Travel Advice/Travel Tips - Train
travel – boarding the right train
Before you head for the platform for departing trains, check the
station monitor to determine the time and track of the next train going
to your destination.
Many stations have multiple platforms and, if you are carrying luggage, you will
not want to climb the stairs to the wrong one.
Once on the platform make sure that the schedule has not changed by paying
attention the overhead displays which indicate the time and track number of the
next few trains to enter the station.
In addition, the key towns along these trains' routes may be indicated on the
Where you might get in to trouble is when an announcement is made over the
public address system about the schedule and you do not understand what was
On a recent trip in the Netherlands, we were waiting for our train at
the designated platform. The time for our train showed on the clock and
a train pulled into the platform exactly on the schedule listed for our
destination. The train, however, was going to another destination and
hopping on board would have taken us far out of our way. We avoided
taking this train based on two cues.
First, we watched the overhead sign, and the names on the overhead sign changed
rapidly from our train’s destination to a new route.
Second, we scanned the train pulling into the station and the name of the
destination on the train’s signage was not our destination.
If in doubt, name your destination to the conductor as a question. He will let
you know whether to board the train.
If you are traveling between countries, there is always the chance
that somewhere along its path, the train will be broken-up, and cars
routed to specific destination. It is critical that you site in the cars
designated as traveling to your destination.
Be sure to check your ticket and board the train car that is signed for your
If in doubt, ask a conductor.
If you do not know the language, merely show him your ticket and he will point
the direction to your car.
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