Issue 252 - Night train

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Vocabulary: Train travel

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Night train

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Night train

Alex:  So, this summer I’d like to go to Vienna by night train.

Bea:  Really? Is that possible?

Alex:  Not now, but in the future. Lots of European countries are planning to have more sleeper trains.

Bea:  Oh yeah?

Alex:  Yes, now you can go from here to Berlin, Zurich, Budapest or Malmö — so in the north of Europe — but other countries, like France and Italy, are planning to have more night trains too.

Bea:  Hmm, I don’t know. Trains are OK, but planes are much faster.

Alex:  True, but I hate flying now — crowded airports, crowded planes, long security checks, self-check-in — it’s stressful!

Bea:  And the price? Flying is much cheaper.

Alex:  Too cheap, I think. Air travel is bad for the environment, it’s much better to take the train.

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Night train

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Night train

Alex:  So, when we can travel again, I’d like to take the night train from here to Vienna.

Bea:  Really? Is that possible?

Alex:  It will be soon. I’ve just been chatting to my friend in Austria about it. I was listening to this podcast about rail travel — lots of European countries are planning long-distance rail services, so we’ll be able to travel all over Europe by night train, which is so cool

Bea:  Oh yeah? Like where?

Alex:  So now you can go from here to Berlin, Zurich, Budapest or Malmö — so mainly northern and central Europe, but other countries, like France and Italy, are planning to expand their sleeper train services too.

Bea:  Hmm, I don’t know. Why take a train to Vienna when you can go by plane and be there in an hour and a half?

Alex:  Me personally, I hate flying now — the crowded airports, the endless security checks, no space on the planes, you have to pay for every little thing separately, do the check-in yourself — it’s stressful!

Bea:  Well at least it’s cheaper than the train.

Alex:  Too cheap, I think. Air travel is a disaster for the environment, we should all travel less by plane and take the train.

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Night train

Read the conversation and listen to the audio. Then answer the questions in the Comprehension section.

Night train

Alex:  So, when we’re able to travel again, what I’d really like to do is jump on a night train from here to Vienna.

Bea:  Really? Is that even doable?

Alex:  It will be before long. I’ve just been WhatsApping my Austrian mate about it. It was on this travel podcast I subscribe to — apparently, loads of European countries have got long-distance rail services in the pipeline, so we’ll eventually be able to criss-cross Europe by night train, which is totally cool …

Bea:  Oh yeah? Like where?

Alex:  So now you can get from here to Berlin, Zurich, Budapest or Malmö, right? — So we’re talking mainly northern and central Europe, but other countries, like France and Italy, are gearing up to expand their sleeper train services too.

Bea:  Hmm, I don’t know, why bother being stuck for hours on a train when you can get to Vienna by plane in an hour and a half?

Alex:  Well, personally speaking, I can’t stand flying now — the packed airports, the endless security checks, the cramped planes, the tedious process of having to pay for every little thing separately, checking yourself in — the whole thing’s such a hassle!

Bea:  Well at least it works out cheaper than the train.

Alex:  Yeah, but too cheap, I reckon — I mean, what’s the real cost? Air travel’s messing up the environment. If you ask me, we should all reduce our carbon footprint and travel less by plane and more by train.

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