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Started by Chedney Honks, September 22, 2021, 09:11:58 PM

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Not sure I'd want to take a sleeper train. I love looking out of the window, gawping at the scenery like an excited dog.

Chedney Honks

I once took a sleeper carriage in China with five other people (strangers) and one old boot got on the bunk above me and snored like a total cunt for the next eighteen hours while I fantasised of kicking a hole through the bunk and her back and then she woke up as the train pulled into the station, hawked up a fatberg of phlegm, flobbed it in the bin and went her merry way into old Shanghai. I spent the day absolutely fucked from sleep deprivation and ended up getting bitten by a horse fly on my face.

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Shoulders?-Stomach!

Quote from: Huxleys Babkins on September 24, 2021, 11:35:52 AM
Not sure I'd want to take a sleeper train. I love looking out of the window, gawping at the scenery like an excited dog.

I enjoy that too but sleeper trains are to cover mega distances and have the luxury of waking up in the morning at your destination. It's cool as fuck. I'm glad they're making a comeback. Also it's dark so you often don't see too much.

To be fair I can skip spending the whole journey barely viewing cornfields in Eastern Croatia or fallow fields of Western Ukraine.

Bosnia though, when my partner fell asleep that was criminal. Should not be missed.

Tempted to do the Prague to Rijeka sleeper train when things calm down. You sleep all the way through Austria, which is a damn shame, but waking up on the Dalmatian coast after a train will feel all golden age n shit.

Cuellar

Took the sleeper from Bangkok to Chiang Mai a few years ago. That had a nice combination of sleeping and being able to look out of the window at scenery. Failed to book well in advance so had to get the cheaper communal sleeping carriage which was like a hostel on wheels. Still, each bunk had a window the entire length of the bunk so waking up in the morning you got a great view of the Thai countryside rolling past.

Slightly marred by the guard standing right next to our bunks all night watching porn loudly on his phone.

Zetetic

Quote from: Shoulders?-Stomach! on September 24, 2021, 12:26:41 PM
I enjoy that too but sleeper trains are to cover mega distances and have the luxury of waking up in the morning at your destination. It's cool as fuck. I'm glad they're making a comeback. Also it's dark so you often don't see too much.

Just to echo this. It's a shame that we're apparently unlikely to see night sleepers through the Channel Tunnel any time soon.




The route between Cardiff Queen Street and Pontypridd is very lovely for how short it is. Travelling it by Pacer was enjoyable for me with the screeching and rattling connecting you more clearly to the train itself and the landscape through which it was dragging itself. (I'd have been less enamoured with it if I'd had to commute like this, I'm sure.)


Zetetic

I'd strongly recommend Diesel Railcar Simulator for anyone with a PC looking to pretend to be a train driver for a bit. Not so pretty (but you can watch a video for that) but clearly a personal project by someone very much taken by trains and the relationship to a time and place. One of those beautiful examples of how computer games can let you share so ... sensorily? a bit of someone else's mind.

The Crumb

Can confirm the night riviera to Cornwall is a lovely bit of business. Practically made the fare back in free biscuits. Enjoying them while watching the sun rise over Cornwall is even better.

Glebe