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In Germany, what are you supposed to do if your train station doesn't have any working ticket machines?

I had this happen with the S-Bahn in Frankfurt and made 'official' enquiries about what sort of action the person should take (I like to play everything strictly by the book). By 'official' I mean I ...
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Why are there no seat belts on trains?

This Wikipedia article is a good place to start. Road, train and air travel have very different safety considerations. Crashes are significantly more likely in car travel than train and air travel. ...
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What's the 2-minute timer on mobile Deutsche Bahn tickets?

According to this link (only in German), it is to check if you have bought the ticket just right now or a sufficient amount of time before. The rules usually are, that you have to buy a ticket before ...
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Why does Paris have two large train stations next to each other? (Gare du Nord, Gare de l'Est)

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 ...
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In Germany, what are you supposed to do if your train station doesn't have any working ticket machines?

Write down or memorise the number of the ticket machine (Automatennummer, Automaten-Nr. or similar) as well as time and date. For a typical Deutsche Bahn machine, it is the number on white background ...
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Are there any binational mass rapid transit systems?

Yes - the Basel tram system is mostly in Switzerland but extends into both France and Germany. There are five stations in France and three in Germany.
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Is it possible to enter Russia by train 1-1.5 hours before the visa validity period starts?

There are things I would try doing and there are the others. Attempting to enter Russia before my visa is valid (or attempt to overstay my Russian visa) even if by a few hours only clearly belongs to ...
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Why can't we use the toilet when the train isn't moving in some countries?

I don't know specifically for the country you are in, but in many countries, this is because the toilet empties directly onto the tracks, even in countries with relatively modern trains. Even in the ...
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When to use the emergency brake in a train?

Building on the previous answers: If you notice a condition where any sensible mind would think that it is extremely dangerous for the train to continue moving. Dangerous here can mean: If another ...
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Is it possible to enter Russia by train 1-1.5 hours before the visa validity period starts?

I wouldn't risk this. I exited Russia with a friend. He had given the end date for his visa, by mistake, as the day we left Moscow. Travelling by train, we didn't reach the border until a couple of ...
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Why is it sometimes cheaper to fly within the UK than taking the train?

UK train tickets are among the most expensive in Europe; this image below from The Telegraph is quoted a lot of times in the press and on social media trying to show the disparity with other European ...
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What is the use of that Internal rail?

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 ...
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Is it possible to enter Russia by train 1-1.5 hours before the visa validity period starts?

I've been on a Russian train with a Canadian whose visa expired during the train ride (so just a couple of hours) as we crossed the border after midnight into Mongolia. Said passenger was marched off ...
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What time zone do trains in Russia operate on?

All trains in Russia for years have operated on Moscow time. It's only slightly unsettling when you get to your train in Yekaterinburg and find out it's not there, but the upside is most of Russia is ...
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German €9 ticket for trains: who's eligible, and what's the catch?

Is this as good as it sound? No trick? No additional fee? Yes, no tricks, no additional fee. However, it is only valid in regional trains, not in long-distance trains like IC, EC, ICE, night trains, ...
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What exactly is the Bahnhofsmission? What do they do and who uses their services?

The Bahnhofsmission (train station mission, mission in the religious sense) is over 100 years old and began as a Christian network to help out young girls moving into the cities who were searching for ...
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Is 45 minutes enough to check in and board plane at Chicago O'Hare airport?

According to the airline's website, check-in counters at O'Hare are "closed punctually 1 hour before flight departure". Arriving 45 minutes before the scheduled departure will essentially guarantee ...
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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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Why is it sometimes cheaper to fly within the UK than taking the train?

Your £133 train ticket isn't tied to a specific connection like your cheap plane ticket is. For some random dates in April I was offered a return for £52 (two singles at £25 and £27 each). These ...
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How manageable are <15 min connection times in Frankfurt Hbf?

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-...
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Travelling with a super off-peak train ticket

I was wondering if it would be acceptable for me to just get into the earlier train without booking the ticket No or would I get into trouble for it as it’s a different peak time? Yes. Your off-...
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Why are there no seat belts on trains?

Because not speed itself, but sudden deceleration causes injuries. The idea of seat belts in cars is clear: A collision occurs, both participants experience a strong jerk and possibly intruding ...
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When to use the emergency brake in a train?

In the Eschede rail disaster, a passenger noticed a chunk of steel that had shot up through the floor of his carriage, and began consulting with train staff as to whether he ought to activate the ...
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How come I see two ICE trains scheduled for the same platform at the same time?

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 ...
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Can you reserve a seat with a free child ticket for trains in the UK?

It looks like you've discovered all the options. From the Virgin Trains site: Kids under 5 go free Yup, that’s right – totally free. However, as under-5s don’t need a ticket, they also won’t have a ...
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How to get back a backpack lost on train or airport in Germany?

We're just strangers on the internet, so we're not in a position to look for your bag based on your description. You can report your lost item to the Frankfurt Airport lost & found or Deutsche ...
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Are steam train rides safe?

Boiler explosions - even in older devices/industry/locomotives - have dramatically reduced over time, in part due to new safety developments and inspections. It's been over 25 years since the last one ...
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How to travel to this tower with a gorgeous view toward Mount Fuji?

This is the Chureito Pagoda (忠霊塔) on the grounds of Arakura Sengen Shrine near Fujiyoshida, some 10-odd km northwest of Mt Fuji. It's about a 10 min walk from Shimo-Yoshida Station on the Fuji-Kyuko ...
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What's the use of trains that spend 6+ hours of daytime en route?

You are not the only one of the train. 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,...
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