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Welcome to Day 39 #CrossBorderRail - Poprad to Bratislava, via Krakow, Bohumín and Wien…
Sod. Just broke the plastic rim that keeps the chain in place when the Birdy bike is folded. Had to jog, pushing the bike, to the station. I’ll have to find a way to fix it en route later!
#CrossBorderRail Train 133
IR 8360 07:32 Poprad Tatry - Muszyna 09:10
Ave speed: 46 km/h
Operator: ŽSSK

Train type: Class 913 two section railbus
🚲: ✅
🦽: ✅ (step free - low floor section)
📶: ✅
🍽: ⛔️
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Welcome to #CrossBorderRail Day 38 - Timisoara to Poprad (hopefully)…
This isn’t Timisoara
This track doesn’t look very good. What happened there?
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This is today’s route map, basically (Bubnjarci - Karlovac is now bike not train)
#CrossBorderRail Train 90
RE 3235 09:22 Ljubljana - Metlika 12:01
Ave speed: 47 km/h
Operator: @slozeleznice

Train type: Stadler low floor DMU
🚲: ✅
🦽: ✅ (step free where platform allows)
📶: ✅
🍽: ⛔️
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#CrossBorderRail Day 13 - welcome to today’s thread…
Europe’s top cross border regional network apparently
It’s still a grim SUV. Whatever powers it
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Ok here we go. Berlin Hermannstrasse S-Bahn. Trains are disrupted. But I should still get to Spandau in time for my ICE.
Here’s today’s route map
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Back on 17th February I coordinated an open letter about the lack of trains to @kaunas2022 European Capital of Culture

The letter is here 👇
We wrote to railway companies

PV from 🇱🇻 replied, saying there was nothing they could do. Polregio 🇵🇱 replied, but we still don't know exactly when they will run the Bialystok-Kaunas train. @RailBaltica replied saying they would keep an eye on everything
But the absolute deafening silence... was from the politicians we contacted

European Commissioners
@AdinaValean (for Transport)
@GabrielMariya (for Culture)
were recipients

And we have heard nothing from either

I checked - the letter did arrive by email
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Let's do a little check, shall we?

@albertowmazzola was happy to tell me the other week that Skyscanner for Rail tools exist in Europe

And @CER_railways has trumpeted the need for ticketing platforms in #EUYearOfRail and on #ConnectingEurope Express

A quick 🧵
Were I to want to travel between Tourcoing (in France at the border to Belgium) to Lyon, tomorrow, where can I find the details of the only direct train there is?

Oh, and of course it's a train run by SNCF, member organisation of @CER_railways 👏
That train is a OUIGO low cost TGV

✅ Here is is on the OUIGO site 👇
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Today has been such a weird mix of different things I'm not quite sure how to process it all...

And indeed I'm going to need time to actually properly edit my photos and videos from the #ConnectingEurope express

But for now... Some random bits and pieces
And some more

Doesn't the colour of the... err... coal wagon match the #ConnectingEurope Express perfectly?
Ostrava is slightly strange but great. And a Škoda tram, and the SNCF conference carriage
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Right, so my webinars for the day are done

Now I can concentrate on #ConnectingEurope Express

The first part of the route today is Kraków Glowny 🇵🇱 to Ostrava 🇨🇿

Here's the route, thanks to Open Railway Map - line speeds shown!
Leaving Kraków north westbound on the mainline towards Katowice - renovations almost done here, but the speed is still just vMax 120 (confirmed with my GPS!) but I assume will be increased soon

West through Zabierzów ImageImage
At Trzebina, branch south towards Chrzanów - this is not the route the regular EuroCity to Ostrava takes

The line is being upgraded right now, and at the moment the line speed here is not more than 50 km/h Image
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Soooo take a deep breath

How do you book a Berlin-Kraków rail ticket?

A #ConnectingEurope thread... Or, more precisely, a #DisconnectedEurope thread!
There are 2 direct Berlin-Kraków trains a day

EuroCity EC 57
Berlin Hbf D: 10:37
Krakow Glowny A: 17:55

EuroNight EN 50457
Berlin Hbf D: 18:43
Krakow Glowny A: 04:08

I couldn't take the EuroCity because of a work contract this morning, and the EuroNight arrives at 4am. No!
So I need to change somewhere...

DB gave me this option - with 5 minutes to change in Poznan Glowny! 🤯

This one goes via Wroclaw, but look at the timetable! The InterCity stops 22 minutes there... Bizarre

That train is a PKP InterCity, like this:… ImageImageImage
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So tomorrow 22 Sept my #ConnectingEurope express trip starts...

And because I am not a hypocrite I am going to and from the train itself... by train
22 Sept
Normal trains
Berlin 🇩🇪 - Poznan 🇵🇱 - Kraków 🇵🇱 (9 hrs)

23 Sept
#ConnectingEurope Express
Kraków 🇵🇱 - Ostrava 🇨🇿 (stops there 5 hours) - then 🌙 overnight to Ljublana 🇸🇮, arriving 24 Sept (3.5 + 11 hrs)

24 Sept
Normal train
Ljubljana 🇸🇮 - Villach 🇦🇹
(1.5 hrs)
25 Sept
Normal trains
Villach 🇦🇹 - Linz 🇦🇹 - Praha 🇨🇿 - Berlin 🇩🇪 (13.5 hrs - I wanted a scenic route!)

Between 13:00 22 Sept and 21:00 25 Sept...

Over 38 hours train travel in an 80 hour period! Even by my standards that's a bit mad
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I am trying to sort out a Ljubljana - Berlin train trip end of September, and want to do it Ljubljana - Villach, stay the night there, then continue north the following day

The best bet: a💺on EN 40414

But how?
Deutsche Bahn tells me that EN 40414 runs every day, and that it has seats in 2nd class

D. 21:10 Ljubljana
A. 22:49 Villach Hbf
Vagonweb confirms this - 3 seating carriages as far as Villach at least, one of them just Zagreb-Villach Hbf…
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For some time I have been annoyed there is no discernible strategy for 🇪🇺-wide cross border rail…

I am not sure I have all the answers yet... but I think I am starting to get there

Short 🧵
First, an idea I first floated on my blog - that the EU ought to procure a pool of night trains - I have now developed into the @TrainsForEurope campaign

Original blog post from September 2020 👇…
Second, timetable and ticketing data remains a mess (and the Rail Passenger Rights Regulation has not improved matters)

How do you solve this one? With some better open data standards

Blog post from November 2019 👇…
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Right, it's taken a while longer to finish than I'd hoped, but my report about what's happening to the railways in Serbia 🇷🇸 is done 👇…


Summary in the 🧵
First, the eyewitness experience

The Subotica - Novi Sad train is probably the worst train I have ever taken, as the infrastructure is so bad. Closing the line to upgrade here makes sense... ImageImageImageImage
Second, Serbia's rail upgrade plans

Whether all of these plans will happen, and on time, is the big question, but the plans themselves make a lot of sense - there is a solid logic here ImageImage
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Maja Bucar, from @FDVLjubljana, is giving the initial address to #PPCLjubljana: "one of the positive things of having a conference virtually is that we can reach more people around Europe"

TEPSA has been hosting our flagship bi-annual Pre-Presidency Conferences (PPC) for decades, always joining up with our Member Institute in the country taking on the upcoming @EUCouncil Presidency, it's become a milestone in the European calendar 💪

TEPSA Secretary-General Jim Cloos welcomes participants to #PPCLjubljana: "the Presidency gives an impression of ownership in the Member States"

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