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German railways to run train through Channel Tunnel

Discussion in 'transport' started by teuchter, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. editor

    editor Got a fever +the only prescription is more cowbell

    *raises hat
     
  2. London_Calling

    London_Calling Pleasant and unpatronising

    In relation to the Olympic thing, I'm a little suspicious it's a money making exercise . . . it's a lot of people to ferry into St Pancras and then back out to where they were a few minutes earlier - at what, I bet not far short of a tenner a pop.
     
  3. Crispy

    Crispy Fond of drink and industry

    I think the majority of Javelin passengers are expected to be Londoners or people arriving at Kings X/St.Pancras from the North.
     
  4. davesgcr

    davesgcr Reading books

    All good stuff , and it has been planned for a while now - I would give the DB a very high rating for the overall quality of their food too - you can get a decent hot meal even on a Saturday lunchtime (though heavily meat orientated of course) , definatly the way forward in bringing London - Cologne down to around 5 and a half hours (you can change there for virtually everywhere in Germany)
     
  5. Cobbles

    Cobbles Banned Banned

  6. teuchter

    teuchter *worse than Sean Connery in every regard*

    Apparently a test was carried out in the tunnel on Wednesday, with one of the new DB trains:

    http://www.france24.com/en/20101013-german-train-makes-first-channel-tunnel-test-trip
     
  7. teuchter

    teuchter *worse than Sean Connery in every regard*

    (there is rumoured to be a video on the Eurotunnel website but I can't find it)
     
  8. JWH

    JWH Fnord Fiesta XR3i

    That engine looks :(
     
  9. Crispy

    Crispy Fond of drink and industry

    How anything bright red can be sad is beyond me!
     
  10. Lemon Eddy

    Lemon Eddy Disliked by dwyer

    The wipers make it look forlorn, and the front is a sad little face. I want to cuddle him. Can I cuddle him?
     
  11. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Untermensch, and proud!

    Yes.
    Just make sure he's not moving when you try to cuddle him!
     
  12. Crispy

    Crispy Fond of drink and industry

    If you comply with the relevant safety regulations and do so under the full supervision of the foreman, yes.
     
  13. teuchter

    teuchter *worse than Sean Connery in every regard*

    I have a first-hand report that the DB train is sitting in St Pancras just now.
     
  14. Crispy

    Crispy Fond of drink and industry

    [​IMG]

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-11567753

    Yes. This is nice. Very nice :) I'd like to go to Cologne
     
  15. kyser_soze

    kyser_soze Hawking's Angry Eyebrow

    Osssum. Looks right at home there.
     
  16. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 All About The Old Skool Hardcore 1991-1994

    Amsterdam in four hours, no plane, no changing. Aces.
     
  17. paolo

    paolo Well-Known Member

    Can't wait to see the departure board with many more cities on it. :cool:
     
  18. Bahnhof Strasse

    Bahnhof Strasse wax weasel

    Dam in 4 hours! Cracking. And the discounts I get on trains are loads better than flights!!!!
     
  19. TitanSound

    TitanSound Mr Beardy Drummer

    It's such a good idea. I would much rather travel by train than short haul flights.
     
  20. Crispy

    Crispy Fond of drink and industry

    should be about €80 one-way to Amsterdam, if you travel off peak and book ahead (this is just making a quick comparison with existing E*, Thalys and DB fares between here, Brussels and 'dam)
     
  21. QueenOfGoths

    QueenOfGoths Black puddings very black today, Mother!

    Absolutely - have done St. Pancras to Amsterdam changing to the Thalys at Brussels and it is really no hassle but will be faster and even easier on a direct route.

    Plus being able to go direct to Germany may actually encourage me to get off my arse and book a holiday there which I have been meaning to do for ages.

    Plus it is a very 'handsome' looking train!
     
  22. kyser_soze

    kyser_soze Hawking's Angry Eyebrow

    Just had a looksee at London-'Dam prices, and it's still eye watering - cheapest tickets, at the far end of the booking period were £175 each way. That was a planned booking via E*, am investigating DB right now...only you need to phone them cos it's 'Abroad Tariff'...
     
  23. Crispy

    Crispy Fond of drink and industry

    You want Thalys for Paris-Dam
     
  24. Cobbles

    Cobbles Banned Banned

    Eight and a half hours (plus change stations with all your luggage) from Edinburgh.

    Direct flight one hour - no contest.

    The Chunnel is only relevant if you live south of Watford.
     
  25. kyser_soze

    kyser_soze Hawking's Angry Eyebrow

    So you reckon it's cheaper LSP-GdN-AmC? I was going for the 1 stop at Bruxelles Midi approach...
     
  26. Crispy

    Crispy Fond of drink and industry

    Oops, forgot about brussels :D
     
  27. Crispy

    Crispy Fond of drink and industry

    We weren't talking about Edinburgh, but thanks for your input
     
  28. goldenecitrone

    goldenecitrone ubi sunt

    Herzlich Wilkommen Tomas die Dampfmaschine.
     
  29. Crispy

    Crispy Fond of drink and industry

    Anyway, Kyser, this tells you everything you need to know:

    http://www.seat61.com/Netherlands.htm

    If AS and I were going to Amsterdam, I'd choose the train+ferry. £70 return each, plus £37 between the two of us for a cabin on the ferry. Boats are fun, and you arrive in 'dam at 0917 without having to spend on a hotel the night before
     
  30. kyser_soze

    kyser_soze Hawking's Angry Eyebrow

    Dammit, I keep forgetting about seat61...
     

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