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Laptop Power on Trains

I've heard that there is power available on trains for a Laptop to connect to. I'm travelling to Geneva tomorrow and have reserved such a seat, so will let you know about this when I'm back.
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Re: Laptop Power on Trains

I'll be curious to hear your feedback .. thanks for that ... Now , when will they get wireless access on these trains ??
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My Uncle Bertrand, when travelling by train, would often become frustrated at the lack of power available for urgent cosmetic needs such as nose clipping, hair curling and tattoo artistry. Being a gentleman of a perpetually peregrine disposition, my uncle found this situation to be intolerable, and set about finding a means of providing electric power for himself and fellow travellers, that would be cheap, clean and, possibly, safe.

Many methods were tried and rejected, from a large brush suspended from the window, which would rub along the rails to provide static electricity (he decided to abandon this means of generating power, after the explosive loss of his seventh laboratory assistant, and the Struwwelpetersome effects upon his carefully groomed hair - the latter being the most traumatic result of his misguided experiment) to a flock of pigeons, tethered together behind the train, the beating of the wings of which would create enough pteric energy to fuel a medium-sized submarine for a week or more (a method which was rejected after my uncle's accountant had brought the cost of bird seed to his attention - it really is rather exhorbitant, you know!).

Eventually, my uncle developed a spectacular kind of telescopic windmill, which would sit outside the window, generating electricity without fumes, significant danger (except to passengers waiting on the platforms at provincial stations) or great expense, capable of being withdrawn at the press of a button when the train approached tunnels and other obstacles.

My uncle made a great deal of money from his grateful fellow passengers, who were only too happy to pay him a small fee in order to operate their electric shavers, their mobile phone chargers and their laptop computers.

Then sealed windows and air conditioning were introduced on the Swiss railway network, and my uncle was forced out of business.

Such a shame, really. Such a device would have been of great use to you on your trip tomorrow, szhjcn.
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More information here and here.
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I'll be curious to hear your feedback .. thanks for that ... Now , when will they get wireless access on these trains ??
I read a report in the local papers last week saying that wireless access will be installed on some trains - mainly in the Zurich area and also, mainly, in first class.
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Why didn't my Uncle Bertrand patent his windmill?

http://www.newlaunches.com/archives/...le_charger.php
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Old 14.04.2008, 15:24
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Re: Laptop Power on Trains

In first class, it is usually not a problem to find plugs. Either the train has business seats or at there are plugs at the ends of the carriage (for the one seater places). At least, this is what i find in the Basel-Zurich and Geneva-Zurich-St Gallen lines.
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Old 14.04.2008, 15:26
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Re: Laptop Power on Trains

There is usually at the 1st class section on the first wagon that has the business section with special tables for the laptops and the energy plugs.

Check out the wagon has a little computer symbol on it.

But there are also some energy plugs and little tables for the laptop on 2nd class, usually on the second floor near to the door and next to the place where you have kind of a little "living room" with center table instead of standard seats.

Usually is only 1 plug to the side of the door on the 2nd class though. on first class you have one plug per seat.
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Re: Laptop Power on Trains

I've used first class Luzern to Geneva, and there's a business section with power points, as Salsa Lover says, denoted by a computer symbol.

Weird quirk though, on the last train I took, the power points would turn themselves off, so even though I was plugged in, I wasn't getting power. There's a little button on the power point which turns them back on.

Think they might turn off when the train stops at a station for a while, seemed to be an older train too.
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Old 14.04.2008, 16:10
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I read a report in the local papers last week saying that wireless access will be installed on some trains - mainly in the Zurich area and also, mainly, in first class.
Details of which trains have wireless acces can be found on Nathu's second link above (duplicated here).

Be warned though that with the Swisscom PWLAN service, if you are paying by Value Card or credit card, your time credit "runs without interruption from the first time you log in.".
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Re: Laptop Power on Trains

yes it is a Business seat I have reserved in the 1st Wagon where I have been told it has a power connection.

Wireless would be nice too

But I can survive without it.
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Re: Laptop Power on Trains

Enjoy your trip and let us know your feedback when you can ( would be cool if you had Wifi and posted it from the train )
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Re: Laptop Power on Trains

Would be cool yes

Anyhow it's meant to be a day off for me so I'm off home (as a busy contractor was worth coming in ).
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Re: Laptop Power on Trains

the trains to Geneva with the six-to-a-carriage business area has two sockets under the table.

the newer double-deckers have a plug as posted above at the single seat next to the door leading to the next carriage.

CISAlpino has a power socket for every first-class row. So single seats have one to themselves.

My laptop with SMU card active can do my house to Geneva. SMU is cool (apart from the black hole near Fribourg )
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Re: Laptop Power on Trains

Well here I am - Wireless on my way to Geneva.

There are 2 options:

1/ MOBILE-EAPSIM
2/ Swisscom

Swisscom costs 1sfr per 15min if you have a Swisscom mobile or ADSL subscription.

But Swisscom offer at the moment 1 HOUR per month free if you have an ADSL account with them till Sept 2008

I reserved 2 seats for myself and colleage but the passengers were not very happy when I asked them to move as the train was packed, I arrived at the last minute due to connection and there was no reserved sign on the seat. One guy asked to see my reservation which I promptly produced.

The train is now a lot emptier, after a few stops.
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Well here I am - Wireless on my way to Geneva.

There are 2 options:

1/ MOBILE-EAPSIM
2/ Swisscom

Swisscom costs 1sfr per 15min if you have a Swisscom mobile or ADSL subscription.

But Swisscom offer at the moment 1 HOUR per month free if you have an ADSL account with them till Sept 2008

I reserved 2 seats for myself and colleage but the passengers were not very happy when I asked them to move as the train was packed, I arrived at the last minute due to connection and there was no reserved sign on the seat. One guy asked to see my reservation which I promptly produced.

The train is now a lot emptier, after a few stops.
This is great , posting while on the train
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Re: Laptop Power on Trains

This is what the power outlet on the SBB trains looks like:
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Socket point on trains?

Hi all,

Does anyone know if they have an electrical socket point on the ICE and / or TGV trains running to Germany?

I want to know if I'll be able to plug my laptop in, which has the battery power of a potato.

Thanks for your help,

Jon
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Re: Socket point on trains?

Found this on Google for the ICE:

http://www.bahn.de/international/vie.../railnet.shtml
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Re: Socket point on trains?

There was a thread on this a few months ago, plus I found this on Wikipedia.

Now you just have to find out what kind of ICE you will be sitting on...

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