Recall that we shared how the Swiss have clock-like efficiency when it comes to their trains (read here)? Well, seems like the Germans are upping the ante with an even more stringent schedule. If you are intent on a train journey in Germany, then be aware that train doors will close 30 seconds earlier (read post here), before the scheduled departure time.
No more last minute jumping into the train seconds before departure!
Indeed it is incredible how the folks in countries such as Germany, Switzerland and Japan can maintain train schedules down to the minute – or in this case down to the last 30 seconds! What are they obsessed about? Perhaps the old saying time is money? Yeah, we’re digressing yet again.
Ok, back to the train schedule. Did you know if you were to google for “train scheduling in Germany”, you will find numerous scholarly articles describing how the scicence of using algorithms can ensure trains arrive and depart – literally on the dot! We’ve come to realize perhaps the common denominator of the abovementioned three countries lies in their focus on precision!
So the next time you are taking a train in Germany, remember not to be on time, be ahead of time! Now isn’t that an interesting thing to know, how your journeys are actually dictated in many ways that you cannot imagine?
It seems now that time, tide and the trains waits for no man (or woman).
Don’t be late!