I hope this trial is successful.From 25th of June to 10th of July Latvian Railways will begin testing on-the-go border checks for Rīga - Moscow night train. This will reduce the journey time by two hours.
Other recent technological improvements have already cut the journey time by 40 minutes. So now the 920 km journey will take just 13 hrs and 40 minutes instead of the 16 hrs and 21 minutes just a few years ago.
That's still a quite miserable average speed of less than 70 km/h though. And indeed for some reason the up to 20 coaches long train accelerates very slowly. We have regional DMUs with more stops than the Moscow sleeper but they're faster.
You might find more info at: http://www.europebyrail.eu/timetable-updates-and-scheduled-changes-europe-by-railWhat is finally the truth regarding CNL trains to Paris ? I hear two different messages, one saying that all trains are axed, the other one saying that only the Munich branch will disappear. Anyone knows ?
I remember in 2008 taking the night train Copenhagen-Munich, that shaky train was 4 hours late :bash:- This was probably the first night train line from Copenhagen to close. The problem with night trains is that they have a hard time sticking to the timetable. I went to Prague with train last year, I considered the night train from Copenhagen but it was very expensive. The cheapest way was to get to Hamburg first then take the ICE to Berlin and the train to Prague.This means the loss of the Kobenhavn portions to Amsterdam, Prague, and Basel,
The Amsterdam section will be a big loss for me, I used it several times =(Monday, August 04, 2014
DB shrinks City Night Line network
GERMAN Rail (DB) long-distance subsidiary DB Fernverkehr is planning to further restructure its night train and Autozug motor rail services, which have collectively lost more than €20m annually in recent years.
DB says revenues from the services remain relatively low with little growth in recent years whilst operating costs are relatively high and largely fixed. DB has therefore decided to make significant changes to remove the worst loss-making routes. The services use specialist vehicles that are nearing the end of their useful life but DB says the trains currently do not make enough money to warrant investment in a new fleet.
Services will be withdrawn in December on the following routes:
• Basle/Amsterdam and Prague to Copenhagen
• Hamburg/Berlin and Munich to Paris
In addition Warsaw/Prague – Amsterdam services will no longer serve the Netherlands and will be cut back to Cologne.
DB says vehicles freed up by these changes will be redeployed to improve availability levels on other routes and to lengthen trains at busy times.
I dont travel that much in winter, its cold. And I need to take days off to travel, and the number of days off are limited.Where have you been the last month? These cuts already took place last November and December.
new coaches? I was very happy with the existing ones =( German night coaches are brand new compared with polish ones for example. IMO they could run those coaches for 10+ more years easily.does not warrant investments into the necessary new coaches.
Probably that's why they cancelled the route into the Netherlands and Denmark =( In Denmark there has been quite some effort to revert this, but I haven't heard from the dutch. I guess they don't care.Plus open access fees for operating the night trains in countries outside Germany are sometimes horrendous.