Again, no mobile Internet. Lucky this was only on a part of the track. And I had the chance to learn from the train attendant that the current incident process for what Deutsche Bahn offers as an included service is like so: A record is logged and sent to their maintenance staff and on the next-up train inspection (in some weeks or whatever) “someone” will hopefully “somehow” take care.
This entry starts a whole new era, and this in multiple relations. In parts for the good, in parts for, well.
Today, I am going countryside. Not that my destination would probably agree with this situational estimate: It is Paderborn, Eastern Westphalia, a place once (and for a short period, to a limited group of people, with limiting conditions, and so on) almost known outside for its ambitions of becoming what they figured a “German Silicon Valley”. This is due to one of the few heads of earlier computer history, Heinz Nixdorf, who was born here and somehow tried to build his IT enterprise from here into all the world.
After finishing my – short – trip to Frankfurt, the one in the former GDR, I found that it might be interesting to check out how other alike places had come out within the last two decades. This is the approximate period I have not been to almost any place there. Despite they literally surround one of my more frequent living places, Berlin.
So, this time I picked Magdeburg.
As nice as I found Leipzig, as irritating revealed the return fare. While the train was scheduled as an ICE, the displays announced an Intercity. In the end, both were true. The trip was officially considered an ICE line, while the train was composed of legacy cars and an engine (just like local Intercitys are). From what I learned, the wagons had formerly been in service for a private regional line, had been refurbished to somehow meet ICE standards and where now used as drop-in replacements for ICE 3s, while running short on those.
Now and then, business takes me beyond national borders. Which is a nice opportunity to prepare for the next-bigger scope (Europe). Even better, to the Netherlands. Better, because in many details, the Dutch are doing things quite pragmatically. This includes mobility.