Yearly Archives: 2014
Folllowing an idea by Brescia´s concert promoters NuevoEden we rigged our gear at the middle plateau of San Faustino Metro station saturday, with sound engineer Fabio in charge of a very nice sound production. As the time of the concert approached, the place filled up nicely with an attentive audience looking for a unique sound adventure. A very special situation to perform in , with a kind of melancholic pitch of “a” rising up from the underground by every train stopping and leaving. Of course we had to implement this in our choise of sounds and harmonies:-)
As we wind our way up the Balkan we ask around to everybody we meet. Conductors, railway people,friends and fellow passengers. How is this engine powered? How is the electricity produced? What are the carbon emission figures we can log for this stretch? If we get any clear answers , they are not very precise, to say the least. About 100 km of the Sofia – Beograd stretch is diesel powered , that is for sure. But there is an ongoing railway strike in Serbia which makes the company search for emergency solutions. Our train out of Beograd was actually physically blocked by employees 100 meters out from the station. When we finally got going they used the red light at a lot of crossings to slow down the train. In this situation we don’t really know what engines were used. It felt like the smell of diesel was in the air for most of the time. Asking about how the electricity was produced we just get the answer that it is a mix , depending on the market. Coal, nuclear, water power. Somewhere this is probably monitored, but those figures are not accessible to us.
The gorgeous red Turkish flag at Taksim square waving lazily in the autumn sun on our last day in Istanbul before going up northwest. We looked at different options for the travel to Sofia, discussed with locals and travel professionals, and it seems the only option is bus. Again it is disappointing to see that the train companies don´t really stretch out to the traveller. By train we would have to change at the border, and everybody here tells us that the passport control is unpredictable , it could last several hours, where as on the bus it is efficient and swift.We will see….
Look at the travel route below on the previous post.
The distance by train is 2358 km
the distance by air is 1155 km
average co2 emissions from train is 47 g Co2 per passenger per kilometer
average co2 emissions from plane is 238 g
Sum up and you find that going by train is around 1/3 of the emissions compared to flying on this distance. But the personal price is almost two full days of traveling and two nights of completely impossible sleeping conditions. Any suggestions?
Looking at travels back to Norway after our last gig in UK, we are amazed, again and again.
Have a look at this:
Shortest route London-Oslo: Eurostar to Brussels- 2 hrs (but not included in the interrail pass)
Brussels to Frankfurt 3 hrs
Frankfurt to Copenhagen- eh…..no.
Take late train to Hamburg. arrive at 3.30 in the night. Wait 3 hrs then take train to Niebull, NB! but not from same station in Hamburg!
In Niebull you have 9 minutes., If you dont make it, no one cares
take train to Bramming, again you have 9 minutes before train to Copenhagen leaves .
Train to Copenhagen Arrive there 12.51
Train To Gothenburg 13.32
Change to train to Halden at 17.55
Change to train from Halden to Oslo at 20.05
Starting this idea, we imagined a travel from City centre to city centre in all the glorious train lines of modern Europe. This image has been completely smashed to pieces in the process of booking this tour. You can go smoothly from big city to big city, but longer distances are not operated by night trains anymore, so you would have to book hotel every night, if you dont want to spend night after night waiting on a bench on a platform……
As we finalize our logistics for the upcoming tour, we are taken by surprise by the fact that no available sources that we are able to contact, can verify that there is a substantially lower Co2 emission from the direct flight Oslo Istanbul, compared to the chain of train stretches powered partly by diesel-driven locomotives or electricity from coal power plants. Add to this that the distance by plane is about 2/3 of the train distance, and that the occupancy rate of airtravel is significantly higher than train (around 67 %) average.
For the rest of our tour , there is no question, train is king, but for this first stretch of our train tour, we might actually travel by plane, and still stay true to the pledge!