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According to Newsweek, Antwerp[sup.1]s Central Station is ranked among the most beautiful stations worldwide. It is only preceded by St. Pancras (London), Grand Central (New York) and Chhatrapati Shivaji (Mumbai). The renovation of Antwerp[sup.1]s railway cathedral has taken almost nine years and will be completed in April of this year. The station has been thoroughly modernized and expanded to accommodate the high-speed rail link, but the historic main building has also been carefully refurbished, both inside and outside. The dome above the platforms had already been restored. It is the combination of old and new features, which contributed to Antwerp[sup.1]s high ranking in Newsweek. www.antwerpen.be. Apr 3, 2009

BritRail

Clients who buy a BritRail Pass will get one extra day of travel free. BritRail is offering this deal to travelers who purchase any of their most popular products: the BritRail Consecutive Pass, BritRail FlexiPass, BritRail England Consecutive Pass, BritRail England FlexiPass or BritRail Freedom of Scotland Travelpass. Vacationers can choose any validity period and opt to travel in either first or standard class. The BritRail Pass must be purchased between April 15 and June 1. It can be used anytime within six months of its issue date. www.BritRail.com. Apr 3, 2009

Air France, Eurostar

Air France is looking into the possibility of starting a rival cross channel rail service to Eurostar. The airline has been in informal talks with the German train operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) and has also been having meetings in the past months with executives from Travelport. The carrier has also had talks with a leading rail freight company, Veolia Transport about forming a strategic partnership to run high speed train services. A high speed cross channel service by Air France will be possible from January 1, 2010 when the liberalisation of rail passenger services in the EU comes into force. Apr 1, 2009

Amtrak

The Amtrak Lake Shore Limited will offer sleeping car service between Chicago and Boston to better suit passengers needs, starting with the eastbound departure of Trains 48/448 on April 2 from Chicago and the westbound departure of Trains 49/449 from New York and Boston on April 4. The eastbound Train 48/448 will depart Chicago an hour earlier than the existing schedule, also effective on April 4. The restoration of sleeping car service provides a higher level of comfort than can be provided in coach for passengers riding to and from Boston (South Station) and the Massachusetts stops of Framingham, Worchester, Springfield and Pittsfield. Until now, Bay State passengers were required to change trains in Albany-Rensselaer, N.Y., to ride to and from points in Western N.Y., Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, including Buffalo, Erie, Cleveland, South Bend and Chicago. www.Amtrak.com. Mar 30, 2009

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