Thursday, 6 January 2022
By Red Arrow To Milan (2)
It is a video included with the January 2022 bulletin from The French Railway Society, forwarded by Sheffield chum Dave, that helps us enjoy a ride on the new Trenitalia "Red Arrow" from Paris to Milan. But first, fbb must make a small correction. In yesterday's blog he quoted the Anytime fare from London to Inverness with LNER at £193 - but that was "Standard" Class.
As we will see, this is not a fair comparison. LNER's FIRST class anytime single fare is £281 which can be set against the Executive fare for our virtual journey of £136.
Frecciarossa tickets are fully exchangeable up to the booked departure time - also refundable for a 20% fee, so you could nip to the ticket office ...
Our video presenter can now settle down in comfort for the lengthy but enjoyable journey to Milano.
Executive class is the top deal of four levels of service on this train - and the first delight is the seats!
... and only the lowest of the low have to suffer 2+2 slumming - but with more room that on any train in the UK.
Where are the tables in the Executive class, you may ask? Answer; they are cunningly hidden in the arm rest from which they unfold in a neat but complex manoeuvre. Lift out of the slot ...
Lets hope that the complex mechanism is strong enough to be reliable. It would be depressing to have paid Executive price and have your meals summarily dumped in the lap!
On the opposite arm you will find the controls for adjusting height and rake of the seat ...
And don't forget Trenitalia's power and USB sockets ...
Tomorrow, we continue the ride and enjoy the grub!
How will it compare with LNER?
Meanwhile, Empty Weirdness!
The withdrawal of all Go Ahead Southern services to Victoria is truly unprecedented and leaves more questions unanswered than explanations given! This is Roger French in his blog.
We live in strange times!
Next Red Arrow blog : Friday 7th January