>riding on the transpyrenean railway>already into the mountains>outside its cold and raining>sitting in comfy train>at the border a comfy night train is waiting for me>tfw riding first class in the night trainWords can not describe this level of comfiness
This is a ~20 year old commuter train, but they put in these new seats which are nice. Regular commuter units have hard seats...
Best thing is the heaters. They get your feet nice and warm.
>>1130210I'm jealous, post more pics of the scenery
>>1130218I'll try but it's getting dark nao
We're at Planoles!
Just pased Toses now, right after the afaik only spiral tunnel in all of Spain. I can't take pics while we're moving anymore, what with the little light, motion and trees in the foreground fucking up the focus. I'll try and snap some at the stations.Also with all the tunnels and sparse villages I keep losing coverage.GIV INTERNETS NAO REEEEEEEEEEE
La Molina. Here is the largest skiing resort that can be reached by train. Fun fact, it's publically owned and operated by catalan govt railways. They took it over when it was going broke and now it runs at a profit. Catalan govt railways know their shit.I've gone skiing here, it's breddy gud and you can go there in the morning and be back in the afternoon. How many cities are there where you can go to the beach in summer and skiing in winter? :^)
Sunset in the distance and lights if some mountain town. Beautiful.
Puigcerdà, last town before the french border. Next station is La Tor de Querol, where the iberian gauge ends.
Gare de Latour de Carol-Enveitg
The inglorious end of the spanish broad gauge line.
The Intercités de nuit is already waiting, time to get comfy.
These 25+ year old trains have power outlets inted for power shavers good thing too, nowadays everyone uses them to charge their phones, like I'm doing now.
The regional train on the other track seems more modern.
Frogs got themselves a nice rail network
Hospitalet-pres-l'Andorre, closest station to microstate Andorra which has no railway connection. Look at all the snow, and it's snowing a lot. Comfy levels are through the fucking roof!
Well, I've made my bed, now I'm gonna lie in it. The sheets are a bit like a sleeping bag, at the feet they're sewn together. Also one side is thick and fluffy the other thin. So in winter you just put the thick side on top, and in summer the thin side (there's AC but it's a bit weak at times).You also get a little amenity pack with handkerchiefs, ear buds (very necessary if someone snores), and a wet towel. Also a bottle of water. That's value right there, I paid just 63 europoors for this trip.
It's snowing in Merens les Vals. Bucolic af senpai.The cundoctor lady keeps passing by me when she has to do station announcements from the back of the train and she's always so sorry bc I have to unplug the charger. Shes a qt too, in her uniform and cap. Sry can't take a pic of her tho.Btw good thing we got rid of roaming charges within EU earlier this year, phoneposting is fucking addictive
Comfily watching a movie before sleep while phoneposting. Seriously, FUCK FLYING.
>>1130272I'm in Zürich if you want to meet up and ride some trains anon.
>>1130285Thanks but I'm in Basel this time and will be busy. Some other time perhaps.
>>1130288What food options are available on the train?
>>1130293None. On these trains you're supposed to get on and go to sleep right away. It's true it leaves a bit early for that (6.52pm), but most passengers get on later, mainly in Toulouse, where several carriages are added and the train leaves at around 10pm. Keep in mind this is a heavily subsidized social service because the pyrenees region is otherwise poorly served in long distance trains as difficult terrain and sparse population would make a TGV branch uneconomical.
We arrived punctually at Austerlitz terminal in Paris. This is one of the smaller stations, no TGVs terminate here.
I have to change stations here. Gare de Lyon is just across the river. That large round light on the far side of the bridge is the stations clock tower.
There we are. This isn't the main entrance, but a side entrance, like for people changing stations.
It's an older train, sir, but it checks out.
God, I miss riding trains in France.
I've arrived in Basel yay
You really should stop taking vertical pictures
>>1130476Fuck you that's how I roll
Thanks for the comfy thread, OP. I felt only a fraction of how comfy these European trains are through osmosis.
So apparently my return trip on sunday has been cancelled after Tolouse, which is great, now I'll have to get off the sleeper at 6am and then take a regional for three more hours instead of going all the way in the sleeper and getting up at 9am.The whole meme about french railways being on strike all the fucking time is so true...I don't blame the striking workers as much as the railway administration. If they want to reduce the deficit, cutbacks are a terrible way to do so, it only makes them lose more passengers which again raises deficit, and it all goes in a downwardspiral. Instead they should focus on getting more passengers and filling up the trains, that's how the swiss railways do it and they have very few strikes. You can tell that the french govetnment isn't trying to get people to use tge train, probably by pressure of the automobile lobby. That's usually the case when public railway deficit is responded to with cutbacks.
this is cool, and only 63 euros? where can you book that trip?
63 was only the sleeper to paris, the tgv to Switzerland was about as much or a bit more. I booked it on the sncf website, if you book early you get lower prices.The earliest trains that aren't cancelled bc of strikes are on monday and tickets are 60 for 2nd class and 80 for first.
Alrighty then, time to travel back home. This time it's a single-deck TGV in the Lyria livery (Lyria is the brand name for TGVs that go to Switzerland)
Check out these kewl paintings in the main hall of the Basel train station.
A moment ago the screens at the station said the train would be 15 minutes late, but we left punctually at 6.34pm. I hope I'm this lucky with my connection...
First class interior of the TGV.
>>1131322Do they actually check your tickets? When I was in Europe nobody ever asked and it annoyed me. I could have been in first class the whole time,
>>1131339no, you can sit in second class, get checked then sit in first class then nobody would bother.
Well fuck. My train was cancelled and there was chaos at the Gare d'Austerlitz because of a breakdown in Gare de Montparnasse and they're moving trains to Austerlitz. To top it all of there was a bomb threat and we had to leave. So I just said fuck it and got me a hotel room. Had to get me a day ticket for tomorrow which cost me a bunch, too. I just hope those motherfuckers will compensate me, but I don't get my hopes up. What a bunch of nasty cunts. One can't even travel in Europe anymore without getting fucked over. Last time it was security strike at the airport in Barcelona where you had to spend literally hours and hours waiting to go through security, and now this shit when taking the train. >>1131339I had my ticket checked every time. Maybe because I was travelling first class. Maybe because it's the train to switzerland and they work a bit differently. I'll tell you tomorrow if they checked me on the train to Spain.
>>1130210>447 Series>ComfyPick one
>>1132706The ones with regional style seats are tho.
>I'll tell you tomorrow if they checked me on the train to Spain.Here we are on Thursday...