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Your European holiday is about to get a little bit faster, as some new high speed train service is arriving on the continent. Now budget travel isn’t just an option aboard a low cost carrier, as the train might be able to zip you over to where you want to be.
Tickets are now on sale for the TGV train between Paris and Barcelona, and the speedy service should start up on December 15. Travelers can now visit Girona—that's just outside Barcelona in Spain—in just under six hours after departing Paris. Those looking to complete the whole journey between Paris and Barcelona can now do so in around six and a half hours. Connections are even available for those departing from London, as one can get from the UK to Spain in just over ten hours.
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There’s still plenty of summer left, and by that we mean that there are a few days to enjoy the warmer weather as the calendar flips from August to September. For those who call Boston home—or just the Northeast in general—there’s never been an easier way to escape towards Cape Cod and the islands. Thanks to the CapeFlyer you can skip the traffic jams, and that’ll especially be the case during the upcoming holiday weekend.
The new train service has been doing its thing since around Memorial Day, and it will continue to do so through Columbus Day. Once aboard the train you can enjoy all the usual train stuff including the chance to grab some snacks and beverages, and they’re even beaming some free WiFi throughout the cabin. Feel free to bring you bike along too—as well as your kids—as both of them are permitted to ride for free.
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We didn’t take a ride aboard Amtrak last month, but we might have been the only ones. Apparently the nation’s favorite train had a nice hefty boost in ridership last month, so they must be doing something right.
It seems that Amtrak often gets a bad rap regarding what it does wrong and never what it does right. However, in July the numbers seem to speak for themselves. The train beat its own best records, as Amtrak announced that more passengers took a trip in July than during any other month in the company’s history. In case you’re interested in the numbers, it sounds look almost a cool three million—2.9 to be specific—rode the rails during July of 2013.
Did someone say cake?
What better way to mark an anniversary than a giant cake shaped like a train? Specifically one shaped like a train that takes you from Central London to Heathrow Airport? We really can't think of any better way.
Set-up in Paddington Station, the 4-meter (just over 13 feet) cake celebrates the 15th birthday of the passenger train that makes the city a whole lot more accessible to travelers from far and wide. Since its inception, the zippy rail service has brought 60 million happy passengers back and forth to the airport.
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Riding the US rails just got a little bit better, as Amtrak is reaching into their pockets to pay for a little bit of a technology upgrade.
Travelers must be enjoying the WiFi and other in-train offerings, so the decision has been made to boost the connection options and speeds in hopes of attracting even more in-train WiFi fans.
Amtrak leans on cellular carriers to grab their WiFi signal, so we’re sure there will still be some dead spots or other areas where things aren’t ideal. Still, we can’t really complain given the price—WiFi is free aboard Amtrak.
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Just in time for the Olympics, it looks like the Heathrow Express is scoring some swanky new trains. In case you aren’t familiar with the train service, the Heathrow Express connects travelers and tourists from London-Heathrow right over to Paddington Station close to the city’s center. It’s a little expensive at £18 each way, but, if you need to get from the airport into London proper in just 15 minutes it’s pretty much your best option.
The new trains cars are designed to look a little more like a rolling business class lounge rather than just a nonstop commuter train. In total, they’re spending around £16 million on upgrading interiors, seats, and everything else—both inside and out. The updates started rolling down the track earlier this month, and things will continue to be refreshed through the first part of next year.
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For a long time the only high speed train option in Italy was the state-run Trenitalia. Sure there are plenty of trains that can get you between Rome and Venice in like four hours or so, but there were often complaints about service and quality along with also this and that. A little competition might be just what the Italian train system needs, and that’s where Italo comes in to play.
Late last month the country’s new—and private—high speed train service finally hit the rails, and they’re planning to connect pretty much all the tourist and business hotspots throughout the country. Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori is the company behind the new trains, and if all goes according to plan you’ll be zipping through the countryside at around 190mph. Soon enough the trains will be connecting nine different cities at like twelve different stations.
If Atlantic City can have the direct ACES train from NYC to the east coast's gambling mecca, than why can't Las Vegas get itself a similar direct train service from LA? Well, the quick answers to that is to point out that flights between LA and LV are affordable and quick, and many more people in LA have cars to drive themselves, unlike the population of New York City.
Still, a couple companies (like DesertXPress) out there are looking to venture into the a Vegas direct train, and the flashiest idea comes from X Train. The X train will renovate railcars and use existing right-of-ways on the tracks to launch their service in 2011, with the goal of enveloping riders in Vegas before they even reach Vegas. Think railcars outfitted as bars, sports lounges, gaming rooms and private salons.
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If you’ve ever flown through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport you have probably taken a ride on the underground train that ferries passengers from one concourse to another. Technically it’s not really a train, but according to the airport it’s an "Automated People Mover." Regardless of its official title, the thing is celebrating its 30th birthday with a little contest.
The airport isn’t totally thrilled over the train’s lack of identity, and they’re using the power of social networking to help it get one. They’re launching a Name The Train contest, and they’re asking everyone to help out. We’re assuming they prefer a nice and pretty name, so frequent flyers that have missed their flights due to the train should probably not share their choices. However, our experience with Atlanta's Automate People Mover has been pretty positive, even if it’s usually a little hot and a lot smelly.
One of the several luxurious Orient Express trains may have just closed up shop (track?) recently, but that doesn't mean that opulent trains are over and done for; in fact, quite the opposite if we're talking new regions. For instance, India has just welcomed the Maharajas' Express to the Kolkata-Delhi line, a "Palace on Wheels" complete with flat-screen TVs, DVD players, individual temperature controls and WiFi internet.
If you want to do it in grand style, you'll be paying $2,500 per person per day for the presidential suite, which is still nowhere near the size of a suite you'd get at a hotel, but then this one moves from Indian city to Indian city, taking in Gaya, Varanasi, the Bandhavgarh forests, Khajuraho, Agra and Gwalior. There are 20 Deluxe Cabins, 18 Junior Suites, 4 Suite Doubles and a Presidential Suite, a panorama car, two dining cars, a bar, and a gift shop to keep you busy and entertained when you don't care to simply look out the window.
We'll venture a guess that the bulk of the train's first passengers are British or Russian, so expect imperial glamor to reign with regard to the interiors of the train. No contemporary modern here.
· Maharajas' Express [Official Site]
· Like a maharaja chug from Kolkata to Delhi [Times of India]
· Orient Express Loses Steam; Finally Calls It Quits [Jaunted]
· Train Travel news [Jaunted]
[Photo: Maharajas' Express]
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The demise of RailTeamwhich was supposed to integrate booking across Europe's many different rail linesmay have put trains behind in Europe's trains vs. airlines deathmatch. But now European governments are trying to bolster trains by going in a different direction. Instead of a pan-European plan to integrate rail lines under a single system, they've embraced deregulation.
RailTeam was originally conceived as a way of dealing with a very specific problem: since most countries are dominated internally by state-owned rail companies, getting across borders forces customers to deal with multiple companies. Now RailTeam's approachto integrate across those different companiesfailed. The push for deregulation deals with the same problem by letting individual rail companies expand their coverage more easily. In a few years, you might only need to book with a single company to get from Spain to Germany across France, eliminating the entire need to juggle different systems.
A few more technical details, plus some hopeful soundbites, after the jump.
VIA Rail Canada is hoping to convince budget-conscious luxury travelers to give up cruising on the oceans and instead head through the wilderness. The Montreal-based Canadian intercity train company is pushing tourists to embrace a four-night, three-day "land cruise" that will go coast-to-coast and provide meals and accommodations in between. The offer is making its way out through press releases and currently sits at the top of the official @viarailbuff Twitter feed. There are, however, a few minor glitches. Let's go to the blurb:
Though travelers can't expect casinos and nightclubs on board VIA Rail, many favorable comparisons can be drawn, including private sleeping accommodations, inclusive meal service and additional on-board amenities. Ready to "set rail"? VIA Rail's flagship service, the Canadian, which has been designated as one of the "World's Top 25 Trains" by the Society of International Railway Travelers... offers travelers one of the most comprehensive vacation options in Canada.