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The Man in Seat 61 @seatsixtyone Quainton, Untied Kingdom

Mark Smith, the Man in Seat 61, travel writer & author of train travel website. https://t.co/omxtJOshVc. If you need help with train travel, drop me a line...

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Our friends at @EuropeanRailTT report that the EuroCity Emona from Vienna to Ljubljana will be extended beyond the… https://t.co/l5zpaoVr5k
Retweeted by The Man in Seat 61Changing flaps when stopping patterns or logos changed was a huge pain. But I *miss* this sound... https://t.co/72eeNSPxYi @laurensdk Nope! https://t.co/iksDS4763I @seatsixtyone The best national anthem factoid is that, when Spain played the Netherlands in the World Cup final in… https://t.co/6qU8Z56kyj
Retweeted by The Man in Seat 61I'll have to see what Mrs 61 says about this... https://t.co/1r5xkYga23
9/30
2020
@catrjones Great to meet you Cat, and always good to talk trains and travel - looking forward to seeing how… https://t.co/NLM7LCvWPRAbso-bl**dy-lootly... https://t.co/RGQT7Z9G1b
9/29
2020
HS1 CEO seeks government help for Eurostar https://t.co/Bn3eijySDA via @BTUKGerman government covid-19 aid is being given to national operators DB, but not to other operators & AllRail member… https://t.co/ulTq020719
9/28
2020
@Fangio3 Unfortunately not. I’ve done what I can at https://t.co/wMuTjQGiKmSometimes it isn’t... (You just have to know your trains...!) https://t.co/0I6XSJiwINNorthbound #travel in #Finland 🇫🇮 - #train to #Rovaniemi with a nice @_DiningCar https://t.co/aWOsjuiSx5
Retweeted by The Man in Seat 61Another excellent #HS2 thread from @Greens4HS2 https://t.co/s5NiHk1YXo
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9/27
2020
EU rail passenger rights will be debated again in Brussels next week. 🚂 transport should be promoted. Any weakening… https://t.co/O2StSKhuh5
Retweeted by The Man in Seat 61 @GeoffBell2 It was indefinite, then rumoured permanent, now I believe permanent. @TrainTracksEU As official as it's going to get, I think.The Paris-Venice Thello sleeper train is dead, on a route with high demand, an ideal distance for a sleeper. Can't… https://t.co/9fsfTXR56kStill can't get my head round October being 'In time for summer...'KiwiRail launches new premium class on TranzAlpine and Coastal Pacific services (we non-Kiwis may have to wait a wh… https://t.co/nBAuOj294G
9/25
2020
@OnTheRails @DirectLine I wondered that, so did a quick check. 2 weeks to BE & DE £46. @tiregun @DirectLine Normal insurance companies don't cover you for travel to a country where the FCO advises again… https://t.co/2MUa5vKSgDI cancelled my @DirectLine Line annual travel insurance yesterday after using them for years - a policy which won't… https://t.co/hs3dut7xBsQuarantine: the cull continues. https://t.co/Gb05WzQ6Sx
Retweeted by The Man in Seat 61Brexit, the gift that keeps on giving: Channel Tunnel spat risks severing vital U.K.-France link... https://t.co/exCRU0zaxz @AndyBTravels @paul_winginit Frecciarossa 500 Executive Class of 2012: K trying to adjust her seat, N (clearly at… https://t.co/djc2y9Pa3z @cmajrail @AndyBTravels @paul_winginit Did you get to travel in it, Chris? @AndyBTravels @paul_winginit Still, I quite enjoy travelling in a meeting room... @AndyBTravels @paul_winginit ...what on Earth was I watching?? @AndyBTravels @paul_winginit That was the Frecciarossa 500. We're talking the classier 1000. Unfortunately, my Fre… https://t.co/5Zf1HwOvSe @nucleair @SimonCalder And SJ in Norway and Vy (former NSB) in Sweden. It's going to get a tad confusing...
9/24
2020
Although Eurostar won’t be stopping in Kent in 2021, it seems everything else will... https://t.co/zdao5v2HUl @AvfcSquirrel @SimonCalder It’s OK, Paddington & I have been great friends since my childhood... @SimonCalder @sJake487 I'm really going to have to listen to this now... @sJake487 @SimonCalder There are no concrete plans to reactivate the TEE network, only a discussion document saying… https://t.co/NhOZpag1YX @sJake487 @SimonCalder When Ouigo started, it was in addition to existing trains, which is fine. But then SNCF conv… https://t.co/rhinYMVzLB @kristianaas @OUIGO @jonworth @CapotrenoEd @selsrud I've never seen it done explicitly, like this. But I can name v… https://t.co/P26eA71van @kristianaas @OUIGO @jonworth @CapotrenoEd @selsrud Australia, Brazil & canada also now added. Bad luck, New Zealan… https://t.co/oySgz1IQOM @hvondelen @SimonCalder Indeed, and that's already evident. In France, Ouigo has no catering, trying hard not to ab… https://t.co/INUZUy5IITIt's not every day you get to discuss no-frills rail travel by email with the inimitable @SimonCalder whilst cookin… https://t.co/GkCARnDzwU @KiwiRail @GreatJourneysNZ Wrong video?
9/23
2020
@monieiek Because on the budget airlines they emulate, you’re in the air for perhaps an hour. You are aboard the eq… https://t.co/3fr5NDCO61 @PaulJohnson65 Spanish high speed lines are built to standard gauge @MilanLegius Careful what you wish for... @BurnheadMax Depends on who raised it. HS1 is an infra company with no trains. HS1 + SNCF are an infra company + a… https://t.co/4vszk6Sipv @muchofamuchness Exactly... @eliasvandeun Well that's a start! This time they have 'real' competitors, so they're not trying to make themselves… https://t.co/HVEwalruLmOuigo will branch out into Spain next year... I just wish they'd add 1st class, add catering, drop the check-in, d… https://t.co/2Q5QeVzKTe @alexfenlon Thanks Alex! @GaryDelaney They might want you back this year, Gary...An update on the Stuttgart 21 project, which replaces Stuttgart's terminus where all trains have to change directio… https://t.co/q0b2qyWgmxRegiojet’s Prague-Rijeka night train a massive success: 60,000 passengers carried, 90% occupancy on a 500-passenger… https://t.co/ccJxcAIgPK @peterbreda2000 It has a certain puppy-like cuteness, yes! @peterbreda2000 The Fyra debacle: https://t.co/3RIlUxWc5SWay down south in the sunny heel of Italy, the former ill-fated Dutch/Belgian 'Fyra' trains appear to be working... https://t.co/T9lrMTO9Gm @AndyBTravels It *can* be done!Enjoyed this over my morning coffee: Crossing the dramatic Mala Rijeka viaduct on the Montenegro to Belgrade sleep… https://t.co/XKPLajr3Oi
9/22
2020
@RailEngSteve Love the idea - and the TEE brand. But it looks like armchair optioneering in the quest for publicity… https://t.co/6GbdtkOlyLThe railway can’t operate like this in the long term - ‘zombie’ rail companies with no incentive to grow revenue, i… https://t.co/zh0Nnd46UC @jeremyjh @lady_deirdre @OllyHatch I take an Anker battery, also capable of charging an iPhone 5 times over. But ha… https://t.co/zLa4KVNlvnAnd don't ask me why a pass covering much of Europe is called 'global'. It just is, OK?!They launched a mobile version of the single-country pass for Italy a little while ago, so have been gaining experi… https://t.co/OumPS15O5PBut the timezone thing, where a midnight to midnight pass day is always measured in Central European Time even when… https://t.co/m1gIkrPQ6AA key requirement is to connect the app to the internet at least every 3 days to update it and keep the pass valid.… https://t.co/iovLdWkxqrFrom today, InterRail & Eurail global passes are available as a new 'mobile pass' which sits in an app on your smar… https://t.co/3bviLbh76IEnd of franchising after 24 years. I don’t yet know how operators are incentivised to maximise passengers & revenue… https://t.co/rjX0bxIbc3With 3 extra train pairs planned, Vienna-Budapest set to go hourly in 2021 - assuming travel restrictions ease. https://t.co/5qO0ny8QVn @thealterlookout We should all be flying less, and that means taking trains and ferries wherever possible. A much nicer way to go! @N0wig I’d assume it’ll be a Ro-Pax multi-purpose ferry. @thealterlookout 8g/km? No, flying is well over 30g/km/passenger. Short haul worse than long haul on a per km bas… https://t.co/1NMC7vkOSy @thealterlookout Yes it is, as a foot passenger. DECC/DEFRA show 22.54g of CO2 per passenger kilometre for a ferry… https://t.co/OlZH0fKGGV
9/21
2020
About time! Ferry service Piraeus (Greece) to Limassol (Cyprus) due to start May 2021, weekly in summer, fortnightl… https://t.co/kH1zyrAC2F
9/20
2020
@bhamble The overnight Warsaw-Vilnius train ran 3 times a week and used Polish sleeping-cars with interchangeable b… https://t.co/4omjCNHQI7 @AndyBTravels Frecciabianca hauled by an Intercity loco, your Intercity hauled by a Frecce power-car? @Nordkommission The issue will be fixed of course. But it's also possible the same issue will arise when you try t… https://t.co/nkdKLbGxFa @Nordkommission Be careful. An issue already found with mobile InterRail for Italy: Mobile pass numbers aren't reco… https://t.co/tvwZ6UjLTkIt is now confirmed as standard-gauge train Warsaw-Kaunas, change at Kaunas for a 5' gauge train to Vilnius. @seontrack @IrishRail @Wexford_People @wlrfm @wexfordcoco @WaterfordCounci @WaterfordNS @SouthEastRadiohttps://t.co/KrDPQuKJTeToday marks the 10 year anniversary of the suspension of services on the South Wexford Line, connecting #Waterfordhttps://t.co/DZ4ZF4PKz9
Retweeted by The Man in Seat 61 @moritzkraehe That's where my money is! Do you know, or are you guessing, Moritz? @bhamble So did I. But no it wasn't! ;0)Seems the new Warsaw-Vilnius service will indeed involve a break of gauge. Gauge-changing bogies? Jacking up at th… https://t.co/fFlH8svcffThe Twentieth Century Limited, a train I’d love to have ridden (maybe next time I sail into New York I need to char… https://t.co/uJNK1BRXZ4
9/18
2020
@JORDS100 @AlexInAir Looking at the latest infection rates, it is certainly safer in Slovenia than in the UK. https://t.co/FVEfKYPKXh
Retweeted by The Man in Seat 61 @stefanct @Jordiarrufat Rail Baltica Warsaw-Kaunas surely, like the weekend only train combo running now? Not sure… https://t.co/WrVUwDIk5USome good news for travel to the Baltics... (via @Jordiarrufat) https://t.co/ZMVL6irnWk @Jordiarrufat Thanks Jordi, that’s good to hear! @Lornisima I don’t think it is. Only while there no Aberdeen portion and FTW portion serves Glasgow. Normal formati… https://t.co/SKv1qO1uox @almurray Today’s trivia: Remarkably, one actor features in the 1943 wartime film ‘A Canterbury Tale’ and also appe… https://t.co/qjDxBo6zxiAnd of course the Brenner route is covered on Seat61, https://t.co/81iN8CJrRpMore scenes from EC81 on the fabulous Brenner route... https://t.co/ArjGSREgsTOh, to be in Italy... Scenery from Munich-Innsbruck-Verona EuroCity train EC81, speeding south on the Brenner rout… https://t.co/4Qv2amwPQwMeanwhile, in Italy... https://t.co/3ONPzOmStn @ash_ayl Nice pics - and lucky to get one of the two deluxes. Did the shower work? It departs 23:50 for a few week… https://t.co/aPeLQWt5hh
9/17
2020
@vorortanleiter @AndyBTravels Lucky it’s not Welsh coronavirus which you can catch even by reading a newspaper. @vorortanleiter @AndyBTravels Ah, that’s because Italian coronavirus can spread in dining cars - fortunately German… https://t.co/OfEiKEM0vr @jonworth For this purpose, I'd go for a more flexible spec with cars that could be used individually as well as in 7-car sets. @jonworth Normally I'd say civil servants aren't generally best placed to spec a night train, even more than day tr… https://t.co/z8LiEIoyOQ @jonworth It’s not like that route is over-burdened...Superb Northern Italian scenery... Andy, if I'm following right, you're now somewhere here, on a local route off t… https://t.co/1ZbfTFxbVpThere are just 3 trains from London to the mainland today. 2 to Paris and this one to Brussels, Rotterdam and Amste… https://t.co/Ivc8HnYfvH
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9/16
2020

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