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Dinner with Elvis

Having had 4 very successful holidays to Switzerland recently, we thought we would have a change of scenery this year and pay a return visit to Holland to see what has changed there, and catch up with new rolling stock introduced since our last visit in 2010. It was a pleasure to welcome a number of new participants to the tour and to see all our old friends again. Several of us made our way to St Pancras International to board train 9116, the 08:58 Eurostar service to Brussel Zuid. Two of the new e320 Cl.374 Velaro Eurostar units were in the station, one of which headed off to Paris just ahead of our departure. As soon as we got going, Rich headed to the buffet car to procure breakfast for our table. Even being served straight away we were arriving into Ebbsfleet by the time he got back to the seats!

At Brussel Zuid we boarded THA9993 the 12:52 Thalys service to Amsterdam. This delivered us to Rotterdam, our base for the week. The Holiday Inn Express, just along the road from the station, welcomed us. There was an administrative muddle, which Gary managed to unravel when he arrived, in that the rooming list Steve provided had been tossed in the air and reassembled in a very haphazard way.

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