Yearly Archives: 2015

Leaking roof at Budapest Nyugati pályaudvar

Budapest’s Nyugati pályaudvar (western railway station) is one of three rail termini in the capital of Hungary, and to my eye the grandest. But something very inconvenient happens each time it rains.

Street side of Budapest-Nyugati pályaudvar Continue reading

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Vienna to Budapest by train

For me the train journey from Vienna, Austria to Budapest, Hungary was the most boring one of our trip across Europe – the reason being the lack of daylight for spotting passing trains!

A lone 'Cargo' wagon stands out Continue reading

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Russian tourists, a Budapest hotel, and the Swedish table

Forking out big money for a fancy hotel when travelling isn’t my style, but neither was pinching pennies by staying a a youth hostel. However when I visited Budapest, at sign outside the hotel restaurant was what caught my eye.

'No taking food from the Swedish table' sign in Russian Continue reading

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Bilingual directional signage on the Kiev Metro

On my visit to Kiev, I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to get around the city via the metro network – the key being the well designed directional signage.

Train arriving Khreshchatyk (Хрещатик) station on Line 1 of the Kiev Metro Continue reading

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Petrol stations of Russia

Because I travelled across Russia by train I had no need to refuel a car, but I still saw plenty of petrol stations.

Лукойл (Lukoil) petrol station in Russia Continue reading

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When tram and trolleybus wires cross

Trams and trolleybuses have one thing in common – they pull their power supply from wires above the vehicles. This presents difficulties when the two modes of transport cross paths.

Combino Supra #2030 passes a stopped trolleybus Continue reading

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Flushing my way across Europe

There is one thing you can’t avoid when travelling – needing to go to the toilet.

The only sign I can understand is 'Toilet' Continue reading

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Above ground sections of the Moscow Metro

When asked to think of the Moscow Metro, deep tunnels and ornately decorated stations are what usually come to mind. However the network is a big one, and there are always exceptions. So where does the Moscow Metro run above ground?

Moscow Metro train departs Студенческая (Studencheskaya) station Continue reading

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Disused tram tracks in Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg was once home to the tram network in the world – Wikipedia says it consisted of 340 kilometres (210 miles) of unduplicated track in the late 1980s, but today has shrunk to around around 200 kilometres of track, following widespread route closures.

Headed along reserved tracks, ЛМ-99АВ tram number 3311 Continue reading

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Dogs on the railway tracks

Dogs on the railway tracks – on my trip across Europe I found plenty of them.

Dog sniffing the railway tracks Continue reading

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