Happy new year 0x7da!
January 1, 2010
For myself, the year started not so happy. I had stayed at my parents over the holidays, and today took the train back. That’s the obvious solution if you don’t own a car and your home’s about 400 kilometres away. (At this point, the attentive reader observes that this post is totally non-KDE. In fact, it’s about to become a rant in three, two, one…)
After today, here’s an advice for those of you who intend to travel with the German railway corporation aka Deutsche Bahn: Don’t! If there is another solution, go for it!
The concrete reason is what happened to me on my last three train tours:
- In September, I had to wait for rail replacement bus service nearly one hour, after thefts stole the overhead lines on a railway line of about 11 kilometres. (What the…?)
- In mid-December, I got my train, but it reached its destination 30 minutes late because the Deutsche Bahn seems to have forgotten that winter includes snow.
- Now today (= January 1st), the same thing: The locomotive came to the conclusion that it has reached its aim some hundred kilometres before what I (and most other involved) considered the destination. It took some blasting 2 hours before they organised a new locomotive, and I reached my home with a delay of 165 minutes. A new record!
And these are not single cases: Go read about the Berlin S-Bahn, the most important transportation means in our federal capital, and why they won’t return to the normal schedule before 2013 (last link in German; if in doubt, use translation services).
All in all, I’m fed up with the Deutsche Bahn. I use to be quite enthusiastic about going by train (which regularly presents me with a nice atmosphere and a good excuse for hacking), but I also have a growing list of companies that are obviously not interested in my money, and Deutsche Bahn is now on that list, too.
So I arrived at home three hours late, and all I got was a lousy “customer rights form”. 48 easy questions for 14,50 € cashback. Hm…
In completely other news, 26C3 was absolutely terrific.