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Old April 20th, 2015, 09:54 AM   #2981
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The 1200 locos aren't owned by EETC, but loaned.
Wikipedia says (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NS_Class_1200) :

ACTS Nederland BV, EETC[edit]

Engine 1253 was taken out of service in 2003 and is now used for spare parts. In 2007 engine 1252 was taken out of service. In 2009 and 2010 the remaining 3 engines were taken out of service by ACTS and engines 1251, 1252, 1254 and 1255 were acquired by Euro-Express-Treincharter BV (EETC).

As of January 2011 engines 1251 and 1252 are again in active service whilst engine 1254 is being refurbished. They are used for transporting the empty Citynightline train from Munich and Zurich and the Euronight Jan Kiepura train from Moscow, Minsk, Warsaw, Prague and Copenhagen between Amsterdam Centraal railway station and Watergraafsmeer. They are also used for spare runs with charter trains and transporting carriages to and from the EETC workshop in Rotterdam.


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Old April 20th, 2015, 11:31 AM   #2982
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Trans Asia Express Ankara-Teheran


Ankara

Kayseri


Tatvan

Train-ferry on the Van lake

Turkish-iranian border
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Old April 20th, 2015, 01:30 PM   #2983
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Old April 20th, 2015, 02:03 PM   #2984
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Trans-Asia Express
Was on that train 5 years ago, when it still departed from Istanbul. Quite
an experience indeed !
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Old April 21st, 2015, 12:29 AM   #2985
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Was on that train 5 years ago, when it still departed from Istanbul. Quite
an experience indeed !
How long does ride take?
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Old April 21st, 2015, 07:28 AM   #2986
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Was on that train 5 years ago, when it still departed from Istanbul. Quite
an experience indeed !



Seems strange that the train is taken on a ferry across a lake, why is there no railway around the lake Van ?
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Old April 21st, 2015, 11:23 AM   #2987
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Seems strange that the train is taken on a ferry across a lake, why is there no railway around the lake Van ?
Regarding the previous question, when I took that trip it was like that :

- leave Istanbul around 10 PM (day 0) - electric traction
- arrive Ankara on the next morning (day 1)
- day travel to Kayseri - diesel traction
- night travel to Malatya - electric traction through the mountains (*)
- day travel to lake Van - diesel traction (day 2) (**)
- embark on the ferry on middle afternoon for a 6 hours cruise
- leave the ferry in the middle of the night
- turkish border early morning (day 3) (***)
- arrive mid morning in Tabriz - customs control (****)
- arrive late evening in Tehran (*****)

(*) it must have been spectacular but I missed all the action as it was in
the dark...

(**) we are in Kurdistan there, so the train is escorted by armed soldiers,
usually one at each train door.

(***) like at Kapikule; all passengers must disembark for the passport exit
control. Then Iranians control passports on board.

(****) takes a few hours because the whole van is unloaded to control the
contents. Lokking for alcohol, pornography, and other items forbidden by
muslim religion, among others...

(*****) in theory. We were a few hours late, so really arrived in the middle
of the night. A bit uneasy when you don't know anything about the place...

The train is not put on the ferry - the turkish train finishes at Tatvan Pier
and an Iranian train takes over at the other side of the lake (only the loco
is turkish and changed at the border). Only the train van, loaded with
luggage, is carried on the ferry and hooked to the other train. This is why,
at that time, I learned to read iranian digits, to be able to find my car and
compartment... That's what you can see on the picture : the van is pushed
on the ferry by the train, only this car will board, the others will remain
there ; and the passengers board the ferry by foot.

There is no rail line around Van lake because the terrain is extremely difficult
there. A line was considered, but now the option chosen is to build a line from
Kars to Naxichevan, where it will join the old line coming from Yerevan,
currently disused, and reach from there the Iranian network at Jolfa.
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Old April 21st, 2015, 11:30 AM   #2988
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(***) takes a few hours because the whole van is unloaded to control the
contents. Lokking for alcohol, pornography, and other items forbidden by
muslim religion, among others...
Makes one wonder what the point of a through train is then. If everything needs to be unloaded one can as well make passengers change trains, and pass through customs between trains.
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Old April 21st, 2015, 11:51 AM   #2989
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Makes one wonder what the point of a through train is then. If everything needs to be unloaded one can as well make passengers change trains, and pass through customs between trains.
Well they do change trains, not at the border (which is in the middle
of nowhere), but at Van lake. And the stop at Tabriz is nice anyway, it
allowed me to strech my legs, gulp some fresh air (air conditioned cars,
windows did not open, I miss that), have a drink, and steal some (many!)
train pictures : train photography is normally not allowed but nobody seemed
to bother. In Tehran it was another story !

In Tabriz, there are no controls for people - the Iranians do it on board the
train, it's only goods control which is done there. And they seem only
interested in what is stowed in the van, they did not want to open the
luggage in the passenger's compartments. We are not used to that anymore,
in our countries, luggage vans are an extinct species. How did that happen
at, say, the french-swiss border in the past ?
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Old May 1st, 2015, 07:31 PM   #2990
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Eurostar debuts London to Marseille high-speed rail link


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Eurostar on Friday began whisking passengers from London to Marseille in a journey that took just over six hours as the international rail company opened a permanent and direct route connecting Britain and southern France.

The new year-round transport service will see high-speed TGV trains race from the heart of London to the French cities of Lyon, Avignon and Marseille, the company announced.

Eurostar said travellers departing from St Pancras International would be able to reach Lyon in four-and-a-half hours, Avignon in just less than six hours, and the Mediterranean city of Marseille in six-and-a-half hours.

Lyon is considered to be the capital of French gastronomy, while Avignon attracts tens of thousands of tourists for its annual theatre festival.

Marseille, France’s second-largest city, is a historic Mediterranean port, long considered a gateway between continental Europe and much of the world.

“Brits have a long standing love affair with the south of France, and our new service brings the gastronomy, culture and art from the region closer to the UK,” Eurostar commercial director Nick Mercer said in a statement when the company announced the launch of its new rail link last year.

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http://www.france24.com/en/20150501-...s-lyon-avignon
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Old May 1st, 2015, 07:51 PM   #2991
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Its hardly a direct train when you have to get out for border checks.
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Old May 1st, 2015, 10:24 PM   #2992
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From Euronews:

http://www.euronews.com/2015/05/01/e...ncras-station/

Note powercar 3999, which is the spare locomotive.
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Old May 2nd, 2015, 08:25 PM   #2993
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Some photos from my journey with the international EuroCity train EC 1010 between Poprad-Tatry (Slovakia) and Praha hl.n. (Czech Republic) - RegioJet Business Class.





























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Old May 2nd, 2015, 08:27 PM   #2994
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And here is the comprehensive video of my journey in RegioJet Business Class (EuroCity EC 1010 Kosice - Praha hl.n.) :

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Old May 3rd, 2015, 01:19 AM   #2995
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Ah, those ÖBB business compartments were beyond comfortable. Nice to see they kept them the way they were. Restaurant carriage looks delicious as well.

Also I had no idea that RJ is operating EuroCity trains or any private company for that matter.
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Old May 20th, 2015, 03:25 AM   #2996
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From May 19 on, AVE/TGV tickets between Spain and France bought in Spain or at www.renfe.com will offer the 15-25 discount fare (for youngsters between 15 and 25 years old).

I don't know wether the 15-25 fare already applied if the passenger bought the tickets at www.sncf.com or in France.

Source: one of our deep throats.

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Old May 29th, 2015, 02:47 PM   #2997
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Vienna is the most accesable city for international train travel. You can reach pretty much all of continental europe with train within less than 18 hours.
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Who walks 12 km/h?
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Who walks 12 km/h?
Olympic, Speed Walking, Gold Champions, of course
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