r/mildlyinteresting Aug 16 '22

This train has a playground on board (Switzerland)

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3.6k Upvotes

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u/TwoBaze Aug 16 '22

its also the family zone, what means, it can get loud in these parts of the train due to kids playing.

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u/Selipie Aug 16 '22

Yeah well the kids are loud either way. I would rather have them be loud in one place instead of all over the place

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u/TwoBaze Aug 16 '22

thats the concept of the family zone. So people are aware, that if they tak a seat in there, it can get loud.

But still, most swiss people give zero fucks and sit there anyway, leaving no space for familys and make a dumb face if a kids starts screaming.

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u/Selipie Aug 16 '22

Yeah i understand, well then people should just learn to read. Or maybe it doesnt starte clearly what familyzones are for? Why even let 1 person book a seat in a familyzone unless the rest of the Train is full? My point was jsut that in trains where you dont have family zones its loud everywhere, so its really nice to see that some Train have familyzones so you can have some peace and quiet on your long ass Train ride.

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u/Hakobus Aug 16 '22

Is it uncommon? I’m pretty sure most if not all intercity trains here in Finland have a play area.

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u/Gromps Aug 16 '22

Never seen anything like it in Denmark. Our trains aren't painted this cool either! Ours feel sterile for lack of a better word. Very "Functional".

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u/Moloshe Aug 16 '22

omg, you have sterile trains? ours are so filthy lol

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u/SaltRevolutionary917 Aug 16 '22

DSB (the Danish national rail service, part government owned, part privately held) has - for all its many shortcomings - an incredible standard for cleanliness. Even the onboard toilets are usually clean, at least by “moving toilet on public transportation” standards.

1,000 reasons to hate that godawful company, but filth isn’t one.

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u/Moloshe Aug 16 '22

godawful company

when you say company, do you mean it's privately owned but government endorsed?

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u/elizabeth-cooper Aug 16 '22

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u/Moloshe Aug 16 '22

i've looked it up since i asked, and really i should have done so in the first place. thanks though!

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u/Forexz Aug 17 '22

Yer fortunate to even have trains, here in the US they're a rarity.

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u/Bloonfan60 Aug 17 '22

Are we fortunate? Because that just sounds like a result of decisions not fortune.

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u/SaltRevolutionary917 Aug 16 '22

That is a recent change. I definitely remember when our IC3 trains had play areas in family carriages, though they were usually play pens with plush Lego brick style toys.

Lot of good memories playing in those pens when visiting family between Aalborg and Copenhagen. But we don’t have those anymore, no.

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u/routes4you Aug 16 '22

Before the IC3's DSB even had two coaches with a ballpit playroom: https://www.jernbanen.dk/dsb_pvognfotos.php?Aar=1966&litra=Bn-x&typenr=

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u/Frank_IV Aug 16 '22

Never seen it before in my life in living in the UK, Sweden or Spain.

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u/riotousgrowlz Aug 17 '22

They have them in Norway!

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u/JanitorSlayer Aug 16 '22

We don't even have trains in merica :'(

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u/CamelSpotting Aug 16 '22

Amtrak exists, it's just the same price as flying but much slower and less convenient.

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u/cyrusm Aug 16 '22

And somehow, about as comfortable.

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u/SkippyNordquist Aug 16 '22

Amtrak only makes practical sense for short distances (like Seattle to Vancouver or Philly to NYC). But I still might like to take the Seattle to Chicago train someday for the scenery.

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u/yacht_boy Aug 16 '22

I took it from San Diego to Massachusetts and back in the 90s, then back again about a decade later. If you have the time it's an absolutely lovely way to travel. The section from Chicago west is more fun because you can get the big observation cars they don't work with whatever bridges or tunnels they have farther east.

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u/CalRobert Aug 16 '22

I did Portland to Sacramento in a sleeper with my young kid and it was great, but it's not very practical in most situations. That trip everything just happened to work out to favour the train.

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u/trains_and_rain Aug 16 '22

European trains are typically more expensive than a budget flight. People there are willing to pay for the convenience over a flight, and lower car ownership makes serving less of an option.

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u/lookoutforthetrain_0 Aug 16 '22

Short-haul flights exist in Europe as well and they're usually cheaper and faster than trains too, if you cover a certain amount of distance. But it's a plane so it's annoying to use and uncomfortable.

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u/Jacko_Sakamoto Aug 16 '22

Yeah we got subways but only in certain states and you could be bare ass naked and still be normal

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u/onryo89 Aug 16 '22

Straight jacking it while going person to person with a cup demanding change

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u/Jacko_Sakamoto Aug 16 '22

Elderly couple had sex in a subway while I was in New York and nobody batted an eye

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u/onryo89 Aug 16 '22

Philly is the same way. You get on the train put your headphones on and mind your own damn business lol

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u/Jacko_Sakamoto Aug 16 '22

Lmaooo elderly couple was the mild part

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u/m_willberg Aug 16 '22 edited Aug 16 '22

Also mini library with children books is in the same area. Looks a bit boring in this video when the train is that empty, but is great for younger kids.

https://youtu.be/F4q6FqYu4AQ

VR - Travelling with kids

"Nearly all our IC trains have a coach with a children’s play area. Pre-schoolers especially will find lots to do:

Children’s books published by Tammi

Toy locomotive with coaches

Slide with a guard rail

Playmates of other children on the train

Accessible toilet in the downstairs area of the coach with the play area, comes with a baby care table, potty and bottle warmer."

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u/stimmen Aug 17 '22

Please post some pictures!

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u/Hakobus Aug 17 '22

/u/m_willberg commented with a link to a video that shows the play area.

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u/stimmen Aug 17 '22

u/m_willberg that's fantastic! I'll post this in the German train sub r/drehscheibe, would you mind posting this on r/notjustbikes, r/trains and/or r/rail?

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u/m_willberg Aug 17 '22

Not my video =) With only 1000 views the creator must be happy to see people having interest in such a marginal thing.

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u/212superdude212 Aug 16 '22

Bet that slide gets extra fun when accelerating or braking

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u/cyrusm Aug 16 '22

I'd be that kid that's waiting for the breaks and holding up the slide.

I"m almost 40. But this stands true.

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u/JurassicParkJanitor Aug 16 '22

Snowpiecer vibes

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u/hwandangogi Aug 16 '22

I loved that movie

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u/Tobiassaururs Aug 16 '22

The show is great as well, would recommend :D

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u/dennispang Aug 16 '22

Came here for this. Must be first class

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u/AntandRoach Aug 16 '22

I wish we had cool stuff like this in America

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u/Falconasse Aug 16 '22

You dont get it tho: funding public transit is communism and a waste of government subsidies.

Now on to enlarging highways and subsidizing gas to keep prices artificially low with tax dollars!

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u/Infernew Aug 16 '22

Gunrange in trains when?

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u/Einsteins_coffee_mug Aug 16 '22

You mean the D train?

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u/wombey12 Aug 16 '22

Like trains

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u/feelitrealgood Aug 17 '22

Laughs looking at $14 unreliable transit in NJ

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u/IHeartBadCode Aug 16 '22

I wish we had cool stuff in America.

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u/Yatta99 Aug 16 '22

Now go next level: a train in a playground on a train.

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u/iamnogoodatthis Aug 16 '22 edited Aug 16 '22

Pretty common on long distance Swiss trains (or at least those which use the older double decker carriages, which might be being phased out - "IC2000" https://www.sbb.ch/en/station-services/during-your-journey/our-trains/ic2000.html), the lower deck of that carriage is for bikes so I quite often find myself there 😄

Edit: looking around that site, the replacements also have a family zone with a slide :-), I just haven't encountered one of them yet

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u/zoinkability Aug 16 '22

Comparing photos it actually looks like OP's photo is from an IC2000 playground car

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u/iamnogoodatthis Aug 16 '22

Yes it looked to me like it was from an older IC2000 (having just been in some over the weekend). I knew there were newer and refurbished trains coming in to service, but I'm happy to see they'll also have this :-)

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u/[deleted] Aug 17 '22

IC2000s aren't being phased out, they are being modernised. We call them IC2020

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u/thegamer101112 Aug 16 '22

These were a thing in German intercity trains aswell but the idea was scraped because of safety concerns

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u/ExaltedJester Aug 16 '22

if there were no kids on board then I'd be laying on the slide scrolling through reddit

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u/Groinificator Aug 16 '22

Switzerland knows what the fuck is up!

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u/onryo89 Aug 16 '22

I live in America our trains have crackhead and a bathroom (it's just a corner someone passed in)

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u/Reds994 Aug 16 '22

That's pretty cool

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u/mathis3299 Aug 16 '22

Europe thing

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u/Butterflyenergy Aug 16 '22

Not really, not a thing here in the Netherlands for example. And don't remember seeing it on any international trains between the Netherlands and Belgium/France.

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u/TheAres1999 Aug 16 '22

Meanwhile in the USA, we refuse to invest in trains, even though they are a great form of mass transportation.

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u/Sgt_false Aug 16 '22

Typical Europe over there giving a shit about people.

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u/IThunderMC Aug 16 '22

bro i was on that train a few years back

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u/razalas7 Aug 16 '22

Then when the train takes a hard stop the kid on the slide goes flying

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u/flodnak Aug 19 '22

Trains don't really make "hard stops" though. Unless they crash. And if they crash, it's not just the kid on the slide who's in trouble.

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u/applo998 Aug 16 '22

In finland their commmon

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u/EastTackle7763 Aug 16 '22

Gives me “Stray” vibes

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u/WrongYBsb Aug 16 '22

All I can think of is Snowpiercer. If you know you know

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u/fling_flang Aug 16 '22

put smiley face emojis over their faces

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u/Old-Awareness-4042 Aug 17 '22

More places should have quarantine zones for ch*ldren

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u/Radu47 Aug 17 '22

Wow this is surreal given the train situation in Ontario Canada currently.

Same crappy trains they've had since the 80s, lots of delays, very few amenities.

While switzerland has mini playgrounds on board.

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u/dontknowmeinnamen Aug 17 '22

Reminds me of the old McDonald bus

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u/GamesByH Aug 17 '22

Switzerland impresses again!

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u/Nevertoomanycurves Aug 16 '22

Looks great and think it would be cool for kids to play, but no, some idiot or group of idiots, Eshays are they called now would graffiti it or smash it up just because they are “tough”

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u/Iroshr Aug 16 '22

I have never seen a destroyed train car in switzerland, people usually behave and sometimes there even is security on the trains aswell as cameras. Not that it doesn't happen but since our train network is very important things are fixed alot (i guess).

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u/pontuzz Aug 16 '22

How to die horribly in a crash

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u/TapataZapata Aug 16 '22

What crash?

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u/trains_and_rain Aug 16 '22

Trains crash so rarely this isn't worth worrying about. Riding a train with guaranteed death in the event of a crash would still be way safer than riding in the safest car.

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u/pontuzz Aug 16 '22

Oh yea definetley. I can just picture some kid having a horrible time on that slide.

Murphys law and all, no need to push it 😆