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Unread 07-14-2009, 08:46 AM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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If you travel overnight (as we often did) on trains departing after 1900 (7PM) and arriving after 0000 (midnight) the next day,
Oh boy, reminds me of my younger days (early 60's), when we, using a Eurail Pass, just for the heck of it took a late train anywhere, and then went back again the next day, just so we could sleep on that train .....

As Sponger mentioned, it takes a bit of planning and getting the right rail passes.

Strange to think that when I lived professionally in Europe, I never took the train anywhere ... while as a youth there, I took trains everywhere .

Very few places you could NOT get to by rail ...
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Unread 07-14-2009, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Lancashire, England
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Thanks, everyone, all good stuff which I'll pass on to my friend. I think it's their first time out of the US so they're bound to be a bit nervous. Me, I love travelling by train.
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Unread 07-14-2009, 03:52 PM
 
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Me, I love travelling by train.
Why is it that one has always good advice for other people but to take that advice on your own ....

There are about three routes here in the US, that are worth traveling by train.
Since we lived in Europe for so long, we have umpteen friends who regularly visit us here in the US. We always tell them to fly to a certain city and take the train to our city.
They all say that it was one of the best things they got to do and see on that train trip ....
But ...
Do we, ourselves, ever go on that trip ... ????
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Unread 07-14-2009, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Lancashire, England
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Last September I took Amtrak from Chicago to White Sulphur Springs. Dawn broke as we sneaked into Kentucky and the jouney through West Virginia was absolutely beautiful. Many photo opportunies from the train due to its slow speed. Thoroughly recommended.
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Unread 07-14-2009, 05:51 PM
 
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I live in Germany
It's a mess. Once I could go to the train station, buy a ticket and leave my town.
Nowadays you should book a long time before you want to go. Cause only then you can get a discount. And special offers are always sold out. They make huge ads for special offers, but in fact there is probably only one ticket available for that price. (happened so when I wanted to buy a ticket to London for instance) Maybe the better choice is to go by any cheap airline like Ryanair, if possible.
Train tickets without discount are very expensive, in my opinion.

If you want to travel with a fast train you must even book for one special train. Means, if you miss your train your ticket is worthless, cause you can't take the next one. And if you give back your ticket then, they'll subtract a huge fee.

The tellers in my town are kinda stupid. Whenever I asked them for a good and cheap connection/route they were looking at their computers like they're having their first day in this job.

So, finally, I gave up to travel. I stay at home and chat in forums.
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Unread 07-15-2009, 03:32 PM
 
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if truth be told. and you did.

i guess, all we can still do is try some face saving.. more or less.

in hopes of finding kindred spirits, train or no train.
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