Warsaw to Vilnius
Trip Start May 10, 2010
41Trip End Sep 30, 2010
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Train carriages had the compartment layout that seems quite common in this part of the world. Dozed for an hour or so (it was early still...) Conductor came later to check tickets, mumbled something quite forcefully at me, held up three fingers, pointed down the train, walked off
Other half of the train was very empty - seems noone was going beyond Suwalki (north east Poland). Got a compartment to myself - meant I could do somewhat embarrassing things like taking pics of Boobah by the window without anyone looking at me funnily (not much more than that though...). Weather was very nice - could pull the window right down, listen to the chud-chud of the track, watch the scenery go by...
Made it to Sestokai (pronounced Sheshtokee, as I found out after some confused faces earlier) after the confusing split (the train seemed to reverse down the track back to Warsaw for ages!). Change was necessary due to change in rail gauge from standard to Russian (wiki it) - otherwise it was essentially the same service. Track in southern Lithuania is very bumpy, region is rather sparsely populated, so train seemed limited to a mere 70-80k. Not to worry... made it (just) on time to Vilnius anyway.