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Old December 21st, 2008, 06:36 PM   #41
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10 hours sitting in Frankfurt Main station, during hurricane Kyrill. For a 30 minute trip.

Inside a train... 4 hours. Bloody IC ripped the catenary, they had to send in a crew looking for the end of the catenary and the train's panto first. Of course without electricity the AC also failed (in summer), the fridges in the bistro car went out, and we weren't allowed to smoke since there was barely any air circulation inside. Bloody wonderful, ain't it?
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Oh... there was also this fun time when the local systems were struck by lightning. Every single light on the next 50 km defaulted to red (damn many too), and every single time the train had to cross a red light two people on the train and one notified via radio had to sign their forms for the action first. Although we only were like an hour late due to all that.
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Old December 22nd, 2008, 12:37 AM   #42
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Once I took advantage of a train delay: I had to go from Hamburg to Neumünster (about 70km to the north), holding a ticket from the army valid for ANY direct train connection. Usually I would have taken a regional train, but there was an ICE coming from Leipzig with a delay of more than 70 minutes. So I took this one.
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Old December 22nd, 2008, 09:38 AM   #43
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You don't hear it often that someone profits from a delay
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Old December 22nd, 2008, 04:27 PM   #44
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My brothers was on his way home to Copenhagen for the weekend from his military service in Fredericia in the western part of Denmark.

It was late in the evening and the train was running on schedule but when the train reached Nyborg just before the Storebælt fixed link the train suddenly stood still.

The reason for this was a small cargo ship just chrashed into the western bridge and all traffic over the brigde was cancelled.

After 1 hour the train was heading back to the nearest big city (Odense) so people could get some food or some sleep because they did not know how much the bridge was damaged.

My brother called me and ask me to find out if the ferry from Århus to Kalundborg (a town on the same island as Copenhagen) was sailing at night and luckily for them a ferry was going at 02:00 from århus.

The train journey from Odense to Århus takes around 1:40 hour so in theory they had around 45 minutes to get from the Central station on Århus and out to the ferry terminal, plenty of time!!!!

But when they got to Horsens (3/4 of the journey) there where some problems with the rails or Signals so the train was delayed even more.

When they got to Skanderborg, the stop just before Århus they found out that the bridge was just opened again and the first train heading from Århus to Copenhagen after the accident was soon the reach the station they were at.


So the 2 hour train journey from Fredericia to Copenhagen took 8-9 hours in total, including waiting time at several stations.
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Old December 22nd, 2008, 09:38 PM   #45
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Last delay I had was friday, little over half an hour. Max I have had, not sure to be honest. probably about 5 hours. I have had 2 hour+ delays more then once though. I travel using trains on a regular basis although in general only half hour to 1,5 hour train rides. so the delays are very substantial, Sucks getting to work 2 hours late.
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Old December 23rd, 2008, 08:41 PM   #46
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During Lothar in 1999, we were skiing in Davos, and the day we wanted to drive home from Davos to Sargans - Zurich- Basel, but the line was not in service so we had to drive over St. Gallen, and at nearly each bigger Train Station we had to wait between 15 min and 1 hour. Finally we arrived at 23h00 in Basel, a delay of about 5 or 6 hours.

That was really horrible, because we had all our luggages with us: ski, shoes....
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Old January 14th, 2009, 03:41 AM   #47
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I think the worst delay I had was 3 1/2 hours when I took a train from Istanbul to Bucharest. 2 hours on the Turkish Bulgarian border, 1/2 an hour in Bulgaria, and 1 hour on the romanian-bulgarian border.

However, I was on a train from Lille-Liege. I was going to catch a sleeper to Berlin, and a train to Budapest, however a suicide delayed the Liege-Lille train by 2 hours, so I missed the sleeper, and the other train. It eventually got to Budapest 24 hours later than expected.
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Old January 15th, 2009, 09:57 AM   #48
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I record every train trip using my clock that synced with GPS satellites. In 2008, the five worst delays I experienced were:

* Train 1478, Taishan to Yangcun, sched. time of arrival: 2008-05-20 05:21, actual: 07:21:35, 02h00m35s late
* Train 1406, Botou to Tianjin, sched. time of arrival: 2008-06-20 20:00, actual: 20:54:40, 54m40s late
* Train T223, Golmud to Nagqu, sched. time of arrival: 2008-10-01 12:47, actual: 13:41:09, 54m09s late
* Train N911, Xining to Delingha, sched. time of arrival: 2008-09-30 04:11, actual: 04:58:48, 47m48s late
* Train 2001, Nanjing West to Danyang, sched. time of arrival: 2008-12-20 13:13, actual: 13:53:31, 40m31s late

For the opposite, the "best train delays" were:

* Train K464, Zhenjiang to Hefei, sched. time of arrival: 2008-05-18 23:05, actual: 22:38:27, 26m33s early
* Train 5066, Wuxi to Nanjing, sched. time of arrival: 2008-05-20 01:56, actual: 01:41:25, 14m35s early
* Train T27, Nagqu to Lhasa, sched. time of arrival: 2008-10-01 20:00, actual: 19:46:49, 13m11s early
* Train 2661, Korla to Aksu, sched. time of arrival: 2008-04-01 08:45, actual: 08:35:26, 09m34s early
* Train Y579, Beijing North to Yanqing, sched. time of arrival: 2008-12-27 16:30, actual: 16:23:27, 06m33s early
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Old January 15th, 2009, 10:13 AM   #49
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The top five train late I experienced in 2007:

* T7, Luoyang to Chengdu, sched. 2007-10-23 17:59, act. 19:59:12, 02h00m12s late
* K157, Changsha to Zhanjiang, sched. 2007-09-21 07:10, act. 08:42:21, 01h32m21s late
* K214, Zhengzhou to Dezhou, sched. 2007-05-08 04:47, act. 06:02:15, 01h15m15s late
* K552, Jinan to Tianjin, sched. 2007-12-22 14:52, act. 15:57:09, 01h05m09s late
* 4488, Bazhou to Beijing West, sched. 2007-12-23 17:12, act. 18:04:58, 52m58s late

Top five train early in 2007:

* 7423, Manshuiwan to Panzhihua, sched. 2007-10-25 17:15, act. 17:00:32, 14m28s early
* D131, Beijing West to Zhengzhou, sched. 2007-10-22 22:43, act. 22:34:09, 08m51s early
* 57068, Tianjin North to Bazhou, sched. 2007-12-23 16:06, act. 15:57:20, 08m40s early
* 2004, Kunming to Chengdu, sched. 2007-10-28 08:26, act. 08:19:20, 07m40s early
* T536, TEDA to Beijing, sched. 2007-04-16 09:53, act. 09:48:24, 04m36s early
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Old January 18th, 2009, 06:02 AM   #50
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I think my best was 25 minutes early. This train was from Birmingham New Street to Reading.
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Old January 18th, 2009, 07:26 AM   #51
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Old January 31st, 2009, 04:41 AM   #52
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I rode from Austin to Chicago and it was 3 hours late when it arrived. That's common I hear. It would be unheard of in Sweden.
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Old January 31st, 2009, 11:22 AM   #53
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1 hour. There is a round-IC in my country,that travels from Budapest Keleti to Budapest Nyugati,while doing a big circle in eastern Hungary(and reverse). On this route,there is one section which is single track. Here,its common that trains collect delays. This particular train has collected 1 hour,which meant that it arrived about 20 min before the next trains departure for the same route. So I changed my ticket after I saw it will be late for the later train. My original train arrived 9 min before mine to my destination. So if I want to be exact,it was 69 min.
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Old January 31st, 2009, 12:37 PM   #54
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Hello, from Brisbane, Australia.

The worst delay I experienced was:

I boarded the on the Ipswich line train at darra (Brisbane Suburb), heading towards brisbane, it was an express and this train is the second of the three that leave around 7:35am, and it is the most packed, as it is express and stops at two major stations before the city.

So I boarded and as we were pulling into out of toowong station, an 3 car train (ours was 6 Car) passed us, no one on it, and we got 2 and half station away from the city and we stopped. No annoucement or nothing. For half an hour.

Then we reversed back, we were shocked. went back to the station we expressed past and about 750 or so we all got of the train and had to walk 2 at a time up the ramp, as it was the only exit and was not the main platform. I walk to the main road to get the bus as the no one knew what was going on.

We got to the next station on the bus and looked over and saw a poilce and fire department there, A women had jump in front of the train, that had passed us.

The train service were in chaos for 2 hours, as two express lines were closed.

That is my worst time on a train.
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Old February 24th, 2009, 11:22 AM   #55
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I rode from Austin to Chicago and it was 3 hours late when it arrived. That's common I hear. It would be unheard of in Sweden.
really?
i toke the train from los angeles to chicago. and we were a little early.
but my delay happened in Arizona on the Grand Canyon Railway.

coming home from the canyon there was a storm and it washed out the tracks. we were stuck in the middle of the desert for 10 hours. to top things off one person had a heart attack 3 hours in and another had a baby while we were waiting. but everyone was okay there was a doctor on board
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Old February 24th, 2009, 01:47 PM   #56
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In Israel: For a single train, around 25 minutes.

I once missed a connection and was an hour late, although the actual train was that I travelled on was on time.
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Old February 24th, 2009, 03:48 PM   #57
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really?
i toke the train from los angeles to chicago. and we were a little early.
but my delay happened in Arizona on the Grand Canyon Railway.

coming home from the canyon there was a storm and it washed out the tracks. we were stuck in the middle of the desert for 10 hours. to top things off one person had a heart attack 3 hours in and another had a baby while we were waiting. but everyone was okay there was a doctor on board
And epic journey that one! You mean the tracks actually dissapeared?
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Old February 25th, 2009, 10:08 AM   #58
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no run off water had taken away all the gravel from below the tracks. so the tracks were there, but no support.
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Old February 26th, 2009, 10:56 PM   #59
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Nairobi-Mombasa (Kenya): 14 hour trip.

5 hours delay in departure 7 hours late arrival because of derailment.
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Old March 11th, 2009, 10:52 PM   #60
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I've lived in Holland, or The Netherlands, for almost two years now and delays hardly ever occur. Before, I hardly ever took the train.

One nasty experience though (I'm fluent in Nederlands) was when a service got cancelled for a couple of hours. Buses took over and on the bus I overheard people joking "oh well, just another old guy diagnosed with a fatal disease who jumped in front of the train"

An hour later I heard on local radio, it was in fact a little van with three workmen that got killed and whose sorry death was the reason for the delay.

I have had some delays in Britain but always I used the opportunity to look around at the old stations and bridges.

People in The Netherlands told me delays are caused on purpose to make people spend, spend and spend at the railway station shops
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