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Old July 29th, 2012, 09:57 PM   #21
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In NY LIRR Commuter rail runs 24/7, and Metro North and NJT almost do 24/7.
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Old July 30th, 2012, 05:27 PM   #22
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In Romania night trains have second class, regular cars, for people hoping short distances. Commuter trains often stop rnning after 9 PM, though on a few routes you might get a last departure around midnight and a first departure next at 3 or 4 AM.

I know that in Israel, for instance, they have hourly trains linking the North and Ben Gurion airport. Some 4-5 stop at Tel Aviv Central between midnight and 5 AM.

In Hungary, there are a couple of random trains running at hours such as 2 AM to 5 AM point to point.
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that is amazing!



In the Netherlands trains run hourly at night on this route:



With some extra single 1.00 / 2.00 services on other stretches connecting to the Randstad area.
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yes, and they are indeed just with normal seats instead of beds. It is where this topic started with until a few days ago when Photobucket turned into ransomware.

It is just a very easy connection for people having to go to another big Randstad city in the late night. Whethere you're a tourist who arrived late at Schiphol or have to be extra early, or you get drunk from that big party or actually have to commute at 'un-Christian times', it is there. And indeed some services connect, with spurs going to Brabant, Gelderland and Groningen in the weekends on the earlier hours. And also a few interconnecting trains scrapping the curve going via Gouda, some to Amersfoort and a few sprinters. Brabant used to have it full-fledged in weekends until 4/5AM but that changed to 2/2:30. Buses replaced that service initially but as of this weekend they are scrapped, mostly because of horrible service negligence by both the province of Brabant and Arriva (purposefully making the service unprofitable).

The services as of now, at least the Randstad circle and the ones in Brabant cover the costs completely (the Brabant ones since the scrapping of the 3-5AM trains in dec 2015), others require a fee of a few hundreds of thousands in euro's on annual basis.
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I also want to note that in some other countries, though the trains are so clearly overnight that most people sleep in it, they do not have any beds.

More or less half of all Indonesian long-distance trains are overnight (still or even continuous running between 1 and 5). And it is used pretty much because of the comfort it offers compared to one's home, the airports that are not always there and the horrendous traffic jams. And saving time during the day. In that sense only in few urban areas there is actual peak demand beyond the night.
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In Romania night trains have second class, regular cars, for people hoping short distances.
Poland the same, although they are used also by those who just don't want to pay much. It's still better than an overnight bus, although unlike on a bus, the security might be a concern.

I think it's the same in most of the central and western Europe. Sleeper-only night trains are typical for eastern countries, like Ukraine or Russia. Main reason is probably because - especially in Russia, rather not in Ukraine - a ride on a single train may take multiple days. Or, maybe, sometimes for long-distance trains in Europe, connecting multiple countries - although there are usually sitting coaches in them too.

Germans do not have typical night trains with sleepers and couchettes any more, but there are some overnight ICE - with seats only.
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