The Anonymous Widower

What Do You Do With An Unwanted Eurostar Train?

In Edition 865 of Rail Magazine, there is a short article which is entitled Eurostar ‘373s’ Leased To Thalys.

This is the first paragraph.

Class 373s that were due to be scrapped have instead been leased to Thalys for a year.

Class 373 trains and Thalys rolling stock are very similar, as both were built by GEC-Alsthom around the same time.

So just as ScotRail borrowed a few Class 365 trains to make up for a shortage, Thalys are borrowing a pair of Class 373 trains.

I wonder if passengers between Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam, that they are getting a train, that was destined for the scrapyard?

November 7, 2018 Posted by | Travel | , , , , , | Leave a comment

ERTMS Rollout Between London-Paris-Brussels Agreed

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Global Rail News.

This is the first paragraph.

An agreement has been reached by the infrastructure managers of the high-speed railway between London, Paris and Brussels – one of Europe’s busiest routes – to coordinate the rollout of European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS).

Rollout of ERTMS on these important routes must surely be a good idea, if it can enable extra and faster services on these busy routes.

July 24, 2018 Posted by | Travel | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Getlink Pushes Budget Train Service Between London And Paris To Rival Eurostar

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on I-News.

Getlink is the infrastructure company, who actually own the tunnel and they have commissioned research into the idea, as this paragraph indicates.

Currently, Eurostar trips take around 2.2o hours and depart from St Pancras. The new link between Stratford and Paris would take just over three hours, but 25-30 per cent lower operating costs would mean lower fares for passengers. The numbers come from consultancy firm Roland Berger, and was commissioned by Getlink.

Elsewhere, the article says that the service will go to Roissy, which would be convenient for Charles de Gaulle Airport.

I do wonder, if someone has their eye on a couple of Eurostar’s retired Class 373 trains.

In 2011, I posted  about an idea for a Trans Manche Metro.

 

July 7, 2018 Posted by | Travel | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Last Leg Across Paris

I had arranged that I would take the 18:43 Eurostar back to England, so that gave me time for lunch in Paris.

I always eat in Cafe Breizh, when changing between Gare du Lyon and Gare du Nord, as it’s conveniently on the Metro from both stations.

It is a high-class Breton Creperie, which is gluten free and also has a nice line of ciders.

The only problem, is that at times you have to queue.

I took these pictures on the Metro.

Note.

  1. The unusual half-height platform edge doors on Line 1.
  2. Paris Zoo does nights, like London.
  3. It did appear that Bastille station had been spruced up.

For Cafe Breizh, I went to Saint-Sébastien – Froissart station.

Returning to the station after an excellent meal, I came across this shop.

I would have investigated further, but they were very busy.

 

 

 

May 31, 2018 Posted by | Food, Travel | , , | Leave a comment

From Novara To Paris

These pictures give a glimpse of my journey from Novara to the Gare du Lyon in Paris.

These are a few observations.

The Route

The trip took twelve minutes short of seven hours.

But some of the scenery was excellent.

It should also be noted that there is only one train per day and I’m not sure it runs every day.

As the pictures show, the Milan train joined uip with another train en route and this meant an incredibly long walk at Gare du Lyon.

Choosing A Seat

I paid £54 on loco2.com for a Standard Class ticket.

I should have paid the extra nine pounds for a First Class ticket.

But make sure you have a window seat.

Milan To London In A Day

The arrival time of 13:19 in Paris, means it is possible to go from Milan to London within a day.

I estimate that a direct service between London and Milan going via Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport, Lyon and Turin would take about ten hours.

But then the French and the Italians are building a Turin-Lyon High Speed Railway, which could knock a couple of hours from the journey time.

As it passes Roissy, it would be an ideal route for masochists!

Conclusion

I’m glad to say, I’ve done this trip, but next time, I come back from Northern Italy, I’ll spend a night in Geneva, Lyon or Paris.

May 31, 2018 Posted by | Travel | , , , , | Leave a comment

From Barcelona To Paris

The TGV between Barcelona and Paris took six and a half hours.

Sadly, I didn’t see any flamingos this time, as I did in From Madrid To London in 2014.

This journey illustrates the good and the bad of double-deck trains.

You may get a good view, but getting in and out is a nightmare, as everybody travels with enormous bags and have to take them up and down the stairs.

June 25, 2017 Posted by | Travel | , , , | Leave a comment

London To Karlsruhe Via Paris

I took Eurostar and a TGV to Karlsruhe, using these trains.

  1. Eurostar – St. Pancras 08:19 – Paris Nord 11:47 – £115 from Eurostar
  2. TGV – Paris Est 13:55 – Karlsruhe 16:25 – £69.19 from Voyages SNCF

I took these pictures on the way.

Note.

  1. I bought both tickets on-line.
  2. Premium Economy in the new Eurostar trains is more cramped than the old ones.
  3. Eurostar’s Premium Economy gluten-free breakfast more than filled a hole.
  4. Paris Nord to Paris Est is just a Metro.
  5. I took a diversion via Republik, which was a good place to wait in the sun.
  6. I stayed in the Schlosshotel in Karlsruhe, which was one of several acceptable ones by the station.

I could probably have done the journey cheaper by flying, but it would have had more hassle.

April 30, 2017 Posted by | Food, Travel | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The 2024 Summer Olympics

The venue for the 2024 Summer Olympics, will be decided on the 13th of September this year.

The candidate cities are Budapest, Los Angeles and Paris.

Could President Trump be the man who actually decides, which city gets the Games?

His Welcome to America policies could be all Los Angeles needs to have a failed bid. Would any Muslim country vote for Los Angeles.

I have worries too about the Budapest bid, as the current Government there isn’t that popular in parts of the EU.

So does that mean Paris is a shoe-in? But what would be Marine Le Pen’s view?

I suppose Riyadh could make a last-minute bid!

 

January 29, 2017 Posted by | Sport | , , , , | 3 Comments

Building Railways In The UK Is Easy

I have just read this article on Global Rail News, which is entitled French Senate approves Lyon-Turin rail link.

That sounds easy until you read this from the Wikipedia entry.

Test drilling found some internally stressed coal-bearing schists that are poorly suited for a tunnel boring machine, and old-fashion Drilling and blasting will be used for the short corresponding sections.

It is not going to be a simple tunnelling job. It is more akin to some of the eighteenth and nineteenth century tunnels through the Pennines. Except that the tunnel will be 57 kilometres long and modern explosives are better.

It will carry a lot of freight, in addition to passengers from Paris and Lyon to Northern Italy.

But I doubt, I’ll ever be able to take a High Speed Train from London to Milan, as I’ll be long gone before everything is completed.

January 28, 2017 Posted by | Travel | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

By TGV Est From Strasbourg To Paris

This was a two hour twenty minute trip on the top deck of a TGV on the LGV Est, which is one of the fastest lines in Europe. It cost me around £57 for the nearly 400 km. And that was a walk-up fare. London to Newcastle would probably cost me about £121 booked off-peak at a walk-up.

The train was regularly cruising at just over 300 kph.

February 23, 2015 Posted by | Travel | , , | Leave a comment