Luggage on trains/security?

Old May 3rd, 2016, 08:40 PM
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<i> Luggage on trains/security?
Posted by: topeater on May 2, 16 at 3:13pm</i>
Here is some info on train luggage, http://www.enjoy-europe.com/hte/chap17/rail.htm.

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topeater on May 2, 16 at 6:57pm
We are flying after Amsterdam to Toulouse, so extra bag will not be a problem.</i>
An extra bag in intra-Europe flights can be very expensive.
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Old May 4th, 2016, 07:48 AM
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On Dutch trains it may be worth it with luggage to pay relatively little extra to go first class where they should be empty seats to put bags on, etc. a Dutch resident suggested that first class was a good idea especially now that 2nd class was more and more full - IMO SRO sometimes. Cheapest is not always the best.

I always travel with a first-class Eurailpass (because I'm over 25 I have to buy first class) and in Holland I am always glad to be in first class after the mob scenes I have seen in 2nd class.
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Old May 4th, 2016, 08:37 AM
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Thanks for the info PalenQ.
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Old May 4th, 2016, 09:04 AM
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I have traveled quite a few times in Europe with a 25" suitcase and have never had a problem with it on trains. I have always had a place to put it--usually in the large luggage racks near the door, once in-between seats, as I recall, on a TGV. I've had that on Spanish and French long-distance trains. I had one just slightly smaller on Polish, Czech and German trains.

I think the luggage issue is being overblown, the OP just says a carry-on and one more piece of luggage that will be small and hold shoes and a few souvenirs. At most, that sounds like maybe a 16-18 incher.
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I have always had a place to put it--usually in the large luggage racks near the door>

do keep an eye on it when the train stops in stations - rarely any problems but you never know - and leave nothing really valuable in that luggage.
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I dunno. Never have had a problem on any TGV trains in France or TER or Intercités, either, but the local trains we took in the Netherlands and Belgium a few weeks ago were pretty packed and short of space for luggage. Might have been because it was spring vacation time for kids or something - I dunno, but if I hadn't just had one small 19" rollaboard it would have been a pain. Not impossible, but a pain.
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