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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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