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Luggage and German Rail Travel

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In our younger years we traveled the European rails with backpacks; now with some back issues we have chosen to go with mid-size roller bags witch, of course, still require some lifting, but our concern is; once on the German trains; if there is no space on the overhead rack or the space behind the seats we must then put them on the racks near the doors.

Is it a good idea to use a bicycle-type cable lock to secure the bags to the racks or to each other to prevent theft when at an intermediate stop? Does anybody do that?

We will travel some on the S-Bahn which is unfamiliar to us and we have no idea of the amount of luggage space available.

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