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Hooray for trains

This weekend, I took my longest train journey in recent memory. It was only a matter of hours, but after so much air travel over the past few years, it was a welcome change of pace.

I could freely cross and uncross my legs. Power and wifi were widely available. All of this in standard class!

Where do I sign up for more?


Written by Matt Zimmerman

March 29, 2009 at 21:28

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  1. Which company ?


    March 29, 2009 at 22:13

    • National Express East Coast, and Grand Central Rail (both UK)


      March 29, 2009 at 23:32

      • Ahh…I live in Leeds, but work in London – however thanks to National Express East Coast, I’m able to leave home at a normal time, work on the train with the free wifi (yes free…you don’t pay for it) and arrive in the office having done 2 and half hours work.

        Mind you the internet’s not very fast on a busy train, but I’m not complaining for a free service.


        April 1, 2009 at 10:17

  2. Ah, yes, European trains…multiple train options per day, outlets, tables…

    American trains:
    One train on each route per day. Maybe. Sometimes fewer than that. If I want to go to the city where my parents live, my only option is a train at 4:30pm. Coming back, my only option is a train at 5:45am. Power? One pair of outlets…per car. Wifi? What? We don’t even get cell phone reception! But yes, the legroom is great.


    March 29, 2009 at 22:33

  3. Osaka-Tokyo has one high-speed train leaving every ten minutes or so. Less trafficked lines and off-peak times has the rate drop to once every twenty minutes. Don’t even need to “catch the train” – just show up at the station and take the next one up.


    March 30, 2009 at 01:34

  4. Ha-ha :) Try to travel from Moscow to Vladivistok by train – 2 weeks without wifi, power and shower :)))


    March 30, 2009 at 08:13

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