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Old April 19th, 2011, 02:25 PM   #1261
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In the video you see 2 time lapses.
From Paris-Brussels and Cologne-Liege guillemins
When the train enters the tunnel and it magically gets teleported to the collonge-Liege line because the train stops at liege guillemins not AMsterdam Central station.
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Old April 19th, 2011, 08:34 PM   #1262
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...please see de video till the end!!!!!!
I did. Once again, the video is called "Paris-Amsterdam en 3 H 18 min".

Now, unless Amsterdam means something else in Spanish, the name of the video is just wrong. The train in the video does not reach Amsterdam.


Ugh... if we can't even agree on simple FACTS, let alone the more ambiguous things in life, it's no wonder there's so many problems.
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Old April 20th, 2011, 01:37 AM   #1263
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True, there was no Antwerp nor any line between Brussels and Antwerp involved here, so unless they used a detour through Maastricht for some weird reason, there was no Amsterdam involved here. Seems like a train that started from Liege-Guillemins (Belgium) and then went to Paris (and then got played backwards).

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Old April 20th, 2011, 09:12 AM   #1264
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I did. Once again, the video is called "Paris-Amsterdam en 3 H 18 min".

Now, unless Amsterdam means something else in Spanish, the name of the video is just wrong. The train in the video does not reach Amsterdam.


Ugh... if we can't even agree on simple FACTS, let alone the more ambiguous things in life, it's no wonder there's so many problems.
ok...
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Old April 20th, 2011, 07:21 PM   #1265
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Awesome! I love such non-stop travel clips. Do you have more?
Well it's not inter-country but it it is part of the trajectory of the Paris-Amsterdam line; the HSL-zuid; and a cool video:



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Old April 21st, 2011, 10:20 PM   #1266
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Fun fact: that video was made by a member of SkyScraperCity.
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Old April 23rd, 2011, 01:56 AM   #1267
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Holiday weekends boost Eurostar

London-based Channel Tunnel high-speed train company Eurostar has reported a surge in Easter and royal wedding weekend passengers. The firm will be carrying 8% more passengers from the UK to Europe this Easter than it did last Easter, it was announced. And inbound bookings are also going well for the royal wedding next week.

Eurostar commercial director Nick Mercer said: "We're expecting this to be our busiest Easter weekend for years. At the same time we're equally seeing a surge in bookings to London for the royal wedding weekend." Travel website lowcostholidays.com said Easter weekend bookings were 70% up on the same weekend last year. It said the Spanish island of Majorca was the top Easter destination for Britons, with the Canary Islands, the Portuguese Algarve and Egypt also popular.

Lowcostholidays.com product director Matt Hall said: "Many holidaymakers are planning to watch the royal wedding from their holiday while others are hoping to escape from the wedding fever."

The AA warned that drivers should be aware of just which parking controls are in operation on bank holidays. AA public affairs head Paul Watters said: "There is a mistaken belief that all parking restrictions are lifted over a bank holiday. Variations in enforcement and level of signing between local authorities can turn parking into a nightmare.

"The AA asks councils to operate enforcement with reasonable discretion, particularly if the visitor is clearly from outside the area - after all, one assumes a council would like them to come back next year and support local business."

A survey by motorway service operator Roadchef revealed that 54% of drivers admitted getting sleepy at the wheel, relying on caffeine, fresh air, loud music and conversation to keep them alert. Yet only 18% said they would stop for a nap in a bid to combat their exhaustion.

The poll of 1,000 drivers also showed that men were more careless than women in allowing tiredness to take over at the wheel.
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Eurostar boosted by Easter and royals

Croydon-based Eurostar has reported an 8 per cent surge in passengers for the Easter and royal wedding bank holidays.

Eurostar, the passenger service between the UK and mainland Europe, said thousands of people from across the UK are expected to travel with Eurostar over the Easter weekend. Destinations for UK passengers include France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.

However, while Brits are heading abroad, there has also been a surge in inbound bookings to London for the royal wedding. Eurostar said these two factors had created a "honeymoon period for the travel industry". Nick Mercer, commercial director for Eurostar, said: "We’re expecting this to be our busiest Easter weekend for years with tens of thousands of people travelling on Eurostar for a weekend away.

"At the same time we’re equally seeing a surge in bookings to London for the royal wedding weekend. We’re expecting thousands of Europeans to travel to London with Eurostar to see Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot, as London prepares for royal wedding fever."
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Old April 23rd, 2011, 11:42 PM   #1268
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True, there was no Antwerp nor any line between Brussels and Antwerp involved here, so unless they used a detour through Maastricht for some weird reason, there was no Amsterdam involved here. Seems like a train that started from Liege-Guillemins (Belgium) and then went to Paris (and then got played backwards).

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The tracks that are shown on the second part of the movie are the ones
of the classical line between Liege Guillemins and Aachen. One can very
distinctively recognize the station of Verviers (the one with the building
above the tracks). Then just a few seconds before the end, the north
entrance of the station Liege Guillemins is briefly shown. There is no display
of the line to Antwerp and the Netherlands, and it only shows belgian tracks,
no border is ever reached.
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Old April 24th, 2011, 03:48 PM   #1269
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Found this link

http://www.swisstrains.ch/

live tracking of trains in switzerland , pretty cool
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Old April 24th, 2011, 05:12 PM   #1270
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I think it shows the locations based on the timetable, not the real locations of the trains (even if usually they are the same thing...).
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Old April 24th, 2011, 06:37 PM   #1271
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I think it shows the locations based on the timetable, not the real locations of the trains (even if usually they are the same thing...).
Neat site!



Am I correct in that it is only showing passenger train traffic?

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Old April 24th, 2011, 07:40 PM   #1272
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Yes, it shows only the planned position of passenger trains. Delays and current location of passenger trains can be found here: http://prosurf.sbb.ch/

The trains with higher delays are EC CIS (train numbers between 12 and 57, not all used).

This website doesn't show the exact location, but the last station where a train stopped, so on "long" trips without stop (Zürich-Bern, Arth Goldau-Bellinzona) the position cannot be supposed with precision.
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Old April 26th, 2011, 12:48 PM   #1273
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Found this link

http://www.swisstrains.ch/

live tracking of trains in switzerland , pretty cool
It's not live. It's based on the published timetable. And it contains lots of mistakes too. It shows ICs to Bern on the old route, and not the new HSL, and Gotthard passengers trains over the Sihltalbahn amongst other glaring errors.
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Old April 26th, 2011, 01:32 PM   #1274
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In Belgium there's a similar map available: http://www.railtime.be/website/traffic-trains

It doesn't really show the exact positions of the trains, but it does have a nice animation once the location of a train gets updated (could be a station, but sometimes there are other detection points on lines). It doesn't include freight trains, but it does keep into account any delays that trains may have.

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Old April 26th, 2011, 11:42 PM   #1275
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In Belgium there's a similar map available: http://www.railtime.be/website/traffic-trains

It doesn't really show the exact positions of the trains, but it does have a nice animation once the location of a train gets updated (could be a station, but sometimes there are other detection points on lines). It doesn't include freight trains, but it does keep into account any delays that trains may have.

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It's nice, but not as good as that. There are indeed places (lines, stations)
where train positions are reported automatically, but it's not the case
everywhere. Where there is no automatic position reporting, train moves
are shown on a timetable basis. And there are definitely cases where they
switch to a pure timetable basis, for example when there is a serious incident.
I have no proof af that, but witnessed it several times. For example, during
the last strikes 2-3 weeks ago, trains were reported as running normally
even on the lines where there was no service at all.
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Old April 29th, 2011, 02:40 PM   #1276
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Ah, I haven't experienced that yet. I remember that last time there were strikes on my line, trains weren't moving at all. But it's very possible that they haven't connected the detection mechanisms yet with the map for some lines.

Do you happen to remember whether railtime itself showed correct information or was also displaying everything as if trains were running normally?

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Old April 29th, 2011, 11:04 PM   #1277
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and Inter-country Railways

why "Inter-country" over I-N-T-E-R-N-A-T-I-O-N-A-L?

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Old April 30th, 2011, 04:01 PM   #1278
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This is the Optima Express train which runs from Villach, Austria to Edirne, Turkey. It's a fairly regular service and runs every week with sleeper coaches WLABm and automotive wagons on the back. The coaches are ex-BDZh (Bulgarian State Railways) and are maintained in the Dryanovo railcar factory. During the summer there is also a board restaurant WRmz and the trains can be quite long. The picture itself was taken at Sofia Central after an inspection stop.
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Old May 10th, 2011, 05:08 AM   #1279
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Just a list I was compiling on long-distance routes that are now just not doable (>10 hours) that will be opening up as feasible services (<10 hours) within the next 10 years. This is a time not directly competitive with air, but something many are willing to take regularly. Especially compared to driving 10hrs+ for holidays which many European families do every summer, these are quite significant links that are being built. Compare it to the Ski Eurostar which takes 8h20 and is almost always fully booked. Also, note that these are all ridiculously long trips. Part of the trip is easy to figure out if you know the regular travel times on your route of interest.

None of this is new btw, but I thought it'd make for an interesting overview, as you often see close connection travel improvements listed, but not often the longer distance implications. Especially when considering multiple projects along the same route.

Barcelona - Frankfurt
2011: 13h30 (if someone would run a direct train, 11h)
2025: 7h00 (Barcelona - Figueres AVE, Nimes - Montpeiller LGV, Montpeiller - Perpignan LGV, LGV Rhin - Rhone)

Cologne - Milan
2011: 8h37 (fastest via bahn.de)
2020: 6h50 (Gotthard Base Tunnel projects, Neubaustrecke Frankfurt - Mannheim, Neubaustrecke Karlsruhe - Basel.)

Paris - Vienna
2011: 11h20 (if someone would run a direct train, 10h30)
2020: 8h00 (LGV Est Phase II, Neubaustrecke Stuttgart-Augsburg, Westbahn upgrade, possibly down to 7h30 if Munich-Salzburg upgrade is decided upon and finished within this time, not unlikely.)

Berlin - Rome
2011: 15h30 (let's imagine the connection in Munich is good)
2020: 9h00 (Neubaustrecke Halle-Erfurt, Neubaustrecke Erfurt-Nuremberg, Neue Unterinntalbahn, Brenner Base Tunnel, Italian speed upgrade)

Frankfurt - Stockholm
2011: 15h00
2025: 9:30 (Fehrman link + associated upgrades in Germany, Y-Trasse Hannover–Hamburg, Sweden getting its act together)
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Old May 10th, 2011, 07:38 AM   #1280
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Just a list I was compiling on long-distance routes that are now just not doable (>10 hours) that will be opening up as feasible services (<10 hours) within the next 10 years. This is a time not directly competitive with air, but something many are willing to take regularly. Especially compared to driving 10hrs+ for holidays which many European families do every summer, these are quite significant links that are being built. Compare it to the Ski Eurostar which takes 8h20 and is almost always fully booked. Also, note that these are all ridiculously long trips. Part of the trip is easy to figure out if you know the regular travel times on your route of interest.
High-speed long-distance travel is a competitor to air, not to family car holidays. When somebody is willing to drive long distances, sometimes multi-day (with overnight layovers), there are other factors affecting that decision.

In the case of families traveling with kids, together, there are some reasons by which many of them choose the car: it is cheap, compared to any combination of 4 round-trip fares. It provides convenience in hauling a lot of luggage and holiday gear (surf boards, bikes etc). Very importantly, it provides a one-way solution to get you from your house to your resort destination - you haul everything in your car, and go all the way to your destination.

High-speed travel has never been a domain of the holiday masses, it is an upscale product for certain distances.
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