Jul 25, 2015 - 6:35 PM
in reply to Tortoise
Hi Tortoise -
from one Slowpoke to another.
30 minutes is not a guarantee at Milano Centrale. However, for an important connection such as the one you have described, the outbound will often be adjusted by a few minutes in order to synchronize with the routine level of lateness of all the trains.
Milano Centrale is terminal. The trains come in to a dead end, then go out on the same track.
So, if you can be in a car near the front of the train coming in to the station, you will save a few minutes if you need to go to the railhead and change tracks. If you are lucky ( it works this way in Switzerland) your connecting train may be on the other side of the same platform. Don't plan on it in Italy.
The last time we came into Milano Centrale from Firenze (Florence) we reached the outer station yards 30 minutes before our scheduled arrival. We got off the train 45 minutes after that. Ran with our bags to our train, panting. Our train from Milano Centrale to Zürich was 30 minutes late departing.
CisAlpino is a name that has had various meanings over the years. One is the name of the "sub-company" or division of the rail company that runs the trains - it is or was a JV between rail companies in Italy and Switzerland. Another meaning is the unique design of the train cars/system. They were some of the first tilting cars, and shortened the travel time remarkably....when they worked well.
In recent years, the Swiss have taken over the company or the maintenance, or something. Even that has not fixed the problems. If the tilt mechanism does not work correctly, the trains have to slow down. Those trains are often late.
Not to worry- somehow, it all works, but it is a bit exciting. ;-)
One of the things I found amusing about rail travel in Italy was that the overhead monitors and signage listing trains, destination, times, etc., generally had another column. It showed how many minutes late each train was.
Last modified on Jul 25, 2015 - 6:41 PM by Slowpoke