Facts about the Eurostar

I have booked my train tickets on the Eurostar to Holland to see my sister perform in the musical Wicked. I am so proud of her.

Travelling by train is an alternative for travelling by plane and so far I prefer the train. Here are some facts about the Eurostar that you might not know.

  1. From Paris to Londen can be done in 2 hours, 3 minutes and 39 seconds. That is the fastest the Eurostar had achieved during a record attempt. Normally it is done in 2 hours and 15 minutes. Just 11 minutes longer then the record.
  2. The Eurostar is most similar to the airplane of all the train services in Europe. Not just due to the speed, but also due to the pasport control. The UK is not part of the Schengen convention.
  3. The endstation from Brussels to London has been moved from Waterloo to St Pancras. When the channel tunnel was ready for the Eurostar in 1994, the UK had not decided on the location of the high-speed line and the station. The first 13 years, the Eurostar used the existing line to Waterloo Station in London. In 2003 the high-speed line was ready and the end station became St Pancras International.
  4.  St Pancras is one of the most beautiful train stations of the world.
  5. De Eurostar trains are customised TGV’s. The TGV has an excellent track record. With a top speed of 300-320 kilometers per hour and a capacity of 345-750 people, this train travels through Europe since 1978. It was therefore no surprise that it was decided to use the TGV.However, they had to be customised in the area of security, because of the Channel Tunnel. All Eurostar trains consist of two independent trains, each with its own locomotive. In case anything happens in one train set, all the passengers can step over to the other sept and be evacuated out of the Channel Tunnel.
  6. There are always 2 machinist on board of the Eurostar. As well as in the front as at the back. This is because of the decision to have 2 train sets. Security is taken seriously.
  7. In December 2016, a Eurostar will drive directly to Amsterdam. That has announced by the Dutch Railway organisation (NS) and Eurostar in September 2013. Twice a day a train will drive directly from Amsterdam to London in 4 hours and 16 minutes. It will stop at Rotterdam, Antwerp and Brussels.
  8. Each Eurostar has an unique number. Each train number starts with a 3 and is followed by 3 numbers. The second number refers to the country that owns the train:• 30xx UK
    • 31xx Belgium
    • 32xx France
    • 33xx Regional EurostarThis way you always know in which Eurostar you are driving.

St Pancras

Information from NS International

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