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This article was last updated on 25 January 2015.
Each issue of the new European Rail Timetable (ERT) contains a Route of the Month. These are articles which highlight the particular appeal of one selected European rail route (or, in some cases, a small cluster of interrelated routes). We hope these prose additions to each timetable help bring specific journeys alive; we certainly always enjoy writing them.
Some of the journeys featured in the ERT Route of the Month column are mainstream tourist routes. Others may raise an eyebrow or two, for on occasions we have selected a journey that many might judge to be routine and lacking anything of special interest. Our point is that all routes have something to, all journeys have a tale to tell. We have even featured a boat journey in one recent edition of the ERT (for, yes, the ERT does include ferry schedules as well as train times). In November 2014, we featured a rail journey in southern Africa, for that edition of the ERT had a supplement showing times for principal rail routes in Africa.
Here is a list of the twelve journeys that have featured as Route of the Month after the European Rail Timetable resumed publication in March 2014 with John Potter as Director and Editor-in-chief and Chris Woodcock as ERT Editor:
|Route of the Month
|Berlin to Budapest on the Hungaria
|Paris to Marseille via the Paris-Lyon-
Méditerranée (PLM) route
|Denmark to Iceland by boat
|The Bernina Railway: Pontresina to Tirano
|A classic Great Western route: London to Reading
|Budapest to Belgrade
|Madrid to Salamanca
|Across the Czech-German frontier: Saxony to Bohemia
|South Africa: Overnight to Komatipoort
|Germany's Harz Mountain narrow-gauge rail network
|Naples to Taranto
|The 8.28 from Paris (Trans-European Express)
And here is the list of the six journeys which featured as Route of the Month in the final issues of the European Rail Timetable when, under the editorial hand of Brendan Fox, the book was still published by Thomas Cook:
|Route of the Month
|Salzburg to Vienna
|Into the Bulgarian hills: Septemvri to Dobrinishte
|London to Paris with Eurostar
|Lapland by train: Stockholm to Narvik
|Estonia: Tallinn to Narva
|South to Andalucía via Despenaperros Pass
The last of the Cook’s issues was in August 2013. There followed a seven-month gap before the former timetable team at Thomas Cook then relaunched the timetable as an independent publication.
The Route of the Month (RotM) is about 700 words long and thus usually takes up a full page in the European Rail Timetable. Very occasionally, we have included an extended RotM which then runs over two pages in the timetable.
If you would like to suggest a route deserving of inclusion as a Route of the Month, just leave a comment below. We are always looking for good ideas.
The February edition of the European Rail Timetable will be published next week and can already be purchased on the ERT website.