This trip is all about apreciating the landscape and the unique experience of travelling with a steam train, and foregeting about many inconveniences that come along.
So, thumbs up for what nature has to give and is still preserved in a quite unaltered state
and, thumbs down for overall organizing.
The first train leaves at 9am, but for that buy your ticket, take your seat, and do not move from there, latest 8am.
We had the trip in a Saturday and it was a chaos in the station. As the ticket is without a seat hundreds of people were going back-and-forth between the 4 trains searching for a place to stay, some even became very nervouse and verbally agressive. A couple can find a place quite easy, but for more people is very chalanging, if you do not have a reservation. The personnel is not able to help to much, so do not count on that.
Others trains, leave if needed, 15-20 min apart. There are opened and closed wagons: the open ones offer larger views but you will be more smoked from the engine and affected by rain or cold up in the mountains. Bring a jacket and long pants, just in case. Some people might find the wagons very dirty and unconfortable, so do not keep your hopes to high.
There is no toilet in the wagons, 2-3 stops of 10 min are made from time to time for wood refuel. In 1 are some dirty toilets, but many people were using the bushes near the rail.
The second wagon from the engine is a sort of shop with some beverages and doughnuts. Pricy food and drinks available at Paltin station.
Be prepared for unforseen delays: take some extrafood and water with you and keep it until return to station. During our trip we had 2 hours delay at return because the first train went off the tracks in an area where forest workers were draging the wood over the rail and deteriorated the conections.
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