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Gilbert B Norman
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From the Österreichische Bundesbahnen home page:

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Traffic restriction Salzburg Central Station - Freilassing – Munich Central Station

Intercity trains and Eurocity trains will not be running between Salzburg Central Station and Freilassing until further notice due to border controls. Railjet trains for the route Budapest – Vienna – Munich will also not be running between Salzburg Central Station and Munich Central Station. Local traffic, which crosses the border between Salzburg and Freilassing is running according to a special timetable

http://www.oebb.at/en/index.jsp
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I remember taking ICs from Frankfurt to Basel. At Basel Bad Bahnhof, Swiss immigration authorities would board, and the latrines were closed for that last few kilometers, while passports got checked.

Leaving Basel, change the authorities to the Bundesgrenschutz. Restrooms were unlocked after Basel Bad.

That was in the 80s.

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I remember being surprised in June 2014 just how open open borders were.

In 7 international border crossings by train (and an 8th on a 'French Bustitution') our passports were only 'examined' once..... that being by French authorities on the TGV as we entered from Italy.

They were glanced at for a moment to insure that we had them but not opened by the conductor on the train from Zurich, Switzerland to Buchloe, Germany which spent about 15-20 minutes passing through a corner of Austria.

Silly me, I had envisioned someone coming through the coaches, looking at, and stamping my passport each time we crossed a border.

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Gilbert B Norman
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This article appearing in today's Times would suggest that Europe is closing borders again:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/20/world/europe/as-france-and-belgium-strengthen-security-a-classic-debate-arises.html

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  • Mr. Michel also wants to require all passengers traveling on high-speed trains as well as airplanes to register their identities before departure.

I had a taste of the "bad old days" during 1990 traveling from Frankfurt/Main to Berlin. Even if the DDR was essentially out of business, they still existed and their border controls remained in place. I can recall the miles of barbed wire and at the Magdeburg frontier, mirrors being run along the undercarriages of each car - and of course the uniformed vopos with jodhpurs and boots checking documents.

Now of course if you want to see a sealed border, just take a ride on the Sunset near El Paso.

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