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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 Bahn lost & found (covers the S-Bahn Rhein-Main as well) depending on where you think you lost it, or both if you're unsure. If it's turned in, they can match ...


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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 in a locomotive: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_boiler_explosions Based on that, yes, it can happen, but it's incredibly rare and can be about as ...


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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 line, reachable in about 2.5 hours by train from Shinjuku in Tokyo with a transfer at Otsuki: https://maps.app.goo.gl/uiFYVrUa41rqVVkQ8 Note that this view is ...


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There is an airport-style luggage, security, and ID check. Boarding itself doesn't exactly take one hour, just as boarding an airplane doesn't really require being there 2 hours in advance, but you need to plan for potential waiting queues, finding your way and walking to the platform, hence the advice to go there early.


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I found a cruise that goes from Tokyo to San Francisco (20 nights). The link is here: https://www.rssc.com/cruises/MAR220415/summary?dclid=CNOVvbuj1_ICFbuVJwIdaMEMnA The route map is shown below:


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This depends a lot on the specific route: let's look at a typical example: Shanghai to Shenzhen. In early February that's about $93 for most trains and you can get one way flights at around $94, so it's basically a wash. At this point it really comes down to travel time (10+ hours on the train, 2.5 hours on the plane), convenience of departure & arrival ...


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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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There is no regularly scheduled passenger liner service across the Pacific between Asia and the US. Your options are: Freighter travel. There are a few freighter ships that take (or should I say, took before the pandemic) a small number of passengers (any more than roughly 12 passengers triggers different safety regulations that these ships do not satisfy). ...


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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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As the other answer and comment explained, it is due to the size of the train station, as well as the security and ID checks. However, on the particular example, I would like to just add that many highly lucrative (and competitve) routes, e.g. Beijing-Shanghai (example cited), have much smoother experience for business travellers (with a business class ...


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You'll certainly be entitled to some refund of the train ticket - https://www.thameslinkrailway.com/help-and-support/journey-problems/delay-repay - exactly how much you'll get will depend on how late you ultimately were at the airport. Claiming a refund on the flight tickets will be a lot trickier, but not necessarily impossible. For example a different ...


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It depends on the route and mobile network coverage (after all the Wi-Fi relies on 4G/5G) as well as, of course, how many people are using it at the same time. There are HSRs that go through mountains and rough terrains with many tunnels, e.g. Sichuan or Fujian/Anhui. Due to the fact that the train often travels very fast (> 300 km/h), the reception and ...


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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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The Chureito Pagoda (忠霊塔, Chūreitō) is a five storied pagoda on the mountainside overlooking Fujiyoshida City and Mount Fuji off in the distance. The pagoda is part of the Arakura Sengen Shrine and was built as a peace memorial in 1963 nearly 400 steps up the mountain from the shrine's main buildings. From https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6917.html I ...


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I can't really comment on many specifics for the US, but I can comment in general on a few points of concern with heritage trains: Crashworthiness I don't know about the specific regulations in the US, and I haven't been able to find anything specific, but certainly globally most heritage/preserved/museum railways would generally be running at reduced speeds ...


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Based on personal experience: About one hour into a train journey from Berlin to Dresden, we noticed an expensive looking camera under one of the seats. We stopped the next conductor who told us they had already received a call and we’re looking for the camera. The camera went on the next train back to Berlin and would have arrived there probably 90 minutes ...


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Just a few minutes before finding this question I was seeing a video about the Newhaven Marine railway station. There, the train goes to the station and stops. But it is not that you cannot leave the station: you cannot even leave the train even if it stops at the station. In short, the station activity was linked to ferries that crossed the English Channel. ...


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Kjofossen on the Myrdal to Flåm line in Norway is similar - the train stops at a platform from which you can view a waterfall. I believe at times it is spectacular, when I was there there was only a trickle in it. I don't believe there is any way off the platform except by train. https://goo.gl/maps/xF5rVbuQB8Bt8FZT7


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During the Cold War, the Friedrichstraße U-Bahn station was physically located underneath East Berlin but was part of West Berlin's network. There were several such "ghost stations" in Cold War Berlin, and trains usually ran straight through them without stopping. Friedrichstraße, however, was unique because it was used to transfer between two ...


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I'm making the assumption here that this is for today. The 1804 train is cancelled (see "Cancelled from WTT today 14th May 2021 only" on the left). Unfortunately GWR have had serious issues with their fleet this past week, and while some trains are now back in service, many services are still altered or cancelled as they still have significantly ...


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Viking Ocean Cruises offers several cruises that cross the Pacific. Among them: Hong Kong to Vancouver Sydney to Vancouver Auckland to Vancouver There are also several cruise ships that go around the world, here’s one from Oceania Cruises: Miami to New York: https://www.oceaniacruises.com/around-the-world-cruises/miami-to-new-york-INS211221H Then you ...


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Careful, foreigners will have a hard time using public Wi-Fi in China. The problem is the government doesn't want people on the internet anonymously. Wi-Fi typically has an authentication system where you provide your phone number and get a message that lets you sign in. Even if you can read the Chinese the systems I have encountered only accept Chinese ...


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SAFE - because of a wave of new Federal regulations In 1999 the Federal Railroad Administration massively rewrote the steam locomotive rules (49 CFR 230). For instance: Historically, every time a new boiler was designed, the builder had to file a document called "Form No. 4". This documented every aspect of boiler design, and its safe operating ...


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On some local trains (TER), it's effectively possible to buy a ticket on-board for a higher fare (which is still 30-40% over the regular fare!). It's typically presented as a last resort rather than a service or regular sales channel (which is also why the SNCF is not especially forthcoming with this information) but there is a distinction between this ...


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Depending on how you draw the line between a station and a platform, the Pittsburgh/Bay Point transfer platform that's part of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system in the San Francisco area arguably qualifies. It's a transfer point between two rail technologies that has no non-emergency entrance/exit except by rail. The main BART system is an electric ...


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Umi-Shibaura Station in Yokohama, Japan might be considered as a station you can't leave, depending on how you define it. The land around the station is owned by Toshiba, so only Toshiba employees and guests may exit the station. To the average person, this is a station where you cannot leave. There is, however, a small park maintained by Toshiba within the ...


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The Man in Seat 61 has a detailed exploration of train routes from London to Athens, some including ferries. Note that the state of basically all forms of transportation are in an indefinite state of flux due to the pandemic. It's impossible to say firmly whether cruise ferries from Italy to Greece will be running in December, and if they run, it's ...


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Can we travel to Denmark as a tourist ? Unknown. This would be a difficult trip to do and will require a few hours of research just to find out the details for your specific situation. Here are a few points that I have found but since rules are hard to interpret and changing very quickly these may not be up to date or accurately represented Denmark only ...


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ÖBB Auslastungsanzeige https://live.oebb.at is intended for this, but not all trains are covered. This is what the crowding display looks like, if available:


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You can get a rough estimate by looking at the ticket prices a week or two in advance. The departures with the cheapest tickets will likely be least crowded. If I for example check the coming Monday (October 26th), there are for most departures saver fares available ranging from €24.90 to €39.90. For one departure, no saver fares are available, but you need ...


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