How long are the current beds?
How long are the current beds?
Access charges are the same for all operators in Belgium, SNCB and others pay the same. So arguing about that un court wont be easy.The problem are indeed the access charges, which, just like in France, make it prohibitively expensive for non-incumbents. The EU should do something about that.
But Brussels would be a good market. Especially if they time the train to have good connections with Eurostar and sell through tickets.
Changing in Köln and using Thalys has currently a few disadvantages. DB is no longer selling Thalys tickets for example, and in the last Thalys from Brussel is to early, meaning that you have to hang around Köln Hbf for over two hours late at night...
I'm aware. The issue is that in Belgium the infrastructure is indirectly subsidised via the incumbent operator through high access charges.Access charges are the same for all operators in Belgium, SNCB and others pay the same. So arguing about that un court wont be easy.
The last ICE is at 18:25. So that means that you'll be spending three hours in Köln waiting for the night train. DB really should consider at least a 20:25 departure...In addition to Thalys there are also 4 ICE trains each way.
Hi K, the word is out that DB is decisively increasing its number of ICEs to Brussels as of this December, but no intended departure times are out yet, as there are some timetable conflicts around Brussels still to be negotiated: http://www.drehscheibe-online.de/foren/read.php?30,7806769,7808151#msg-7808151The last ICE is at 18:25. So that means that you'll be spending three hours in Köln waiting for the night train. DB really should consider at least a 20:25 departure...
Every time that you need to spend more than 30 minutes on a layover in a station is a big fail.
1m90 seems ok, anything shorter in the 21st century is unacceptable. I'm taller than average and would have 3 cm of wiggle room in the 1,90m bed.1m90 in the sleepers. Couchettes are a bit shorter. I do not fit in the middle couchette for example. (And with my 1m83 I'm exactly average...)
This is the direct source (in German), for those that are interested:ÖBB announced that it will go ahead with an international expansion of its night train sector. As had been reported, ÖBB wants to move into the night train sector in Germany which DB is set to abandon at the end of this year. Switzerland and Italy are the other two countries where ÖBB aims to fill the gap left behind by the disappearance of several night time connections. Initially ÖBB aims to use leased rolling stock before ordering new sleepers and couchettes. Nothing is known about their targeted routes except that they will probably start with Hamburg (or elsewhere in northern Germany)-Zürich. A train to Brussels is being debated. 8 trains for the connections to Italy alone are apparently planned. Acclaimedly an investment of 500 million Euros will be necessary, but night trains are apparently experiencing a 4 % growth rate, which ÖBB believes will increase with more restrictions on night flights and airport expansion.
http://www.drehscheibe-online.de/foren/list.php?30 (source in German)
Poland still has the Paris-Moscow link 3 times a week plus other trains to the east.It's a pity there are no night train connections anymore with Poland. Wasn't PKP interested to run Rhein/Rhur - Wwa/Wroclaw/Kraków, or too much competition from Wizzair and Ryanair?
According to their website all trains Malmö-Berlin are cancelled from August 15th to 28th due to problems with locos och infrastructure in Germany.