Be ahead of time!

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.

train-rotation-algorithm
Example of train rotation algorithm. Wow.

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!

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

11 thoughts on “Be ahead of time!”

  1. It is always interesting to see what kind of impression a country leaves on an “outsider” 🙂 Trams and busses that run within a specific region are generally on time. Long distance trains, however, do suffer from frequent delays. Slow trains also have to give priority to passing ICEs. Also, the situation with long distance trains gets worse during winter because facilities are not always renovated to handle the cold. A delay of at least 10 min on ICEs is expected. Nevertheless, it is a price worth paying for having a train system with such high coverage density and frequency 🙂

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    1. LOL. Yes, indeed it is interesting how the good sides are presented to folks who do not live there. Its the same as Amsterdam, Singapore or China, places we lived or are living in. It’s good to get a reality check!

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      1. Though I do agree that Germans view being on time as an essential virtue. When you tell a person to show up at your house at a certain time, they will ring the doorbell when the clock strikes that exact full minute mark 🙂 But if they are late, they blame it on the traffic or the train (which is universal I suppose).

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  2. I think that the various northern European cultures appear to value and respect time more so than others. To be late for an appointment in Denmark or Germany is to be disrespectful of the other person’s time. Do you think this could be related to the timely trains obsession?

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