere in the signage.


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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, as with Shin-Sapporo.


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Yes, both automatic lockers and manned storage of left luggage are available as of today. I just went to check myself. Everything is accessible and there is no sign whatsoever indicating anything particular. At the automatic lockers some were occupied (red light and locked), others were available (green light and I could open them). The manned storage was, ...


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There are four trains per hour from Genève-Aéroport (the train station is directly at the airport) to Lausanne. The travel time is about 45-50 minutes. There is no discount if you buy the ticket in advance and a seat reservation is not possible on these trains, so even if you can buy the ticket online in advance, you have no disadvantage if you choose to buy ...


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Usually, those would be multiple units going to different destinations. It's quite common in several European countries, for ICE in Germany, TGV and Thalys in France, regular Intercities in the Netherlands, etc. Both halves of the train will travel together on part of the route and be split at some intermediary stop. Concretely: If you don't need/have an ...


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Neither of those routes are step-free - there's no step-free access onto the Circle/District at Victoria, nor is there step-free access from the Southern half of the Circle/District platforms at Paddington. However, Thameslink to Farringdon and changing onto the Circle or Hammersmith & City should be step-free. Farringdon, I believe, has step-free access ...


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If you miss a connection with a Sparpreis (and it's not your own fault), you may take any other train that gets you to your destination without buying a new ticket. The ticket inspector on the next train will be able to verify on the Internet that your first train was late. You could even be faster than originally planned, e.g. if your Sparpreis connection ...


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I asked Deutsche Bahn on Twitter. Ja, die Schließfächer im Münchener Hbf sind rund um die Uhr zugänglich That says the lockers in Munich HBF are accessible 24 hours a day.


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There is a direct metro line between Gare du Nord and Gare Montparnasse. Line 4: You get in at metro station "Gare du Nord" You get out at metro station "Montparnasse-Bienvenüe" According to Google, it should take about 25(ish) minutes including walking: https://goo.gl/maps/pxEotcgq1mR2 There will be walking between the actual train station and the metro ...


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Being a tourist Nothing wrong with looking like a lost tourist at a station if you are a lost tourist at a station. Most people will understand and help you find where you need to go, if only by saying "Taxi" and pointing the right way. Just do not accept iffy offers to transport you in a private car, people just do not do that in main cities like Paris. As ...


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https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=19/51.44309/5.48082 They are on opposing sides of the same platform.


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The train station in CDG2 is not under access control, so you can get into it with no particular hassle, either from train line or from the airport access. You can therefore leave the airport premises and come back to the train station with no particular security checks. In particular, going to a nearby hotel and using the hotel airport shuttle if ...


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In Germany, the finder of lost or "apparently abandoned" items is required to turn them in at the Fundbüro. The one for Berlin is at the former Tempelhof airport terminal. If the item is claimed by the owner within 6 months, the finder gets a small monetary reward (a few percent of the value) and the owner gets the item back. If the item is not claimed in ...


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