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After sampling Paris and Brussels by Eurostar, RDS members went one step futher in April and travelled to Germany. We left Waterloo at 1027, changed trains in Brussels and checked into our Köln hotel at 1900, reports Trevor Garrod.
Members used their German Regional Rail Passes to visit Bonn, Koblenz, Essen, Wuppertal, Minden and Hannover, while some also enjoyed boat trips. The trip was arranged for us by Peter Cannon of Deltaplan Ltd, 1A Upper Orwell Street, Ipswich IP4 1HN. Tel: 01473-213000. He will be pleased to advise and handle bookings from individual RDS members and groups planning holiday or business trips abroad. Koln has 16 tram routes and the majority of the vehicles are stabled at the new Merheim depot which we visited. Safety and cleanliness were top priority.
Most Stadtbahn halts (or stations) seem to be modern, with cycle racks and connecting bus services, while park and ride is actively encouraged at many of them. A wide range of fares, including group tickets, is on offer. This is urban transport as it should be.
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