PARIS – MILAN: the slow-fast train

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Jan 092017
 
PARIS - MILAN: the slow-fast train

I go to Italy by train every couple of years, as one of my best friends lives in Liguria. It’s a great train destination, as there are so many options, most of them scenic. The fastest way by train is with the Paris – Venice Sleeper: this tips you out at Milan about 5am, which […]

Train Lovers: The London Underground as a spiritual map

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Jan 282016
 
Train Lovers: The London Underground as a spiritual map

It was in a lull on a retreat group recently that I realised I was musing on the spiritual significance of the Northern line at East Finchley.  This is where, after twenty-one miles of tunnel, the Tube emerges into daylight: much as a travailing soul find illumination after the long darkness… This blog is intended […]

Train Lovers: FACT! Virgin XC more reliable than DB Intercity Express!

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Jan 282016
 
Train Lovers: FACT! Virgin XC more reliable than DB Intercity Express!

I travel to Germany by train most years, and this year I finally realised that my major frustrations with Dutsche Bahn are not just bad luck, it really is bad.  Online research quickly confirmed this: the average reliability of DB’s ICE (InterCity Express) trains has been around 75% for several years, whereas the recent figure […]

Train Lovers: What trains can teach us about relationships

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Jan 282016
 
Train Lovers: What trains can teach us about relationships

Insights from a zugteilung in Hanover The special overnight trains which in English we hopefully call sleepers, are in Germany sensibly called Nachtzug, night trains.  No false expectations there.  In fact, I’ve used the Nachtzug many times, and they’re very comfortable. However, my recent German holiday involved getting onto the night train in Hamburg at […]

Train Lovers: Why steam trains matter, and Dampfloks are AOK

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Jan 282016
 
Train Lovers: Why steam trains matter, and Dampfloks are AOK

As I glide into my vintage years, I have come to realise that trains and railways are a great way to understand and interpret the apparent confusions of modern life.  You will find some examples of this approach in my blog.  I’m glad to be old enough to have main line steam as part of my […]

Feb 062014
 
What trains can teach us about relationships Insights from a zugteilung in Hanover

The special overnight trains which in English we hopefully call sleepers, are in Germany sensibly called Nachtzug, night trains. No false expectations there. In fact, I’ve used the Nachtzug many times, and they’re very comfortable. However, my recent German holiday involved getting onto the night train in Hamburg at 00:31, and off in Cologne at […]