Wednesday 5 January 2022
By Red Arrow To Milan (1)
But not, fbb suspects, on one of these - or on something slightly more modern.
Even the latest vehicular option would be a challenger to any semblance ot comfort.
No doubt a ride in one of these would be a better option.
Now, if you could book a seat on something of this ilk ...
Today's Red Arrow is Freccia (arrow) Rossa (red) in Italian. It is a brand of Trenitalia, the state railways company of Italy; and has developed a network of high speed high quality trains between the major centres of population.
Recently, as shown in the video, a step-up in on-board facilities is provided by the latest development.
... and this brief video gives some idea of what the trains and the service look like.
For the record, a single "Anytime" ticket from London to Inverness is £193, with a massive reduction to £185.50 for off peak.
fbb wonders how the level of service compares.
Fortunately a video of the journey, taken recently, is available on line - so we can have a butchers.
The French Railway Society sends a mailing to Dave (one of our many correspondents from Sheffield) every month. It contains a wealth of information about the SNCF network, past and present. The January 2022 edition reviews the re-birth of sleeper services in France. It is only a few years ago that these dwindled to almost nothing - now they are back with a vengeance.
A brief summary of the Frecciarossa Paris to Milan is provided ...
One little snippet was of particular interest to fbb. The "Happy New Year" tag was backed up by a seasonal photo from the (recent - 10 years ago) past.
Alan's Self-Financed Christmas Present to Self
West Yorkshire correspondent Colin points out that it is WAKEFIELD's old bus station! The clue, Colin avers, is the spire of Wakefield Cathedral in the background.
Next Red Arrobe blog : Thursday 6th January