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Interesting Links for 24-09-2016


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Sep. 24th, 2016 09:41 am (UTC)
That enthusiastic night train article fails to mention the many people, including me, who are completely unable to sleep on a moving vehicle, even if lying down. Observation on holiday boards suggest that there are more of us than sleeping-car enthusiasts think.
Sep. 24th, 2016 03:43 pm (UTC)
I can't sleep on trains when the mattress is parallel to the tracks, but I'm fine when the mattress is perpendicular. Tried it on the same train line, so it's not related to track conditions.
Sep. 24th, 2016 12:19 pm (UTC)
I get the impression that the EU rail competition policy is an example of British success at influencing EU policy, exporting our domestic successes (hem hem). However I don't know if my impression bears any resemblance to the actual reality of where this policy came from. (Of course there is a general drive to de-monopolization across the board, and the British government has been keen on it for decades; but is the EU naturally keen on it or will they relax a bit after brexit?)
Sep. 24th, 2016 03:44 pm (UTC)
When the UK got rid of its overnight trains from London to Edenburogqhurgle, Canada's VIA Rail snapped up the rolling stock. They are quite comfortable.
Sep. 24th, 2016 08:16 pm (UTC)
Those aren't stock from the Anglo-Scottish sleepers, which still exist. They were built for sleeper trains to Europe through the Channel Tunnel, which never happened because air deregulation created budget airlines and destroyed their market.
Sep. 25th, 2016 04:57 am (UTC)
Trains are the only form of moving vehicle upon which I can easily sleep, which is ironic given that when I'm on the train, I don't want to sleep — I want to see the scenery.

On my trip to the second Glasgow Worldcon, my wife and I took the overnight sleeper from Glasgow to London, using our BritRail pass (plus the sleeper supplement), and we figured it was less expensive than a hotel room. It was regrettably uncomfortable (some fool had left the heat on in the car during the day), but we were both so tired from Worldcon that we slept anyway. We also took an overnight sleeper in Japan from Sapporo to Tokyo Ueno as part of our post-2007 Worldcon tourism, and that was very nice as well. (On that trip, I was willing to spring for the super-deluxe room at the tail of the train with wrap-around windows, but there's only one (of course), you can only book sleepers 30 days ahead, and (at least then), you couldn't do it online or even through a travel agency — you had to actually physically go to a Japan Rail station to book it. Very annoying, particularly when one was willing to plop down the $800 sleeper supplement if there had been any way to do it. (By the time we got to Japan, all of the "A" sleeper berths were sold and we had to settle for the smaller "B" berths.)

We've taken Amtrak cross-country to two Worldcons (Montreal 2009 and Chicago 2012) and a NASFiC (Detroit 2014), taking the California Zephyr, Lake Shore Limited, Texas Eagle/Sunset Limited, and Southwest Chief sleeper trains (and other short-haul connections) on various trips. In all cases it has been using Amtrak points earned through credit cards, and it's our favorite way to travel.
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