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24 November 2016

Episode 267

30 minutes


Photo: Bas Meijer

The city that is bringing back trains from the late 1950s, an award-winning station with no town and how Austria is aiming to become Europe’s largest night-train operator.

24 November 2016

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Chapter 1

4 minutes


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Chapter 1

Berlin: back to the 1950s

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There’s a new batch of trains coming to Berlin’s subway system – but the older generation of city-dwellers might just recognise them.

4 minutes

Chapter 2

7 minutes


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Chapter 2

Austria's night trains

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Demand for long-distance overnight services has been falling, leading many EU rail operators to phase out or shut down their midnight movers – with the exception of Austria.

7 minutes

Chapter 3

7 minutes


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Chapter 3

Station without a town

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The old Trent Station is a Victorian masterpiece that stood at the interchange of five main railway routes serving Nottingham, London, Birmingham, Derby and Chesterfield in the UK. It had everything you would expect a busy station to have – except a town to call home.

7 minutes

Chapter 4

3 minutes


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Chapter 4

Istanbul: underground nuptials

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It’s time for a quick stop in Istanbul. The city has just announced a rather curious initiative: allowing residents to get married on the metro.

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