Monday, July 09, 2007

strike two

FYI: Deutsche Bahn will be conducting nationwide warning strikes on Tuesday, July 10 from 8 - 11 a.m.

Expect delays. More than usual, I mean.


At July 09, 2007 9:13 p.m., Blogger J said...

Back to my original question - will anyone actually notice that it's something other than their 'service'? lol

At July 09, 2007 10:52 p.m., Anonymous ann said...

Actually, I got better service when my train was delayed due to the strike than on other occasions, but thanks for the heads up!!

At July 09, 2007 11:56 p.m., Blogger Thimbleanna said...

Oh My! I hope this doesn't extend to other modes of transportation. My sweet little niece is flying to Frankfurt tomorrow to visit her grandparents. Sure wish I could be in her suitcase! Gee...just read the other comments -- they're so surprising to me -- I rode the train everyday to work when we lived there and they were VERY punctual! ;-)

At July 10, 2007 2:06 a.m., Blogger Rositta said...

I used to hold the German system up as an example of how transit should be run, I guess it has changed? Beginning to sound more like Greece where they go on strike at the drop of a hat for no apparent reason other than the "fish are biting"...ciao

At July 10, 2007 7:57 a.m., Blogger vailian said...

In comparision with any other train system I know, the Deutsche Bahn is splendid! The only system that is more punctual is the Swiss, but their local and regional trains are so uncomfortable... Anyone who prefers driving to Berlin from Cologne rather than taking the train is an avowed masochist.

But I am VERY worried about the future-- the strikes are related to the imminent float of the Bahn on the stock market, that is, privatisation... and having seen what that did to the British rail system (*shudder*).....

At July 10, 2007 8:43 a.m., Blogger ColourMeCrazy said...

Well, the good thing is the strike doesn't last the whole day!

At July 10, 2007 10:35 a.m., Blogger christina said...

J - LOL, J, but yeah, people up here are noticing because they're being delayed up to three hours.

ann - Wow, you're lucky. There are a lot of furious people out there waiting for their trains.

thimbleanna - It's only the trains, thank goodness. And the good old days when the DB was punctual are over, I'm afraid. They've got a pretty bad repuation right now.

rositta - Oh yes, things have changed a lot. I don't take the train much, but when I have done, it's been delays up to an hour or trains totally cancelled. The delays are mostly because DB won't shell out to have their tracks repaired properly. I believe the drivers are demanding a 30% pay raise or something.

vailian - Well sure, it's way better than driving, but still... I was just reading that the Swiss system has 95% of trains on time, British Rail 90% and DB something like 68%. Not to mention the confusing pricing system and crappy customer service. As it stands now, about every third train is late. Not a great track record.

colourmecrazy - But for the people with 3 hour delays and connecting trains to catch the fun will probably last all day. :-)

At July 10, 2007 4:20 p.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

When Donica returns to A'dam tonight, I'll have to ask her if she heard them!

At July 11, 2007 11:10 p.m., Blogger christina said...

ginnie - I hope Donica didn't get caught up in the strike. It was pretty bad around Hannover, I heard.


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