Back-on-Track is a European network to support European cross-border passenger train traffic and in particular the night trains.
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2 weeks ago
WILL FLIGHT-SHAMING CHANGE OUR TRAVEL HABITS?
Beyond the hashtag #flygskam, the social phenomenon from Sweden overwhelms the polluting use of the aircraft.
"Flight-shaming has reversed the glamorous and modern image of air travel," Joachim Holstein from Back-on-Track says in this interview. He believes in the interest of night trains for consumers and investors alike: "The night train market can be very fruitful if you communicate better on how to book them. For travelers, they earn two and a half-hour by avoiding going to the airport."
Read the interview (in French):
www.lesechos.fr/thema/mobilites-innovations/le-flight-shaming-changera-t-il-nos-habitudes-de-voya... ... See MoreSee Less
3 weeks ago
DANISH DSB MOVES EC TRAINS TO/FROM HAMBORG FROM THE BALTIC SEA TO GREAT BELT
The long-awaited press release from DSB about the future EC train to Hamburg has come.
DSB says (in excerpt):
Due to extensive track work on Lolland-Falster and in Schleswig-Holstein, DSB's traffic to and from German will be traveling via the Great Belt for the next ten years. The change will take effect from the change of timetable on December 15, 2019.
Danes who want to travel by train to Hamburg Hbf, are now taking a trip by bus to Rødbyhavn, where they are going to train and ferry. This results in longer travel time and less comfort.
"That situation risks DSB having to repeat for the next many years, and we want to avoid that, and therefore we have, in consultation with the German Railways, DB, decided to run via the Great Belt instead, until the Fehmarnbelt link is ready,” explains DSB's information manager Tony Bispeskov.
Travel time between Copenhagen H and Hamburg Hbf is a bit faster via the Great Belt, and the trains run three times daily.
Driving times in the new model
Copenhagen H - Hamburg 4 hours and 36 minutes
Hamburg - Copenhagen H 4 hours and 40 minutes
Travel time examples Copenhagen H - Hamburg via Rødby Ferry
By train all the way 4 hours and 41 minutes
With train bus and shift in Rødby 5 hours and 6 minutes
The good thing about the model is:
Fast trains, stable for 10 years.
Higher and flexible capacity (eg 3 IC3 train sets) morning and afternoon from Copenhagen to Hamburg, corresponding with important train connections in Hamburg.
Phasing in new equipment instead of old diesel IC3 in 2023-24 when it is ready.
The 2-hour model in and out of Hamburg can become a one-hour model when it turns out necessary.
The Aarhus and Copenhagen trains supplement each other in respectively Kolding and Fredericia.
The bad thing about the model is:
Should have come a year before.
New equipment is not with a real bistro, only snacks in a vending machine (and you miss the ferry's restaurant / cafeteria).
The service of Nykøbing Fl. and of course Lübeck gets worse.
The uncertainty of our knowledge now is:
Timetables is now published (small changes may come), and not all connections are perfect in respectively Copenhagen (to/from Sweden / Norway) and south to/from Hamburg. ... See MoreSee Less