The Intercity 125: From Leeds to King’s Cross.

British Rail, the immediate predecessor of the current National Rail entity, suffered from a bit of an image problem among its customers.  A major factor affecting British Rail's image was the myriad of ageing rolling stock it operated:  They were not only old, but also slow.  This, together with other factors such as the quality... Continue Reading →


Onboard the Enterprise: Belfast >> Dublin

Belfast and Dublin is connected by an express train branded as the "Enterprise" service.  It is Ireland's only international train service since Northern Irish-Irish border is in fact, the UK-Irish border.  Due to its importance it is in effect Ireland's premium train service, and reflecting its role as a link between the North and South,... Continue Reading →

Vienna to Bratislava on REx 2516

Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia.  It lies incredibly close to the Austro-Slovak border and is a mere 1 hour train ride away from Vienna.  Bratislava Airport is also a base for Ryanair, which means it presents a cheaper travel option for the Viennese and/or people intending to travel to Vienna.  In my case, I... Continue Reading →

Czech Railjet to Vienna: RJ 75 “Franz Schubert”

The Siemens Railjet is an interesting piece of machinery.  It is essentially a locomotive drawn high-speed train with a top design speed of 230km/h.  Railjet operations are synonymous with the ÖBB (Österreichische Bundesbahnen), the Austrian Federal Railways and represents their highest tier of service.  For that reason they are primarily used on international routes to... Continue Reading →

Berlin to Prague on EC175 “Robert Schumann”

Intercity rail travel is a highly convenient affair in Europe, although only if you're travelling between capitals or major cities.  The EU is highly integrated,  and a good example is intercity rail: tickets sold by one company's website may be for a service operated by another. In this case, I bought my tickets from Deutsche... Continue Reading →

Derry Air-A Trip to Derry, County Londonderry

Ahh...Derry.  Probably Ireland's most famous city after Dublin.  The name itself, which both the city and county shares, is disputed:  Originally anglicised as Derry after the original Gaelic Doire/Daire, the prefix "London" was attached to it to recognise the contributions of the London trade guilds in constructing the city walls during the Plantation of Ulster.  The name... Continue Reading →

A look at the Luas (Dublin Part 3)

This is the final part of my trip report of rail journeys in the Republic of Ireland.  I've previously wrote about my rides on the DART and Intercity & Enterprise in the previous 2 posts.  This post, as promised, takes a look at Dublin's tram system: the Luas. The Luas network consists of 2 unconnected... Continue Reading →

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