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    Health pass required for French TGV, etc...

    I think it could have been a possibility in the early times of the mask mandate, yes. But as of today, it is definitely a voluntary behavior. In France, unlike in some other countries, you have to wear a mask pretty much everywhere indoors, that includes train stations, buses, trains, planes...
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    Health pass required for French TGV, etc...

    It's a QR code that proves that either you've been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days, or that you took a test that came back negative no more that 48 hours ago. Doesn't matter if the code is printed or shown on a screen You mean it's disproportionate to fine people for not wearing a mask...
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    European RR flood problems

    Most of traffic has been restored in Belgium, although some lines won't reopen until August 30th. Intempéries : état du réseau ferroviaire
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    More Night Trains for Europe

    Not exactly a private operator: Euro Carex is a project for an European HSR freight network, but so far... nothing. https://www.eurocarex.fr/?setlang=en
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    More Night Trains for Europe

    An hypothetical Berlin-Barcelona high-speed train would take 15 hours with the current infrastructure... Bruxelles-Barcelona would be easier. No, discontinued in 2015, as there was not enough "next business day" mail to carry anymore to make it economically sustainable.
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    More Night Trains for Europe

    Well that's already the distance covered by conventional rolling stock :)
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    More Night Trains for Europe

    Which has never been a high(er)-speed train, its max speed was 160 kph / 99 mph :) (I don't think there are many 200 kph / 124 mph night trains in Europe, and there's definitely none (with proper night stock) going faster than that) No, it was discontinued in 2012 (end of Artesia), restored in...
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    More Night Trains for Europe

    But the Shinkansen only reached "high-speed" (> 249 kph) in 1992 (300 series, running at 270 kph), while TGV has been running high-speed since 1981 (then at 270 kph). TGV carries 10 times more passengers per month than the Shinkansen does per day (so in other words, the Shinkansen carries 3...
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    More Night Trains for Europe

    Well they do, but even the most multi-system locomotives are limited to a few countries. European countries has a very wide range of voltage (1,5 kV, 3 kV, 15 kV, 25 kV, with different pantograph specs) and signalling systems (pretty much every country has its own, and the common "ECTS" is far...
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    More Night Trains for Europe

    Oops my mistake, I was only thinking about serious proposals, not the "we're launching a five stars night trains in 3 years even though there's definitely no rolling stock available at the moment" one, but I hope I'm wrong about them :) (Analysis of their plan: Midnight Trains - we wish them...
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    More Night Trains for Europe

    Well it does most of the time actually :) Runs via Vallorbe and Domodossola (and sometimes via Modane when it's not going through Switzerland for whatever reason) Paris - Venice has never been an ÖBB service : it was Artesia (SNCF / Trenitalia in cooperation), then Thello when Trenitalia wanted...
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    More Night Trains for Europe

    Besides Covid, Thello had several other issues that led to those services being cancelled : - On the night Paris-Venice train, border checks at the Swiss/Italian and French/Swiss border were common (although illegal by Schengen border laws...). Not really enjoyable to be woken up twice in the...
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    More Night Trains for Europe

    Although spending the night in the car deck of a ship with no AC wasn't exactly "romantic" ;)
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    More Night Trains for Europe

    It's not SJ that was running this train, but Transdev (Snälltåget). It was only running between Berlin and Malmö with no intermediate stops, and was put on a ferry between Sassnitz and Trelleborg. The ferry has been discontinued, so the train now runs via Hamburg and Copenhagen (not via the...
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    Brussels-Vienna night train returns as Europe eyes flying alternatives

    It's a "work in progress", but they still have to make an offcial RFP, find operators and rolling stock, etc.
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    Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg, & Copenhagen

    Unfortunately yes you'll have to pay €69.80, the Super Sparpreis fare is non exchangeable / non refundable. But again, if you haven't bought yet the last leg, wait until January 1st @ 5:00am (GMT +1), the prices will drop of about ~10% due to the VAT rate reduction.
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    OOB NightJet New Sleepers

    The NY Times published a story about the Nightjet: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/23/business/overnight-train-austria.html
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    Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg, & Copenhagen

    Given your itinerary : - *Don't* buy a Eurail pass. It will be much cheaper to buy advance tickets from DB. - Consider 1st class, usually about €10 to €20 more that 2nd class, and seat reservation is included. Note that unless you have a full fare 1st class ticket, you don't have access to the...
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    Flygskam (Flight Shame)

    That's not what I meant there. Of course you can buy a full fare ticket valid for any train from A to B, but you can also buy a ticket at a reduced fare, only valid for a specific long-distance train (i.e. "only valid on ICE 77 between Hamburg 12:24pm and Frankfurt 4:00pm on January 3rd" for...
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    Flygskam (Flight Shame)

    It's worth mentioning that all trains in Germany (there are only a few exceptions) *don't* have mandatory seat reservation. Which means that it's not because that you have a ticket for a particular train that you'll be sure to have a seat if you didn't reserve a seat (free in 1st class when...
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