Re: Send for the Cavalry
Originally Posted by JBR
I haven't travelled on SNCF, but when we were last in Germany we didn't take our car and travelled everywhere using DB.
Apart from one (local line) cancellation due to a tree having fallen on the line, there was never a problem. Trains were on time, carriages were clean and never over-full.
Why can't ours be like them? (Rhetorical question.)
There has also been a large increase in the number of private freight providers, many relatively small such as*Rail4chem*and*ERS Railways, but the national companies still control the majority of the traffic.*Deutsche Bahn*has expanded considerably in the rail freight market, with the purchase of the freight section of the Dutch railway company*NS*(now DB Schenker Rail Nederland),*EWS*(UK), and
DSB goods (Denmark) amongst others. The French state rail company SNCF also expanded through acquisitions, raising the possibility of trans-national virtual monopolies on rail freight replacing former national monopolies,*or a potential*duopoly*between SNCF and Deutsche Bahn in most of western Europe.
It seems that even when you are out of the EU they still own a big chunk of you. There may be hope for you and clean trains.