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While we wait and wait for the new Amtrak sleepers, it appears at least one European country thinks sleepers have a future. This topic was on the Train Order website. The quote is from the Financial Times and I couldn't access it directly as it has a paywall.

"The sleeper carriages may soon start picking up speed again, however. ÖBB, the Austrian state-owned railway operator, on Friday
announced a significant expansion and rebranding of its overnight passenger services across Germany, Italy and Switzerland, as well as its home market.

ÖBB hopes its new “Nightjet” services will prove a viable alternative to flying, even if rival operators in other European countries have shunted overnight sleepers into the sidings."

Perhaps Mr. Norman will have a new way to get to Salzburg.

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Mr. Palmland, when the comparison is to some "econobunk" aboard a CityNight or the Junior Suite afforded to me by Crowne Plaza last August on my "classical music quest" at Salzburg, I'd take that latter any day.

I simply do not think that a Eurobiz traveler is about to forego either a flight and a night in a hotel for some "rocking econobunk". Once upon a time, they would have had no choice, but Today they do.

Personally, the odds are pretry good that during '17 (I have an $1800 voucher with United that expires May 11), I will make an overseas trip. My Niece wants me to come down to Australia where she now lives (her "punk" musician-spouse "couldn't make it in New York", so he went "back where he came from" in the quest of fame and fortune). But with the 15.hour time-diff and staying only a week, I could never get in sync, as even last night when I simply went into town for a Chicago Symphony concert, I got back here at 1159P and feel all "out of sync" today

It's just what happens when you're 75.

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GBN, I understand 'out of sync' . I'm in recovery mode on the Palmetto today. Homecoming events in Ashland that included too much food and beer had their effect.
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In 2014 I briefly toyed with the idea of doing one overnight European train BUT it turned out that most of the places my family and I wished to be fell at places the City Nightliners called on during the wee hours. Our only single trip which exceeded more than 6 hours involved changing trains anyway. Daytrips and lodging down by the depot served us very well and will likely be the approach the next time we consider Europe.
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Here is more on OBB NightJet:

http://www.oebb.at/en/angebote-ermaessigungen/nightjet-reisekategorien

Here also, is a "workaround", as well as an interesting array of photos, to the "Footsie" article noted by Mr. Palmland.

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