• The OBB "NightJet" Gambit

  • Discussion about railroad topics everywhere outside of North America.
Discussion about railroad topics everywhere outside of North America.

Moderators: Komachi, David Benton

  by Gilbert B Norman
JayBee wrote: Sat Jan 14, 2023 1:18 am A video trip report with interior of the Deluxe Room with en-suite bathroom and shower.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-9kUcc ... plyRailway
The more I read and watch, "I'm tempted" come August.

If I were to do so, the itinerary would be four nights in Salzburg (planned Festival concerts are evening 1, day 3, and day 4), instead of six (day trips Villach AT, and Nuremberg DE, planned for those days), and day 5, leave for MUC where I'd ditch my bag save what needed for an overnight. Thence NJ 295 to Rome, walk around a bit with maybe a 4lb bag if that, then fly to MUC where final night 6 would be at an airport perimeter hotel. Day 7 fly home.

But again, I'm just too old for "Eurailpass marathons" such as I did during "post college-pre life" days, as well as being "homeless in Rome".

But all told, again I note, the OBB "Oberfuehers" were not just "doused with Gruner Veltliner" (somewhat fruitier than Chardonnay) when they signed off on the Night Jet business plan. Considering how every other European road had ditched Night Trains, this revival seemed far fetched - even considering how that Swedish girl was "'shaming' people away from Easy Jet to Night Jet".
Last edited by Gilbert B Norman on Sat Jan 14, 2023 8:21 pm, edited 2 times in total.
  by David Benton
Once again, Mr Norman, I don't think one day would do Rome justice ,and you would only come away frustrated at having scratched the surface.
  by Gilbert B Norman
Agree Mr. Benton, the best I could hope for would be to walk to the Trevi and part with a €1,00 coin, have a Lunch at a sidewalk restaurant on the Via Veneto, then get out to LIRF for the flight to EDDM.
  by Gilbert B Norman
That was a "great find", Mr. Benton. Thanks for sharing.

As I've noted, I did not take a Night Jet journey this past August when I was "over there"; the Munich-Rome Night Jet was annulled this past summer for overnight trackwork.

But alas, my overseas journeys have come to an end. For starters, my Passport will have expired; further, I would be 83yo and concerned about my health. I understand a Medevac would run about $75K and who knows what kind of "bone" the travel insurance United Airlines sells would throw in (guess what, I really do not intend to find out).

Further, the journey's cost is rising much more so than is the rate of inflation. Case in point: the Business Class airline ticket which was $4500 this past August is now quoted at $5600. Sorry, but I'm simply too old to even think about going Coach.
  by David Benton
Man from seat 61 does it again.
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These kind of remind me of a modern version of the Japanese "pod" hotels.
  by Gilbert B Norman
Try "coffin" Mr. Benton.

Back to this past August, as I've reported here, I did give consideration for a Munich to Rome, but with night time trackwork, that Night Jet was a CX. Further, the plan would have had me "homeless in Rome" from arrival until an afternoon flight back to Munich. But with the 30dg Centigrade Temps in Rome prevalent during this past August, let's just say "uh, not a good idea" (it was 25C in Salzburg which is in an Alpine valley).
  by Gilbert B Norman
This video of two "normal sized" travelers traveling aboard Night Jet in an "inherited" DB Bi-Level car is simply too much of a "circus clowns in a VW" exercise for my taste:


Not sure if the new cars OBB/NJ hope to have in revenue service this year is more of same, but if so "count me out" should I make future overseas journeys (not too sure; age and health have other ideas).