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Old December 14th, 2011, 12:48 PM   #381
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I think this is like a minor issue, like people whining about "bad" Thalys design because it has some seats without a direct unimpeded window view.
If you are claustrophobic, feel sick when travelling or just a tourist, that's a problem. And the solution would be easy - just allowing people to choose their palce when making ticket reservations...
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Old December 14th, 2011, 01:31 PM   #382
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If you are claustrophobic, feel sick when travelling or just a tourist, that's a problem. And the solution would be easy - just allowing people to choose their palce when making ticket reservations...
I agree with choosing specific places when buying train tickets, like airplanes. Hope they deploy such a system in the near future. The more specific choice the costumer gets, the better.
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Old December 15th, 2011, 01:28 AM   #383
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I agree with choosing specific places when buying train tickets, like airplanes. Hope they deploy such a system in the near future. The more specific choice the costumer gets, the better.
It already takes me about an hour to book a Eurostar, trying to find a seat next to a window, with a UK socket, pointing forward not too close to the toilet. It would take me all night if I had to make this decision on Thalys too.

Once I was travelling with a friend and ordering separately, we had to book at the same time on different computers and agree which seats to take, it took ages.
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Old December 15th, 2011, 02:04 AM   #384
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It already takes me about an hour to book a Eurostar, trying to find a seat next to a window, with a UK socket, pointing forward not too close to the toilet. It would take me all night if I had to make this decision on Thalys too.

Once I was travelling with a friend and ordering separately, we had to book at the same time on different computers and agree which seats to take, it took ages.
But that is what usually happens in air travel as well. Some passengers don't care, will seat anywhere. Some will want a specific row and seat that has 1 1/2 inch longer pitch, and will spend a great deal of time looking at seat maps etc.

Whoever doesn't care will just book a random seat.

Whoever is claustrophobic will carefully choose a seat
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Old February 11th, 2012, 03:26 PM   #385
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Reduced scheduled due to cold weather

NS is, again, in a debacle due to cold weather and (not much) snow. It hasn't snowed in The Netherlands for several days and, on top of that, there hadn't be much snow (just 30-years record dry cold).

This is their reduced scheduled at least until next Thrusday:

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Old February 11th, 2012, 11:51 PM   #386
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Yeah, abysmal. I can't believe they can't just get their shit straight.
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Old February 12th, 2012, 05:10 AM   #387
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More funnier is that NS is going to keep using this timetable next week, when temperatures are above 0 degrees celsius. Yes people, that means they'll be running the "emergency timetable for extreme weather conditions" when there's not even a bit of frost!

Oh, and trains that were cancelled don't count towards the statistics, either. Only those that were canceled in the first 48 hours of the temp timetable are...

If I'd be in Ms. Schultz position, I would seriously consider putting the Hoofdrailnet (core routes) up for tender, this is outrageous.
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Old February 12th, 2012, 06:06 AM   #388
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More funnier is that NS is going to keep using this timetable next week, when temperatures are above 0 degrees celsius. Yes people, that means they'll be running the "emergency timetable for extreme weather conditions" when there's not even a bit of frost!
You seem to be forgetting that a light drizzle has been forecast. Not ALL our tracks have roofs over them, you know? You can't expect NS trains to work OUTSIDE, can you?!?!
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Old February 13th, 2012, 11:19 AM   #389
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Well you can put those routes up for tender but I don't think another company would be doing better in this situation. Faulty tracks are the responsibility of prorail which would not change. I believe they should have organized the tracks under a rijkswaterstaat like construction.
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Old February 13th, 2012, 01:16 PM   #390
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Well you can put those routes up for tender but I don't think another company would be doing better in this situation. Faulty tracks are the responsibility of prorail which would not change. I believe they should have organized the tracks under a rijkswaterstaat like construction.
They should have let NS keep the tracks. Maybe in an arrangement where they are nominally owned by the state, but NS leases them. That way the needs of the infrastructure operator and the train operator can be better balanced.
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Old February 13th, 2012, 04:02 PM   #391
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Meanwhile in Poland trains operate without any issues...

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Zdjęcia z 27.01.2012

Szklarska poręba Górna









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Szklarska Poręba Jakuszyce

Czeski szynobus


Korytarz śnieżny (1,5m pokrywy śnieżnej) z peronu do tras biegowych.


Słynny narciarski przejazd kolejowy


Szynobus w najwyższym punkcie linii widziany z nieco niżej położonego peronu.




Widok z pociągu.
I have idea! Send NS responsible workers to Poland or Czech Republic and teach them about work and maintenance in winter conditions !

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Old February 13th, 2012, 06:07 PM   #392
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Well, railways that have high-mountains section and section in regions were snow are common in winter have some snowploughs, some diesel loco with special pantographs to clean centenary, so in case of severe snowfall they just use that snowploughs and special pantographs more intensively (and they can redistribute them over network), while such small railways in rather warm climate don't have such devices.
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Old February 13th, 2012, 11:56 PM   #393
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What is the frequence of this line? Or how many people travel with these trains? I don’t know it is comparable with the Netherlands. The railways in the Netherlands are one of the busiest in the world. And the problems are especially in the Randstad, where a lot of travellers are.
But I can’t say the NS and Prorail did it well. There were just too many problems.


But anyways, here is a video of the new DDZ-train:

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Old February 14th, 2012, 10:49 PM   #394
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http://kirsidor.livejournal.com/19176.html - that's what really snowy railway looks like.
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They should have let NS keep the tracks. Maybe in an arrangement where they are nominally owned by the state, but NS leases them. That way the needs of the infrastructure operator and the train operator can be better balanced.
That is not very bad idea but it would also mean that the local operators would also need to maintain their own tracks. Also because maintaining the tracks is not profitable a lot of subsidies would flow to the semi-private NS. I stand by my point that ProRail should become a government agency. Why is there even a ProRail-top that is eligible for bonuses?

In the end I think it is not worth it to invest the amount of money needed to prevent a few bad days in a year. Ofcource right now the situation is absurd with the NS maintaining its bad weather timetable.
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Old February 15th, 2012, 02:40 PM   #396
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What is the frequence of this line? Or how many people travel with these trains? I don’t know it is comparable with the Netherlands. The railways in the Netherlands are one of the busiest in the world. And the problems are especially in the Randstad, where a lot of travellers are.
But I can’t say the NS and Prorail did it well. There were just too many problems.


But anyways, here is a video of the new DDZ-train:

Is the DDZ totally new? It looks like they just retrofited a DD-AR?
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Old February 15th, 2012, 04:37 PM   #397
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Is the DDZ totally new? It looks like they just retrofited a DD-AR?
It is
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I think what you meant to say was "yes, they did refit DD-AR"?
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DDZ/NID is a completely overhauled DD-AR train, yes.

In other news: there was a debate in the Dutch House of Representatives today regarding the future of the High Speed Line (HSL) and the rest of the Core Network (Hoofdrailnet, HRN). Minister Schultz is planning on integrated the HSL and HRN concessions and granting it to NS (Nederlandse Spoorwegen) for a period until Jan 1st, 2025. NS will pay € 101 million per year for the HSL and € 80 million for the HRN.

Some of the local services at the edges of the Core Network shall be decentralized, so the regions can take more control over the transport service offered in their area. Also, NS will be allowed to run regular intercity trains over the HSL and to further integrate the networks.

There was a lot of doubt regarding to whether or not this is the best bang for buck, and if passenger and tax payer interests are taken into account enough. Mrs Schultz managed to overturn most of the doubts regarding the HSL and HRN integration - which is necessary to save the current concessionaire (HSA) and thus to ensure service continuity.

However, the representatives weren't so sure about decentralization just yet. Some of them feel that Ms Schultz's plans aren't enough (they want more lines decentralized), while others would rather see all decentralized lines pulled back into the HRN. A seperate debate will follow about that.

She's been given the green light for the plans for the HSL and HRN integration. Good news for NS and all Hispeed staff and customers.
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Old February 16th, 2012, 02:50 AM   #400
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Good news? No, bad news. That means the chances of new future big order of Fyra-like trains are slim. I mean: premium trains with reserved seats and everything.

I support decentralization: everything south of Eindhoven, north of Zaandam, north of Zwolle and east of Deventer should be put to tender to another operator. Maybe Virgin trains might b interested...
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