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Let's see if I can convince Barbara to take our next CZ vacation by rail... Flying to Linz or Prague is very convenient, though, especially with a 4-year old. But I keep arguing that he loves trains, likes to look out the window, and will have more room to wiggle (and even run) in a train than in an airplane.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Mar 17th, 2006 at 06:14:35 AM EST
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Of the former Eastern Bloc states, it is just the Czech Republic's which remained in the best shape - though that isn't saying too much. The general problems of neglected branchlines (though no mass closures), unambitious mainline upgrades (though those at least done extensively), minimal rolling stock modernisation (though there are those new double-stock suburban trains), and - yes - unkept stations. (And what would be a problem for some people in the elite or middle class: having to meet the underclass.) But a big plus is that the Czech network retained a certain charm, not everything is concrete walls. I of course hope Barbara can be convinced :-)

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by DoDo on Fri Mar 17th, 2006 at 05:42:33 PM EST
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