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Post  Lamplighter on Wed Aug 24, 2016 7:05 am

Travellers stuck after dozy train driver forgets Freiburg
Published: 23 Aug 2016 17:19 GMT+02:00

Germany's stereotypically reliable rail system left travelers scratching their heads when they saw their train coming, and then leaving in the same instant.

A high-speed ICE train heading to Cologne from Basel, Switzerland appeared to be running on time on Sunday for its expectant passengers, waiting on the platform of the stop in Freiburg, just over the German border.

But as the train punctually approached the platform to make its precise 11.57am time slot, travellers were astonished to watch it whizz past them without hesitation, according to local news site Fudder.

They hardly knew what happened before the train station made an announcement, explaining that they'd have to take another train due to the "inexplicable" departure of their train.

Even the train station workers were left scratching their heads over why the train had given the cold shoulder to the historic town of Freiburg.

Much later the answer came from rail operator Deutsche Bahn: the train driver had somehow simply forgotten all about the picturesque university town - which was also his first stop inside Germany.

Those left stranded in Freiburg were offered in exchange the chance to take the next train arriving in one hour, which would require them to transfer to get to Hamburg, however.

At least one group of travellers told Fudder that they couldn't make it to another train they were supposed to catch in Cologne because of the mishap and had to take a different route to their home in Brussels.

Those who were trapped on board the train as it darted past their destination in Freiburg had to get off at the next stop in Offenburg - about 60 km north of Freiburg - and then figure out how to get back on course.

This wasn't the first time poor Freiburg was overlooked by a forgetful driver. Fudder notes that this was the third such incident in the last ten years.

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Post  bb1 on Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:11 am

Not an unknown occurence here, LL, and buses do it all the time....

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Post  Lamplighter on Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:55 am

bb1 wrote:Not an unknown occurence here, LL, and buses do it all the time....
It happened to me many years ago when I was trying to get from Wimbledon to Aldershot - stood on Woking patform as the Alton train shot by on the fast line! Not a happy bunny that day! LL Hahau rofl
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Post  bb1 on Wed Aug 24, 2016 10:08 am

I've never had a train do it to me personally, LL, though I have read many stories from irate would-be travellers.

Buses, on the other hand, seem to take pleasure in doing it when it's pouring with rain....

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