Sweden to fund international night trains

 
Topic moved from News by bevans on 05 Apr 2019 09:52
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The Berlin to Oslo service would be a good one to travel on.  Seems to me we are seeing a rebirtjh of sleeper services in Europe.

Sweden to fund international night trains

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  Brianr Assistant Commissioner

Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
That would be wonderful. I have fond memories of travelling overnight in the late 70's and early 80's including once from London to Paris and waking up to realise there was slight roll (on the ferry) rather than the usual clickety clack. I would travel cheaply in couchette and arrive in a city early to go searching for accommodation. These days I prefer a bit more comfort and security about accommodation. However this century I have only travelled in a sleeper from Rovaniemi to Helsinki, Finland (2008), Irun on the France/Spain border to Porto in Portugal (2011) and London to Fort William (2018). I was unable to get a booking from Milan to Paris in 2015. I know trains travel much faster these days so overnight is not so necessary. Fortunately I have been able to travel overnight in North America (2014 & 2017) and Australia (2008 and 2012).
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Switzerland has overnight sleepers and I believe a new service has started between paris Poland and also Poland to St Petersburg.  I bet you have some fond memories of those sleeper services in Europe.  What did you travel on in Asia anything?
  Brianr Assistant Commissioner

Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
I am not fond of Asia, now only stop over for 1 or 2 nights in Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong or (mainly) Dubai on the way to Europe.I cannot fly right through in one go.  I moved from Sydney to Dunedin because I hate the heat and I cannot eat most Asian food.
However way back in 1974, I travelled overnight from Jaipur to Delhi because on the way down by bus the Monsoon had started and I saw buses on their sides. Someone from the hotel took me to the station where he arranged a porter to get me a ticket, telling me not to pay until I was in my seat. It was explained to me that the porter bribed the station master to get me my ticket. They were all shouting. I was also warned to sleep with my camera case under my head. Finally the next morning one of my fellow passengers offered to take me to his home by taxi, explaining how much longer the train would take although we could see Delhi in the distance. I had been told not to go with strangers but thought, why not? and he gave me a nice breakfast at this home. He was the one who explained how I had got a ticket.  It was an experience but I guess things are better now.
  Brianr Assistant Commissioner

Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
I think you mean Austria rather than Switzerland. OBB run overnight trains to Germany, Italy and Switzerland. I need to research them as Vienna is a favourite city of mine.

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