Saturday, January 4, 2020

Amsterdam, Amersfoort

My plan was to arrive in Paris with night train from Cerbere, but due to the strike, I changed my plans and stayed a night at the hotel in Paris.
 So, today I'm continuing my journey back to Stockholm. I'm not taking the fastest route, so it will be one more stop in the Netherlands.
 Unfortunately, my train to Amsterdam was also cancelled due to strike, even though Thalys trains were less affected by the strike. The staff of Thalys told me the day before, that it would be possible to travel anyway, let's see how it goes.

 8:25 departure from Paris was supposed to be a double Thalys train, but instead, it was only one trains set.
 After talking to the staff, I got another seat at the otherwise full train. It was, of course, good by the Thalys to let me travel anyway, but I got the information about my new seat only on the train. Well, this strike has been like a horror movie for everybody traveling in France, so I consider myself lucky to make it to and from Paris in the current situation.

 When traveling with 1st class Interrail, it is possible to travel in Comfort class which is the 1st class without meals and drinks included. However, it seems that it will now be possible to travel in Premium class as well. The bad thing with Thalys and Interrail is that the number of seats for Interrail holders is limited.


 One of the refurbished Thalys trains

 The new Eurostar check in


 There is a lounge at the Central station in Amsterdam, which can be used with 1st class Interrail, however, the drinks and snacks are not for free. Coffee is included.

 My next train is an Intercity train to Amersfoort, where I'll stay the night. The train is an ICM
 1st class section in ICM train

 SNG (Sprinter New Generation) is a train type manufactured by CAF

Former NS Class 1800, now owned as Rail Force One 1829

 NS Class 1300

 It is necessary to use the bar code to enter or exit the gates in Netherlands

 The hotel

 The Koppelpoort is a medieval gate in the Dutch city of Amersfoort, province of Utrecht. Completed around 1425, it combines land and water-gates, and is part of the second city wall of Amersfoort, which was constructed between 1380 and 1450. (Wikipedia)

 The ultimate transport in the Netherlands


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