NURNBERG: TRAIN SWOTTINGOctober 11, 2012
This installment of Train Swotting comes with a few handy tips, should you ever decide to take on the railroads from Antwerp to Nürnberg. It could happen…
Tip one: when you’re trying to get to Leige-Guillemins, do not get off at Lier. Even if a helpful local man tells you it’s your stop, it’s not.
Tip two: some places in Belgium have more than one name. This can be confusing.
Tip three: your Access All Trains rail pass may not access all trains. We recommend checking this before you wait around for forty minutes in the cold and are then denied entry to the car you need.
Tip four: if a group of Policemen gather and start asking questions that make it sound like you’re involved in a large drug deal, deny all knowledge and run for your train. Worked for us.
Antwerp – Lier:
Impressive, jutting arm rests and regal blue leatherette seats make for a comfortable and wipe-clean journey, while yellow accents provide a dash of colour. Lots of leg room, though journey marred by tiny tables and accidentally getting off at Lier.
Lier – Leuven
See above. Leuven train station a vast improvement on Lier, with its fancy lifts and gangway technology.
Leuven – Leige-Guillemins
We revisited our old friend Pink-and-Grey, here. If you’ve no idea what this means, spoil yourself with a look at a previous Train Swotting.
Comfortable seats and plugs (plugs!) to charge phones so we can Instagram a little longer (phew!). Quiet areas very quiet, though progression stilted by frequent mid-journey stops and eventual breakdown in Siegburg/Bonn, where we were asked to leave the train and lug our bags to another platform, only to be told we could rejoin the train five minutes later.
Rest of Journey:
A terrible blur.
Tune in soon for the next exciting installment of Train Swotting.