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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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No, you may not, this would be classed as trespassing. According to the Crown Prosecution Transport Offences site, the rule in question here is: Section 23 Regulation of the Railways Act 1868: this prohibits passage upon or across any railway line except for the purpose of crossing the line at an authorised point.


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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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TLDR: Join a sanctioned velocipede/speeder club... or volunteer at a heritage railway and earn the privilege. They sneak up on you You're wrong about being able to hear a train coming. Now in TV and movies, every time you see a train, you hear a "toot" of some kind. That's not the train. That's the foley, who is a sound engineer who inserts the toot in ...


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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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Originally I just wanted to comment on the excellent answer by Hilma, but I can't stress the chance of delays enough. The Deutsche Bahn is nowadays notorious for their delays, especially on long-distance trains (the tricks the DB uses to make the delayed trains look better was even a topic on the latest Chaos Communication Congress, English audio track ...


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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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As etmuse's answer correctly states, from a legal viewpoint you certainly can't simply plonk it down on the track and ride off without permission. Promising to pick it up when you hear a train won't change that. If you want to get permission, most track in the UK is managed by Network Rail. Their website provides information for operators. Only freight and ...


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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 can't answer precisely without knowing the full details of your journey and ticketing. Leaving station premises, even when changing trains, constitutes a break of journey*. Some tickets allow break of journey, and others don't. Advance tickets in particular (those that have to be bought in advance and are only valid on one particular train) don't allow a ...


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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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The actual barriers might not open for you, (those in Bham New St never open when I change there, even when you have to go through them to go to your next platform, but Liverpool ones do), but if you show your ticket to an attendant they will open it for you to let you in/out, I've been doing it for years using TrainLine and never had an issue with it! If ...


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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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Sort of. In general the Bahn is good at creating schedules and managing connections efficiently. For example when two "busy" trains intersect they often line them up on both sides of a single platform so you can directly walk out of one train straight into the other. This being said, in my personal experience on-time performance of the trains has severely ...


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Eigerwand on the Jungfraujoch railway line used to be a stop for the trains before 2016. Passengers could get down and move to specially carved windows to view the mountainside. The only other way to access the station except the railway line was a door that opened on the mountain but you can't use that without specialist equipment and climbing skill. As of ...


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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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Update: following comments I asked a friend who lives nearby to get up-to-date information. He took a picture of the actual Barnwell junction, which shows that @DavidRicherby and I are both right: the actual rail junction can no longer be used, but the rails and the points/switch and their actuation mechanism at the junction still exist. He looked through ...


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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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These stops are fairly common for trains running for over 10 hours. The main reasons are two-fold: maximum working time for the drivers, conductors and crews, and administrative planning. After several disasters due to driver fatigues, drivers and train conductors may not work for over 8 hours before having a required rest period (10 hours in certain cases; ...


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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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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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Vienna International Airport offers porter services for departing and arriving passengers. The minimum charge is EUR 15, which covers porterage for up to five pieces of luggage. More details here: https://www.viennaairport.com/en/passengers/airport/baggage_services.


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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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Yoshioka-Kaitei Station, located within the Seikan Tunnel between the islands of Honshu and Hokkaido in Japan and once the world's deepest station at 149m under sea level, would have fit the bill: the only way out were emergency escape shafts closed to the public (except in emergencies, of course). There wouldn't be much to see deep underground (see above), ...


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