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    Trivia: Privately owned railways operating a public service

    In Germany there's the Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn who also partially own the infrastructure they run on (with services also extending onto DB Netz infrastructure. Also there's the Norddeutsche Eisenbahngesellschaft Niebüll, where besides there own trains on own infrastructure also have services...
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    Eurostar London - Amsterdam suspended until 2028? Is this just clickbait?

    Ah Amsterdam Zuid. That's not one station before Centraal but actually elsewhere on the railway ring around Amsterdam (South of the city center). This station will indeed house international trains in future, but not in 2023 as the Zuidasdok is delayed and space not available as mentioned...
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    Eurostar London - Amsterdam suspended until 2028? Is this just clickbait?

    Couldn't find anything on the channels of Dutch train drivers on Youtube I know about, but this is at least partially true. On the eastern side of Amsterdam Central, also relevant to Eurostar as Watergraafsmeer yard is on that side of the station, a pretty big construction project is to be...
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    St Pancras timings for Eurostar

    According to a Dutch passenger on Twitter there was a technical problem with the equipment for scanning passports in Rotterdam.
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    Farmers block railway in eastern Netherlands

    Not at all. These are just local protest groups. In the mean time ProRail reports train traffic has been resumed: Source Obviously the suspension of train traffic had mostly to do with the passing loop on the single track section between Vorden and Winterswijk being blocked by the two...
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    Farmers block railway in eastern Netherlands

    The Zutphen - Winterswijk railway in the eastern Netherlands has been blocked by angry farmers tonight, who protest against a new law requiring a huge reduction of emissions of nitrogenous compounds. At Lichtenvoorde-Groenlo station, two diesel multiple units have been chained to the tracks. The...
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    Germany: €9 a month for 3 months from June 1

    Many organisations in the Netherlands are trying to avoid it from happening, but current status here is quite similar to Britain. When the state secretary continues to insist she doesn't want to spend additional money on public transport as of 2023 (compensating the slow recovery of passenger...
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    Eurostar London - Amsterdam suspended until 2028? Is this just clickbait?

    There is no plan yet, the letter from the state secretary I linked above states that there will be looked into a temporary solution. When Amsterdam Central indeed loses its Eurostar facilities temporary your suggestion makes most sense, with the train itself probably still running empty to/from...
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    Eurostar London - Amsterdam suspended until 2028? Is this just clickbait?

    No it's actually potentially 4 years no Eurostar from Amsterdam Central. Tracks are also being realigned and in the final layout platform 15 will no longer be in use. Space is indeed limited: the Eurostar lounge was build already on a platform which previously housed the construction crew of the...
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    Using trains in Belgium and the Netherlands.

    No discounts for Dutch train tickets unfortunately at age 21. The cheap youth day ticket is only available until an age of 18.
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    Passenger has ICE ticket, but gets on the RE train - penalty?

    Probably yes, though the odds of having your tickets checked in an NS train are incredibly low at the moment. (Don't try at Arriva however, they inspect tickets often).
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    Passenger has ICE ticket, but gets on the RE train - penalty?

    In the Netherlands there would be no problem on most routes (for NS-fares it doesn't matter which train you take on the respective routes). However be aware on routes with multiple operators: there you must be checked in at the operator you're travelling with. Otherwise you'll be fined for...
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    DB Derailment at Garmisch, 3 June

    It doens't even have to be an object outside. After a collision in the Netherlands some years ago, it was actually concluded that "hitting parts of the train's interior" was the main cause of sometimes severe injuries. Add the additional energy involved in a train departing the tracks and this...
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    3rd rail systems outside of the uk?

    Those pantographs at full stretch probably have more to do with the small UK loading gauge in relation to the height of the OHLE. As seen here that's much less an issue on the continent.
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    3rd rail systems outside of the uk?

    It seems mostly complicated to combine with level crossings to me, which are a common occurrence at many continental European main lines. Even the third rail metro systems we've got in the Netherlands switch to overhead lines as soon as their elevated (or tunnel) tracks end.

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