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Old December 16th, 2015, 11:36 PM   #1241
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I also expect the network fees to be higher for the new Hauptbahnhof, which is another reason why Westbahn stayed at the Westbahnhof.
The difference is not that big:
7,74 EUR at Westbahnhof vs 9,21 EUR at Hbf (per train stop in 2016).
(source: http://www.oebb.at/infrastruktur/de/...se_Station.jsp)

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User Nachalnik did a comprehensive picture documentary about the latest changes to the timetable:
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Old December 17th, 2015, 02:07 AM   #1242
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Flixbus-Meinfernbus, one of the biggest coach operators in Europe, are planning to launch open access train services in Austria and the Czech Republic in 2016. For this purpose, they have claimed the names "Flixtrain" and "Meinfernzug".
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Old December 19th, 2015, 01:19 AM   #1243
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The Vienna studio of the Bavarian and German TV station (BR and ARD) posted some fine pictures from the new Hauptbahnhof in full service. Here two pictures from the main hall (might have been on Sunday, at least it doesn't look terribly busy there. It can look a lot busier for sure)



https://blog.br.de/studio-wien/2015/...-hauptbahnhof/



https://blog.br.de/studio-wien/2015/...-hauptbahnhof/
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Old December 20th, 2015, 01:57 AM   #1244
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The Vienna studio of the Bavarian and German TV station (BR and ARD) posted some fine pictures from the new Hauptbahnhof in full service.
No.

The photos were taken before the timetable change. Just have a look at the departure board - that's the old timetable.

The photo must have been taken during the last days of the old timetable, when the trains to/from Bratislava already used platform 3...
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Old December 20th, 2015, 08:32 PM   #1245
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Two trains running parallel at 140 km/h today morning near Leoben:
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Old December 21st, 2015, 02:17 AM   #1246
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Well, you must know that certainly better than I do. I did not know that the Bratislava trains used platform 3 already before. Is platformm 3 now reserved for S80 or are there other trains using it as well?
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Old January 15th, 2016, 04:50 PM   #1247
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Old January 17th, 2016, 09:50 AM   #1248
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Old January 18th, 2016, 01:54 AM   #1249
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A new daily direct train will be introduced in 2017 between Cluj-Napoca (Romania) and Vienna. It will be operated by CFR Calatori using newly refurbished 21 90 coaches. CFR Calatori already operates a train between Romania and Austria, "Dacia". Unlike "Dacia", which starts in Bucharest and exit from Romania at Arad, the new train will exit Romania at Oradea. Probably it will have a coach that will reach (and leave) the city of Targu Mures. The information was given on Facebook by Mr. Iosif Szentes, The General Manager of CFR Calatori, therefore no further details are available for the moment.
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Old January 26th, 2016, 11:05 PM   #1250
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A modell for the possible future ÖBB couchette car is currently (till 17th february) exhibited at the ÖBB headquarter in Vienna (near the the new central station).
Anyone can visit it on tue, wed, thu & fri from 12:00 to 19:00
See https://www.facebook.com/unsereOEBB/...09259465770148 (with some photos)
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Old January 29th, 2016, 10:59 PM   #1251
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One of the photos:
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Old January 29th, 2016, 11:49 PM   #1252
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More photos were just published by someone at
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Old January 30th, 2016, 10:32 AM   #1254
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Why is the running of sleeper trains an attractive proposition for OBB when it's no longer attractive for most other state-owned organisations such as DB and SNCF?

Does the geographical location of Austrian cities within Europe and the lack of an HS network in Austria make them worthwhile and profitable?

And if OBB takes over some of DB's sleeper train routes which ones will it go for?
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Old January 31st, 2016, 12:10 PM   #1255
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Why is the running of sleeper trains an attractive proposition for OBB when it's no longer attractive for most other state-owned organisations such as DB and SNCF?

Does the geographical location of Austrian cities within Europe and the lack of an HS network in Austria make them worthwhile and profitable?

And if OBB takes over some of DB's sleeper train routes which ones will it go for?
1) DB's main aim is to get rid of a subsection of its business which demands its own rolling stock and has its separate bureaucracy. It does not mean that the lines themselves are necessarily not profitable. The two DB night destinations which have already been scraped, i.e. Munich/Berlin/Hamburg-Paris and Munich-Berlin were always extremely crowded. ÖBB, which has and will have a night train fleet anyways, will now look to take over the more profitable lines while investing little into additional stock or maintenance.

2) DB is expected (except for local trains) by German politics to earn its own money and to someday be sold at the stock market. Austria on the contrary invests more public money than any other country except Switzerland into its railways. Also the Austrian system has not gone for serious HSR development like France, but for the more moderate RailJet system, which works fine for destinations within a moderate distance radius, but demands an alternative for long distances. I would say the political framework for ÖBB is more important than geography.

3) There is nothing official on this yet, but people expect them to go for lines which begin within reasonable distance to Austria, so either existing connections can be extended into Germany or trains can be serviced at Austrian stations or where other Austrian trains terminate already. Lines beginning in Munich would make prime candidates for that. The former Munich-Berlin line would seem a prime candidate, but the 2018 opening of Munich-Berlin HSR services could speak against it. I heard something about Berlin-Zurich too.
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Thank you, that's a great reply.
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Old February 3rd, 2016, 04:32 PM   #1257
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Why there are no direct trains between Vienna and Paris?
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Old February 3rd, 2016, 05:00 PM   #1258
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i.e. Munich/Berlin/Hamburg-Paris and Munich-Berlin were always extremely crowded.
As a regular traveller on the past CNL trains to/from Paris I cannot agree with your statement. The trains felt sometimes like a ghost train.
Again, its not a safe indicator to watch loads during high season only.

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3) There is nothing official on this yet, but people expect them to go for lines which begin within reasonable distance to Austria,
I predict no agreement on continueing some CNL services by ÖBB will be found.
Reason: refugee crisis with the need of stricter controls on the intra-Schengen borders; in my eyes this is only a bull**** excuse, however, the Deutsche Bahn PR department is already laying the fundament to bring up that excuse.
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Old February 4th, 2016, 01:38 PM   #1259
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Why there are no direct trains between Vienna and Paris?
This used to exist until the opening of LGV Est. SNCF had a policy of discouraging night trains in order to urge people into TGVs. France has to my knowledge no international night trains anymore except the Thello to Milan.

@doc: I used the Paris sleeper during winter too, still I would stick to my impression. But that's what it is, of course, an impression.
You might be right that present negotiations are not serious. Especially if DB intends to step up night ICEs and night busses, any competitor should be warned that this is a risky business. On the other hand, I have read that CD is also interested in the German night train market.
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Old February 5th, 2016, 09:48 PM   #1260
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France has to my knowledge no international night trains anymore except the Thello to Milan.
There's the RZD operated Moscow - Berlin - Paris - Nice service, but this does not run daily.
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