Archive for January 4th, 2010

From Warsaw to Basle by sleeper?

Monday, 4 January 2010

Certainly, if you pay us to fax Belarus!

Polish coach on Jan Kieura sleeper train.
Photo The Man in Seat Sixty One.

(Click picture to go to the How to travel from London to Poland… section of The Man In Seat Sixty One website.)

The Jan Kiepura is a very useful train. It leaves Warsaw at 18:10 travels to Berlin and then splits, sending its various carriages to useful destinations in Germany and beyond. It is even possible by changing at Utrecht and Rotterdam to arrive at Hook of Holland in time for the 14:30 afternoon ferry to Harwich and  and thence by National Express East Anglia to London Liverpool Street for 22:16.

Until December, passengers travelling from Poland to various destinations in Europe could directly book their tickets directly at PKP InterCity ticket offices. From the New Year they are being told that they have to pay for a fax if to Belarus or Russia, if their destination is served by a coach belonging to the railway company of either of these countries, and that it may take seven days before they receive an answer informing them whether they have been granted a reservation.

Of course, this new improved service is considerably more expensive than the system that was operated before.

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Competition Clue No 1

Monday, 4 January 2010

Fireman and Driver pose in front of their loco, but where?
Photo BTWT archive.

(Click to enlarge.)

Mystery photo 1 baffled all our readers, so here is another picture, this time showing a little more of the background. So now for 8 points only, where was this photo taken?