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Old 07.08.2012, 17:40
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I've met some great people on long train journeys. The best one is my husband of 41 years, but not an SBB story, sorry, as this was at Clapham Junction in London. I told him I was lost, on the wrong train ... so he married me (and I can assure you the last thing I was looking for was a husband, lol).

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Old 07.08.2012, 17:42
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I took my two teenage kids and the pony-sized dog on a train ride. Was desperately looking for the bike compartment, since Cazi was way too big to fit between normal seats. There was none.

Anyway, we walked along the train to find some space and there it was, right behind the door, huge space and two people with a kid sitting there. I asked "Would you mind if we join you here with the dog?" and they said no, not at all. So we settled down and couldn't believe our luck. The conductor came and it turned out a) I had forgotten to buy a ticket for the dog and b) we were sitting in first class. BUT the conductor was very nice, said "What a beautiful dog" stamped our tickets and walked off.
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Wait - you really have to buy a ticket for the dog?!
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Re: What is your best/most memorable SBB story?

Who wishes to have been there?

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I wonder if they had tickets

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Wait - you really have to buy a ticket for the dog?!
It depends on the size of the dog. Small dogs count as items of luggage and so can go free. I think the cut off point is that you must be able to lift the dog in a basket. If you can't, you pay.
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3 years ago, I was on the IC from Basel to Geneva. In one of the tunnels in the french part of Switzerland we crashed into something. After a while there was a french and at some point finally an english and german explanation of what had happend: Sadly a cow had been inside the tiny tunnel.
We had to wait for approx. 30min for the conductor to check the train until we drove to the next station where the train was checked some more. Finally we could go on with the damaged and bloddy train and - made it PERFECTLY IN TIME to Geneva.
Swiss train scedules! Besides the cow and some majorly optical damage to the train no one has been severly hurt, which I also find quite impressive.
Rubbish, if you had a 30 minute delay until next station and then checking the train at the next station on a 3 hour train trip you certainly did not arrive in Geneve on time.
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But we did! This thing happend pretty soon after Basel, so we had some time to catch up by driving faster... The second check was quite short, as the train was able to get to the next station safe they knew they could go further. It was really mainly damage to the plastic front of the train, as we could see in Geneva station. So they went faster between the accident and Geneva and made it on the minute.
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Excellent stories, keep them coming!

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This happened to me many many years ago.

I was coming back from Ticino and somewhere on the Gotthard line when two people sitting on the other side of the aisle started talking and they realised they were both jazz musicians and both had their instruments with them (I guess there must have been some festival on that they had both been at). So they took out their instruments and strated playing. Somehow more people also had instruments and soon there was an ad-hoc orchestra.
That's amazing! Reminds me of the time when a guy that looked exactly like Bob Ross (hair and everything) sat across from me. Pulled out his guitar and started jamming to sheet music. At 7 AM and half asleep, I was not amused.

Now I remembered another time the train left the station 5 minutes late. The controller came on the speaker and was very honest: they left the station late because the beverages in the train restaurant needed to be restocked in Bern but the guy delivering was a few minutes late.
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Talking about toilet rolls where exactly are they positioned?

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Sit down they are near the left under the sink and clearly visible in this picture!
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But we did! This thing happend pretty soon after Basel, so we had some time to catch up by driving faster... The second check was quite short, as the train was able to get to the next station safe they knew they could go further. It was really mainly damage to the plastic front of the train, as we could see in Geneva station. So they went faster between the accident and Geneva and made it on the minute.
My dear, the lines are saturated and have been for some time. There is a bottleneck between Lausanne/Morges and Geneva, if the train went faster it would hit the one in front quite simply. They already go as fast as possible, if they could go any faster they would do as the trains are capable, just lines are satruated.

An trip on a IC or ICN takes about 2hours 45 minutes, to catch upè a minimum of 30 minutes plus the time you spent checking the train in the next station would make you over 45 minutes late, or iof you prefer 25% of your total travel time.

Standard operating procedures for CFF include a change of driver in case of an accident.

Or maybe this happend back in 1950's but recently, no way !
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Sit down they are near the left under the sink and clearly visible in this picture!
No way will I sit there Yes I see now the edge of the paper under the sink. Do they have one roll only or is there a back up stack behind some cabinet door?
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Today_only, I do not know how they managed as I was only a passager on this train. But I guess a change of driver will have been conducted at the next station or right after the accident. Also overtaking of other trains will have been possible at other stations like I have experienced a lot in German trains. But still, I cant tell for sure, I was just sitting in the back.
Any of this is not important, I just wanted to share my story. You dont have to believe me, I could of course be wrong as this happend three years ago. Maybe our forced stop was shorter and only seemed so long to me. I remember clearly that we made it in time because we had an appointment to catch and I recall being really amazed that we made it.
I am sorry for not being able to explain how, but as mentioned before: I really just wanted to share a story. Sorry, wont happen again...
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