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Favorite Rail Road Companies?

Mon Jun 13, 2011 7:26 pm

What is your favortie RR companies?


For me:

1: Amtrak
2: BNSF. I used to like both Santa Fe and Burington Northern, so of corse I am goinng to like the merged product.  
3: Norfolk Southern. Great logo and livery.
4: Union Pacific. Part of US history, and there history of over built locomotives.
5: CSX
 
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RE: Favorite Rail Road Companies?

Mon Jun 13, 2011 7:54 pm

The Great Northern!!

Some of which survives today as Amtrak's Empire Builder.  
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RE: Favorite Rail Road Companies?

Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:39 pm

Definitely not First Great Western, they're shit.
 
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RE: Favorite Rail Road Companies?

Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:07 pm

Progressive Rail-a small rail company in the Twin Cities.

Twin Cities & Western Railroad-saw them almost everyday going to middle school and sometimes I would be late to school waiting for the TC & W train to pass but oh well.

Amtrak-obviously needs improvement but has kept passenger rail alive in the U.S.
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RE: Favorite Rail Road Companies?

Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:46 pm

The largest private commuter rail provider in the greater Nagoya area, Meitetsu (Nagoya Railroad Co.). Service started in 1921 and they are the main local competitor to JR. 275 stations on 20 lines, and a recently introduced smart card that combines commuter fares with points for touch-pad use in shops, restaurants, and vending machines.

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Their rolling stock are well-designed, with impeccable interiors.

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RE: Favorite Rail Road Companies?

Tue Jun 14, 2011 12:58 am

The Alaska Railroad, shush is the only full service line left in the US.

The White Pass and Yukon railroad w which while now just a tourist line is on of the fe remaining three foot narrow guafe railroads left.

The old green and black Burlington Northern lines and the red of CN rail also I find very appealing
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RE: Favorite Rail Road Companies?

Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:43 am

Quoting MasterBean (Reply 2):
Definitely not First Great Western, they're shit.

I take them once a month to Cardiff and it's a nightmare every time; something always seems to go wrong (which can be quite infuriating when I have a flight to catch!). As well, it's a huge ripoff if I don't purchase in advance.
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RE: Favorite Rail Road Companies?

Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:22 pm

Without a doubt it must be London Underground!


I guess my second option would be JR West...their Hikari Railstar services from Osaka south are unbeatable (the whole train feels like business class).
 
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Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:43 pm

1. Southern Railway System-NS Railway: railroad managed by railroaders and have plenty of friends who worked for and had great respect for the old Southern. It has quite the historic legacy and promotes railroad heritage. Their PR department is second only to the UP's.

2. CSXT: serves many of the towns around where I grew up. Also has a great historic legacy and promotes railroad heritage.

3. Union Pacific: a survivor. Has great historic legacy and promotes railroad heritage.
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RE: Favorite Rail Road Companies?

Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:30 pm

It has to be Union Pacific, the only US railroad that has survived from the early beginnings till today, never has been merged into another carrier, has kept its logo and appearance from the beginning. But I put BNSF on the same level, the result of 4 grand railroads (AT&SF, CB&Q, NP and GN) merged into one, they have proudly kept the heritage of the original companies.

Union Pacific never changed its name but BNSF is an excellent name made up from the heritage of four great lines.
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RE: Favorite Rail Road Companies?

Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:39 pm

1. Amtrak - keeping passenger train travel alive since 1971! I've heard the horror stories, but I've never had a bad trip with AMTK
2. Indian Railways - there's nothing better than feeling the wind on your face while on a train!
3. BNSF - They probably care more for Amtrak than any other Class 1 RR
4. Norfolk Southern - nice colors, and SOU was a great company
5. Union Pacific - Look at 10 pictures of their trains out west. They cross some AMAZING scenery.
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RE: Favorite Rail Road Companies?

Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:55 pm

Quoting Airstud (Reply 1):
Some of which survives today as Amtrak's Empire Builder.

Went on that train a couple of years back - a wonderful experience that provides a unique perspective on America. It takes over 40 hours, but I'd go again...

In the UK, erm... hard to tell. I quite liked GNER before they lost the East Coast franchise. Proper loco-hauled long distance trains and a great image. The much-maligned Virgin Trains makes it into my good books too; I've been impressed by the quality of the staff and the service offered, and I'm still a bit bitter that they lost the Cross Country franchise to Arriva. I've travelled the Cross Country route from North East to South on a great many occasions, and I've watched the fares go up, the standard of service go down (not on the part of the staff, who do their best in often difficult situations), and in particular I've noticed that value advance tickets seem practically impossible to find since the takeover of the franchise.
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RE: Favorite Rail Road Companies?

Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:57 am

For me:

1) Union Pacific, for reasons way too numerous to mention here.
2) British Columbia Railway (BC Rail in the closing years) Doesn't exist anymore, is now part of CN (Canadian National.) But it was a unique railroad in my mind, traveling through incredibly scenic country. I had many great experiences with this railroad.
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RE: Favorite Rail Road Companies?

Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:55 am

With the great rail network here in Europe I have traveled on too many railroad companies to mention. The following are noteworthy though. A couple of US rail road companies included.

1) (SNCF - Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français) Both the SNCF TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) and SNCF Téoz trains offer great service at good prices.

2) Shared 2nd place between Thalys and Eurostar, fast, comfortable, and very convenient. If you don't book far ahead it can be expensive though.

3) NMBS - Nationale Maatschappij der Belgische Spoorwegen (Belgian National Railroad) not that expensive and very comfortable trains. The stopper trains can be old and a little noisy but the inter city trains are magnificent and I have yet to suffer a delay of any meaning. Also they have great staff, although the French speaking onces can be a little stubborn when it comes to communicating in English or Dutch.

4) DB - Deutsche Bahn. Can sometimes be a bit expensive but if there is a problem on the rails the staff and service are impressive. Depending on your route the trains will be either modern and comfortable or old, crowded and a little uncomfortable.

5) NS - Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch National Railroad). For all the wining and complaining of all the Dutch people, me included, they offer a great network. The train is expensive and delays can be the norm on certain days but you can still get a train at least once every 30 minutes to any destination in the Netherlands without dealing with traffic jams and stressed drivers, just get out your book and relax. Staff are helpful, polite and sometimes quite funny. Like with the Belgian Railroad the stopper trains can be a little old and noisy but the sprinters and most inter city trains are modern.

6) Shared place Amtrak in the USA and National Express East Coast Train in the UK, drove on both of them twice. Horrendously expensive but very comfortable trains. Amtrak does have a limited network though. The UK east coast train offers good connectivity.

7) Veolia. Modern yet uncomfortable trains, just as expensive as NS but do offer more trains per hour than NS used to. Service in case of problems is dismal though.

Last but not least.
8) Strasburg Railroad, Pennsylvania USA. Great tourist railroad with steam powered locomotives. They offer a great ride through the Pennsylvania countryside but their only stations are the starting point and a pick nick spot making them absolutely useless as a transportation option but still worth mentioning, hence the 8th place.

Little bit of advice. try to avoid, Italian, Romanian and Russian trains. Old, dirty and unreliable are the norm there.

Side note: I do love the bright yellow and blue colors of the NS trains. (On an aviation related note the train below will reach it's operational top speed of 160kph on the Utrecht to Schiphol airport route. According to wikipedia anyway.)

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RE: Favorite Rail Road Companies?

Wed Jun 15, 2011 1:12 pm

Definitely Indian railways - the joys of traveling by train in the subcontinent are "different" but something I enjoy thoroughly. The "antiseptic" railways of the western world are quite boring by comparison!
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RE: Favorite Rail Road Companies?

Wed Jun 15, 2011 1:14 pm

My experiences with railways are somewhat limited but my choices for good railways are:
SNCF, and DB for passenger trains.

CPR (Canadian Pacific Railway) at the top for freight trains. The story behind the CPR is also very compelling- not just the political stuff, but the physical building-of-the-line stuff.


One that hits the not-so-favourite list is VIA rail. What a national embarrassment. It has decent service in Central Canada, but Vancouver gets three departures and arrivals A WEEK but twice daily service from AMTRAK.

Although it has improved in recent years, it was so bad that it was seriously lampooned by a satirist a few years back, saying that VIA had had a promotional campaign contest called, "VIA RAIL: WHEN YOU NEED TO GET THERE IN THE WORST WAY". First prize: 1 return-fare for two anywhere VIA went. Second prize: 2 return-fares for two anywhere VIA went.

It was so bad I actually thought the promotion had been real at first.

I remember years back, returning to Canada after riding the rails in France, taking the train from Montreal to Toronto. After the TGV and 'lesser' services on the SNCF, my VIA Rail train rumbled and rocked out of Montreal's main (and VIA's flagship) station, clickity-clacking past decades-unused wooden telegraph poles, smoke from the engines wafting past the window at the breakneck speed of 20 MPH for what seemed like hours.
 
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RE: Favorite Rail Road Companies?

Wed Jun 15, 2011 4:25 pm

My opinion (and rank) on the current UK operators which I have used:

1. East Coast

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5a/43251_Eaton_Lane.jpg

The trains, whilst quite old are very comfortable and refurbished to a high standard, the staff are fantastic and when I used them during the very bad snow in december (London to Durham took 7 hours rather than 3) the staff were fantastic in dealing with the unhappy travellers and making the best of a bad situation.

2. ScotRail:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cd/Scotrail_Saltire_Livery_Class_158.jpg

Based on a few journeys between Edinburgh and Dundee I took I have never come across an unhelpful member of staff and the trains are more comfortable (and newer) when compared to other companies which operate in similar situations (FGW).

3. First TransPennine Express:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/dd/British_Rail_Class_185_119_.JPG

I have never found anyone working on the railways in the northern part of the UK who was anything other than helpful and nice. The benefit of FTPE over northern is the more comfortable, newer, trains, however past this there isn't much to choose between them.

4. Northern

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3e/Class_323_NR_Piccadilly_%28NR_Livery%29.JPG

As said with FTPE above, good staff, but the trains are old and uncomfortable.

5. Southern

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e9/ABU0001.jpg

Of the 3 South London Commuter lines has more comfortable seating and the best staff, however standing is more likely due to the more generous seating leading to fewer seats.

6. First Capital Connect

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/86/Class_377_%28Unit_377_501%29_at_Brighton.jpg

Similar seating to Southern, however staff generally seem more bored and uncaring.

7. South West Trains

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f4/Class450-ClaphamJunction-20080513.JPG

Staff are a bit of a mixed bag, the stock is generally quite new (as with the other 2 above) however is comparatively less comfortable (with 5 across versus 4 across on southern/FCC's routes to the south coast).

8. Crosscountry

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6d/220011_Newton_Abbot.JPG

The trains are simply too small for the demand at any time of the day, the seats are uncomfortable and delays are definitely the norm. The staff is generally ok, the only positive thing with the company.

9. First (Worst) Great Western

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/72/43021_at_Paddington_A.jpg

The worst train company I have ever had to deal with. The high speed service trains are not large enough to cope with the demand, on the services between Plymouth and London (~4 hours) if you don't book a seat and get on at Exeter or later, you'll be lucky to not be standing or sitting on the floor for 3 hours. Going the other way if you get on at Reading (the first stop after London) you WILL be standing at least to Taunton but probably to Exeter, 2 hours standing up for a ridiculously high fare. On the London area commuter trains, a refresh is desperately needed, the seats are very uncomfortable and unsuitable for the longer journeys e.g. London - Hereford or Reading - Gatwick Airport, as for the country lines, as with Northern the trains are the old leftovers from everywhere else, increasing the lengths of some train services has been a good development from FGW, however the ride quality and comfort on some of these trains is unbearable.
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RE: Favorite Rail Road Companies?

Wed Jun 15, 2011 5:36 pm

Quoting czbbflier (Reply 15):
The trains are simply too small for the demand at any time of the day, the seats are uncomfortable and delays are definitely the norm. The staff is generally ok, the only positive thing with the company.

Could not agree more with this!! The trains themselves are lovely, but I just hate them. With a passion. Every Friday I have to brave the 1731 from Birmingham New Street to Manchester Piccadilly. In my whole entire life, I have never ever got a seat on this train, ever, even in first class. So we all have to stand, it's cramped and just awful. You really are squished in like sardines. And then it's ALWAYS late, without a doubt. Last week we were 20 minutes late. Just ridiculous. And then I have to go back on them on the Sunday.

London Midland are also a company which I dislike. Living in the West Midlands, if you want to go anywhere you have to go with them. Except for the 'cross city routes', just like CrossCountry there are far to many people for the train. I live in a town called Bromsgrove, south Birmingham and the trains are always packed. You'll never get a seat. There's only ever two or three carriages making things not the nicest. of experiences.. However they do have a excellent presence on twitter letting you know if there are ever any issues anywhere on the network.

On a more positive note, I do rather like Virgin Trains. I guess like anything else with the Virgin brand it's cool, hip and funky. The trains are always sparkling clean inside and out, and of course they are very fast.
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RE: Favorite Rail Road Companies?

Wed Jun 15, 2011 5:58 pm

Quoting IH8BY (Reply 11):
The much-maligned Virgin Trains makes it into my good books too; I've been impressed by the quality of the staff and the service offered, and I'm still a bit bitter that they lost the Cross Country franchise to Arriva.

That makes two of us who are still bitter about that. Ever since Arriva took over Cross Country, us in the North West have had to settle for no direct services to the South West or anywhere north of Edinburgh. On top of that Virgin were left with Voyagers to run totally under the wires from Birmingham to Glasgow/Edinburgh but hey, this is the Department For Transport we are talking about here! Bring on the Pendolino's on the route I say...

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RE: Favorite Rail Road Companies?

Thu Jun 16, 2011 12:28 am

Quoting extspotter (Reply 16):
The trains are simply too small for the demand at any time of the day, the seats are uncomfortable and delays are definitely the norm.

I think 'any time of the day' needs rephrasing slightly. I've regularly travelled back from Sheffield after 7pm, up to Manchester at 7am, and up to York in the middle of the day and had the carriage to myself. Unfortunately, during the busy periods they do suffer and this is purely down to a lack of foresight when the stock was ordered. These trains should not have been 4/5 car ever. Fortunately the mistakes were rectified on the Meridians currently in use with East Midlands Trains. Here's hoping DaFT see sense and allow Bombardier to electrify the 22x's and lengthen them to 7 car trains.

Aside from that, I've never found the seats uncomfortable either, on long or short journeys. I find the seats used in FGW and XC HST's to be worse. On a delay related note, most of my delays with XC (all of which I have been compensated well for) are actually down to infrastructure issues, not TOC related.



As to my favourite TOC's...



1. Virgin Trains. They offer a very good, solid, product which has never failed to disappoint me, especially the staff. The fleet is modern and comfortable, although the Pendo's can be awfully claustrophobic at times... I much preferred my journeys in the 10 car Super Voyagers.

2. East Midlands Trains. Never had a problem using them down to London St Pancras, or across the Pennines to Liverpool and vice versa. Modern fleet, good interiors, and the staff have been okay. They also used to have some excellent 1st Advance deals.

3. First TransPennine Express. Used them a number of times to get to and from Manchester Airport, and have generally been reliable. The trains can get packed occasionally, but I've not had a bad experience with them or their staff.

4. East Coast. The standard of the refurbishment of their stock is excellent, and I've had a number of pleasant journeys with them, both when they were GNER, National Express, and now East Coast. The staff have always been friendly too.

5. CrossCountry. For all their failings (which are mostly down to the government and the stock it ordered) I have a soft spot for CrossCountry. I've never had a bad member of staff, and correspondence to delay repay claims and other issues have been addressed swiftly every time. I also, as previously mentioned, do rather like the Voyagers when they're not standing room only.



I've also had the pleasure of using London Midland, Northern Rail and Southern. The former is my local operator in the West Midlands, and I've had numerous cancellations and late running with them, but again, these are often infrastructure related and thus unavoidable really. Northern are okay, the stock is very poor, but otherwise friendly staff and good customer service. The latter I have only used for one journey, but it was on time and not full so I cannot complain.
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RE: Favorite Rail Road Companies?

Thu Jun 16, 2011 2:21 am

Quoting L-188 (Reply 5):
The Alaska Railroad

Man, I wanna ride that sucker bad.

Quoting 57AZ (Reply 8):
Union Pacific
Quoting PanHAM (Reply 9):
Union Pacific
Quoting AzoresLover (Reply 12):
Union Pacific

Gotta love the UP for their investment in preserving railroad history. That means a lot to me.

Although the ATSF will always be close to my heart. Many family and friends have worked for Santa Fe. I've always loved their Warbonnett livery. Ever since I was a kid, I've collected Lionel trains. My favorite locomotives have always been the ATSF Warbonnet diesels. Anybody whose ever had a model railroad has had to have an ATSF locomotive of some kind.

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RE: Favorite Rail Road Companies?

Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:31 pm

Quoting extspotter (Reply 16):
Of the 3 South London Commuter lines has more comfortable seating and the best staff, however standing is more likely due to the more generous seating leading to fewer seats.
Quoting extspotter (Reply 16):
Staff are a bit of a mixed bag, the stock is generally quite new (as with the other 2 above) however is comparatively less comfortable (with 5 across versus 4 across on southern/FCC's routes to the south coast).

Most Southern trains have 5 across.

Those used for Metro services all have 5 across. The 377s all have a mix of 2+2 and 2+3 seating with the exception of the 3-car trains mostly used for the Brighton fast services. The Turbostars also only have 2+2 seating but they are mainly used on the London Bridge to Uckfield route.

The 442s that are used for certain Southern services as well as Gatwick Express are 2+2...they also have in my opinion the best ride of any UK train. Very smooth and quiet.

Quoting extspotter (Reply 16):
Similar seating to Southern, however staff generally seem more bored and uncaring.

In my opinion FCC are awful. Most of their trains, the 319s, are 2+3 seating and look old and uninviting. They run 4-car trains in the shoulder peak periods which is totally insufficient to deal with demand...indeed I've found their services just outside of peak times are more crowded than their already hideously overcrowded peak services.

They cancel trains left, right and centre for no apparent reason - or lie about the reason. I found out that my train was cancelled once because of no driver - the reason given over the tannoy was a fault with the train which later proved to be nonsense because when a driver was found, that exact train was used to operate the service.

They can be 10 or 15 minutes late arriving in Central London but make up the time before reaching their final destination and therefore not be classified as late.

I would love to comment on the quality of their staff, but to do that I would have to find one first!
 
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RE: Favorite Rail Road Companies?

Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:49 pm

Do fallen flags count? If so, the New York Central, Pennsylvania Railroad, and the New Haven Railroad all interest me greatly:
 
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RE: Favorite Rail Road Companies?

Sat Jun 18, 2011 1:09 pm

Quoting KevinL1011 (Reply 20):
Although the ATSF will always be close to my heart. Many family and friends have worked for Santa Fe. I've always loved their Warbonnett livery. Ever since I was a kid, I've collected Lionel trains. My favorite locomotives have always been the ATSF Warbonnet diesels. Anybody whose ever had a model railroad has had to have an ATSF locomotive of some kind.




I grow up not to far from the main ATSF RR tracks that connected Long Beach or Los Angeles Harbor with the rail yard behind downtown Los Angeles, so I grew up liking ATSF. I remember back in the days when locomotives could be heard for miles, you would hear the horn, then you know when the train was passing by due to the sound of the locomotives. I pretty sure I heard a few ATSF SD-45s, because I heard that slighty high pitch hump come thpugh that area before. I believe that the first container train I ever seen was an ATSF train back in 1991 or 92. Sadly I missed the locomotives that morning.
 
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Sat Jun 18, 2011 1:59 pm

The old US Steel owned railroads, specifically the Union, Bessemer & Lake Erie and the Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range.
 
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RE: Favorite Rail Road Companies?

Sat Jun 18, 2011 3:14 pm

Quoting extspotter (Reply 16):
The high speed service trains are not large enough to cope with the demand

Way to point out the blinking obvious.. perhaps you could suggest an alternative plan, given that the trains are generally 8 carriages long and already densely seated?
 
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RE: Favorite Rail Road Companies?

Sat Jun 18, 2011 3:59 pm

Quoting NQYGuy (Reply 25):
perhaps you could suggest an alternative plan, given that the trains are generally 8 carriages long and already densely seated?

Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe there are no double decker trains in the UK are there? Maybe that would be an option?
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RE: Favorite Rail Road Companies?

Sat Jun 18, 2011 4:09 pm

Quoting petertenthije (Reply 26):
Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe there are no double decker trains in the UK are there? Maybe that would be an option?

The smaller loading gauge in the UK prohibits double deckers - it was tried, but overall failed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bilevel_rail_car#United_Kingdom

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Sat Jun 18, 2011 4:20 pm

Quoting petertenthije (Reply 26):
Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe there are no double decker trains in the UK are there? Maybe that would be an option?

The problem is that there is no money for new trains. Well, there probably is somewhere.. but the way trains are purchased and franchises work in this country severely confuses me and many others.

The second problem is of course that the infrastructure is too small or not high enough, i.e it would be cost prohibitive to rebuild hundreds of bridges.
 
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Sat Jun 18, 2011 5:48 pm

I took a lot of train rides, during the last years, but only tried a few companies.

- DB (german railway company): delays are quiet normal on some trains, like the night trains (CNL). When I went to Munich, last month, it picked up 3 hours delay somewhere on the way. But it's ok, as you can get some sleep on it. Try to book in advance, or you might end up on another train, if the CNL is fully booked. Also it might get expensive.
ICE trains are also ok, but it's nearly impossible to get some sleep, due to uncomfortable seats (if you try to lay down, though). IC trains can be everything from new and comfortable, to old and noisy. Regional trains, well, depends on the time, they can be very spacious, and they can be crowded, smelly and without a properly working air-condition.
The employees are most of the time friendly, but speak a horrible english (ok, not all of them   )

- SBB (swiss railway company): is said to be the best in the world. Well, I took some rides with them, and I always wondered about the clean cars, no graffity, no trash lying around, even on the regional trains. Very comfortable, the staff is always friendly, even if the train is crowded.

- SNCF (french railway company): Only took a ride on the TGV. Was impressed, such a nice train, really. Clean, nice interior, and fast.
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Sun Jun 19, 2011 2:26 am

1. SNCF - TGV (France)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhp03t5nwYE

2. Thalys (France, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEHZnhJtqA0

3. Eurostar (France, UK, Belgium)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MMNlsatk18

4. Venice Simplon Orient Express

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K89xgioWOWI
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RE: Favorite Rail Road Companies?

Sun Jun 19, 2011 5:02 am

1 - Nederlandse Spoorwegen. (Holland) - Great Network, easy to understand, incredibly frequent.

2 - JR (Japan). Can be difficult for foreigners to understand the system, but once you get it, its marvellous. and the Trains are amazing

3 - Deutsche Bahn DB (Germany). Love the ICE high speed trains. Probably my favourite high speed train of all, even if they are sometimes not too fast.

4 - SBB (Switzerland). Reminds me of NS in Holland, just with red trains!

5 - Irish rail on the Intercity Network. I like the trains...... The commuter services in Dublin are fine, just nowhere near frequent enough.
 
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Tue Jun 21, 2011 1:08 pm

Quoting T8KE0FF (Reply 17):
Quoting czbbflier (Reply 15):
The trains are simply too small for the demand at any time of the day, the seats are uncomfortable and delays are definitely the norm. The staff is generally ok, the only positive thing with the company.

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Tue Jun 21, 2011 2:30 pm

Quoting Nimish (Reply 14):
Definitely Indian railways - the joys of traveling by train in the subcontinent are "different" but something I enjoy thoroughly. The "antiseptic" railways of the western world are quite boring by comparison!

Ha! Brings back memories. Used to take the Grand Trunk Express from Delhi to Madras as a student - 1100 miles in 36 hours. Definitely not boring, as you say. The chaiwallahs, miraculous appearance of meals from the dining car, and the coal dust...We had those awesome Canadian locomotives pulling us - majestic beasts!
 
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Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:58 pm

My local TOC is Chiltern Railways. They're pretty good. They have a certain English charm to them, which I think is the secret to their success.

I think their London terminal, Marylebone, is the nicest terminal (although St Pancras International qualifies as the most impressive), although the Tube station is a dive (the Bakerloo is the unwanted autistic step child of the London Underground). Given that the Chiltern line is non electrified, the atmosphere is surprisingly benign, especially when compared to Paddington, which is an asthmatic's nightmare. Their part of South Ruislip station is a dump though, particularly when compared to the Central line side.

I just wish their timetable was more consistent. My local station gets 2tph, which is reasonably given it isn't a particularly built up area, but it is anyone's guess what stations they will call at. I understand why of course. The Chiltern mainline was hit hard by the Beeching Axe. Chiltern are now having to operate a mix of suburban commuter services and intercity services on a line that is double track at best. There's a limit to how may stops local trains can make without blocking the line to the fast trains. But I'd really like more trains at Sudbury Hill Harrow for connection to the Piccadilly line.
 
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Wed Jun 22, 2011 1:41 am

Call me crazy, but my pick is the Long Island Rail Road.

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Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:34 am

Quoting Glom (Reply 34):
My local TOC is Chiltern Railways. They're pretty good. They have a certain English charm to them

Interesting, given that they areowned by Deutsche Bahn!

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Wed Jun 22, 2011 5:42 pm

Quoting signol (Reply 36):
Interesting, given that they areowned by Deutsche Bahn!

Well maybe it's a provincial German charm. Either way, it's a provincial charm that does it for them. Except at South Ruislip.
 
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Wed Jun 22, 2011 7:17 pm

Quoting Glom (Reply 37):

 

Even though I haven't used Chiltern for years, when I was a student in Birmingham, they were my preferred operator to London.

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